Thanks to ListenUp, we were able to talk with Adventure Club during their Death or Glory tour stop in Atlanta. We talked about their latest single, parallels between the rock music scene, and connecting with fans on a deeper level. If you want to learn more about their show, you can read our recaps on Respect My Region and Atlanta EDM.
I wanted to start off by going back to when you were into rock music. You've previously said that your first festival experience was at Warp Tour and so I wanted to ask the differences in energy and vibe between the festival scenes for both rock and EDM.
Christian: There are some obvious differences but also a startling amount of similarities. Most communities that come together like that to celebrate music tend to all look out for each other when it really comes down. Whether it's the metal scene or the dance scene, there's still a lot of respect within the actual fanbase. People are typically caring and careful of each other which is great.
Leighton: And as far as energy level goes, I feel like they're pretty parallel. There are of mosh pits in both. But when you look at Warped Tour in 2003 or EDC in 2018, I think the energy levels are pretty much the same.
Leighton: That's definitely a giant chunk of it for us.
Christian: But there are also acts that just make fun music that have die-hard fans. But for us, we try to have that deeper connection with what we make. I feel like the more of my soul that I put into the music as well as the details, subtleties, and profundity of emotion that you put into your music resonates with fans and listeners on a deeper level.
Leighton: On a more superficial level, we try to have as many open communication channels as we can with our fans. They support us, we support them. We're easily reachable on groups on Twitter and other social feeds.
DJs get asked to do a lot of odds and ends performances and so I was wondering what was the last gig where you felt most out of your element?
Leighton: The Wakeboarding Afterparty.
Leighton: It was a Top 40 Club that you could tell listened to Top 40 music that was popular two years prior to that time. When we got up there, we just starting playing out heaviest stuff and no one seemed to know what to do with themselves.
Christian: And then in the middle of the set, the promoter brought out a chair and tried to have the dancers dance on us-
Leighton: -On you
Christian: On me. God was that uncomfortable.
Leighton: By all accounts, it was pretty much a trainwreck.
It's up to you! If you're willing to talk about it, we'd love to hear it!
Christian: Well the day I decided to get that tattoo was the day I got that tattoo. I just went to whatever shop would take me in and so I popped into the shop and got it. It was a small tattoo so I got it done in like a half hour and then left. That was the end of it until like a couple weeks later, it came out in the news that the person I got a tattoo by I was actually not even a tattoo artist. He was only doing the tattoos because all of his artists quit on him for having some unsavory dealings. You can probably tell by looking at the tattoo that it just seems a little weird.
Leighton: If you saw the original stencil, it would probably put it into more perspective into why we should have been more skeptical of him.
You've talked about your work with Electric Family before and so I just wanted to catch up with your non-profit endeavors.
Leighton: We've always been working with Electric Family with things like food drives and donating a significant part of our merchandise proceeds to Fuck Cancer which is a nonprofit focused on improving health outcomes related to cancer. We're a big supporter of both of these causes and have been working with them for the past ten years now.
You also have another song that you teased with QUIX and badXchannels on your Facebook page.
Leighton: That's a song where we wanted to go back to our hardcore roots. Craig Owens from badXchannels is one of our idols. He was the lead man in Chiodos and our song pays homage to that musical period in my life.
Given where you are now, do you still experience a disconnect between your career and passion and the mainstream population's understanding of EDM?
Christian: You mean like if people like friends and family not understanding what we're doing and asking, "Where are these guys going every weekend?" Oh yeah, definitely. However, I think the perception has been slowly changing. I think it's much more accepted as a staple genre now. Sometimes we'll get picked up in an Uber or we'll be driven by an older gentleman who you would wouldn't expect to have any idea about what's going on and he just starts talking about VST and synthesizers. Just shows that you're never too old to start!
Thanks so much to Christian and Leighton from Adventure Club for taking the time to answer our questions. Thanks also to ListenUp for making this interview possible! Be sure to follow Adventure Club using the links below!
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Chris W. Lao
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