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Imagine Music Festival 2020 Chattahoochee Hills Official Venue Announcement

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Imagine Music Festival 2020 New Venue Announcement

Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand make a major announcement for the future of Imagine Music Festival. This is good news the EDM community needs at this time with all the recent festival cancellations. This is the same site as the world famous Tomorrowworld Festival 2013 – 2015. We can’t wait to see the Aquatic Fairytale layout for Imagine Music Festival 2020 at Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills.

Read what Glenn & Madeleine have to say about the Imagine Music Festival 2020 venue change.

Dear Imaginers, 

Since the beginning, it has always been our mission to create a festival experience unlike any other, that blends multiple electronic music genres, personalities and tastes into one magical weekend. This perfect blend together with your love has created a beautiful Imagine Festival, built from the ground up with you at the center of it all.

After each Imagine Festival we look forward to receiving your feedback and implementing your suggestions into the fabric of the next event. While there have been tremendous strides over the past 7 years, we have also faced several challenges and set-backs at our existing location. After much deliberation, we are ready to make a positive change that will usher Imagine Festival into the next chapter. We have been approached by many venues eager to host our festival, but one has stood out in our hearts and minds over the years. It is with immense pride that we officially announce Imagine Festival will take place at the Bouckaert Farm, in the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

We are thrilled about the new site and still in awe of it’s majesty, beauty and splendor. This site has a rich history with the electronic music community and the perfect home for Imagine Festival. Driving in makes you feel as though you are entering into a fairytale and we are excited for a new opportunity to transport you into an immersive experience, forged in nature.

We look forward to showing you the many improvements and future of Imagine Festival at Bouckaert Farm. Some of the new improvements to enhance your experience at this site include:

  • Newly paved roads for dependability and accessibility
  • Car Camping and RV Camping (primitive camping available as well)
  • Day Parking on site 
  • Uber & Lyft (Rideshare) drop off and pick up on site 
  • On site Shuttle Pick up and Drop off 
  • Great communication and coordination with city officials to ensure a smooth arrival and departure
  • Condensed site plan for your convenience

We have poured our hearts and souls into this festival and, hopefully, inspired some along the way to go after your dreams and believe in yourself. Countless friends and family have been established with memories that will last forever. The potential is endless for Imagine, and we are excited about the journey and bringing you with us on this fantastic ride. Thank you for your incredible love and support over the years and for taking this exciting leap with us on our next chapter of the Imagine Festival saga. “We love you and it shows!”

Love, 

Glenn & Maddy

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Sunset Music Festival Announces Reschedule as Health Crisis Continues

The seemingly long, uphill battle continues for the live music and entertainment industry as more festivals and concerts are either postponing or cancelling their events altogether. As of Friday, April 10, Sunset Music Festival made an official announcement that they would be rescheduling to a future date, which will be on the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Although this can be frustrating times for those who have made plans that are now being disrupted, the festival is going to do their best to give fans a great festival while making sure its patrons, artists, and staff are safe. Here is the full statement from the festival below.

Sunset Family,

With all of this uncertainty in the world, we hope this brightens a little bit of your day as we announce our rescheduled dates for Sunset 2.0. We cannot wait to get back together with you and are hopeful we’re able to do this on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th of this year. We understand that these are uncertain times and nothing is a guarantee. We would love to be able to celebrate life and the love we have for each other on our Independence Day weekend. We know you have many questions and we’ve outlined the popular ones below. If the situation presents itself, we will put on a safe festival & we plan on trying to be that shining light at the end of this dark tunnel we’re in. We’re working closely with local and city officials to ensure a safe and enjoyable festival experience for all. If you can’t join us on the new date and need a refund, or if you would like to pause your payment plan, please see the details below.

Sincerely hopeful,
John, Donnie, & the Sunset Team

Now, don’t worry if you have already purchased tickets for the traditional Memorial Day weekend event, your tickets will transfer to the July event, automatically, at point of purchase. If your schedule unfortunately does not align with the new date and you want a refund, SMF will gladly assist you with that request. Below you can find the proper form to fill out to request a refund.

Digital Mirage: Online Music Festival/Fundraiser (LIVE STREAM)

Brownies & Lemonade and Proximity’s Digital Mirage Festival is currently underway as of Friday, April 3rd, with its massive lineup of online streaming performances. For Friday’s lineup, you can see sets from Dab the Sky (Dabin B2B Said the Sky), Seven Lions, 12th Planet, Ghastly, Kaskade, Mat Zo, Yehme2, Arty, and so many more! The live stream can be viewed right here on this page, or you can visit the  YouTube stream and join the live chat room. Above the chat room, you will see a donation widget where you can send money to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The stream will go on until 2:15am PST. See the full lineup for today below!

Event Cancelled: Lightening in A Bottle Won’t Offer Refunds for Ticket Holders

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Lightening in a Bottle Festival owned by LIB/Do LaB sent an email to ticket holders stating the event is cancelled do to the Coronavirus. They made it very clear they will not be refunding ticket sales.
Email Screenshot Below…

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Iris Presents to Host IrisTV Live Stream Featuring Leah Culver, Eddie Gold, Mikes Revenge, & Wolfe

COVID-19 might be cancelling all of the usual fun for the coming weeks, including local live music concerts of all genres. With so many DJ’s taking to social media to live stream what would be their live performances, it was a matter of time before promoters like Iris Presents would host a live stream extravaganza of their own.

On what would be a typical “Iris Day” on a Saturday night, Believe Music Hall would be packed with patrons ready to dance the night away in the multi-room venue. Now that COVID-19 has been grinding our world to a screeching halt, Iris wants to bring their signature Saturday night party to your living rooms.

Iris Presents and Imagine Music Festival owner, Glenn Goodhand, took to social media to announce the official live stream party would be happening on Saturday March 21, from 10pm-2am EST.

The even will feature some hometown favorites like Leah Culver, Eddie Gold, Mikes Revenge, and Wolfe. Iris Presents will put on the show just as you would see it any other Saturday night, the only difference is there will be no fans in attendance. Just the stage, production, and of course, the DJ. The promoter is also taking donations on their event page. You can donate to help out the show by clicking here.

You can view the live stream tonight on the Iris Presents YouTube page at youtube.com/ImagineFestivalTV. This is just the inaugural event for what should be more to come since the virus will potentially cancel the foreseeable future events in the coming weeks. The promoters plan to bring more and more production in the near future. Tune in tonight for some Iris style fun to get you through these strange times we’re living in.

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Sunset Music Festival Announces Event Full Steam Ahead Memorial Day Weekend

The spreading pandemic that is COVID-19 might have caused several large-scale music festivals like Ultra, SXSW, Coachella, and more to pull the plug, Tampa’s own EDM festival Sunset Music Festival is still a go as of Saturday March 14th.

The festival announced Saturday afternoon on social media that they have met with local health officials along with the City of Tampa to take the necessary precautions to keep fans, performers, and the staff safe. For now, the festival is still going to happen this Memorial Day Weekend.

You can visit their website to purchase tickets by CLICKING HERE. As of Saturday morning, the festival also announced that they would have a price freeze, and will honor the current ticket prices through the weekend until Monday, March 16th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Ultra Music Festival Postponed Over Coronavirus Concerns

(Miami, FL)– The Miami Herald has confirmed that the Ultra Music Festival will be postponed until further notice- effectively cancelling the 2020 edition due to the growing concerns over Coronavirus is slowly spreading to the states. This kind of cancellation of a large-scale music event, which people travel internationally to attend, is possibly not the first to happen for this year. At least, that is, until this virus is effectively neutralized.

Music festival insider Festival Owl was among some of the first few sources to make the news public.

The Miami Herald reports, The decision to postpone was made in a meeting Wednesday morning between Miami’s elected leaders and Ultra representatives, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Before the meeting, Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo told reporters they wanted to postpone the event due to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Sources also say that city officials have yet to announce details of the change because attorneys are ironing out the legal issues tied to the decision, including the length of the delay.

This story is still developing.

Interview with JVNA from District Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA)— From being the face of Spotify’s Friday Cratediggers playlist, to her live-streams on Twitch, if you follow electronic dance music, there’s a solid chance that you’ve seen the name JVNA recently, and for a good reason! With her mixes including tracks from artists such as Illenium, Slander, Excision and Wooli, it’s clear to see caught the attention of headbangers worldwide. But for every “top-10-banger” in her set you’ll also find an underground ID mixed in as she takes pride in finding the smaller artists that throw down just as hard! JVNA brings even more of a unique energy to her sets through her original tracks and remixes with her very own vocals, melodic bass, and futuristic vibes all throughout. 

You can catch JVNA on her City Of Dreams tour all this spring as it makes stops all across the country. Whether you catch her at an intimate, club venue or maybe at festivals like EDC Las Vegas or Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, JVNA is sure to throw down a set you’re not going to forget! 

Interview with JVNA from District Atlanta 5

RC: Let’s get some background to start. Where did you grow up and how did you get introduced to music? 

JVNA: I studied piano my whole life and other instruments like the cello. Then I wanted to learn how to sing when I was 10. I took singer/songwriter lessons and my teacher asked if I would like to try producing. He taught me how to produce off of a program called Reason. It’s not popular now, but it was popular back in the day. I made very  basic pop tracks, maybe just a guitar or a piano, vocals and drums, that’s it. Then I just kept messing around with whatever genres I wanted to do. Eventually I went to music school for classical music and I graduated last year.

RC: Oh, that’s great, congratulations.  

JVNA: Thanks. I wanted to do film scoring and stuff like that, but while I was studying classical music, I thought it was boring. And then my ex boyfriend started taking me to raves. And at first I was thinking, “What the heck is this? This is so bad.” Then he broke up with me and I was so petty at the time. I wanted to learn how to make it, so I tried and it was so hard. This is so different than classical music. Then I ended up loving it and I started realizing that EDM is challenging to make.

RC: Who were some of your influences when you started and who/what do you look to for inspiration now?

JVNA: In the beginning I looked up to Mija, Alison Wonderland or Tokimonsta, all these female DJS. They are so cool and I wanted to be like them. I remember looking at videos of Alison or Mija at a festival, and they were doing their own thing. I’m thinking, “Wow, can I ever do that?” Nowadays I still look up to whoever inspired me back then; but now I’ve been looking for inspiration outside of electronic dance music. I listen to a lot of pop music or artists who aren’t really big yet. I like listening to music on SoundCloud because there’s so much creative talent out there.

RC: Yeah, you can run into some gold out there. Okay, name an artist you would love to collaborate with?

JVNA: Anyone?

RC: Yeah, it could be EDM related or any other genre

JVNA: Oh, Halsey! Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber. *laughs*

RC: Okay. What about EDM?

JVNA: I love Illenium’s music

RC: Hell yeah! So your mixes are a vast combination of different genres from future bass to melodic dubstep. How do you choose tracks that go well together? 

JVNA: Yeah, I’ve been wondering about that lately; because even with my set today, I’m just playing a lot of different genres. Part of me wants to stick to something; but the thing is, I truly like it. I have some stuff that’s not melodic bass or future bass, some mid tempo stuff. I do feel like the genre of melodic bass still resonates with me the most. But I don’t want to box myself into just a genre. I like trying to be open-minded.

RC: When I first discovered your mixes I felt that if I were a DJ, that’s the kind of music I would play. You literally play every single song that I love.

JVNA: Really? I don’t know how to pick a song that I don’t like….I just like it or not.

RC: You sing on most of your original tracks. Was that a natural progression or was that suggested to you? 

JVNA: Oh, it was just something I always did. Part of it was just because if I was tone deaf at singing, I wouldn’t have attempted it. I thought I could sing somewhat, and all I had to do was process the shit out of the vocals. Then it eventually became my thing, and then I thought, “Okay, I should probably try to improve.” So I just practiced a little more, and I’m still practicing everything. I think the way my voice sounds, it fits the kind of sound style that I go for. I think I write music around the quality of the tone of my voice, because my voice is kind of  airy and light. I like to contrast that sometimes with really heavy bass production, but with also melodic elements. 

Interview with JVNA from District Atlanta 6

RC: So, let’s talk about your very first gig. What is something you remember about that experience? 

JVNA: Oh, yeah, it was at a restaurant. Okay, three years ago, maybe two and a half actually. Back then I was posting videos of me on the Abelton Push, drum padding and stuff, and then this local group who hosted the shows every Friday asked if I wanted to play. I found out that my friends were doing it as well, so I thought it was a comfortable enough environment. I played only one of my own songs that I had out back then, and I remember being so nervous for it. I had to learn how to DJ for it, and there was only like three people in front of me. Like one of them was my friend and I was so nervous.

RC: How did it go?

JVNA: *silence* It was… okay… *laughs* It was one of those weird settings where it’s a restaurant, and people are just there eating doing their thing. For some reason or another they have EDM played at that restaurant. There was like three people raging in the crowd. It was one of those types of events! I loved that! 

RC: As one of the top rising electronic producers, have you experienced any moments that have made you think, “This is what I do it for?”

JVNA: You know, I majored in music so I have no other choice. I don’t have a 9-5 job. I gotta have a degree in Math or English or Politics. I don’t really have anything to fall back on besides music. So it’s always been like that, even before I made a full-time living out of it. I’d say to myself that I had to do this no matter what. I don’t care if I have to teach piano, I don’t care. I’ll teach at a school. Whatever I do has to be music!

RC: That makes sense. I’ve heard that you like anime. Do you have a go-to? 

JVNA: Obviously, I’ve watched all the classics like Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, and all that. Production-wise it’s Guilty Crown. I love the music. I like Guilty Crown because of the drawing aesthetics. The music is sooo good! Both the film score and the soundtrack by Supercell,

RC: I love Supercell!

JVNA: I want to say Guilty Crown because actually that whole style visually is similar to my tour style, my City of Dreams tour.

RC: That brings me to my next question. Which of your songs would you choose as an opening theme for Guilty Crown? 

JVNA: Honestly, I don’t know if some of my songs fit, but I think “I’m with you” could fit. Definitely not like “Living in Hell!” I don’t know. Maybe it could be one of those endings.

Interview with JVNA from District Atlanta 7

RC: Okay, so, one last thing. I am going to name 9 artists that you play in your mixes, and you give us the first word that comes to mind for each. 

JVNA: Uh, oh!

RC: Said the Sky 

JVNA: Puppy!

RC: That is very true!

RC: Dabin

JVNA: Euphoric. He’s like the greatest person on earth… He’s Aight. Yeah, he’s aight. *laughs*

RC: Alright, that works. Crankdat? 

JVNA: Dope af! All of his drops are so good.

RC: He was really good at this game. He was hilarious.

JVNA: He’s one of those artists where there’s not one song I don’t like from him, you know? Yeah, he’s great. 

RC: Alright, Excision

JVNA: Dinosaur! I want to say he’s dope too! Bad ass!

RC: Wooli

JVNA: Awesome! Love him. Wooli is one of those other people, everything they put out is just so good! He’s a great dude too. 

RC: Illenium 

JVNA: *whispers* I was going to say EDM Jesus. But that’s cringe, and not one word. *laughs* I don’t know what to say to not sound weird. 

RC: Next. Porter Robinson. 

JVNA: Oh, feelzy.

RC: Kayzo

JVNA: Guitar! There is a lot of guitar in his songs.

RC: Okay. And one more JVNA. 

JVNA: I don’t know. Nervous? *laughs* City of Dreams? Yeah. 

RC: That wraps it up from us. Thank you so much. 

JVNA: Thank you. 

Exclusive Interview with Crankdat at Believe Music Hall Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA)– From viral “recranks” to massive collaborations with some of the biggest names in the game, Christian Smith aka Crankdat, doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Ohio native has been showing off his incredible producing skills to the world since day one. This extremely talented and humble producer has been grinding and achieving the heights all the young producers are dreaming of. From the residency at Hakkasan on the Vegas Strip (while still underage), to the stages of EDCLV and TomorrowLand, his unique and distinctive sound won the hearts of thousands of fans all across the globe. When it comes to mixing happy and heavy, Crankdat sure knows how to wow the most demanding crowd. Dropping the filthiest edits with his fun “recranks” and bass house-y originals, he is not afraid of double or even triple drops. But is the crowd ready? Well, you better go see him on tour to find out for yourself!

We were able to catch Crankdat before his show in Atlanta at Believe Music Hall. Crankdat told us how he came up with the name (for the first time!), how he makes his own visuals and high praise for Slander and Eptic.

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RC: So tell us a little bit about yourself, how did your relationship with the music start?

Crankdat: My name is Christian Smith, and I’m from Northeast Ohio. I started playing piano when I was seven. That went on for a couple years. I did trumpet in middle school, and then I kind of stopped doing music until I discovered producing electronic music when I was about 15. My parents got me the production suite called Fruity Loops for Christmas. And I kind of just geeked out on it for a couple years and had a lot of fun with it. Then somehow wound up doing it as a career, and now we’re here.  

RC:  We want to know how you came up with the name, Crankdat? So we watched recent Q&A, and you said there is a hint in Jack U’s 2014 Ultra set. We watched that and still don’t know!

Crankdat: It’s a really bad hint; but, well, since you did your homework, I guess I owe you the answer for that one. So in that Jack U set they have an ID that they play… It was an idea at the time. It was a remix by an artist called D-Bass, and the pre-drop vocal said, “drop that bass.” I had really shitty car speakers and I would play that on the way to the gym every day. And it sounded to me like it said, “Crank that bass,” and I was just listening and I thought, “Huh? Crankdat, that’s cool!” That’s literally exactly how I got my name. That is also probably the worst story of all time.

RC: I think this is actually the first time you told the story. 

Crankdat: Yeah, I don’t talk about it very often. So this is probably the first time. Because normally I’d just give a hint, and I would say to media outlets that next time we do an interview I’ll tell you the whole thing; but you guys already got the hint, so I can’t back out now

RC: What made you choose music over perhaps an academic or athletic career? Was there a pivotal point where you realized that you wanted to pursue music full-time?

Crankdat: Was there a defining point? I mean, I always kind of wanted to do music full-time. I don’t want to say that was the goal going into it. At first I was just having fun, but I’d say it was probably when I saw Martin Garrix doing it at a super young age and I was like, “Okay,  I don’t need to be in my mid 20’s to actually do this shit! I can just do it whenever I’m good enough essentially. So there really was no defining point, but the why instead of doing academics or athletics was just because I really didn’t care for either of those. I really like music. So yeah, I really just didn’t have that much interest in doing either of those things where my passion was, which was in music. So I just kind of said, “F*ck it, I want to do music, this is where I’m happy. I don’t care. I can do the other things later or another time, whatever.”

RC: This is awesome! You have this unique distinctive Crankdat sound, which is very rare these days. How did you find that?

Crankdat: I absolutely did not. *laughs* Thank you for saying that. That’s that’s really cool that you think so! I have no idea what my sound is, I think the only kind of sound I have is from just making music the same way for a very long time. But I tried to use a lot of different sounds, so I appreciate you saying that. That’s really cool. I didn’t think I had a sound I’m just out here winging it.

RC: Trust me, you do! I don’t Shazam to be able to tell it’s your track playing!

Crankdat: Thank you. Thank you.

RC: How do you choose the tracks to ‘recrank’?

Crankdat: So the landscape has kind of changed over time. Back in the SoundCloud era, I tried to just do one every other week. So I was picking whatever song was popular, whatever song I liked, etc. Nowadays, I really only pick songs that I like. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big song or a small song; if I like it and I think that I can do something with it to make it unique, not better, just unique.

RC: How do you think your style has evolved since you first started producing? 

Crankdat: I started off really bad, and then I got a little bit better. And now I’m really bad again. *laughs* Really, I think my style has evolved by just… I take a lot less time making music now and I work a lot faster, so I think I get more ideas out quickly. I know that doesn’t really answer the question, but I think that my sound has kind of been encapsulated by how quickly I make songs, and I think my sound is kind of defined by the habits I have rather than the sounds I use. So I think really, for me, was just developing those habits and figuring out those patterns of like what I liked and didn’t like in the music making process.

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RC: Your mixes and set production are very clean and spotless. Tell us about your creative process, and how do you choose those tracks that are going to create a double or even a triple drop?

Crankdat: Okay, so I kind of have an answer. It’s pretty tricky. Triples can be messy. So we’ll start with doubles. All right, for a double, the way that I like to do my doubles is using lot of songs that kind of have a melody that goes on top. So what I’ll do is I’ll take those songs and I’ll play them, and then I’ll play another song that has like kind of a really grungy, sort of like bass sound to it. For example, I have a double that I do, which is my song called “Welcome to the jungle” with a song by Bandlez called “Mr Yoi,” and I’ll play “Mr Yoi” underneath “Welcome to the jungle.” What I do is I just cut out the low end to “Welcome to the jungle,” and then it sounds pretty nice. That’s just the way that I like to do mine. I like to pick a song that has a melody, or like a sound that is pretty upfront and then just play something that’s really grimy in the background.

RC: That was awesome and very informative. It’s becoming more common lately for younger artists to stray away from writing complete songs, and focusing more on the initial drop, where you always tend to compose complete well rounded tracks. What advice do you have for newer artists who think they just need a decent buiild and a banger for a drop?

Crankdat: You know, 50% of me wants to say, “Hey, just keep doing what you’re doing.” And the other 50% believes there’s more to a song than just a drop. If the only part of the song was the buildup and the drop, then all of the songs in electronic music would just be, you know, a minute and fifteen seconds. You make the rest of the song for those who are actually willing to listen. Not everybody’s wanting to listen, and that’s totally fine. But in the way that I like to make my songs and the way that I like to make anything that isn’t the buildup with the drop is, you know, if somebody is paying attention to this and listening to this, I want them to really like it. I want it to help make the rest of the song enjoyable for them.

RC: So I’ve got a question about your amazing visuals. How did you learn how to create your own visuals? How long does it take to create that kind of animation?

Crankdat: I have a couple different answers to that question. I use a program called Blender and it’s free, it’s open source, and I am a big Blender supporter because a lot of the other 3D animation programs are not free and open source. So because of that Blender has kind of taken the 3D world by storm over the past 10 years. I have not been present for these 10 years. I’ve been present for the past roughly 1.5 years. I started doing my visuals in the summer of 2018. I was on a tour in Europe, and we had a couple of days off. My videographer that I took with me had a little bit of experience with Blender, and he showed it to me and I was like, “Okay, I could maybe do something with this.” I just started messing around with it and I had a lot of fun with it. I thought, “Okay, I could have full creative control here instead of, you know, paying somebody else an absolutely obscene amount of money to make some visuals for me that might not even be what I need or what I want.” I could maybe just try to do these myself and ideally, over time, make this process totally in-house.

To answer the actual question you gave me, I did a tour in 2019 last year around this time actually called the Gear World tour. I had the tour set up to be totally time-coded, which means that all of the visuals were perfectly synced to the music and it was super complicated and an absolute disaster if anything went wrong, which it hardly did, praise God. But there were a couple of times that it did, and when I’m making the actual animations, it can usually take about a day or two, then programming them to work in time-code is probably another day or two. So in reality, you’re looking at about a week per song and it can take a really, really long time, which is why I’m currently not using that system. I’m testing new visuals for when I do that system again, ideally later this year.

Crankdat performing live

RC: Wow! I think you covered everything. I did some stuff with Maya in college. Have you heard of that? It’s a nightmare!

Crankdat: I have, actually. Autodesk? I’ve heard that Autodesk is literally the most outrageous software ever.

RC: It was so difficult. My computer was also really bad, and it was crashing all of the time. It was just so nerve wracking.

Crankdat: I don’t think there are any computers that are good computers for Maya. *laughing* Cool, though, props to you for doing it! I tried cinema 4D actually when I started, which was when I first had an interest in doing my visuals, was top of 2018 I started Blender that summer, top of 2018 I tried cinema 4D with my lovely girlfriend and she quit like two days in, and I quit one week in. I was like, I have no idea what’s going on!

RC: Yeah, this could be super complicated. So you used to go to festivals as a fan, which is more fun to be in the crowd or on the stage?

Crankdat: I’m a stage guy. I mean I just like performing, but I really like seeing shows, especially now, now that I’ve like been behind the decks. Sometimes you can lose the appreciation for what it’s like to experience a set in the crowd. So I try to do one at least every half year. Just recently I went to Slander’s show. They came through Pittsburgh.

RC: Dylan Matthew is…

Crankdat: A God! *laughs* I was very pleased. I thought they did a great job, and I’m very proud of those guys. It gave me a lot of really good insight as to, you know, how the crowd feels during set. Because no matter how much you practice, no matter how good you think you are doing at your job, you don’t really know what the crowd is experiencing unless you put yourself in those shoes.

RC: That is very true. Well that brings me up to my next question. Are there any artists you are most looking forward to catching at Tomorrowland?

Crankdat: Oh man! I’d have to look at the full lineup. I think Eptic is there, if I am correct. Eptic is probably… It’s between Eptic and Troyboi for a tie, my two favorite DJs, aside from like Skrillex and all that; but they don’t even count, those are Gods. Not that Eptic and Troyboi aren’t because they totally are, but they’re my favorite DJs that I want to see. So Eptic is probably number one on the list. I don’t know if Troyboi is there. I don’t think so. I wish!

RC: It’s Eptic’s first TomorrwLand! And it’s his home country!

Crankdat: Dude just had a crazy year. I remember talking to him, I know this isn’t part of the interview, but I remember talking to him at a festival in Germany two years ago and he was just kind of bummed. And I told him, “Dude, you have some of the best music in the game, no argument. Please keep going. Please do not stop. You are my favorite DJ hands down”, and a year and a half later and he’s doing better than he’s ever done with his career and I’m really happy for him. He’s a really nice guy too. I have a lot of respect for him as well because he does his own artwork and visuals. Very inspiring.

Exclusive Interview with Crankdat at Believe Music Hall Atlanta 8

RC: So I’ve got one last thing for you. We’re going to name 8 artists that you’ve either collabed with or play in your mixes and you give us the first word that comes to mind for each.

Crankdat: Okay. All right. I might have some stories behind it depending on who…

RC: PhaseOne

Crankdat: Great producer.

RC: Okay. That was two words.

Crankdat: We’ll make it one word. Because if I just said ‘producer’, that’s just like, “Ah Duh!” *laughs*

RC: Slander

Crankdat: Uncle… *long pause*

RC: Okay. Any explanation to that, or are we moving on? *laughs*

Crankdat: The first time we met, I shouldn’t say the first time we met, the first time we worked together, Scott actually self proclaimed himself to be my uncle.

RC: Uncle Slander, that’s so sweet.

Crankdat: Yup. Uncle Slander.

RC: We did our First Dance to “Superhuman”.

Crankdat: No way?

RC: Yup. They reposted it on Twitter. But we still haven’t had a chance to meet them.

Crankdat: Oh, that’s so cool. They are the nicest dudes I’ve ever met. They’re the best.

RC: All right. Moving on. Adventure Club.

Crankdat: Buff.

RC: *All laughing* That Okay. We did an interview with them and we came up with a name Crankdat AC for y’alls collab

Crankdat: I like it. I’m all for it.

RC: Gammer

Crankdat: Brostep Strikes Back. *laughs* I can’t think of anything other than that! If you name a track “Brostep Strikes Back”, you’re asking to never be labeled as anything other than Brostep. I love Matt though, I should say nice. Very nice. Sweet man.

RC: Okay, Marshmello. Go!

Crankdat: Head! *All laughing*

RC: This is on point so far.

Crankdat: I’m a very straightforward guy!

RC: All right. Eliminate.

Crankdat: Ooh. Okay. I have to actually think of a word because I just got sounds.

RC: Weeble Wobble?

Crankdat: Yeah! I could say wobble! Laser. High pitch. That’s two words. We’re going with laser.

RC: Yookie. *whispers, “Sucks”*

Crankdat: Sucks! *laughing* I was going to say edit but sucks is just as good!

RC: Okay. One more, Crankdat.

Crankdat: Oh, trash. *laughing*

New Speaker: Omg, no!

Crankdat: So Yookie sucks, Crankdat Trash. Very good. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Trash.

RC: That was amazing. Thank you so much.

Crankdat: Thank you.

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