Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I live in Denver, Colorado! Born and raised. The music scene out here is amazing. There’s such a large demographic for any genre of music, and with all of our amazing venues including Red Rocks, it makes it a great place to experience a bit of everything.
When and how did you first get into producing and DJing?
I got into producing when I was about 17 or 18, late in highschool. I was accepted into a digital audio production program that my school was a part of, so for all of senior year, I spent half of each school day at another campus studying recording and production. I didn’t really get into DJing or live performance until a few years after that when I started realizing my music could become something more. I learned to DJ just as a way to perform the music I had written.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
La Bouquet is a band that have been on heavy rotation for me lately. It’s not really Dance/EDM, but then again I don’t really listen to a lot of electronic music in my own time anyway. I’ve also been listening to a lot of music that I used to listen to back when I was in high school – lots of pop punk bands like We The Kings, Saosin, Yellowcard, etc.
You recently teased your new collaboration with Slander, ‘Potions’. How did this collaboration come about?
They actually hit me up not too long ago, and sent over the vocal of the song asking if I had any interest. As soon as I heard it I fell in love with it and we started working on it immediately.
Where and when was ‘Potions’ recorded and produced, and can you give us a little hint as to when you might be officially releasing this one?
Not too sure where the vocal was recorded/mixed, but the rest of the track was produced in both my home studio as well as Slander’s studio! And as far as a release date goes, not sure how much I can say other than it is coming, and soon 🙂
You have previously collaborated with Illenium, Seven Lions, Dabin, Matthew Koma, 3LAU and others. What do you most enjoy about the collaboration process?
I think my favorite part about the collaborative process is learning to trust other peoples’ instincts and letting them take the reigns with certain things. Its easy to get to a point in producing where you feel like you know what you want, and how you want certain things to sound, but I’ve found that some of the most rewarding sessions and songs have come from giving up some of that control and seeing where the other artist takes it.
Are you working on any new collabs at the moment?
I am! Quite a few actually, but not too sure which ones will turn out and be released so I really can’t say too much about them 🙂
You’ve just finished 25+ stop Wide-Eyed tour in January 2019, selling out numerous venues. What did you find most rewarding and challenging about this tour?
The biggest challenge really turned out to be the most rewarding aspect in the end for me. From the beginning of the tour, when I was still figuring out what I wanted to play and how I wanted to play it, the hardest decision for me was to decide to stay true to myself and only play my music, rather than add in a bunch of other peoples music to add to popular appeal or energy to the set. My music, when compared to most music in the scene today, is arguably quite chill. I decided that I wanted my set to reflect that, and before the tour started I was worried it might either bore most people, or leave them feeling like there wasn’t enough energy. Based on the responses I got through the end of the tour, I’m SO SO happy I made the decision that I did, and I’m glad I focused more on the meaning and feeling of the set and music rather than how “hype” or “heavy” the set was.
You’re playing S2O Songkran Music Festival in Bangkok, Thailand in April, which artists are you most looking forward to seeing whilst at S2O? ((other artists playing are Fatboy slim, tiesto, Steve Aoki, 1788 L, 3lau, bassjackers, netsky, robin schulz))
There are so may amazing artists on the lineup, but really looking forward to seeing another 3lau set, as well as 1788L. Also really hoping to catch Netsky. I’ve been a huge fan for years and have never seen his set!
What can we expect from your S2O set?
Expect a lot of my own music! I’m not an artist that people come to for the heaviness and opportunity to head-bang for an hour straight. I focus much more on the musicality and the vibe, and simply hope to leave the audience feeling a little happier and maybe even younger. I want them to smile and realize how easy it can be to simply be nice to one another, and forget about all the hate and negativity in the world, even if its just for a moment.
What do you have planned for 2019?
I’ve got a lot planned for this year! A lot of festivals to play this summer, but any time I get at home will be focused on new music, as well as starting on a second album and of course some collaborations here and there.
Favourite food and place to hang out?
Favorite food is a tough one. That answer changes weekly for me. Lately I’ve been craving pasta. Specifically chicken alfredo.
What can you be found doing whilst away from music?
Honestly not a whole lot! Mostly video games. I’ve been trying to find things to do outside lately. Frisbee, kicking a soccer ball around, hiking… I’ve been noticing how much time I’ve been spending inside my studio and feel like I need to make more of an effort to get up and out for a bit.