Louis Futon – interview & show recap – Chop Shop 5/3
One of the most remarkable moments from my conversation with Tyler Minford, the guy behind Louis Futon, was when we discussed Aaron Carmack, aka Mr. Carmack as one of our biggest inspirations. Continue reading
Sullivan King on his Lost Lands set, new Vantablack EP
Sullivan King’s debut festival set at Lost Lands helped put him on many people’s radars, but this is just the beginning. The 23-year-old LA native caught bass heads by surprise with his punk and metal-infused set, resulting in a massive flood of support. Continue reading
Manila Killa: “Music is always there for me” [interview + giveaway]
Some people go to work at a consulting firm after graduation. Others might go to graduate school. Chris Gavino aka Manila Killa is ending his I Want You tour in Chicago this weekend after performing over a dozen shows across the country this fall. That’s what he’s been doing since graduating from George Mason University in Virginia earlier last year. Continue reading
Champagne Drip on trying new things: “Learn the rules to break them”
When I asked him about who inspired him to create music, Champagne Drip aka Sam Pool cited his former art teacher Marlene Alexander as one of his biggest motivators. Continue reading
Win a pair of tickets to see Cosmo’s Midnight!
I remember listening to Cosmo’s Midnight on Youtube when I was a senior, writing my college application essays in a Starbucks one evening. This was before Spotify and Soundcloud took over, when I was listening to channels like Majestic Casual and Pandora to find new music. Continue reading
Interview w/ Bad Royale: “That’s us, the Caribbean bass guys”
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember (you probably don’t) my review of Bad Royale’s Move Like EP that came out in 2015.
If you like the reggae instrumentals of Bob Marley set against the fast-paced, bass-heavy electronic music put out by Baaeur, you’ll love Bad Royale’s new EP, Move Like, which came out earlier today on Mad Decent. – Move Like: Bad Royale’s new EP
How’s the tour been so far? Give me some highlights!
The best highlight so far has been Shaky Beats Festival in Atlanta. We opened the stage and we’re afraid it would be dead but we packed that place with an amazing crowd! Fun times.
Why’d you pick Gent & Jawns to tour with you guys?
Gent & Jawns to us are one the most underrated artists out there, we are huge fans of their music and personality so we click very well musically!
So some of you guys also do your own stuff on the side – how is working in a group different from making music on your own?
We work the same within Bad Royale. We each make something different and then fight about it.
What sort of individual music influences and styles do you guys bring to the table?
That’s hard. Kevin, Bruce, and Maor are all from trance backgrounds and are fairly melodic. Elias just makes noise.
In an age when it’s so easy to replicate other artists and create similar beats, how do you guys keep things interesting and original?
We basically started this whole thing with a Caribbean twist because we felt that was lacking in EDM. We feel like we have that niche carved out and totally own it now. That’s us, the Caribbean bass guys. Lately, we’ve been bringing a lot of pop influences into our music as well.
What’s next for Bad Royale? Productions, collaborations, performances, festivals, etc.
We have a lot in store for the upcoming months, more north American dates and some European too, and of course lots of secret collaborations and some big singles, but we can’t say much yet!
Oh and a music video!
Who manages your twitter? All of you? Your manager?
All of us, that’s what makes it interesting, we all have a different type of approach and personalities, so it keeps the interaction with fans going. Definitely not management though, they hate what we post.
Where’d the name Bad Royale come from?
Credit goes to Paul Devro from Mad Decent, we were basically known as ‘The Kingdumb’ as some might know, but before Paul signed us to Mad Decent, he felt we should take ourselves a bit more seriously, so we gave him a bunch of emails that related to king/royalty, and he helped us choose. Thanks, Paul, we still hate you.
Who are some of your close EDM/music producer friends?
Big shout out to our homies Above & Beyond, Valentino Khan, Diplo, Walshy Fire, Jillionaire of Major Lazer, Party Favor, Gent & Jawns, ETC! ETC!, Borgore, Styles&Complete, Wax Motif, Herobust and the list goes on and on…we love everyone. They probably don’t love us back though
What’s a song you’re loving right now?
Rammstein – Tier
Who would you love to perform with/collaborate with?
Would love to do another track with Major Lazer for their next album. Diplo, pls answer.
Calling all Stööki heads to Chop Shop
It was back in my freshman year of college that I first heard Stööki Sound. My friend Maddy showed me their track “W2L” with Troyboi. I remember being so taken back by the way it sounded unlike anything I’d ever heard before, especially with the signature “Stööki Sound” audio byte cleverly inserted into their tracks. Continue reading
Watch out for Justice Skolnik: Interview
If you haven’t heard of the name Justice Skolnik yet, you will soon. The 20-year-old music producer is quickly emerging as a rising star on the music scene. Continue reading
Interview w/ Unlike Pluto: “I will probably go crazy if I only do EDM for the rest of my life”
Armond Arabshahi, also known as Unlike Pluto, took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to tell me more about some unconventional sources of inspiration, his Atlanta roots and more. Continue reading
Interview: the “new era” of Crankdat & lightning round Q&A
Christian Smith, also known as Crankdat, talks about his upcoming festival debut at #Fest (Number Fest) and answers a lightning round of questions about new music, his favorite artists on Twitter, and more. Continue reading