Infected Mushroom are returning to Indy with a brand new live production. This time instead of crazy mind blowing visuals from spheres, it’s a fully functional animatromic stage. “Infected Mushroom’s production is the first of its type. Imagine; a flame throwing, steam blasting, eye popping, self standing mechanical “Steampunk” themed mushroom.”
“This mechanical being is more than a stage production, but an art installation with a darkened soul. Infected Mushroom will give life to a new type of live element sure to satisfy the thirst of this ever-changing and rapidly evolving hunger the masses desire.” Batteries included!
“To pioneer your own sub genre of electronic music in the music industry today is no simple task, it is essentially equivalent to Chuck Berry inventing Rock music in 1955 or Massive Attack effectively originating Trip Hop in 1983…
Electronic music, mega-revolutionaries Infected Mushroom are renowned for being the sonic innovators of crafting hypnotic arrangements, complex layered melodies and synthetic rhythms known as “Psychedelic Trance,” leaving behind all their dying “Trance” cousins in the mainstream…
Twice ranked as the world’s “10 Best DJ’s” by the Bible of the Scene (U.K.’s DJ Magazine), the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have established their self- invented genre among the highest in the scene.
One could easily scour pages of the Internet in vain to find the epic level of music history defining the Infected Mushroom “kingdom.” Their most notable achievements include: 1999 breakthrough debut album, The Gathering, which gained immediate attention on club dance floors and in the hands of Goa/Psy-Trance DJ’s…
Fast >> 2007’s their critically acclaimed and highest-grossing album Vicious Delicious, catapulted the duo onto new levels. The success of that album was met with high anticipation for another which was dropped in 2009 with the The Legend of the Black Shawrama. The album included noteworthy hit track, Smashing the Opponent, for featuring guest vocals by legendary Korn lead singer, Jonathan Davis. By no coincidence on the title, did Smashing the Opponent album-hit #8 on the Billboard charts.
If that’s not impressive enough—there is the band’s average 120 live performances a year including, repeat, sold-out shows from the Ultra Fest in Miami to the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, from Mexico’s OMIX to Cali’s Coachella, to Brazil’s Ipanema Beach, and from Melbourne’s Metro Club to the 2009 and 2011 Burningman Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Not to mention collaborations with big Rock legends; Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Perry Farrell (Jane’s addiction) and then their insane amount (roughly 14,000,000) hits on You Tube simply cannot go without mention…
The best is always yet to come with Erez and Duvdev; in early 2012 they released the Army of Mushrooms, their most multi- faceted electronic album delivery to date since 2009’s “Legend of the Black Shawarma”.
Army of Mushroom’s doesn’t hold back for a second, doing what the guys “do best”−invent, experiment, create, re-arrange, flip-up, bend-over, twist-sideways while staying true to their electronic roots diced with their own and of course, always trippy and psychedelic.” – infected_mushroom.com
Thursday, March 12th
$25 Day Of
On Sale – Monday, Feb 9th – 5pm
Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1zP9wHG
Here is how you do it!
1. In the comment section below, tell us is in, why you deserve to win. Make it good people. 100 words or less!
2. Post this event to your Facebook Page. Be sure to tag IndyMojo.com in your post so we see it.
It’s THAT easy!
Winners will be announced Thursday Morning, February 12th!
It’s that time of year again! Mojostock is just around the corner, and if you want to ensure a spot on one of Indy’s biggest events of the year, this is the only guaranteed way to make it happen!
It’s no secret that we do a lot of events and book a lot of talent over the course of the year. But we can admit there can be holes in the system in which we use to book said talent, and many budding artists and DJ’s could be getting overlooked. This is why we want to put together a Mixtape Competition, with BLIND JUDGING, so there’s no playing favorites, no spam, no complaints. (Who am I kidding? There will always be complaints – but you get the idea).
Winning Mixtape will be awarded:
- Mojostock Booking (Main stage – Date/Time Slot TBD)
- Headlining slot at Altered Thurzdaze.
(on a mutually agreeable date once winner is selected)
- $100 cash
- Potential to open for a national act at one or more of Indymojo’s events.
(depending on coinciding music genre that makes sense for available headliners, mutual agreeable date, and some restrictions apply)
Second Place Prize:
– Mojostock Booking (Stage/Date/Time Slot TBD)
– Altered Thurzdaze booking (date TBD)
Third and Forth Place Prize:
– Free ticket to Mojostock
– Will be considered for Mojostock’s 3rd stage.
– Altered Thurzdaze booking (date TBD)
We want to set a few simple guidelines:
1. Create a new mix (30-45 minutes in length).
All genres welcome – PLEASE NO TOP-40 commercial crap. Be creative. Don’t insert anything that will reveal identity, such as a name drop.
2. Put it on a CD/Audio quality disk or thumb drive. (Mark them so I can notate who is came from. Judges will receive anonymous mixes)
3. Give the mix to me (Matt Ramsey – You can find me at any Indymojo event) by March 19th.
*For regional mixes, contact me personally.
Mixes will be assigned a number and securely logged in for identification purposes.
- Entries will be duplicated and given to 5 judges of various music tastes and experiences, who have no knowledge of the entry creators. Judges TBD.
- Judges will rank the entries based on track selection, originality, and technical ability.
- Winner will be announced by April 18th.
Next Thurzday, August 7th will mark the 4th year that IndyMojo has been bringing you beats on a weekly basis. The time has come for us to celebrate this affair and what better way to do that than bringing one of the biggest pioneers in the Bass Movement. Downlink with be headlining the main stage, along with Kodama, Indigo Child, and jFet. There will be a secondary stage out on the patio featuring other local favorites.
DOWNLINK AKA Sean Casavant is a name firmly cemented in the hearts and minds of the bass music community. He is respected the world over as a producer of the highest quality dance floor bangers. He has had numerous #1 hits on Beatport and has released music with major labels like Rottun, OWSLA and Mau5trap. He has helped mix an album for the legendary nu-metal band Korn. He has toured the planet far and wide, leaving a wake of awe-struck audiences in his path. To see him live is to witness one of the tightest technical DJ’s in the game.
His 3 deck live mixing and infectious stage energy light up venues turning crowds on their heads time after time. Expect lightning fast mixing on a journey through a wide variety of bass music. All tempos are fair game as long as its underground vibes and dirty bass. 2013 was a huge year for Downlink. Along with homies Excision and KJ Sawka, he gave rise to bass music supergroup Destroid, a whole different kind of live experience altogether. You really have to see it live to fully grasp the scope and intensity of the show. Also in 2013,
Downlink launched his brand new record label, Uplink Audio. This will be a place where he will showcase his own music as well as a wide variety of other high grade material. Downlink is not one to be pigeon-holed and is constantly on a quest to evolve and refine his sound. With this in mind, one thing will always remain constant – a pure unadulterated heavy listening experience…
The jFET Project began in early 2011 by Producer / DJ “Jangatha.” After over 50 house music releases on some of the most respected labels in both digital and vinyl format, the need to seek fresh sounds was instilled and inspired by the edgy bass music arena. The focus is rather simple, to push fresh hype sounds in any BPM it fits best. jFET’s sounds have been catching on quick.
His debut EP reached #15 on the Beatport Dubstep Release charts, and caught the attention of several respected blogs including The Untz. 2012 included a release from Play Me Records as part of the New Blood of Dubstep. With support from international touring acts such as Figure, Ajapai, and Reid Speed, we will likely be hearing much more to come from this eclectic project. jFET: Intergalactic Hitman / Producer / Performer.
Rob is originally from Lancaster, PA and began his passion for music at an early age. Originally playing classical violin, Rob soon pursued other passions in the music world. His influences include trent resnor, pink floyd, and dieselboy. he began his DJing about 10 years ago and has steadily learned the ins-and-outs. He currently resides in Indianapolis playing several shows a week at Indy’s Moustrap and Doc’s Music Hall in Muncie. He is signed on the G9 Collective as of August 2012 and Cosmic Promotions since May 2012.
Indigo Child taps into the deeper darker parts of your soul. beats that vibrate your ribcage and send electrical currents through your body. every show is 100% raw talent and intimate with the audience. Indigo Child (Rob) wants to provide a connection between him and the audience to help people capture the side of themselves they dont normally see in themselves. This is the darker side of spirituality!
Kodama is one of the first resident DJs of Altered Thurzdaze. He has been spinning beats since ’99. There is no style he has not touched. Kodama took a year hiatus for family reasons. Now he is back in the drivers seat and ready to blow you off your feet with bass.
SHY GUY SAYS is an electronic music producer and performer straight from the Mushroom Kingdom, an 8-bit villain ready to destroy any party at any time and somehow leave his victims wanting more. His eclectic, yet upbeat and danceable sound can best be described as a mixture of Hip Hop, Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Trap, and Drum N Bass. It’s know for its heavy rhythmic swagger, yet at the same time can be lush and loaded with dirty synth bass sounds, warm ambiance, and 8-bit glitches.
A second stage with more performers TBA!
This Wednesday, July 2, Zomboy will be headlining Deluxe at the Old National Centre in downtown Indy. If you’re a dubstep fan and haven’t seen Zomboy perform, now’s the time to change that. Zomboy’s Indianapolis stop on his Outbreak Tour falls just a month before his first full-length album, The Outbreak, drops on August 4. YouTube videos of the Outbreak Tour show fans letting loose to Zomboy’s energetic performance; bouncing and waving their arms for his shrill drops and in-your-face bass. Additionally the album’s first two singles, WTF!? and The Outbreak, have been very well received by both critics and fans.
The Outbreak marks Zomboy’s fifth release with the Never Say Die label, which is based out of the United Kingdom where Zomboy is from. His previous releases with the label have had notable success on Beatport’s dubstep charts.
Special guests for the night include Eptic and Cookie Monsta (who you may have seen open for Flux Pavillion at the Egyptian Room last fall). Both artists are rising stars of the heavy bass EDM scene.
Show up expecting a revamped version of the classic dubstep rave experience. Tour footage shows an impressive stage setup consisting of fog machines and large projections of enjoyably crude graphics.
The Outbreak Tour w/ ZOMBOY, COOKIE MONSTA & EPTIC
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8 PM
Deluxe at Old National Centre
502 N New Jersey St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Featured image from thissongissick.com / concert photograph from facebook.com/ZomboyOfficial
gLAdiator is a DJ/Production duo from Los Angeles comprised of Danl and Ian. They show their flex and diverse backgrounds by melding their collected musical taste and experience into a sound unique to gLAdiator. Their love of the Lakers and all things Mila Kunis fuels their productive fire with the aim of making a name for themselves in the ever-evolving dance music landscape.
Two Fresh has travelled a long way with their sound in a short time. Originally from Nashville, TN, and now residing in Denver CO, twin brothers Sherwyn & Kendrick Nicholls have developed into a unique electronic production team.
The twins early work, “The Baker’s Dozen,” was nostalgic of early 90’s hip-hop, using soulful and lo-fi samples, intertwined with classic drum stylings. With their first full length album, “Airmail”, Two Fresh took the sound in a spacey, yet grounded direction that has set the foundation for their more recent works. Having released “Watch This!” in early 2013, the twins’ latest EP showcases the more upbeat side of their musical spectrum.
Sherwyn and Kendrick developed a broad fan base, spanning all across North America, through extensive touring with artists such as Skrillex, Bassnectar,12th Planet, and Daedelus as well as performing at a slew of music festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival, SXSW and Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
Now in their fifth year as a group, be sure to catch Two Fresh out this summer performing new material from their forthcoming full-length release due this fall!
SHY GUY SAYS
SHY GUY SAYS is an electronic music producer and performer straight from the Mushroom Kingdom, an 8bit villain ready to destroy any party at any time and somehow leave his victims wanting more. His eclectic, yet upbeat and dance-able sound can best be described as a mixture of Hip Hop, Glitch Hop, Dubstep,Trap, and Drum N Bass.
It’s know for its heavy rhythmic swagger, yet at the same time can be lush and loaded with dirty synth bass sounds, warm ambiance, and 8-bit glitches.
Here is how you do it!
1. In the comment section below, tell us is in, why you deserve to win. Make it good people. 100 words or less!
2. Post this event blog to your Facebook Page. Be sure to tag the IndyMojo.com Fan Page in your post so we see it.
It’s THAT easy!
Winners will be announced Thursday, March 6th!
Do you guys remember Mojostock last year? Well not all of it, but no one can forget Terravita smashing their bass in your face Saturday night. Well you are in luck because they are coming back to Indy this Saturday at The Deluxe @ Old National.
Terravita is Matt Simmers (Production Engineer), Jon Spero (Mic Expert), and Chris Barlow (Mix Master). Together they are a force that has been a hard hitter in the bass scene for over ten years and counting. They have seen all the major transitions that the genre has encountered along the way.
I got the chance to have a phone conversation with Chris Barlow. I asked him a little more about the group and got some of his ideas on bass music and where it is heading. This Saturday should be an amazing show from what he was telling me.
Track Hound: Where did the name Terravita come from? It means living earth right?
Chris: It means earth life. We thought it was pretty cool. We are all earth life, plants are earth life, there’s a God force behind everything on the earth and it symbolizes our meaning
TH: What brought you guys together to start creating drum and bass?
Chris: Matt and I were working together DJing, producing and doing events. We were working with one MC and he showed up to a studio session hammered one day. He started telling us we sucked and didn’t know how to produce, so we got rid of him and started doing shows with Jon. Although he gets drunk pretty often he has never done that, so we are stuck with him now 10 years later. (Jon is saying in the background “Go fuck yourself”)
TH: What is your opinion of the change in bass music now versus 10 years ago?
Chris: We’ve seen in those 10 years, predominately vinyl sales and printed media, go all the way to MP3 sales exclusively, nobody really presses vinyl anymore. More people give out tracks and we are dealing with the internet which means trends can change really fast. Stuff can get really popular without a huge dollar amount invested. What’s cool about that is that fans can speak a bit more about what they like, which is nice, but also sucks because you have everyone who is a critic. Upside to it is you can be getting a lot of plays and shares and getting people to want your music, which builds your social media and makes you popular. It also makes it easier to make the music you want to make, instead of depending on A&R at a label to like it or get positive reviews from critics. It also makes it more possible to get a record store to showcase it so people will buy it. It allows us to be more creative. For instance back when we were doing Drum and Bass, you could only be between 172 and 176 BPM and it had to be a different drum and bass beat. Which is cool, we love Drum n Bass and we are writing a lot more of it now. It’s nice to have bass music cycle through dubstep (various forms), even trap, moombahton, drumstep, and glitch-hop. It’s all bass music, all in the same family and gives us more freedom musically. It lets us think outside the box with different beat structures and different BPMs. There is only so much you can do in a genre that’s been around like 7 years when you are limited to the same perimeters. It’s nice to have a change-up. Between the different trends and file sharing it creates a lot less barriers between you and the fans.
TH: On that same note, The EDM scene has seen a growth of a different genre each year the past few years starting with dubstep then drumstep then moombahton, then trap. What do you foresee being the next big thing in EDM?
Chris: It’s funny that you just mentioned a whole bunch of genres. When you think of the term EDM, none of those compare to trance and progressive house or even make a dent in EDM. EDM is festival house music. For instance, Swedish House Mafia (vocal progressive house) and Armin Van Buuren (trance). Those genres are still relatively underground. Artists who make bass music, while they are playing big crowds compared to what they were in the past, are still only playing to 2,000 – 3,000 people shows on tours. That’s still only like Slayer (metal band) size, which is still underground. Slayer is not a crossover commercial heavy metal by any means. I would say that none of those genres were the next big thing in EDM. That being said, in the more underground genres of EDM that you mentioned, I think the cool thing now is to not actually be of a certain genre. Play a little bit of everything. (Jon is saying “You have a whole artists space coming up”). When you think about an artist like Excision, you go to his show and he will play like 20 minutes of dubstep. The rest of it is electro house, drum n bass, drumstep, and 110. People play all over the place. It’s cool because artists sounds can come across in multiple genres not just one at one BPM, that’s boring. My prediction is that people will be more free and open with what they do. We will see Drum and Bass come back a little bit and the harder-edge electro House is due for a comeback as well.
TH: You guys have an electro house side project right? Hot Pink Delorean?
Chris: I wouldn’t say have, I’d say had. At this point there are no plans for Hot Pink Delorean, we are tied up with Terravita releases and touring and are booked through 2015. Not saying they will never come back, we just had to choose what group to focus on and we didn’t like the way some of the electro was going creatively. We didn’t want to swim upstream.
TH: How do you work together when you all can’t be together in every studio session?
Chris: Matt is the main production engineer and Jon does the vocals. We get together when we can and bend stuff around when we have too. Lately we have decided to stop touring by airplane and are doing it by ground, which allows us to all be together. It’s allowing us to do a whole new show. We’re not Djing these shows, we doing little samplers and playing from remix decks. It’s new and a little crazy but allows us to play through a lot more tracks. Right now we are playing through somewhere around 90 tracks in an hour and a half. We are also playing parts of some of those live. It allows us to do that and be together on the road while we are making music.
TH: How do you prepare for your live tours?
Chris: We get together and come up with a set. We try to incorporate what songs go where and practice. We try to incorporate music from other genres including Jimmy Hendrix etc., all different kinds.
“Never write something like “I’m a 16 year old whatever producer from wherever. This is my first song. Can you listen to it?” Don’t bother if you’re 16, wait six years and send it to me when you’re really awesome.”
TH: What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about being on the road?
Chris: Favorite thing – Getting to play our music in front of our fans.
Least Favorite – Driving and flying and being away from home.
It’s a pretty sweet two or three hours a night when you are playing. But when you are sitting in Holton, Kansas at a Days Inn which is the next hotel in 45 miles in both directions and all there is to eat is whatever is at the truck stop, that’s our least favorite thing about touring.
TH: If you had to give up music, what would be your go to occupation?
Chris: I have a degree in Entrepreneurship, so it would be something business related. I would probably end up somewhere in the music industry behind a desk instead of in front of the crowd. Jon would probably end up opening a restaurant or a bar. He was in the food industry for a while. I have no clue what Matt would do.
TH: We have been seeing a lot of DJ and Producer schools popping up everywhere. What is your advice for up and coming performers?
Chris: Learn how to make music and learn from as many reliable sources as possible. Never send out your music until it’s done and it’s as good as the artists that you look up to. If it’s not, then it’s going to get one listen and people are going to label you in their minds as someone they don’t need to listen too. It’s hard to shake that label. Try to find the proper channels to get people your music instead of spamming their Facebook or sending them a message on Soundcloud. The people that are worth sending your music to get so much of other peoples music that they just won’t even listen to it. You have to get it in the right hands of the right people in the right way. Make sure it’s done before you give it to them. Never write something like “I’m a 16 year old whatever producer from wherever. This is my first song. Can you listen to it?” Don’t bother if you’re 16, wait six years and send it to me when you’re really awesome. There’s no rush and everyone needs to realize that. Collect as much info as possible before even bothering to move ahead.
TH: You were the headliner for Mojostock last year. Can you share the most memorable thing about that show?
Chris: Definitely the crowd, everyone reacted to every track. We had never been there before so we didn’t know what to expect. It was great to see a nice family vibe and the promoters were professional. Sound was good and stage looked nice. We had a great time, the whole thing was great. We had a choice to stick around after we played and we chose to stay for like the whole night. You know the headliner of the festival likes it if they are kicking it by the campfire 10 beers deep by the end of the night.
TH: What super power would you have if you could only have it for 24 hours?
Chris: The ability to give myself more super powers.
Jon: Teleportation, I would be loaded. I would rob every single bank in 24 hours.
TH: What does Terrivita have in store for us in 2014?
Chris: We’ve got Rituals coming out. We are working with the metal band Born of Osiris, which should be after that. We have some collaborations with Datsik, Bassnectar, La Castlevania, Figure, J. Rabbit, Getter, and the Firepower people. We have so many of our own projects going on, it makes it hard to sit down with people, especially when you start working with something like a metal band. Going forward we are trying to take the act a little more live by the later part of 2014, adding guitars and keyboards.
TH: What can we expect February 1st here in Indy?
Chris: My birthday is February 2nd and I will probably get really drunk, so there’s that. It should be really good for Robot Pirate Monkey who is opening for us. You should expect them to really vibe it out. We are going to do our thing with our samplers. You will hear some stuff off of Rituals, you’ll hear that Datsikcollab, and a bunch of our new stuff. We are making music as we go, so you might be in store for things we haven’t played out before. We are looking forward to getting back there.
We’ll there you have it. I hope to see all of you this Saturday night. I am really eager to check out Robot Pirate Monkey and see Terravita perform in their new style. Check out some tracks from both groups below.
Tickets are available here —–> TICKETS!
You can also get tickets from IndyMojo at this week’s Altered Thurzday for only $15
With our latest volume of the Collective Sessions Mix Series, we went to our very own, L810c! With production styles varying from deep and sexy to a more upbeat DNB, L810c gives us a sexy electro breaks mix for us to sink our teeth into! We hope you enjoy!
1. z4thoichi – Overmaster (Charlie Kane Remix)
2. Matskie – The 9th gate
3. Wolfen Technologies – Ace Space
4. Smoke Sign – Welcome To Neo India
5. Brujo’s Bowl – Way Behind
6. Kwah – Proton Perspective (Unconscious Minds Remix)
7. Marv in blue – Phaze 3-gti
8. Ap3x – Manufactured Reality (Bad Tango Remix)
9. Merkaba – Metamorph
10. Neurodriver – Man Made (Hedflux Remix)
11. Bad Tango – Enzyme (Hedflux Remix)
12. Big Mistake – Critical Mass
All tracks have been edited and re-arranged by L810c
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
For volume 23 of our Collective Sessions Mix Series, we tapped the shoulder of one of our own bass music producer/DJ’s, Indigo Child! Rob likes to swing it heavy, but he shows us his deeper, gentler side with this mix, before laying the hammer! We hope you enjoy!
1. Demon – Geth
2. Persist – Fall
3. Fabricator – Society
4. Piezo – Ptay
5. Subreachers – The Machine
6. Chapta – This Wan
7. Jubel & J:Kenzo – Visions
8. TMSV – Persei
9. Matt-U – The Strangers
10. Bukez Finest – Homicida
11. Geode – Tesla
12. TMSV – Haze
13. Red Eyes – Night Falls
14. Rekta – Tugboat
15. Truth – Don’t leave
16. Shu – Albae
17. Fomax – Desolate
18. D Operation Drop – Defection VIP
19. Bandicoot – Mayan
20. Hiloxam – Frozen In Time
21. Dubapes – Mercy
22. Reamz – Falsify
23. Deco – Trenchtown
24. Echomaker – Ragnarock
25. B.Dual Shock – Mechanik
26. Cyberoptics – The Artifact (Truth Remix)
27. Richie August – Bust
28. Indigo Child – Cyborg Samurai
29. Indigo Child – Introduction
30. Liquid Stranger – Drones (Mantis Remix)
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
Volume 22 of our Collective Sessions mix series featuring Nashville, Tennessee House Music Producer, Wattie Green! Wattie’s vinyl and digital releases on Flapjack, Spatula City, Juiced, Knocturnal Emissions, Serial Sickness, Funk Mansion continually top the charts of Stompy and Traxsource. If you like house music, this is definitely one for you! Check it out and share with your friends!
1. Henry Truvillion – Possum Was An Evil Thing
2. Mark Funk – Lady Bug
3. Wes – Make With The Names
4. Dj Mes & Sonny Fodera – Freaks On The Floor
5. Paul Johnson – The Hole Is Mine
6. Deaf N Dumb Crew – Fuck Shit Up
7. Fabio Bacchini – It’s Alright
8. Slater Hogan & John Larner – Hipshaka
9. Will Jax – Somethin I Need
10. Dixie Yure – By Defection
11. Flapjackers – Magic In Your Eyes (J’s Drivin It Mix)
12. Wattie Green – Brasilian Heat (Bryan Jones Mix)
13. Wattie Green – Brasilia
14. Frankie J – When It Get Hot
15. Jason Jinx – Your Love Has Captured Me
16. Maggs & Bruchez – Baby Be Mine
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals
Chances are that if you’ve been involved in the EDM scene for more than 5 minutes, the name Datsik resonates with you on some level. Troy Beetles, otherwise known as Datsik, is the 25-year-old wunderkind producer who’s taken the world by storm over the last 5 years with his hard-hitting, chest pounding tunes. With the recent founding of his record label, Firepower Records, and subsequent release of his new album in September, it seems that Datsik is trying to progress into something that’s not only bigger, but badder as well. So, in preparation for the Indy stop of his Most Wanted Tour this Friday (11/8), we sat down with Troy to learn a little more about the producer. This is what we got:
Wes: Going back to the beginning, do you remember your first show?
Troy: The first show I actually played as Datsik I went out of town for. We drove to this city called Penticton that’s about an hour out of my hometown. A bunch of my friends came with me and we got to the show and I started playing before I realized that it was a Hells Angels bar. You know, the place was packed, all my friends were there and everyone was going crazy. The bouncer came up to me when I was playing and was like, ‘You gotta change this shit, these guys don’t want to hear this.’ And I was like uhhhh okay. They had brought me from a different city to play at this this club -and it was my first gig- so I was like whatever I’m just going to keep doing what I do.
The bouncer came up a second time and was like, ‘You gotta change it or we’re gonna kick you off.’ And I’m like ‘okay’, so I just kinda kept playing a few more songs. The third time he comes up he rips the cables out of my laptop, throws them to the side and shit, and I get kicked out of the club. Everyone was booing the bouncer. So I basically just walked, so embarrassed because it was my first show and I got kicked out of the club, you know? But everyone who was in the club, on the dance floor, ended up walking out behind me. So the Angels ended up getting the music that they wanted to hear but the club was empty.
But its like, when that kind of shit happens, it doesn’t really get any worse than that. So it’s only uphill from there.
Wes: When you step out onstage, what’s one word to describe your mindset?
Troy: I guess just like, GO. When I get up there and play my first song it’s like go time. I start jumping around like crazy and having fun, everyone’s having fun too. So when I get up there I guess its just like, step on the pedal.
Wes: Describe your dream show for us. What would it be?
Troy: Probably a giant dark warehouse with 200,000 watts of sound. All homies. Just have it dark and be able to play all of the deep crazy shit. That would be my ideal dream party. Coming into a show where I’m headlining, people are always expecting me to throw my bangers. I do that, but I always find time some time in my set -like in the middle- to go into some deeper shit. But I would really like to play a full deep set, just to see how that goes. I feel like it has to be the right setting, though. People have a short attention span on a Friday when they go to a club. I want it to be a little more out there, like some secret bush party rave or something, like under a bridge where it’s all dark with a massive sound system. That is the ideal setting for me, and hopefully one day I’ll get to play another party like that again.
Wes: Switching gears a little bit… What’s your creative process like? How does your writing process start?
Troy: It kind of just happens when it happens, I don’t really have a set format for how tunes get started or finished. I find that the more I try to force myself, the less productive I am. I take that for what it is, so when I’m feeling it I write something and bang it out rather than force myself to sit down at my computer and come up with an idea. That way, I’m a lot less stressed out and when I have some time off and I’m not producing I can have fun and enjoy it. It’s a good balance.
It all depends, though; sometimes I’ll find a really cool sample or noise and I’ll build a track around that. Or, sometimes I’ll write a cool drum loop and go from there, and I find that I do a lot of that kind of shit on the plane. That’s kind of how I’ve always done it.
I’d like to start trying to write songs without doing any electronic stuff. It’s cool to write a full piece of music without including any electronic synthesizers or anything; just write something on the piano and make a track from there. I always get too ancy and as soon as I come up with a cool melody I’m like, ‘Awh man I gotta throw some bass or some sick drums over this!’ I think that if I get a handle on that it will help me progress in a different way.
Wes: Are you working on any new projects that we should know about?
Troy: Right now we’re doing a bunch of collaborations on the bus. We’re gonna be doing a Most Wanted LP after the tour, and its basically got a bunch of collab’s between me and Funtcase, Antiserum X and Mayhem, Sub Antix; everyone’s just been collaborating. We’re going to put together one dope EP and drop it after the tour.
If you don’t know already, you’ll be able to catch Datsik, Funtcase, and Protohype this Friday in the Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre. Datsik recently released his newest album, Let It Burn, for cost ($6.99) or free at www.firepowerrecords.com. With his record label firing on all cylinders, a new album out, and a corresponding North American tour to back it up; it’s safe to say that you’ll be hearing a lot more from this producer in the near future.