For those of you who are not familiar with you and your work, can you give us a bit of background on yourself?
Well I'm an American hardstyle producer and DJ based out of Athens, Georgia. Almost a year ago, I released a track called "Reality" on X-Bone Records which opened up a lot of doors for me, including this latest release on the renown Scantraxx label. As of now, "Reality" has amassed almost fifty-thousand plays across major platforms which is something I never expected. I'm so thankful for all the support it received!
I remember when she first showed me a hardstyle track, I thought it was the most boring sub-genre of EDM - the breaks were too long for my taste and I didnt like any of the climaxes/drops. But Hardstyle was her favorite EDM subgenre, so I had to listen to it pretty often! Eventually, it began to grow on me and I began to ask her for more and more tracks. It got to the point where I decided to try to make a hardstyle track. After only hours into making the track, I just knew that it would be the genre I would stick with. So after only six months of producing, I switched over to hardstyle entirely and it's been that way for about five years now.
I want to talk about this new track you just released called "Radiate." Can you tell me a little bit about the process you went through to achieve such a great accomplishment?
Yeah! So after Reality was released, I began to work on a follow up. I knew I wanted the track to be more euphoric, so I finished the concept of the track in about two weeks and I sent it off to a vocalist. Since I'm a junior in college along with a day-job, I worked on the track on and off. The track was done after one month but I wasn't 100% happy with the vocal. I searched around for someone else just for the fun of it one night without intending to replace the first vocalist. Then I stumbled upon Weldon, a country singer from Nashville Tennessee. I instantly fell in love with the demo he sent so I talked it out with the original vocalist and she said it was fine if I wanted to go with someone else. I finished up the track with the new vocals within three months and when school finally ended, I sent it off to Scantraxx and they accepted it.
So Talon and Keiji, two individuals who seem to be very good friends of yours, they've been pretty successful as well in the American scene from what I've noticed. Can we expect any collabs with them in the future?
Definitely. You can probably expect something from Talon and me in the near future. In terms of me and Keiji, we have talked about it before. I am sure we will get to it pretty soon as well!
So your first big booking was out in L.A. last year. Do you want to touch on that?
Yeah, so my friend Dylan reached out to me about playing at a charity event in LA. It was a hardstyle show and toy drive. You could either pay ten dollars at the door to donate to charity, or bring in a toy to donate. The whole event was to help cancer patients and their families during the holiday season. I was very happy to be a part of it. It was a blast!
Who are some of your biggest influences?
When I started producing hardstyle I would always reference any tracks I felt were up to quality. It was never a specific artist. You could say I got influenced by many producers.
What are your top three favorite hardstyle songs?
Audiofile.002 by AudioFreq
Fly Away by D-Charged
Fake Shit by Rebelion
Where do you see American Hard Dance headed in the future?
It is definitely growing. You have artists like MADGRRL, Lil Texas, TALON, Keiji, NTXC, Pulsatorz and Cim who are killing the game right now. It is hard to list everyone honestly the list goes on and on. I am excited to see what direction our scene will take with such talented people.
The QR Network Atlanta Correspondent.
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