Motivated by a deep love for hip-hop and a relentless work ethic Hurting Murphy is on pace to set the electronic scene ablaze. It’s hard to believe that the Florida bass DJ has only a few years of production under his belt, as powerful soundscapes and invigorating bass dominate his sound. While the coronavirus put the music industry on indefinite hold during 2020, Hurting Murphy took full advantage of the downtime, dropping banger after banger establishing himself as a force in the bass scene.
Coming off a massive single, Pressure featuring Brakkit on Solace Family Records, Hurting Murphy shows no signs of slowing down as he pushes his way towards dance music stardom. The Daily Frequency caught up with the Bruce Banner producer to talk hip-hop, opening for Jansten, and much more!
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How did you get into producing? Do you come from a musical family, or is it something you gravitated towards on your own?
In 2017, my brother and I met our good buddy James (aka supa alien) at an open mic. We were looking for local producers, and he made beats himself. He sold me his old MacBook pro with a cracked version of Ableton live 9 on it for 150 bucks. He taught me the very basics of making beats. In 2018 I decided to take production seriously, and I never looked back. Been doin’ it almost daily since. The only musicians in my family are my brother (Jaxon Pryce, a hip-hop artist from Orlando) and myself.
Your sound is full of so much energy. Definitely, a vibe that can get any crowd going. Where do you find your inspiration?
I listen to ALOT of hip hop. More than EDM. I like old-school boom-bap shit, so that’s where I get a lot of drum work ideas from. One of my biggest dubstep influences is Peekaboo. His style is so unique and has TONS of energy, so I’m sure some of my sound comes from that. I want people to make the dookie face with some of my tracks, cry from some, and rage to others. As long as someone gets the chills from one of my drops, I’ve succeeded with my ultimate goal.
What’s the first dubstep song you heard that made you want to produce bass music?
Emalkay – When I Look at you. I heard this like a decade ago, and I remember it shifting the way I looked at music forever. Obviously, scary monsters and nice sprites did a similar thing. I really got into Thriftworks back in 2015-16, which is when my interest in the production side started, and I began to think, “okay, how is this shit made, though?..”
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Jam Baxter, Deca, MF DOOM, Jaxon Pryce, DJ Premiere, Thirftworks, and Peekaboo, just to name some big ones off the top.
You just dropped your latest single, Pressure featuring Brakkit, through Solace Records! How has it been working with both of them?
So far, so good with Solace. Met Ujuu through my manager Jon. Since I’ve announced the release it has been a pretty warm welcome from the fam. Brakkit is THAT guy. Super easy collab. I had this track idea with an intro and a build and a first drop idea, I sent it over to Brakkit, and he SNAPPED. Sent it back completely finished and fully mastered in just a few days. He’s such a good producer/sound designer. Criminally slept on.
You’re very outspoken about your journey through sobriety. How has being sober impacted your evolution as an artist, and how do you resist temptations in a profession known for its party culture? Any advice for anyone out there battling sobriety themselves?
That’s a great question. Well, I started producing when I got clean in may of 2018. Literally, everything that I’ve achieved since then is a by-product of my recovery. To be real, I don’t hang out in the culture. I love EDM peeps, and I wouldn’t have a career as a DJ if the culture didn’t exist. But I usually don’t go to shows unless it’s something I’m a part of. When I Do, I typically show up, play my set and leave. I’d probably like it that way whether I was sober or not. I try not to give advice, but I’ll tell you what I did. I couldn’t have done it without a solid support group. Doing it alone, for me, would have been impossible. Everyone is different, but for me, everything about my old lifestyle had to go.
You dove right into playing shows since quarantine, even offering direct support to artists like Jansten and The Widdler. What’s been your favorite show so far?
I’ve only played a handful, so that’s easy. Austin, Texas. Opening for Jansten and the Widdler FOR SURE. TheVenueATX is a killer spot, and Austin is a fun town. Plus, I got to travel with my brother and dope-ass manager, which made the long ride totally worth it.
What do you love most about being on stage?
When someone reacts to a track that YOU MADE, it’s a different sort of feeling. It’s like a divine affirmation of your spiritual destiny that has manifested in the purest form.
If you can make a track with one artist, who would it be?
Hip–Hop: Jam Baxter or Benny the Butcher
Lastly, if you could say one thing to your fans, what would you say?
There are not many of you yet. But to those of you who have gone out of your way to show me, love, I have nothing but the utmost gratitude for you. Stick around because the Hurting Murphy Legacy has just begun.
When Joe Sobolewski takes the stage as King Joe, there’s a sublime energy in the air that’s almost indescribable. Intending to deliver a unique experience with each set he plays, the Philly producer guides the crowd down a powerful journey through darkness and light. Like a shaman directing you through a spiritual awakening, King Joe uses sonic frequencies and deep bass not only to blast you into the void but to have you come out with a new profound perspective.
Inspired by all things extraterrestrial and harnessing a deep love for wubs, King Joe has transcended bass music and created a sound entirely his own. After dropping his debut EP titled Bike Ridding in mid-April, the Philly producer has been busy touring the U.S. spreading positive vibes and dropping infectious bass.
The Daily Frequency caught up with King Joe between shows to discuss aliens, tour life, and much more!
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Let’s start from the beginning. How did you get into music production, and what is it about bass music that made you say, “this is what I need to make”?
My friends, really, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be who I am today as both a person and an Artist. I started off by learning from my homies, Jesse and Tawanda, who both are dope artists themselves. After seeing the way they mix and how they work on Ableton, I really just started to find my own flow and sound that fits me. I saw Prophet back in 2017, and after going through the experience with the visuals and the sounds he played, it really helped open a picture in my mind of what I wanted the King Joe project to be like.
Do you have a specific routine once you hit the studio, or does it vary each day?
I ALWAYS meditate before a studio session. When I do meditation, it really puts me in a mindset where I can focus and really do my best work. My workflow when I’m in the studio varies though, some days, I can knock out a track in 8-10 hours, and some days I will spend 8-10 hours on the intro. I always try to get better every time I am in the studio, and each time I am in there, I wanna create something that sends a message. I also LOVE to move my studio down to my grandpa’s beach house on the weekends, I always feel like I have the best mindset there and the least amount of distractions, and I have made some of my best tracks down there. I’ve learned that getting comfortable is the best way to create music.
You say your musical inspiration comes from extraterrestrial origins. Do you believe in the power of muses or tapping into certain frequencies other than the self while you’re in the studio?
Absolutely! I have had some experiences that gave me a true love for Aliens, and I believe that when I’m in the studio and working on sections in songs, I can look back on the experiences that I have had and what I could hear and make the sounds sound exactly how I want too. People love to ask me about Aliens, and I always tell them to be loving and kind, and eventually, you will be able to feel good vibrations from them<3
Philadelphia is such a unique and artistic city. Do you feel your hometown has played a role in the development of your sound?
Philadelphia is a cool place to visit, but when you live here, grow up here, be around here your whole life…you see some really dark shit around the city. I definitely use the experiences I have had living here to play a role in the sounds I use. I have so much unreleased music that really dives into dark places and use a bunch of dark different bass lines/synths that can open a picture in your head of what the song is about. I plan on moving out of here very soon and relocating to Denver or down to south Florida with some homies, and it will be a much-needed change in scenery.
You came out of the pandemic swinging, playing a bunch of shows all over the country with more to come. How does it feel to be back on stage?
It has been indescribable. Before the pandemic, I wasn’t getting many gigs at all, but when I finally got comfortable with the tracks, I was making and producing more of my own music, it really made a difference in where I have been playing. I love being with everyone again at live music events and seeing people happy. It’s one of the best feelings looking out in the crowd seeing people dancing with one another and spreading love and good vibes again.
What has been your favorite show of the year so far? Any crazy road stories?
I played a festival in Virginia called Wonky Wonderland, and it was filled with dope artists and a great crowd. I met the homie Rylo there, who is one of my close friends now, and we have been playing a bunch of stuff and plan to go b2b in a couple different places sometime soon. The craziest part of that festival was the winds, the tent almost snapped the night we arrived and got all set up, and it was 4 am. Me and the homies were running around trying to make sure we didn’t freeze our asses off that night.
You tend to take the crowd on a journey with your live shows. How important is it to provide an experience rather than just playing “party music.”
The vision in my sets is to really take people through my mind and my feelings and things I have felt in my life in the past, and what I feel in the present at the moment. I have a whole routine before I perform. When I play a set, I give myself 2-3 hours to be by myself to really focus my energy on all the things going on in my life. I usually have 2 different setlists made with about 40-50 songs each on them, and whatever energy I am feeling, I go off that setlist. My style is very different, the goal for me is to make the audience feel and think about the darkness in life and in the world, and throughout the set, I will always add some acapellas in there to remind you that life isn’t always dark and it’s important to smile and love. I have also added visuals done by the homie Ashes from Florida for my sets now. You will really be able to see the light and the dark throughout the whole set through that visual experience and see more of a story.
I really dig your Bike Riding EP that just dropped in April! What was the inspiration behind the record?
This project has been in the making since 2019. Each song on that EP is named after places and things that I would see and do at my beach house. I always would ride my bike to the beach, see the crows on Central ave, and hammock in the shadows right under the boardwalk by the water. It was really a beautiful thing putting that project together. Central ave is my favorite track on that EP, and the EP as a whole holds a special place in my heart.
Not only do you perform as King Joe, but your also one-half of the group King & Queen Sounds with Yenny Music. How did that come about, and what can fans expect from the project?
Ahhhhh yes! Yenny music… She is truly one of the most talented, loving, beautiful, and genuine humans and artists that I know. She’s my best friend, and the goal for that project is to expand out of both of our comfort zones and to put on all different types of sets’ that are full of good vibes. Fun fact about King Joe … I LOVE DRUM AND BASS. This project is going to have a lot of different vibes that both Yenny and I don’t usually get to play during our regular sets. This project is going to be very uplifting and FUN. We’ve released 2 different mixes on our SoundCloud page, with a 3rd one coming out later this year. We have both been working on tracks and getting ideas ready for our first big release (Album?) (;
The both of us have had a ton of bookings this summer and have a lot of events coming up in the most recent months, so this project will be like a roller coaster climbing to the top before the drop, and we are so excited to share our music and love with everyone who supports us.
What are two albums in any genre that you can’t live without?
Swimming and Faces by Mac Miller. I grew up on Mac. I felt like I even knew him and could relate to him in the songs that he would write. His lyrics tell a story, and throughout his career, you could see him transition into deeper and darker stuff in his mind. I’ll never forget the day he passed away. I could go on and on about it. I hope that we can learn from what happened to him to help others with mental health issues and getting help through therapy.
Lastly, if you could accomplish one thing with your music, what would it be?
I have some really big dreams and goals with my project. I have a bunch of artists I wanna play shows with and collab on tracks with. But at the end of the day, the main goal for me is to play each set the best that I can and inspire people to chase their dreams. I want people to come out of my sets and feel relieved from the darkness and try to channel the energy towards their goals…. OH, and if I could play at the mothership in Hampton, VA one day, that would be a dream come true (:
Reigning from the stars but residing in the Motor City, In Orbit Dubz has been busy snatching souls with his earth-shattering bass. Harnessing the ability to effortlessly shift between genres, the Detroit producer will draw you in with mesmerizing soundscapes before blasting you into oblivion with wubs that could only be described as abrupt, dirty, and aggressive. His haunting intergalactic mask with bright glowing eyes only adds to his extraterrestrial allure. If aliens threw a rave in deep space, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that In Ornit Dubz would be DJing.
2021 is looking to be a breakout year for the quickly rising bass artist. So don’t be surprised when the name In Orbit Dubz starts popping up everywhere. Following two massive EPs, his newest single, Space Blunt, has stirred up a frenzy in the bass scene. Exclusively premiered on EDM Identity, Space Blunt featuring Zingara has found its way to Liquid Stranger’s Wakaan Weekly Spotify playlist.
On top of dropping his next single Maximum Ignorance on July 2nd, you can catch the Detroit producer throwing down at festivals like Wubb’d out, Indepen-Dance Day, and Wubduction.
The Daily Frequency reached out to the inter-dimensional DJ to discuss his name, how he got into dubstep, and much more!
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Congrats on such a huge year so far. We’re just 6 months through 2021, and you’ve already released two Eps and a ton of singles. How are you able to put out so much work at such a high level?
I put out so much music because I make so much of it on a weekly basis. I try to release everything that I make, so in order to do that, I have to rapid-fire them. I’m really trying to drop about 30 songs this year.
I’m not a believer in labels. Yes, they can help get your music heard, but that’s no fun. The real fun is grinding and self-releasing and workin for this shit.
This is another reason why I make and release so many songs. I never have any deadlines, so I’m never pressured to release I kind of just make music and drop it as I go. I make this music because I love doing it, and I believe it’s the passion that has gotten me this far so quickly.
Explain the name In Orbit Dubz.
People think it’s space/ alienish because of the branding. The honest truth is when I was younger, I took edibles with my boy and got way too high. Like trippin balls high… I think it was my second time ever gettin baked. Long story short, while I was high, I looked at him and said, “bro, I am in orbit,” and the name just stuck with me for my whole DJ career.
Cities are finally opening back up, and live music is starting to feel normal once again. How is the scene looking over in Detroit?
The scene is honestly recovering pretty well. A lot of people are following the rules, and it’s exciting to see everyone raging in safety. I’ve gotten to play a few smaller local shows, but I am excited for what the future will look like for myself and the Detroit Scene.
How did you get into music production, and what drew you to dubstep?
I used to DJ parties in high school and shit like that but never produced until later on. Honestly, because I wasn’t passionate about producing yet. I didn’t know what music to make, and it all just seemed really hard to do.
It wasn’t until I saw excision live that I started producing. He literally changed my life. It was a moment where right then and there, I knew this is the only thing I could ever do with my life and be happy. I think it was 2019, and I’d hop on my laptop once every month or two and bullshit around. 2020 is when I said I wanna learn this shit and get really good. So I did. I sat in my room for 5-10 hours a day. Pretty much every day and just made song after song. I’m about 1 1/2 years deep into seriously producing, and I think so far, I can be proud of the progress. Once again, anybody can do this stuff. It’s all about the time and passion.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Easily Excision, Svdden death, Calcium, and Subtronics.
Lately, I’ve been getting super inspired by a lot of Wook bass artists like Space Wizard, etc.
I love your hard-hitting sound. Its obvious heavy bass is your forte which makes your ability to switch up your style on your Program Euphoria Ep even more impressive. How important is versatility in today’s scene?
I think that limiting myself to one genre is almost a little boring. My music would probably end up getting very stale, and it would be hard for me to get creative with new projects.
Like, imagine going to school for 8 years and just taking English classes only. That shit would get pretty old.
Making other genres can gain you more fans, and ultimately getting out of your comfort zone is the key to growing and learning more about this art form. Doing this will also help round out your sets with a bunch of different styles of music.
The creativity with your vocals really makes your tracks stand out in a fun and unique way. Do you think that ignorant style of vocals is what’s missing in dubstep?
I’ll start this question with a statement. The vocal 9/10 times is the most important element in an EDM song. It can make or break the whole idea.
As far as ignorance goes, I don’t think it’s really missing; I just think it’s untapped. I feel like people can think it’s a little unprofessional but homie, if I wanted to be professional, I’d go to college for a job where I’d have to wear a suit and tie every day. I make this music because it’s fun doing it.
You’ve announced a ton of new shows throughout the summer, playing fests like Wubb’d Out among others. What can fans expect once you take the stage?
My set consists of a lot of edits, mashups, and originals. Everything about it is unique. My sets have the heaviness, the emotion, and the mind-melting shit. I’ve been investing all the money I’ve earned so far in my career into custom CGI visuals. I wanna give my fans a full audiovisual experience. I wanna talk more about it, but I also want it to be more of a surprise for the first people that get to witness it.
If you could play one festival, what would it be and why?
Lost lands would be super fun, but if I had to pick any fest, it would probably be EDC because I would get to hit all kinds of different sets after id play.
Lastly, do aliens exist?
Fuck yeah, bro. I’ve been hip since day one. Now even the government is coming out about all this shit. Really fucking mind-blowing that someday in the future, those aliens might be us going to different planets and galaxies.
The ultimate form of self-expression is transforming emotions into art. The painter doesn’t just paint but interprets their world onto their canvas by digging deep into the self. Rita Mucavele, who goes by the stage name CANVAS, acts as a painter of sound as she reconstructs her experiences into sonic vibrations. By harnessing her emotions, the Atlanta bass producer creates a form of dubstep which she termed gut music. Music that’s designed to stimulate not only your mind but all of your senses through deep bass and mesmerizing frequencies, resulting in a sound you can feel.
While finding solace in creating, CANVAS turned all the negativity that came with 2020 into positivity by simply focusing on the music. Releasing tracks with Electric Hawk and taking full advantage of live streams, she used her downtime to master her craft.
Now riding that momentum into 2021, CANVAS shows no signs of slowing down and proves to be a force in the bass scene. The Daily Frequency had the opportunity to talk to her about playing The Untz Festival, what’s to come, and much more!
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How did you get into music production, and what drew you to bass music in particular?
I’ve always been obsessed with music from an early age. It’s in my blood. Since I can remember, I’ve been playing some type of instrument from the drums to euphonium to bass guitar. I thank my mom for constantly pushing me towards these opportunities and fighting for them.
While in college, I worked in the music building, helping my fellow students check out and rent instruments. I learned about a music synthesis class and would spend my downtime at work exploring different analog and digital synthesizers. This ultimately lead me to deeply discover electronic music, DJing, and, subsequently, music production.
I’m a huge fan of music in general. I can always find a track I truly enjoy in any genre. Bass music is so special to me because it’s a melting pot of influences. You can take everyday sounds and extract the music within. The experimental nature of it lends itself to opportunities to find music with everyday sounds. Plus, I’m in love with the feeling and sound of a nice, deep sub. I blame 90’s southern hip hop, ha! Our bodies just resonate so well with lower frequencies.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Talking big picture, Missy Elliott and Imogen Heap, hands down. Both women transcend artistry. They are simply phenomenal creatives who have had a significant influence over my musical tastes and aspirations since I was a little girl! Shoutout to fans of Frou Frou and the nearly 25 years of us being blessed with the Supa Dupa Fly album from Missy!
I should also give thanks to 90’s & 00’s southern hip hop in general. It’s undeniable in my sound and influence.
You can tell there is a lot of emotion and energy put into your productions. Where does your inspiration come from when you’re in the studio?
Thank you for feeling it! It honestly comes from my life experiences. Music has always been my escape, therapy, lover, and friend. My childhood and youth were hands down the most difficult times of my life. Growing up in poverty as a child of a single mother immigrant, grappling with my ADHD and struggling to come out…. there was a lot for me to unpack there. Music was my coping strategy. I could feel heard, seen, loved, accepted, unlimited, whatever I wanted and needed to feel, music, she had me covered.
When I produce, it’s the same thing. I’m looking to shine a light on my emotions. What needs tending to, what needs to be expressed, what is crying out for attention. I sit with that feeling and write, create, edit, and something new is born. Sometimes it’s very heavy, sometimes I just need to feel silly and ridiculous!
I really love your style of bass music and your ability to incorporate a ton of variety in your productions. How are you able to create such diversity while stay staying true to your sound?
It’s definitely a balancing game. But again, it all comes back to the emotion for me. I’m making music with the intention of giving energy to a certain feeling, so I follow that feeling. I reflect on memories where I’ve felt that emotion the strongest and rebuild that feeling into a new, imagined scenario. I then create the soundtrack for that imagined moment. To me, that’s following my gut. That’s my sound.
You recently coined the phrase gut music. Tell us more about that and how you came up with it.
Yes, Gut Music! You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and are immediately obsessed with it? Or that immediate bass face reaction you can’t help but make? What about feeling like your soul was touched? That’s gut music. It’s visceral. It transcends genre because it hits us at our core as human beings, and that’s universal.
It came about in a discussion with my manager (and one of my best friends), Scott Steiner. He said “Gut Music,” and it was born!
The pandemic hit everyone hard and flipped the music industry upside down. You, however, seemed to thrive, releasing a ton of new music, mixes, and playing a bunch of live streams. How important was it to stay busy, and how were you staying positive in such trying times?
It was EVERYTHING! Music was my mental sanctuary. Creating gave me something to believe in and hope for. As an artist, you know deep down that you MUST create to feel connected; we must create to feel realized. That need just became more evident as life was stripped down.
Staying positive was a challenge, no doubt. Step one was recognizing when I needed help and then seeking out that help. I’m so thankful to my therapist, my phenomenal partner, my two wives, and my community of friends who are family! I leaned into them to share the burden, expressing our fears, anxieties, hopes, and wishes for the future, just holding space for one another. I am very lucky and thankful to have so many genuine, amazing humans in my life (s/o to Team Palm Tree). I cannot stress enough the importance of COMMUNITY! It takes a village.
Not only do you rock the stage, but you’re also an avid fan of the scene and attend music festivals such as Okeechobee and Imagine. Would you say experiencing the music in the crowd from the fan’s perspective impacts how you play your live sets?
I’m a fan first! It absolutely does! Going back to chasing a feeling – being in the crowd, experiencing live music from that perspective comes with a wave of memories. Just think about all of the kind strangers you dance with, the overheard conversations, the ridiculous antics, getting lost in a bass line with your eyes closed… ugh, I could go on and on. I want to capture that experience and give it right back to my audience. I want you to know that we are creating this set, this moment together. I’m just your mirror.
Just like your music, your visuals are next level. Would you say visuals are just as important as the music for the overall experience?
You’re too kind! I believe that visuals, for my project, are there to enhance the music and help tell the story. It’s another way of engaging the senses to bring the listener that much more into the present. It helps to solidify the experience. Expect to see more of my curated visuals at my upcoming shows!
You’ve just played The Untz Festival alongside some great names in bass music. Now you’re headed to Rebirth Festival in Georgia. What can fans expect once you take the stage?
The Untz was a wild ride! Great time connecting there. Rebirth will be a very special series of performances. I’ll have longer sets, so I’ll really take us on a ride. It’s no holds bar, full freestyle music! Expect bass, but be ready for anything. The goal is to feel rinsed, washed, and reborn mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically! Hydrate before!
Lastly, if you could accomplish one thing in your musical career, what would it be and why?
To give back! I’m cheating with this one because it’s really a few things. Emotionally, I want to give every fan what music has given me: a space for all of my emotions, struggles, and triumphs. Someone to say, “I see you, I feel you, you’re not alone.”
More tangibly, I want to create full-spectrum music programs (that incorporate electronic music and music production, of course) for young kids in underprivileged areas and challenging circumstances. Completely free for students and properly compensated teachers. Everyone needs music, but for some, that music helps a little more. I know how it impacted my development, I want that options for others.
Adam Blanchard, also known by his stage name smol, is a Canadian electronic producer out of Calgary who’s really starting to stir up some noise in the bass scene. With his genre-bending cinematic style, smol captivates his listeners through sound and vibrations, creating a sonic experience like no other. The Calgary producer is also proving to be one of the hardest working DJs in the game, dropping new music almost every week while running his own label called DoYu. From his Obsessions EP released with Headbang Society to his latest single, Touching reality featuring Fresh BVCKED, smol is on pace to becoming bass music’s next big thing.
The Daily Frequency reached out to smol to discuss his new EP, his passions, and much more!
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First off, congratulations on your new EP Obsessions! How has it been working with Headbang Society?
Thank you! Working with Headbang Society has been a wonderful experience so far, and I am really excited to move into the future with them and make it down to the US when virus things settle down. The team is really engaged and motivated by the love of music and bass music culture. They’ve been very kind to support my genre-bending ways and provide a platform to share my unique music.
How old were you when you started creating music? Was this a lane you always envisioned yourself going through?
I was 5 when I became obsessed with piano and music in general because my grandmother enrolled me in lessons and encouraged artistic expression as a way to pacify my intense curiosity and very high energy. Within a few years, I was already playing classical piano at a university level and knew I wanted to tour and perform. Over the course of my life, I fell away from my pursuit of a music career due to external pressures. After a full decade of pursuing music via the party in my 20’s, I realized I had spent the bulk of my time celebrating but not actually accomplishing much beyond my corporate leadership role in the grocery retail industry. As I approached my 30’s, I had a life-changing experience that led to me to create both smol and my label/community initiative we call DoYu. In creating both, I aimed to facilitate growth for both myself and others through the idea that embracing your true self and living a full life would bring on and sustain perpetual joy.
I wasn’t going to let anything or anyone else hold me back. I was feeling unsupported by my friends, family, and peers, so I created my own support network and started finding other ambitious people who just wanted to be themselves and express that through art, friendship, and community. Now that I am fully in this lane, there is nothing that could make me believe I am supposed to do or be anything else.
Your sound has such a cinematic feel in a sense where each song really takes the listener on a journey. Is this something you really focus on with your productions?
Thank you for taking notice! I am trying to replicate an experience I’ve had many times over the past two decades while experiencing our simulation from a heightened state of awareness. I hear rhythm, playful sonic expression, and life in the atmosphere and throughout my surroundings. From animals singing, to the flow of the wind through the trees, to the rumbling of thunder and slightly predictable rate of water dripping from an eavestrough. Our world is constantly producing a sonic story, and I aspire to replicate its chaotic ways in my own music. I have been diving into psychoacoustics since coming onto the idea a few years ago from a friend but have always subconsciously taken note. If any of the listeners out there appreciate this focus in my music, I invite you to check out my everyday listening project, ‘nwmi,’ which is grounded in the pursuit of taking the listener to a different space through listening.
Walk us through your creative process in the studio. Do you have any routines to get you in that creative state, or do you just go with the flow and find inspiration as it comes?
I always have piles of projects that I am working on with friends and family, and I aspire to do everything in my life with an artistic perfection behind it. My cooking, skateboarding, family life, hula hooping, label, and everything in between is what drives my inspiration. I don’t really believe in motivating myself daily, but do manage and engage in evolving task sheets to keep myself on track and break down big goals into small, executable directives. I think accomplishing all these goals, reviewing them, and creating more does lead to inspiration, though, so perhaps this is a foundational process that I have.
I really believe staying inspired is the key, and what it takes to facilitate that for yourself will be different for everyone and evolve over time. The framework I live within for a healthy life includes eating beautiful, healthy food, staying active, practicing introspection, taking time to rest and chill out, sustaining the mindset of trying to become better at life activities perpetually.
Like everyone, I experience procrastination and stress. However, my resolve and perception of both have evolved over the years. When I am stalling out, I just start with one thing, no matter how big my list is. When the next stair on my journey is too high to climb, I simply ask a friend or family to help lower it. I might be a smart person, but I would be a fool to think I know everything. This is why choosing who and what you subscribe to is important. There is not one person in my network that would be unwilling to help me and vice versa.
If you are just building a network of support, remember this formula for success. Give, give, give, then take.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
My grandmother, Minnie. Yes, she is very, very smol with a massive heart and all the patience in the world for my explosively curious, energetic ways. She showed me how to cook, how to garden, how to treat and communicate with animals, how to play instruments of all kinds, how to paint and draw, how to work on being a better human. She is the GOAT, and I love her and thank her dearly for the influence she’s had on me.
Math. I was blessed with a math brain and see everything as a set of data that can be tracked, analyzed, and manipulated to produce new, predictable results. I live in the land of facts and use math to affect and benefit my choice-making ability. This goes for both music and life in general. Even in skateboarding, I take into account the physics of what’s happening in order to position my feet and body to nail a new trick.
Music-wise it would be impossible to explain this quickly because I’ve explored so many genres over my 28 years of being music-conscious. But here are the most loved humans in my life right now that encourage me to pursue the best in me every day. My fiance Jenny and our daughter/collaborator, Keura. My best mons, TOFA and INNOCENT, and of course Riley SkyMillz, who is also my label partner at DoYu.
You just released a new EP, and you’re already announcing new music. Can fans expect more releases as the year goes on?
Fans can expect an extreme amount of music for this studio this year over multiple projects, including smol, nwmi, and our label DoYu Digital.
You can continue to expect biweekly self-releases of flips, beat tapes, sound packs, remix stems, and more on both smol and nwmi. There will also be label releases every month, but I guess let’s spill the beans here a bit and tell you who. I am extremely stoked to have worked out a release with Fresh Bvked (who is also on HBS with me) on Wavecraft Collective for May, and then a pseudo-riddim track with Camnah of Spicy Bois on Hybrid Trap the following month.
Other labels I aspire to release with this year are Sleeveless, Break & Enter Society, Wormhole Music Group, and Gravits – let’s see where 2021 goes….
It’s clear that music isn’t your only passion. As a skater and self-proclaimed foodie, how important is it to have interests outside of music? Do you believe having other lanes to put your energy into, such as skateboarding and cooking, helps your creativity when you are in the studio?
In my eyes, they are all essential to one another. The cooking, skating, creating thing is a beautiful cycle of activities that each feed a different part of my body, mind, or soul. It is important that everyone implements a passionate pursuit of something or some things and realize the synergies between these quests that they dedicate their time to in order to reach the goal of their pursuit. Basically, be present in the journey and build your awareness so you can intercept more opportunities and be fully present in all of the moments of your storyline. I feel the closer we get to maximizing our personal human experience, the more creative we become… but no matter what, it does come in waves, so you always have to be ready to harness it when it arrives.
Aside from electronic music, what genres would you say influence your sound the most?
I’m basically looking at every genre and asking, why do people like this so much? Or, why don’t I like this? What is the best thing about this, why and how can I take that back to my own writing? Sometimes the results of my self-questioning are paradoxical in nature. It could be a hit tune with the worst mix down you’ve ever heard, and it can be hard to make sense of that. I’ve learned to look for the advantage within the disadvantage. There is an exploit to each genre, an exploit to each social platform we use, an exploit at the supermarket where you can eat the best food and pay the least.
To intercept both the obvious and hidden opportunities, we must remain aware. This requires staying open to new ideas and evolving concepts to truly embrace their power and transfer maximum influence into our own writing.
If you could make a song with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’ve been very inspired by Kaytranada’s writing for the past decade. I would love to see what his creative process is and how he develops that insanely catchy vibe in all his music.
Lastly, if you could say one thing to your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for reading this, thank you for your support and interest in my music and creations. I really appreciate all the back and forth on the DMs and encourage anyone who wants to talk to me to simply reach out on any platform and start talking. It’s been a lonely hibernation through covid for us all, and I am so grateful for this community of wonderful humans that help make life brighter.
Grant Hergenroeder, who goes by the name HYPERDAZE, just dropped an incredible, conscious expanding LP titled Mind. The 13 track project is the first studio album by the Maryland-based producer who takes his listeners on a journey inwards as he explores the deepest realms of the mind through sound. Mind is an album you’d expect from a seasoned vet, let alone a new producer, but HYPERDAZE makes it look easy. While it’s clear he draws inspiration from artists such as Flume, his sound is undoubtedly unique as he combines luscious emotional soundscapes with eccentric bass creating an unforgettable listening experience. It’s also impossible to box HYPERDAZE into one category as Mind is as much of an exploration through genres as it is consciousness.
The Daily Frequency had the opportunity to sit down with HYPERDAZE to discuss Mind, his plans for the future, and a whole lot more!
Check out the full interview below!
Congratulations on your new album, Mind! It’s such an impressive project, and I really love the concept. What drew you to explore the inner workings of the mind, such as dealing with love, loss, and triumph?
Thank you! I’m really happy you connected with it. I put a lot of time and effort into the project, so hearing things like this mean so much to me.
I had the idea for the concept in August when I was starting classes again. Being away from others gave me a lot of time to think and reflect in general. The main push for the idea was that I wanted to connect my most meaningful experiences with others. The title “Mind” stems from this concept.
Many upcoming producers release a single here and there, but you, on the other hand, were able to put together a full-length album. How does it feel to release such a massive record so early in your career?
I’m really happy. I view music purely as a way to share experiences and emotions – writing an album allows for so much more of this, I feel. The HYPERDAZE project has been evolving over the past year, but I thought it really needed a cohesive piece of work to set its direction – this album does that.
I love your sound. You’re able to hit on many different genres while still sounding original, which is no easy task. What’s your secret?
I really admire the way Flume was able to craft “Skin” and tried to apply some of his techniques. For example, when I wrote these tracks, I was constantly thinking about progression (within each song and from song to song). I tried to scale the energy level of each track (1-10) and have it flow (gradually build/fall). The way I see it is that when complex things get broken down into simpler problems, really cool things can happen.
You’ve been getting huge support from some big names in the scene. Alison Wonderland even played out your track Mind on her radio show. How does it feel to get recognition from some of the best artists/DJs in the game?
I feel very honored. I remember randomly doing a google search of myself and seeing that Alison’s radio show played had it and just feeling so happy. A lot of these artists and DJ’s are people I’ve looked up to for a very long time and words can’t express how crazy it feels.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Flume and What So Not. Those two will always be my biggest inspirations.
Take us through your day in the studio. Do you have a specific routine, or is each day different?
I’d say each day is pretty different. I love getting out and about and writing in weird places. For example, I made “Scorch” on an airplane.
Take us back. How did you get into producing, and what drew you to electronic music in the first place?
When I was 14, I downloaded FL Studio and started making beats. I remember picking it up pretty quickly and searching everywhere for sounds and plugins (I actually destroyed a laptop doing this because of viruses). The hobby eventually grew into a passion, and now I’m constantly writing music.
Are there any genres outside of the electronic realm that have had a significant influence on your sound?
I grew up around a lot of rock music – definitely some influence there. Not a huge fan of the heavier stuff but more so bands like M83, Fun, Kings of Leon, MGMT, 311, and Arctic Monkeys. I have a lot of great memories attached to that genre of music, so I’d consider it a big influence.
What can fans expect from you as the year goes on?
I have a lot planned that I don’t want to talk too much about yet. I can say I really love high-tempo stuff at the moment. A lot more is coming, and I’m really excited.
Lastly, where you do you see yourself in 5 years?
Writing music, exploring life, and continuing to grow the HYPERDAZE project.
Jakeshoredrive is an upcoming tech and deep house DJ who is quickly rising to stardom throughout Chicago. Known for his high-energy, feel-good sets, the 28-year-old DJ knows how to throw a party. Whether it’s offering direct support to artists such as Don Diablo and Da Baby or DJing parties in the Hamptons, Jakeshoredrive knows how to electrify any crowd.
As the 2021 season kicks off, Jakeshoredrive is already making big moves. He just released a massive g -house track called Scandal along with new tour dates in Nashville this June.
The daily Frequency caught up with Jakeshoredrive to discuss the scene in Chicago, musical influences, and more!
Check out the full interview below!
How did you get into producing music, and when did you decide this was something you wanted to pursue professionally?
I have been producing music for 1.5 years. It all started with a vision I kept having every time I’d close my eyes. I kept seeing myself in front of thousands of people rocking to my music. I looked at where I’ve been and what I’ve done up until that point and knew I had to evolve from DJ to artist if I wanted to live out that vision. Then the process began.
Everyone has that one song that got them into electronic music. For me, it was Kaleidoscope by Tiesto. What was yours?
Wow, this is a great question. For me, it’d have to be Loca People from Sak Noel and Cry Just a Little (Kids at the Bar Bootleg)-Bingo Players …shout out Red Lion (U of I)
You are a house DJ from Chicago, which is widely known as the Birthplace of house. What impact has your city had on your musical taste?
It’s EVERYTHING. I consistently ask myself, can I play this in Chicago? Or how can I sprinkle some Chicago flavor into this track? Many great artists have paved the way for me to make music from this city, and I always want to do right by them by putting something with soul, swing, grit, and groove out there. I was blessed to actually grow up in the city, where I was thrust into a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities, and musical tastes. It’s given me the ability to sample from and get inspired by a wide range of music from hip-hop, juke, latin/reggaeton, R&B, and beyond.
Although you define yourself as a house DJ, it is clear your sound has a lot of influences from other genres. How important is versatility when it comes to production?
I take pride in pushing the limits within house music. I believe it’s so necessary when you want to stand out or try to be different. Blending in other genres is just the DJ in me. It’s what I do in my live sets. I’m very intentional with it because it makes your music that much more marketable and familiar when people hear a melody, vocal chop, or sound they already love.
You’ve been putting in work this past year, releasing a bunch of new music. How were you able to stay motivated in such trying times?
In such trying times, I found the silver lining! For me, the silver lining was all a sudden, I have all this TIME since my day job was severely relaxed back to very minimal work. I looked at it as a blessing. Obviously, there was a lot to worry about and be cautious with the realities of COVID, but I’ve never been one to waste time when given it. I also looked at it as, ok, I’m not DJing, so how can I stay relevant, and the only way was to release music and push content.
You basically live a double life being an elementary school teacher for seven years now. How are you able to juggle teaching and producing music at such a high level? Your students must think your pretty damn cool.
“The juggle is real!” I’ve made some serious changes in my life in the past two years that have helped me take on the workload. My standards for both teaching and producing are that they are two full-time careers, and my time is balanced around them. I teach from 9-4 pm and focus on music in some capacity (creating, meetings, branding, content, marketing) at night. I rarely go out anymore unless I’m DJing or networking. Although, I’ve learned over the past year that balance is so EXTREMELY important for my creative and mental health. I make time for family, close friends, my dog Chief, and just living to avoid creative block and burnout. Thank you, I hope they do!
You are a great producer but also have a solid social media presence. How important is social media when it comes to marketing your music and connecting with fans?
In an industry that has had its in-person connection stripped away in the last year, it has been so important in both marketing and connecting with fans. I have really tried to solidify and focus on my branding and connectivity through social media a lot in the past 6 months. I’m trying to stay authentic to myself while giving people meaningful content that makes people happy, informs them or helps solve a confusion or debunk a myth about music, DJing, or producing. Again, it’s been the only way for me to stay relevant but also helps with narrowing down those super fans!
Not only do you produce, DJ, and Teach, you also have a radio show called WEHAVEFUN. How did that come about, and what’s the vision behind it?
WEHAVEFUN Radio was a way for me to showcase my musical taste and also market myself digitally to potential venues. It also was a way for me to showcase/sharpen my skills as a DJ and love for other people’s music. I have been able to connect to so many artists looking to get more exposure just through a music centric podcast. I will admit WHF Radio has taken a back seat recently, but I am ready to start gearing it up again for the summer. I would like to feature artists for interviewing and guest mixes. If you are in need of a jackin high-energy hour-long mix for car rides, workouts, or pre-games, then this is the radio show for you.
In September, you announced that it had been one year since you decided to quit drinking, which I applaud. But, obviously, DJ culture and party culture go hand in hand. How are you able to resist temptations? What advice would you give someone who just decided to quit?
I’m glad you asked this question, I honestly shy away from posting about it too much, but I’m always open about speaking on it because I know it could possibly help others.
Personally, THIS was the life-changing decision I alluded to in an earlier question. The temptation is always there, but I’ve learned to be at peace with it and not let it even phase me. This didn’t happen overnight, though. It was a one-day at a time process. I have a strong support system and true friends that have made me realize that I never needed it to be who I truly am. The music gives me that high now. I also view it as a transfer of addiction from partying to my music career. There’s a direct correlation between the amount of time I’ve been sober and the time I’ve been producing. I’ll be honest I have had a couple of small setbacks in the past 1.5 years sober, but that just means I’m human. I’ve learned and grown from a couple of times, and each time I come out more focused and locked in than ever before. It’ll always be a battle for me all my life, but it’s a battle I’m not willing to lose.
For anyone out there thinking about quitting, DO IT. The pros immensely outweigh the cons (if any cons at all). Here’s some of my best tips:
-Do it for yourself and no one else
-Take it one day at a time. Literally, say “I will not_______ today” and watch the days add up.
-Tell those around you and make it well known what your goals are. Communication is so huge!
-When you’re out, always have something in your hand. This will eliminate people from asking you to take a shot or have a drink.
-Just know you never needed alcohol to be the beautiful, fun-loving spirit you already are.
It seems you have such an optimistic outlook on life. You are always enjoying the moment and having fun. Is this something you try to incorporate into your music?
Three words, baby, “WE HAVE FUN”! It’s my slogan. I’ve used it for years, and it’s definitely the type of music I want to make and music go-er I want to attract. It embodies the energy I bring to my original music, remixes, and DJ sets. People are attracted to good energy, and I just try and put that out there at all costs. I currently have my own night centered around this idea. We Have Fun Fridays at Clutch Chicago! Come by and say hi if you’re in town 🙂
Take us behind the scenes. How do you prepare for a set, and do you have a pre-show ritual?
Oftentimes I try not to over-prepare because I’ve learned I get too caught up in being perfect, and it throws off my energy. Usually, before a set, I always think about the room or venue and the audience that is going to be there or the artist I’m directly supporting. The time of day is also a big factor for me as far as what music I’m lining up for the night. I’ll create crates of music that I definitely want to play, but it is always open season once it’s go time. Never really had a pre-show ritual before covid, now I usually call or text my mom or dad, letting them know I’m here, sober, and ready to rock this mf.
With live music coming back, what’s this summer looking like in Chicago?
It’s looking promising! Clubs and bars are slowly opening up and releasing restrictions. I saw some festival lineups posted so good as it can be, I guess. I’m honestly not gonna be here for a large part of it. I was able to damn near manifest my own unofficial tour at several cities around the US, starting with Nashville June 4th. So I’m very excited about that!
Last but not least, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On top of the DJ booth on the Perry’s stage at Lollapalooza. With a Stone Cold hat on, waving the Chicago flag as my dad drops one of my bangers in front of 10 thousand hardcore members.
It is no secret that EDM was hit the hardest when Bonnaroo announced the 2021 official lineup. While about 60 percent of the original 2020 lineup stayed intact, some notable acts were removed without replacement, especially in the electronic realm. We lost Ganja White Night, Flume, Bassnectar (for numerous reasons), Rezz, Bonnie X Clyde, and tones and I. However, aside from not one headlining act, the electronic undercard runs deep. It may not look like it at first glance, but the more you go through the lineup, the more EDM heavy hitters you will find.
To be clear there are many reasons why EDM may not seem as strong as it did in previous years. As we all know, Covid hit live music especially hard. It’s not that Bonnaroo’s EDM scene is fizzing out but that it is just a strange year overall for the festival circuit. September is flooded with festivals trying to make a comeback, and each fest is fighting for a spot for each artist. On Labor Day Weekend alone, there are five major festivals, including Bonnaroo taking Place. Being that 4 of them are exclusively curated for EDM makes it even harder for Bonnaroo to book all the artists they would have wanted.
The good news for EDM and Bonnaroo fans is that despite everything, Bonnaroo was still able to book 35 electronic artists with a wide range of styles that know how to throw the fuck down. Bonnaroo’s EDM stage, The Other, has also been revamped with better production and lights for the best possible experience. Also, for the first time in Bonnaroo’s history, The Other will be going all night long, so look for secret sets and surprise b2bs. Mix that in with the Where in the Woods stage, and you have a ravers paradise!
Scroll through for your complete EDM guide to Bonnaroo!
Genre – Future Bass, Melodic Dubstep
If you love Illenium you will love Dabin, and not just because he’s the guitarist in Illenium’s Awake band. Dabin has been making a name for himself in the electronic scene with his electrifying live show, and euphoric melodic dubstep. Definitely a must-see act on Thursday night!
The Funk Hunters
Genre- Electronic, Dubstep, Soul, Disco, Funk
If a jam band went electronic The Funk Hunters would most definitely be it. Members Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith mix everything from dubstep to soul, and rock n roll creating a one of a kind future funk sound!
Genre- Dubstep, Bass, Hip-hop
To be Frank, He$h throws the fuck down. With a perfect mixture of southern hip-hop and heavy wubs, He$h is someone you headbangers won’t want to miss!
Genre – Dubstep, Bass, Hip-Hop
As one of rap star Pouya’s favorite producers Spock is another hard-hitting dubstep DJ with a hip-hop heavy sound. Expect his set to be dirty, grungy, and full of energy!
Genre- Experimental Bass
One of Wakaan’s brightest prodigies, Mize has been pushing the boundaries of bass music with his hypnotizing tripped-out sound. Be prepared for a spiritual experience once Mize takes the stage!
Genre- Melodic Bass, Future Bass, Trap
Taska Black is quickly rising to dance music stardom with his top-notch production and genre-defying sound. Expect his set to be full of warm melodies and festival anthems.
Zía has been making noise in the bass scene catching the attention of labels like Bassrush, Deadbeats, and Gravedance. Inspired by her love of metal and dubstep the Philly producer will have one of the heaviest high energy sets on Thursday!
Genre- Ambient, Trip-hop, Downtempo
Even if you are not a huge EDM fan don’t sleep on Tipper! Recognized for his visuals almost as much as his music, Tipper will take you on a spiritual journey!
Genre- Electronic, Indie-pop
Bringing back 80s nostalgia with a modern-day EDM twist, Big Wild knows how to throw a party. Don’t be surprised if he throws down one of the most fun sets at Bonnaroo!
Genre- House, Trap
Things will get weird in a good way once Troyboi hits The Other! Expect dirty trap mixed with bouncy electro-house beats!
Genre- Dubstep, Bass
If there is going to be any moshing at The Other it’s going to be during SVDDEN DEATH’s set! If you love heavy wubs and metal inspired dubstep don’t miss his epic bass-heavy show!
Genre-Dubstep, Melodic Bass
Bringing those intergalactic vibes to Bonnaroo, Lucii will bring you on a wild ride through outer space with trippy bass and other worldly wubs!
Since her emergence into the dance scene in 2018 Lp Giobbi has been quickly rising to become EDM’s next big star. Known for her feel-good house and deep bass her set is sure to light the dance floor on fire!
Genre- Bass, Dubstep, Trap
Not much is known about the masked extraterrestrial duo except for the fact that they go hard with filthy wubs and earthshaking bass!
Genre- House, Bass house
Already Bonnaroo Famous, Mija broke into the electronic scene with a surprise 6 a.m b2b with Skrillex at Bonnaroo in 2014. This time she’s back to throw down on The Other as one of EDM’s most electrifying house DJs!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
A heavier version of Tipper, Detox Unit will not only stimulate your senses but will have you getting down to filthy bass!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Glitch Hop
Another unknown Artist, Tripp St is rumored to be the alias of a big-time DJ/Producer, possibly even Liquid Stranger. Mysteriously coming out of nowhere Tripp St. has been taking the electronic scene by storm. Definitely, a must-see act at Bonnaroo if you love trippy experimental bass!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
NotLö will take you on a sonic adventure with her dark, low- end bass and celestial sound!
One of the most versatile artists in all of EDM, Seven Lions will have you headbanging, crying, singing, and falling in love all in one set!
Genre- Electronic, Synth Pop
Not necessarily classified as EDM but Sylvan Esso is definitely heavily influenced by electronic soundscapes. The fact that they are playing the super jam makes their set even more of a must-see!
Genre- Riddim, Dubstep, Bass
Subtronics will surely turn Bonnaroo into a frenzy with his hard-hitting face-melting dubstep and riddim! One of the hardest working producers in bass music this is a set you won’t want to miss. Just be cautious while head banging, you don’t want to break your neck!
Inspired by Korean indie rock, 90s hip-hop, and electronica, Yaeji has created a form of house music that is simply out of this world! With mellow vocals switching back and forth from English to Korean, and lo-fi house beats Yaeji’s set will be a party like no other!
Genre- Future bass, Future House, Trap
Playing everything from aggressive bangers to beautiful downtempo anthems Ekali’s set will have you lost in your feels while getting down at the same time!
Genre- Dubstep, Future Bass
If you combined Excision with Illenium you would get Wooli! The perfect balance of heavy dubstep with euphoric future bass!
Genre- House, Bass House
Whatever you do not sleep on Dr. Fresch! If anyone is coming with the heat and the weed it’s going to be this Canadian house legend who will absolutely set the dance floor ablaze!
Genre- Future Bass
Don’t be alarmed if you shed a tear during his emotionally heavy performance! With a knack for uplifting melodies and emotional soundscapes, William Black will having you hugging your friends and maybe even strangers mid-set!
Genre- Riddim, Dubstep
Don’t let her small size fool you! Level Up has a massive presence on stage and will rattle the earth below The Other with some of the hardest bass-driven dubstep there is!
A Bonnaroo favorite, DJ Mel always finds his way onto the Bonnaroo lineup! Also, as an electronic music vet DJ Mel’s sets are always a good ass time!
Genre- House, Bass House
Known for his high-energy, heavy-hitting house, Lick has gained support from the likes of Jauz, and Zeds Dead. Be prepared to jump and move your body once Lick takes the stage!
Genre- Progressive House, Electro House
A true EDM legend Deadma5 will be rocking Bonnaroo for the first time since 2015! Definitely a set you don’t want to miss!
Genre- Trap, Dubstep, Future Bass
Boombox Cartel just has a way of perfectly blending hip-hop elements with his bass-driven electronic sound! His sets are high energy, heavy, and uniquely creative! Another must-see Sunday act!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
Known for his wobbly dubstep Peekaboo thrives at mixing funky grooves with heavy wubs!
Genre- Dubstep, Experimental Bass
There is a high probability you will leave LSDream’s set with a new outlook on life! He will surely to take you on an extraterrestrial journey through the void but,we won’t say much more about his show! It’s better you wittness the greatness first hand. Without a doubt a must see act!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
Another Wakaan prodigy Luzcid will rattle your soul with heavy bass and spiritual soundscapes!
Genre- House, Electro
Performing a live show rather than a DJ set Elderbrook plays the keyboard, sings, and mixes as his feel-good demeanor will have you movin’ and groovin’!
Flynn Collins who’s known by his stage name Flynninho is one of the biggest names in house music coming out of Chicago. The 25-year-old DJ and producer has been on fire lately dropping huge releases and booking a performance at North Coast Festival where he’ll play alongside some of the biggest names in dance music. With roots embedded in genres like g- house and bass house mixed in with his love of old school punk, rock, and grunge, Flynninho’s high energy, in-your-face style is unparalleled.
A true modern-day Rockstar, Flynninho is quickly becoming a household name in electronic music and is set to have a breakout year in 2021. The Daily Frequency sat down with him to discuss his new Evanescence remix, the music industry, and a whole lot more!
Check out the full interview below!
First of all congratulations on booking North Coast! It’s such an insane lineup how does it feel to have the opportunity to play alongside such big names?
Thank you so much for the congratulations and for having me on to be interviewed! It really is mind-bending for me to think about this year’s North Coast. Being part of this year’s lineup in the first festival back from COVID, alongside so many of Chicago’s best artists and massive tour artists who have inspired me in my music and my pursuit of my dreams is honestly super humbling. A lot of these artists, such as Wax Motif and NGHTMRE, I have seen live at shows and festivals- now we are playing the same festival together! I am still kind of processing it all but what I can say is this- it definitely is a moment that kind of leaves me both speechless but also validates my dreams and all the work I have been putting in to make sure that my vision becomes a reality. I think when the moment comes to finally play though, I know I will just enjoy the moment, all that it is, and rock out with everyone there who comes to our set! The coolest part of it is the amount of people (friends, family, artists) that have reached out to me since the lineup drop telling me that they bought tickets just to see me!
So how did you get into producing? Do you come from a musical family or is it something that you gravitated towards on your own?
My story is unique in the sense that I actually planned on playing and being around soccer forever- I played at the highest level, thought I would maybe start a soccer agency after my career had ended! I grew up with music around me every day! My dad was a rockstar doing alternative and rock during the 90s and my mom was super into house music. While being brought up around music, I had never planned on walking into music production, DJing, and performing. I did choir, grew up singing, having rap battles with my little brother (who is actually a fantastic rapper and lyrical poet) but I never planned on pursuing it fully or making a career out of it. It was only when I hit college and went to my first music festival, Spring Awakening 2015, where I really started to fall in love with EDM and would be thinking to myself ‘Mannnn, I would absolutely crush it if I was up there and knew how to do all of it!’ I would be blasting dubstep, house, trap, or future bass every day during soccer workouts, but it was only really after soccer was starting to look like it was coming near an end that I ended up running into Nick Mazzei (NIICK NIICE) and Kyle Garcia who I had seen crush a festival set in Iowa as WITNESS the year before. I ended up chatting them up, fangirling about how good their set was, and eventually, they invited me out to their events they were starting as Be Nice Collective. I came out, joining Be Nice Collective as the intern, and became tight with the other artists who also were part of it. AYOO (another bass house duo who is on North Coast’s lineup), DJ Pharaoh, and NIICK NIICE pushed me to start DJing and make music at the end of 2017- fast forward to now in 2021 and I am full throttle into what I’m going to be doing the rest of my life! Ironically, I recently found an old homework assignment from when I was five where I had written that I was ‘going to be a rockstar and in the NFL’ so shout out to five-year-old me for predicting that I was born to have careers in football (the one where you actually use your feet though) and in music!
Transitioning from pro soccer to DJing is definitely out of the ordinary! Is there anything that you’ve taken from your days on the field that you can apply to your music career?
I feel like I’ve lived a few lives in this lifetime already at 25, so I am grateful that I have been able to experience so many different things so early on. The mentality between soccer and music is strikingly similar- without my soccer career, I don’t know if I would be as successful in my approach to music as I have been. Taking lessons and mindsets like pushing through your mental barriers to make the impossible happen, never giving up even when you feel your body will, and pushing through adversity are all things that have done wonders in preparing me for what my music career has and will entail. Making it at the highest level requires discipline in either art form. This may mean you are not going to that party you get invited to so you can sleep, you can’t hang out with people all the time because you need to invest it in working on your craft, or that you are going to miss holidays with family so you can grind with your passion. The main idea with all of those in soccer and in music is crucial- you have to be able to get it done, sacrifice when you need to while also not sacrificing parts of yourself essential to you. It isn’t a super sexy answer, but the time will never be right to go for something like your dreams- if you aren’t willing to find a way to succeed when it isn’t exactly the way you picture it in your head, how will you respond?
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
In terms of overall music tastes, I would say that I listened to almost everything growing up- everything from the Backstreet Boys and Ludacris to Motley Crue and Sum41. I remember in a single day I would bump music like Blink182 and Fall Out Boy and follow it up with Mac Miller and Freddie Gibbs and it would all hit- I guess you can say I was already curating the style I DJ like! I’ve always connected with the rock and roll, grunge, and pop-punk music that I grew up with harder than anything else. I remember watching the movie Dirt on Netflix and thinking to myself ‘That’s literally every vibe that makes sense to me!’ With all that being said, nothing has ever hit as hard as EDM- particularly dubstep and bass house. The earlier music I put out has clear undertones of Malaa, Joyryde, and Jauz while more recently artists like Saint Punk, Julian Jordan, and Seth Hills have been really influencing my house sound and been doing some amazing things. However, this year I have been returning to my roots and using everything from Evanescence and Motley Crue that I grew up on to Kayzo and Pixel Terror as inspiration.
You just underwent a complete rebrand. What is the thought process behind your new vision and what’s the end goal?
This has been in the making for two years, so I am glad the shift has finally started! I am a person who prides on being true to myself and pushing others to do the same- for better or worse, I have always grown up marching to my own beat and really have refused to be anything but me. The thinking behind the rebrand wasn’t as much of a rebrand as much as it was getting my music’s sound and my brand’s image to be as close to reflect who I am on the daily while also accurately portraying past events I have experienced. I think that a lot of people feel like they have to live this perfect life because of social media and it is almost like a competition as to who can have the best life ever. It would drive me crazy because when I would see this, I would reflect back and see that every moment of my life hasn’t been beautiful- there are plenty of negative moments to match the positive ones and both have their places in my life. I have seen so many artists crumble early on because of this pressure to be releasing the best tracks of their life while also playing the biggest gigs of their careers out of the gate- the reality is that you have to start somewhere and it is not all rainbows and amazing times with amazing people. So, since there are a lot of tough moments that test you and help you grow, ultimately I am just being as vulnerable as I can be about the good and the bad that actually goes on so that way the next generation of artists do not have to feel the same anxieties I have. The whole point is to be happy and fulfilled by pursuing your dreams- this is for me another step in the right direction to ultimately better myself and those around me.
You’ve been open about manifestation and actualization. How important is it to visualize your goals?
Manifesting and actualizing is something that was instilled into me by coaches, sports performance experts, and psychologists during my soccer career that has never left my way to go at my life and dreams. The human mind is really an incredible and terrifying thing- it has the ability to do anything and push us through anything we need it to while also being able to tear you apart. The biggest question you have to ask yourself is this; If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, why would anyone else? The biggest thing I tell myself and others who want to be successful has always been this ability to manifest and actualize things into a reality. Believing in something that isn’t there yet is a very hard thing for many to perceive, yet I have found if you believe in it that badly, constantly put it out there that it will happen and work hard to match that belief via tangible goals, you will always be building towards your vision and end up exactly where you need to be!
You portray yourself as a modern-day Rockstar. Do you feel like that old-school rockstar mindset is something that is missing in music nowadays?
Abso-f**king-lutely (pardon my french). I really don’t know when it happened in music that was on the radio, but within the last two years in EDM especially, a lot of music lost this feeling that was so synonymous with the tracks that artists like CRANKDAT, NGHTMRE, Tchami, and Jauz were putting out. I remember when Jauz dropped ‘Feel The Volume’ and how insane the feeling was of hearing it played out versus some of the music that has been being released today. I don’t want to say it is because so many people want to be artists and DJs- I think music being open to everyone and more accessible/affordable to people who couldn’t afford to make music is genuinely beautiful. I think it more so has to do with artists being afraid to do something different if it means less streams, less followers, and it doesn’t follow a trend like the current slap house/deep house remix of an old song trend that has been going on for almost the entirety of quarantine. For myself, the rockstar mentality to make and release what you want while not really focusing on making music everyone will like or being something everyone will like is something that is lost. Saint Punk actually put up a post on Instagram recently that said “Been doing it my way from the beginning and this year is no different.” That is my exact way of thinking, a rockstar mentality that is raw and real that is focused on being true to themselves and being uncompromising in that. When you think like that, the music you make as an extension of you will connect with who it’s supposed to, and I think that in itself is the most beautiful thing.
It’s common today to see a lot of remixes of the same songs which in turn becomes repetitive. You on the other hand go outside the box with the songs you choose to remix. What attracts you to remix something like Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe?
I always say to myself that if I hear a remix of a song that I am thinking of remixing myself that I love already, why would I make another one? An example is the song SICKO MODE. We all know the Skrillex remix of it which is banging, but I thought I could do something different. I go searching for other remixes of the song and stumble upon the remix Guy Arthur did of SICKO MODEit’s probably one of the top five sickest tracks I have ever heard in my life, so creative, and it is a track I have played out regularly. At that point, there is no point to do a remix of something I have already found that I really, really connected with. Deciding on and remixing a track for me goes through a checklist: 1) I really like the original track and it resonated with me. 2) I can honor the original track’s identity and feeling while also bringing a new identity that elicits both the feeling you get when hearing that original and brings new feelings to hearing the remix. 3) There aren’t 1000 remixes of it already and there isn’t a remix I would play out already. Those that are now out that I have done, specifically my KCKSTRT MY HRT and BRING ME TO LIFE remixes, I feel check all of those boxes and are both songs that really hit with me growing up. I am super thrilled with how both turned out and honestly I am happy to give both those tracks a second life to remember the feelings that came with hearing those but in a brand new way. Old-school feeling with a new school take on it if you will!
On your Sherm In The Booth episode, you talk about not settling into producing a genre that comes easy to you. How important is it to push your boundaries creatively and work outside your comfort zone?
Since I grew up with so many different musical tastes and DJ so many different types of places in Chicago, while I do maintain my own identity and sense of self, one of the biggest things to me has been to not be open to different types of music, people, and places that I or others may not think that I match up with. In the club circuit, during my sets, I am dropping BadBunny, Drake, and Calvin Harris all in one set- all have connected with me in some way so finding ways to make it all fit together is the fun part! I am super energy, wild, and someone who loves to have fun, while at the same time I am also intense, deep, and can feel the weight of the world and those around me. I would like to think everyone has different layers to them, so music shouldn’t be any different. Most of my music for the most part gives you that intensity, wild, fast, and dark in different forms genre-wise. Sometimes I want to be on my sad-boy vibes and make something that is just emotional and vibey, while other tracks are straight aggression and wild. Both are parts of me, so I want to be able to bring both and have a space to convey every part of me!
I love your style. It is aggressive, in your face, and full of energy. You really developed a sound of your own. When did you feel like you finally found your lane?
I feel like you have just nailed it on the head better than anyone else!!! Honestly, the first track that really nailed what I was trying to do was when MURDEROUS dropped on SWUTCH. It was the first time I was able to bring all the elements together of what my sound’s foundation. I think like a person grows and evolves, an artist’s sound should do the same. I remember when I started, I definitely leaned into the plucky, early Malaa/Matroda basslines and jackin’ house percussion with a dark, yet fast pace to back it up. A lot of this year’s songs that set to drop this year feature repeating bass shots found in STMPD style future/bass house, maintaining the same intensity and aggressive darkness in the drops while also channeling more emotion into my breakdowns. I am super excited for it all to come out!
You just released a massive Evanescence remix of Bring Me to Life with your mentor Got Lucky. As a young artist how important is it to learn from someone like that and how does it feel to release a track together?
Alex has been a game-changer for me, mentoring and believing in me the same way I do while also giving feedback and new ideas that I normally wouldn’t normally think about. Learning from him, having him as a resource to lean on, looking up to him, and gaining a best friend in the process is the best possible outcome I could’ve ever imagined and I really am so grateful for him taking the time to be a huge part in developing as an artist. Having someone who you can relate to, connect with both as a person and an artist, is so important because there are times where being an artist can feel isolating, lonely, frustrating, and almost aimless when you aren’t seeing the immediate results of it. Having him there to push me to keep going, to keep growing, and to use as a sounding board makes it a lot easier to stick it out and to go for it all. You can imagine that being able to be working and collaborating with him is pretty rewarding for me- the fact that we could create something so amazing together with him is super humbling and only validates all the work we have both been putting in! He’s an idol of mine, his music is awesome, and it’s amazing that our friendship has translated to a moment like this.
The pandemic flipped everyone’s life upside down. How hard was it to cope with such an abrupt lifestyle change and how were you able to push yourself through?
Honestly, it was one of the hardest things to ever go through. Seeing everything just be paused after grinding for my dreams and performing every day resulted in a huge emotional, mental, and psychological shift that demanded me to adjust quickly. There have been moments of darkness that no one anticipated having to cope with while true moments of beauty have also came about that have to be appreciated, even more than any of us ever have. Personally, I was right on the cusp of having some massive things- things that would have opened up some massive doors- that unfortunately had to be canceled. I’ve lost loved ones during this time that I wish were still here and financially and emotionally struggled heavily over quarantine, but I think knowing that I wasn’t the only one in this boat made me want to keep releasing, keep creating and not just let everything I worked for pause too. The impact of my own work ethic not stopping, instead evolving, to work within the current times I hope pushed people to do the same. My best friends, my family, my peers truly held it down for me, and together we were able to be there for each other and foster a community of artists and DJs that normally wouldn’t get to connect- being part of that was a key motivator to know that I had to keep going too!
You have an intense work ethic. You were playing 7 shows a week before covid, can fans expect more of the same once everything fully opens up?
Oh hellllll yeah! I loved playing every single night- I fully expect to be doing the same once the current times allow it. I am working on some things to ensure that I get to bounce around a bit more and play all over, so we will see what the future holds!
From the outside looking in the music industry is full of glitz and glam but the reality is it can be a cutthroat business. What advice would you give a new DJ just starting out?
The reality is that while it can be glamorous, rewarding and a giant party, it also is just as ruthless in the sense that you can be the next biggest thing one moment, and then you can be cast aside if you aren’t constantly working to improve at the top. It’s hard to give advice because everyone’s situation is different, but one thing that I think translates across all walks of life is this notion of holding yourself fully accountable for everything that happens and that everything that you do. You can only do that once you take the time to fully understand what you are and what you are not. It is really easy to point fingers at everyone else as to why something didn’t happen or why something went wrong for you. What starts to happen is you stop blaming everyone else for the bad, you focus in on what you can and what you can’t control, and your dreams are then fully in your hands to make it happen. You will be in control of your destiny, less angry at other people, and more in-tune with yourself. It improves your appreciation when others do a solid for you, lessens your resentment towards others, and gives you a perspective of exactly where you stand. You owe it to dreams and yourself, to be honest with the work you put in and where you are so, only furthering you in your pursuits to grow.
Lastly, when it’s all said and done what would you want your legacy to be?
I live by this: At the end of the day, I want to be a great person first, and a great artist second. Music is my platform to really connect, motivate, and inspire others towards acceptance and love of everyone, myself included. I express myself as hard, true, and vulnerable as I do so others feel like they can do the same. Even when performing, the show isn’t me- it is everyone who is there- light guys, dancers, security, and the crowd- we all make the show happen together. The only thing I am doing is acting as a conductor to curate the moments we all get to experience together. It doesn’t matter what your race is, your sexuality is, or what your upbringing is- you can do whatever you want in this world if you’re willing to grind for it and believe in it. There is a place for everyone here. I strive to be much more than just an artist at the end of the day. I want to make the world and those feel what I feel every time I am performing- love, freedom, and alive. I want them to remember why life is so worth getting through the lows we all face so we can feel these highs life has to offer. Music saved my life, and all I want to do is give that love, gratitude, and opportunity back to everyone around me. My music is the physical result of that. If I only inspire one person to not give up, to love instead of hate, to fight for their dreams whatever they may be, and to know that it’s okay to be whoever you are, then I have done my part. I want to look back and know that I made my mark using my platform to the best of my abilities, made those around me the best they could be, stayed open and honest no matter what it may have been, learned from my mistakes, and loved as hard as I could. When you bring that to every show, every time you perform, you’ll end up where you need to be. (: