The Future FM Blog DJ news, live event coverage, mixes, podcasts, exclusives & more. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BINGO PLAYERS ARE SET TO WIN BIG IN 2016 | Exclusive Interview Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:11:13 +0000 Forever plural, Bingo Players are one of the most well-known and respected figures in dance music. With anthems such as Cry (Just A Little) and Rattle, it is no wonder why their latest remix of Hardwell’s Follow Me ft. Jason Derulo, is yet again, a smash hit.

The Future FM got the chance to sit down with Maarten to ask about favorite instruments, spare-time go-to’s as well as what’s on tap for Bingo Players in 2016. Check it out!

1. Can you tell us a bit about the creative process behind your massive remix of Hardwell’s ‘Follow Me’ Ft. Jason Derulo?

This one was so much fun to work on! It’s already a massive track, which is full of energy, so I wanted to keep that but just put my own spin on it and add some Bingo flavor to it. Jason Derulo’s vocal is just so awesome and powerful – so I was thrilled to be able to work with this song. I really hope people like it as much as I do!

2. In the studio, what are your favorite go-to instruments and effects?

I use Ableton as my DAW and I also have the Roland Juno 2, which I love the sound of. I mostly use soft synths! I am also a big fan of the Xfer Serum plugin.

3. What artist(s), in or outside of dance music, do you admire the most at the moment?

I am loving Essentials at the moment. They just released a track called ‘Alarm’ on Hysteria, and it’s a really dope track. Keep your eyes on these guys because they’re on a roll!


4. What is your favorite thing about being on the road all the time? Least favorite?

Favorite thing is of course the actual show! The feeling I get while standing in the booth looking out at a sea of people all there having a good time and dancing to the music, it’s indescribable! Least favorite is being away from my family… it’s difficult being away from them while I am on tour, but they are so supportive and it makes me really look forward to seeing them when the gigs are over.

5. When you have some time off your busy schedule, what sort of things do you like to do?

I am a massive video game fan, so I love to kick back and relax at home, playing video games!

6. What do you love most about your fans?

Their support. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful fans that make it their mission to keep you going through good and bad times.

7. Having released countless hit records as well as playing the biggest festivals and stages across the world during your illustrious decade in the industry, what can fans expect from Bingo Players in 2016?

Just expect a lot more! I am working hard on getting lots of productions wrapped up, and making sure that there’s a lot of new Hysteria Records tracks lined up for the New Year. 2016 is going to be big!


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McCallaman Releases Latest Holiday Single ‘Lucky Baby’ Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:43:41 +0000 With the holidays right around the corner, we’re all binge watching Christmas movies, squeezing in some last minute gift shopping, baking cookies and replaying the same, classic Christmas songs over and over again. But get ready to switch up your usual routine because Toronto-based producer and DJ, McCallaman, released a new holiday single that you’re going to have on constant replay.

McCallaman has been up-and-coming the past few years to becoming a notable producer and DJ, with his chill and soulful sound. His debut EP ‘Black Pop’ got released not too long ago and is pure art, which you can see for yourself while reading the review we did for the EP HERE. Now, McCallaman is back with a new single for the holidays and call him Santa Claus, because this track is an absolute gift. ‘Lucky Baby’ features sweet, heartfelt vocals from New York R&B singer Mariami and a chill beat with a unique, cheerful and wintery twist. This track oozes sweetness and the very intro alone will set this happy tone that will not fail to put you in a good mood. You can best believe I’ll be blasting this while wearing Christmas jammies and prancing around the fireplace, belting the vocals at the top of my lungs and vibing. It is the most perfect chill track for the upcoming holiday season, so now you don’t have to keep playing Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ on loop, because McCallaman has got the fix.



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Manufactured Superstars Debuts ‘Party All The Time’ LP + Exclusive Interview Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:14:58 +0000 From members of the original Denver squad that started Beatport to spinning at festivals around the world, Brad Roulier and Shawn Sabo as DJ duo Manufactured Superstars have premiered their refreshing debut album “Party All The Time” on Black Hole Recordings via Magik Muzik in time for the holidays.

Although their enigmatic, iconic collaboration with Paris HiltonDrunk Text” is M.I.A., an assortment of big room tunes like “Zombies in Love” and uplifting tracks like “Carry You Home” featuring Iossa make for a sizable showing. Complete with transient melodies, deep house and a little jungle on “Swagger Right” featuring IDMA award winning vocalist Vassy, the album has a lot to offer.

We caught up with Manufactured Superstars for a quick interview about their debut LP and more, check out what they had to say below.


TFM: Congrats on the release of your Party All the Time album! It’s been a big year for you. How was the recording process?

Brad: It was a two year process, so we’ve been putting out singles throughout the last five years and we put out a few EPs, but this was our first full length album that we’ve done. Our label gave us the opportunity to take our time and in between touring and all the other things that we do, we just you know worked it in. Two years later we finally got it done.

TFM: You’ve had a number of residencies, what have the latest ones been like?

Brad: Beta, XS, are two of our favorites that we play at a lot. The club scene is rockin it’s been great- Create in Hollywood is another one we really enjoy playing that we have a residency at.

TFM: Can you tell us a little about what it was like starting your label Manufactured Music?

Shawn: We just wanted to give younger artists a good outlet for releasing tracks and we have a good distribution deal, it’s on iTunes, Beatport, Spotify, all the big platforms. So we grabbed one of our friends to help us run it, Tom from our Beatport days, and we’ve just been trying to sign local artists, all different markets and develop a label and a sound. We’re going to get to expand on that next year pretty excited about it.

TFM: As Dj/ producers going up in Denver to turning the party all over the world, how does it feel to see the scene you grew up with continue to blossom into such an epicenter for electronic music?

Shawn: Well I mean it’s awesome you know, we’ve been in the scene for such a long time and to see it evolve and grow as it is has been super fun. We love to see new artists come up, we love to see old artists evolve.

TFM: Now let me tell you, your Let Me Be Your Fantasy Mix with Digital Junkiez had the kids feeling all the fantasies. How did that collaboration come about?

Shawn: It almost ties into what you just said, I mean Digital Junkiez was an artist that we signed a track for on Manufactured Music. Really liked the guys, they saw us play a couple times in New York at Lavo and Pacha, and Atlantic City cuz they live in the New York area. And we kind of became friends and you know, they kept sending us music. I think we put out three songs on our label by them and then it was just like hey let’s work on this track together. We actually kind of bounced it back and forth a few times trying to find the right girl to sing it, and then we finally found the right vocalist [Natalie Perisworked it out with those guys and it came out great.

TFM: What kind of music do you listen to these days in your free time?

Shawn: I mean I listen to everything. Hip hop, jazz, dance music stuff, it completely depends on the day and the mood.

Brad: I listen to more house music almost all the time primarily.  

TFM: What would you say to DJs and producers starting out and looking to improve?

Brad: I was always tell them you have to finish every song that you start. It’s really fun and creative to start a new track. A lot of people get 50-60% through a track and then they don’t like it, they move onto the next one and the next one and they get into a habit of not finishing songs. I don’t think there’s a producer in the world that likes their song at 60%. You know when you start making a track you really enjoy it it’s great, then at 50 to 75% of the song it’s really really tough. That’s where a lot of people stop. I just feel like if you wanna be a real producer that you really need to finish everything. Cuz you never know when someone’s gonna ask to hear all your stuff and it needs to be finished it can’t be an incomplete project, so that’s the advice I try to tell young producers.

TFM: Party! Thanks for chatting with us, Manufactured Superstars!

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Oliver Heldens Announces Residency At BBC Radio 1 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:37:33 +0000 It’s been a crazy year for the young Dutch DJ/Producer Oliver Heldens. Between releasing tracks like ‘Shades Of Grey’ and ‘Bunnydance’, announcing his own record label Heldeep Records and revealing his alter ego HI-LO, Heldens is opening 2016 with a bang with the announcement of a monthly radio show at BBC Radio.  

That’s right, starting Jan. 1, you can catch Heldens on the first Thursday of the month on BBC Radio 1 and listen to a selection of tracks hand picked by Heldens himself and dance to his signature blend of groovy tunes.

Don’t forget to tune in and let us know what you think about his new radio show by tweeting us at @TheFutureFM using the hashtag #HeldensBBC1.

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Elliphant Premieres Brand New Song “Where is Home” ft. Twin Shadow Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:35:27 +0000 In collaboration with “Red Bull 20 before 16,” Elliphant aka Ellinor Olovsdotter, just dropped an exclusive track “Where is Home” from her forthcoming album Living Life Golden and it’s ridiculously catchy.  A strong combination of heartfelt lyrics and her unique vocals coasting over some seriously beautiful production work, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Where is Home” makes it onto the radio waves and into the pop charts.

Listen to “Where is Home” below and download the track exclusively here.  If you want to hear more, be sure to follow #Blisseh on social media and get a sneak peek of the album on Periscope Red Bull at 5pm PST. Fans in Los Angeles are also encouraged to keep an eye on #Blisseh for something special from Elliphant today.  Living Life Golden is set for release on March 25th so be sure to check back for more details.



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Disco Donnie Presents Announces UME 2016 Lineup & Official Pre-Party Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:33:40 +0000 Are you ready for a massive spring break?  Make plans to head down to S. Padre Island, Texas where Disco Donnie Presents and GlobalGroove Events will be talking over Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark for four days of sun, sand and EDM.

Kicking off on Wednesday, March 16, UME is bringing DJ Snake, Big Gigantic, Keys N Krates and Jackal out for a massive pre-party that you do not want to miss.  For day one of UME on Thursday, March 17, a to-be-announced headliner will throw down with Galantis, Jauz, and Zaxx. Day two on March 18 will feature Sigala, Sam Feldt, 3LAU before Porter Robinson ends the night with his massive live set.   Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Borgeous, Tigerlilly and the infamous masked DJ Marshmello will close out the festival on Saturday March 19.

Stay tuned for more line-up announcements and watch the trailer for UME 2016 below.



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Event Review | Snails & Herobust Turn Webster Hall Into #SlugzCity 12/18/15 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:24:09 +0000 This past Friday, December 18th, our beloved Webster Hall turned into #SlugzCity, as vomit-step producer Snails left a trail of slimy, grimy, FILTHY bass that left every single person in attendance with broken necks (due to the levels of headbanging) and their ears ringing. One word to say how Snails did? he sNAILED it.

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Before you even entered Webster Hall, there should’ve been a box of free neck braces at the door so that everyone could take one because after Snails and Herobust threw down, neck braces were most definitely required. The vibes of Webster Hall were like any other on this night: left and right people were decked out in Snails apparel. Jerseys, snapbacks, bucket hats, “vomit-step” crewnecks, you name it, but it was a given that everyone has been preparing for this to-be epic night for a long, long time. To say I was ready to go IN was an understatement, having been done with all of my finals the previous day and was looking forward to celebrating by getting a heavy dose of bass in my face. Everyone was crowding around the stairs leading up to the main ballroom floor in anticipation and eagerly waiting for the clock to strike 12 and for the security guards to let us in, and then once it was time to head upstairs, the crowd literally stampeded up the stairs and onto the main floor to enter Slugz City.

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

The night finally begins, and is it a bird? is it a plane? Nope, but it is a hero; and that hero is none other than Herobust. Young Herobust completely BLEW the roof off of Webster and threw down the most killer set, featuring the biggest, baddest, bass-heaviest tracks that got the whole crowd whomping, head-banging, moshing and letting every care they had fly right out the door. Dropping tracks like Boombox Cartel‘s ‘B2U‘, ‘Core‘ by RL Grime and Jauz‘s ‘Deeper Love‘, Herobust brought out this indescribable energy because there wasn’t a single person in the crowd that wasn’t giving it their all and going absolutely insane; especially after he dropped this ID remix of the filthiest trap anthem in the game right now, NGTMRE‘s ‘Street‘. There was no one else that could have been more of a perfect support act and opener for Snails than Herobust because after his set, I had to make sure if I was still even properly functioning.

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Photo Credit: @ScottyHawkPhotography for @WebsterHall

Citizens of Slugz City, it was time. King Snails, with his signature two-tone blonde and brown hair, emerges on to the stage and all the little snails start crowding around getting super hyped to see the man in action. Before I even knew what was going on, smoke cannons were blasting, everyone was screaming “OHHHHHH!”, trippy “Free The Vomit” visuals were on the screen and my ears were being filled with that “vomit-step” sound, triggering automatic head-banging. I literally felt like I entered bass heaven, and Snails’ one-of-a-kind sound is something that will just stun you when you hear it live. I assure you, if you thought that you ever reached your peak of how hard you can go, guess again, because once you see Snails live, you will set a new standard for yourself. Everyone was whomping in unison to the sounds of “vomit-step” and the Nyan CatSnail visuals, and suddenly the Snapchat filter of the vomitting rainbows came to reality for every person at Webster that night. He just completely slayed, there is no other word to explain it, and he was so untouchable that not even SALT could affect this Snail (Get it? Because salt weakens snails?). Banger after banger after banger sums up the tracks Snails dropped, including Skrillex‘s ‘Bad Man‘ remix of the Ragga Twins, the Getter remix of Snails’ track ‘Pump This‘ with Herobust and one of my absolute favorite tracks of all time (seriously, drop this and I will lose it), which is the Cesqeaux remix of Moski’s ‘Dopest‘. But the track that I was PRAYING he would drop was the VIP remix of his collab with Big GiganticFunk With Me‘, which he did, and all I can say is that I’m currently writing this as I’m icing my neck because Snails left a trail that the citizens of Slugz City will never forget.

Photo Credit: @OfficialSnails

Photo Credit: @OfficialSnails

If Webster was the kick-off show to the #SlugzCity tour, then we can’t even begin to imagine what the other shows will be like. See if your city is lucky enough to get Snailed on the rest of his tour:

1.15.16 w/ Habstrakt | The Regency | San Francisco, California
1.16.16 w/ Wuki | The Ogden | Denver, Colorado
2.05.16 w/ Boombox Cartel | 930 Club | Washington D.C
2.19.16 w/ Ghastly | Elektricity | Detroit, Michigan
2.20.16 w/ Ghastly | Upstate Concert Hall | Albany, New York
3.05.16 w/ Must Die! | The Intersection | Grand Rapids, Michigan
3.11.16 | Terminal West | Atlanta, Georgia
3.12.16 w/ Must Die! | TLA | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Martin Garrix Reveals Support Acts For Spectacular NYE Event Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:18:06 +0000 Calling all Martin Garrix fans, the international dance music super has just announced a stellar cast of supporting acts set to join him for his incredible New Year’s Eve show  at the famous Meydan Amphitheatre in Dubai. Garrix was recently voted the world’s #3 DJ and has chosen home-grown talents Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan and Justin Mylo to preform along his side at the highly anticipated party of the year.

Martin Garrix has only performed in Dubai once, but Garrix and Envie Events are pulling out all the stops to ensure his NYE return will be yet another show-stopping event. The Meydan Amphitheater is the perfect place to see in the New Year, after all it is one Dubai’s most spectacular venues.  A direct view of the world’s largest fireworks display from the towering Burj Khalifa, against a backdrop of Dubai’s impressive, sparkling skyline are just some of the things that make this venue unrivaled when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations.

It’s party you don’t want to miss. Why not start off the New Year like Animals?  Get your tickets here.

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Event Preview | Girls + Boys: Snails + HeRobust @ Webster Hall 12/18/15 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:01:27 +0000 Snails might be an acquired taste for eating purposes, but for hearing purposes, the Snails I’m talking about will satisfy all of your filthy, grimy bass-heavy needs. Next Friday, December 18th, Montreal-based producer and creator of his own genre titled “vomit step”, Snails, will be throwing down at Webster Hall for the first time ever with the support from HeRobust, courtesy of the always amazing Girls + Boys. But let me just tell you, these two together in one night? Prepare for some SERIOUS bass in your face.

The term “vomit step” is the only way that he could describe his weird, fresh, one-of-a-kind sound that has led to massive recognition, following the releases of his tracks back in 2012, not having blown up until the past 2 years. It’s funny because snails are known to move notoriously slow (hence, “snails pace”) but this snail is SKYROCKETING to fame and recognition right now with his unique, glitchy, bass-heavy hybrid trap sound. Tracks like ‘Wild‘ and ‘Pump This‘ have been regular features in the sets of heavyweights like Jack Ü (Skrillex and Diplo), DJ Snake, Slander, Ookay and more, and countless others have been following the trail that Snails has been leaving behind (see what I did there? Snails leave trails, get it?). It’s been a killer year for young Snails, having played the big-name festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo and Tomorrowworld all just within this year, so we can only wait and see how Snails will satisfy our bass cravings in 2016, because it’s a given that he will deliver. When it comes to Snails, it’s always a surprise as to what he drops during his sets, but here’s a little taste of what to except at Webster Hall, because they won’t know what’s coming for them:


We know, your mind is blown. Your jaw is on the floor and your soul has floated up into bass-heaven. That’s just some typical Snails for you, so no words are required further: the “buy tickets” link is below”.


SNAILS & HeRobust
Webster Hall
Friday, December 18th, 2015
~Doors at 10 PM~



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Justin James Releases ‘Space Sleaze’ EP + Exclusive Interview Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:33:11 +0000 What comes to your mind when you think techno? Detroit. And why is that? Because Detroit is where the roots of techno lie. Now, even though Justin James isn’t “Straight Outta Detroit”, he is from Windsor, Ontario! Windsor is literally a foot away from Detroit, and his good friend and the person who took Justin under his wing, the iconic Richie Hawtin, happens to also be from Windsor. Justin’s proximity to Detroit all his life left him exposed firsthand to that raw techno sound.

Justin’s influences, background and network of friends, not to mention his admirable passion and love for the organic sounds of techno, has greatly shaped him as an artist. He’s the head-honcho of his own label refused., off of which he released his Space Sleaze’ EP just a few days ago, has played Tomorrowland 2015 and played Richie’s ENTER. stage at this year’s Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus; and that’s just him getting started! This year has been a phenomenal year for the extremely humble, funny, friendly and down-to-earth Justin, who it was an absolute pleasure to chat with for an exclusive interview, so we can only wait in anticipation for what amazing things 2016 will bring for Justin and refused.:

TFM: First and foremost, congrats on the release of your Space Sleaze EP! It’s been a huge year for you. Tell me a little bit about the EP and the tracks on it-

Justin: Thank you! It’s just a single, so it’s only the original track AND the acapella. So it’s something a little bit different and we haven’t done anything like that before, but it’s important to me. The vocalist is a friend of mine named Dan Diamond and years ago, before he was my friend and before we knew each other, he had a record out with one of my favorite producers that don’t do anything anymore called Peace Division and I believe they’re out of the UK. He didn’t end up getting credited for it at first, but they actually found an acapella for a track of his called Club Therapy. I came across this Peace Division Club Therapy track and it blew me away, the vocals are what made it and the production was dope too. I happened to befriend Dan through a mutual friend, John Acquaviva, and then we talked about doing a record together and Space Sleaze was the outcome. We have plans to do more in the future!

TFM: What inspired you to start refused.? Owning your own label is a big deal!

Justin: Yeah! It was one of those things that I felt kind of just had to happen. I wanted to kind of contribute to this culture that I love so much and I figured owning a record label is a good way to do that and releasing records from my friends and of my own this is only the second release I’ve done on it actually. But you know, to find some young talent and to have friends give them a place to be heard as well, created sort of a family atmosphere to it as well. Where I’m from in Windsor, Windsor is right across from Detroit and I can actually see Detroit from my house right now, that’s how close we are.

TFM: That’s so crazy! Since Detroit is like a beacon for techno!

Justin: [laughs] Exactly!

TFM: I’m a fan of the big man himself, Richie, and you guys are both from Ontario. So what’s that been like ever since Rich kind of took you under his wing?

Justin: Yeah it’s kind of cool actually, because Ontario is a province, comparable to New York, but I think Ontario is actually bigger. Me and Richie actually happen to be from the same city in Ontario called Windsor, and as I said before, it kind of borders Detroit. So yeah, when I was growing up, we started going to raves when we were younger, and in fact, I was just talking to Rich this weekend about the fact that one of the first ones we went to before I even knew who he was, was a rave in Windsor called Jack-O-Lantern. My friend Jeff and I went, because we were in University and we were young, and at that time I didn’t know anything about the history of Detroit techno or the history of where Richie and John Acquaviva fell into, kind of that second-generation Detroit techno thing. Yeah so it started like that, and when I was in school, in university, I had the opportunity to do kind of spearhead a documentary on Detroit techno on a University project level. I learned about the history a little bit and then I got to shoot a video at one of Rich’s parties, a party called Consumed. Then, I got to know him a little bit through that but still not too well. Then yeah, so a few years later, I started making my own music and DJing, and I played with him in Windsor and my friend Matt and I opened for him, actually- we opened for Geyser, who opened for Rich. Rich asked us for some music, and that’s how it began. He’s always been a huge influence for me, whether he knows it or not, and I think that’s why I also thought it would’ve been a good idea to start my own record label, after being influenced by all the amazing things his label Plus8 has done, and what MINUS does now.

TFM: Awesome story! So, upcoming shows- I see you’re playing BPM in January and honestly, I want to go to that SO badly but I have no funding! So on that note, are there any shows you’re looking forward to playing or what was your most favorite show you’ve ever played?

Justin: Each one is kind of special in their own way, and a big thing for me is just getting out and loving the fact that people love this music that we all love. Beyond that, it’s people who appreciate my music, as well as my colleagues music. I got to play Tomorrowland this past summer on the MINUS stage, and I did Tomorrowworld the year before that, which was cool. I played ENTER. showcases the last two Halloween’s at Escape in San Bernardino. Those gigs were amazing and being part of anything Richie puts together is next-level stuff, but I’ve also had the opportunity to play this past summer in Barcelona, which happened to be one of my favorites. I played Paco Osuna‘s club night called Club Four and it was so cool because I was headlining. People came there for me, where as opposed to other events. The club was packed until 5 AM, which was when I got off, and that was very special.

TFM: What’s the next step for not just you, but the label as well?

Justin: There’s always steps, you know? I’m not sure on the next step, but we do have a couple of releases coming out, with Space Sleaze coming out next week and in the New Year, I have an EP with Sian’s Octopus Recordings, which I’m pretty excited about, as well as a few other projects and some cool remixes. I’ve had the opportunity to link up with two strong agencies in North America and South America, working with an agency called Liaison, and in Europe, I’m working with B4 bookings, which happens to be Paco’s agency as well. My job is just to hopefully write some cool music, and from there, it will give those agencies some ammunition to start booking me more and playing out more.

TFM: How would you say that you try to separate your sound from everyone else’s, I’m sure being close to Detroit had some influence on that?

Justin: A big thing for me is that I don’t necessarily try to separate or do anything. I just sit down and see what I can get out of me and these machines in front of me, you know? Detroit techno is not as Detroit techno as people think it is, if that makes sense! Detroit techno isn’t just this raw, industrial Juan Atkins style of techno, if we look at the 3 godfathers of techno. 1 being Atkins, being more industrial and robotic sounding, and then Kevin Saunderson, more house oriented, and Derrick May is kind of in between that, having more organic elements. I just try to find my space in between that organic and industrial sounds, but the big thing is my relationship with these machines around me, whether they’re analog or synthesizers. Just trying to see what these machines can do and what I’m inspired by, and trying to find some happy medium between that. I guess that’s what my sound is, you know? But I’ve been pleased with the fact that people have heard Dubfire or Rich play one of my tracks, and they shoot a video of it and without even knowing it’s me, they can tell it’s me. My friend Troy once was watching a livestream of Dubfire playing ENTER. and he messaged me and he was like, “I think Dubfire is playing one of your tracks right now!” and I said, “well, how do you know?” and he said, “it sounds like you”. I don’t know it that’s me necessarily being lazy or if it’s a compliment! Being a musician is about finding your sound which is great, but I don’t see anything wrong with being unpredictable as well!

TFM: If you could pick one person to work with and get ideas from or collab with, who would it be and why?

Justin: There’s so many! One that I would love to work with or be a fly on the wall with in their studio sessions, or more so just their life sessions, would be someone that when I was grounded when I was 8 years old, I was pretending to make music videos in my bedroom to his songs, and that would be Prince! I’m a huge Prince fan and I’ve loved him for however long. What’s amazing about him is that he is such a well-rounded artist. To see his inspiration and motivation to write music is unbelievable, and one of the coolest things about him is that the majority of the music he has produced and released has been completely orchestrated by him, and then he just kind of gets a band to play it live eventually, which is pretty amazing to me. He was a Rock n Roll guy, but he also had a lot of hip-hop influences as well as electronic influences, and he definitely went through a house-y phase. Prince would be high up there for me for sure!

TFM: Let’s say you had the best of both worlds and could pick a second person to collab with, who would you pick?

Justin: I’ve actually never had a studio session with Rich, and I think to spend a week in a studio with him and just see his approach. I’ve been highly inspired even just by the discussions we’ve had about approaches to production, without ever actually sitting in a studio with him. Rich would certainly be high up there for me as well, and he’s definitely a purist, so to be able to understand his approach as well would be amazing!

TFM: Awesome! Thanks for chatting with us, Justin!



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