Dreamers Delight, Lowtemp's newest addition, sat down with Bass Feeds The Soul at Electric Forest to talk about his debut as an artist, musical influences, festival culture, the rest of the Lowtemp gang and more!
BFS: So this is your fourth year at Electric Forest? First year performing though correct?
Right, its kind of my debut
BFS: Very cool! How does it vary being an artist vs. being in general admission?
So last year I was doing some photo work, I actually didn’t have any credentials but I just mobbed in (the festival) with my camera and was kind of able to get access everywhere by showing people my photos and having them be like “oh that's awesome go do whatever” and I was like “okay cool.” But it’s really cool to be on the other side of it definitely surreal because this is hands down my favorite festival I’ve ever been to, it’s (going to Electric Forest) a ritual of mine, kind of like a religion even. I still have yet to perform this weekend but I can’t wait!
BFS: We’re excited to see your set! But I get what you’re saying, I always tell my mom Electric Forest is like Christmas for grownups except better.
Right? Its a playground for four days, it’s a dream world, literally!
BFS: So you’re on Lowtemp’s label?
Yes! I just recently signed my upcoming EP with Lowtemp, we released our single two days ago called “Olives” and the rest of the EP will be coming out July 21st! So I’m really excited about that!
Listen to “Olives” here:
BFS: How do you like hanging out with the Lowtemp crew?
I recently met up with Exmag last night and got to introduce myself. I have yet to meet Denis and the rest of Gramatik though. I haven’t met Russ (Liquid), but I would love love to meet him. I actually discovered him two or three years ago here at the forest!
BFS: Wow! Since then he’s really been coming up!
Oh my gosh YEAH! I’ve seen him two or three times in the past two or three years and every time he’s just amazing. So talented. I’ve heard he’s just a really fun guy to be around. He’s actually a pretty big influence on me too honestly, with his creativity he adds to his production, it's so cool. When I first stumbled across him playing the Forest stage two years ago I was like “What is this?” and next thing you know he’s whipping out the flute and the horns and started going ham. It was so cool.
BFS: Do you use any live instrumental elements in your music?
Not yet, buts it’s definitely the next step. Especially for my live shows, I want to incorporate a lot more live aspects to it and build more original tracks to create a full original set. At this point I don’t have enough content to do it, but it will get there soon!
"I love going to festivals because of the freedom that you have. ... You can let yourself go and find some new inspiration, meet great people, listen to great music and be around good friends. There’s honestly nothing better than that."
BFS: Definitely, it’s hard starting out! What instruments do you play?
I’m not really trained in anything specifically. I played piano a little bit when I was growing up but I never really got too serious with it. I played guitar for a little bit but almost all of my production is by ear, so I do most of it with a mini keyboard. I want to start bringing in more live instruments to my sound.
BFS: If you could collab with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
Oh my god, that's such a hard question! Honestly, I would have to say the Gorillaz!
BFS: That’s a good one! Why the Gorillaz?
I love the Gorillaz. They were actually the first--- I don’t want to say electronic--- but they definitely have an electronic aspect to their style. they’ve always been a big inspiration and their music is so spot on.
BFS: Their whole cartoon alter ego thing is awesome too!
Yes! Their whole presence is so cool!
BFS: When you’re playing a live set do you kind of feed of the crowd or do you go in with a plan already for what you’re going to play?
So right now I have some things kind of pre-planned out but I’m definitely going to wait to see how everyone’s feeling and kind of go from there!
BFS: You’ve been around and gone to festivals yourself, what’s your favorite thing about festival culture?
I love going to festivals because of the freedom that you have. It’s a great way to just let go and forget about your regular day to day things and responsibilities. You can let yourself go and find some new inspiration and meet great people, listen to great music and be around good friends. There’s honestly nothing better than that.
BFS: Definitely not! So what song of yours means the most to you and why?
Right now I would say a track that I put out through The Untz Challenge about two months ago. It’s called “Around.” I’ve been working on the track for close to a year. It means a lot to me just because I was traveling a lot and I was working on the track while I was travelling. Each place I was going to brought new elements from where I was and the environment around me and a lot of it transferred very well to the track itself.
Listen to “Around” here:
BFS: Has any particular place that you’ve been to influenced you more than others?
Here. Absolutely. Electric Forest by far. Like I’ve said I’ve been going here for the past four years and every single year that I come here it’s honestly better and better and it’s really surreal to be here performing. All of the stars are aligning and things are coming together.
BFS: That’s so exciting! What do you like to do when you’re not making music or going to festivals?
I just like having a lot of fun. I like working a lot, keeping busy. I try to stay as inspired as I can. I’m a photographer, so I love going out and taking pictures. I like skateboarding, I like snowboarding. I love being outdoors especially.
"I like to say that my sounds pretty easy listening and I think a lot of people that don’t even necessarily listen to electronic music can get into it. I think it’s a familiar sound that people are comfortable with."
BFS: How would you describe your sound to someone that has never heard of you or heard your music before?
The best way to describe it is that it’s a very dreamy sound and it has a lot of kind of lush elements and stuff like that. I like to say that my sounds pretty easy listening and I think a lot of people that don’t even necessarily listen to electronic music can get into it. I think it’s a familiar sound that people are comfortable with.
BFS: Do you have any specific creative process that you go to when you go to sit down and make music?
Not necessarily. Honestly, it really depends on how I’m feeling and what’s going on in my life at the time. I wouldn’t say there’s one specific way I write tracks, but when it comes to the actual creative aspect of it has a lot to do with where I am and what I’m feeling. So a lot of the times when I start a new track it’s always because of something that I have an idea for or have inspiration on the spot and I go off of that.
BFS: What’s the craziest thing to happen to you while you were on stage performing?
This is kind of my debut! I’ve played a couple of smaller shows, the last show that I did was in Ann Arbor, MI right before I moved out to California. So I haven’t done too much crazy stuff on stage YET--- but I’m excited to see what the future holds with that.
BFS: You’ve gotta start making plans!
Definitely! I’m thinking about lots of stage diving, throwing pizza and cakes at people, and going white raver rafting while I’m playing my set. (laughs)
BFS: Describe yourself in three words
Outgoing, adventurous and curious
BFS: Who are you most excited to see this weekend?
Thats such a tough question, there’s so many people to see it’s such a good line up this year. Last year I was a little bummed out with the lineup, which is okay because I still had a great time but with that being said I’m a huge fan of The String Cheese Incident so I’ll be gettin cheesy all day. Then like Bassnectar, and I got to hang out with the Odesza guys last night and their set was amazing. It was actually the first time I’ve seen them live which is crazy because I first met them back in November which is crazy because I didn’t even know about their show until I got back in town that day and everyone was like “are you going to Odesza” and I was like “what who?” They’re a great group of guys. Then Russ Liquid and the Lowtemp guys, I’m really excited for that. Besides that I’ll just be hoppin' around!
BFS: Last question, what is your spirit animal?
Owl! I like to think of myself as an observer, I like to step back and watch things. I love to watch people watch and watch what’s going on around me. I kind of think of an owl as the same thing just as an overseer of the forest.
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Interviewed By Madi Lawton and Brie Goodno