An Interview With Future Joy

Up and coming musical duo Future Joy has been blazing a trail of success for themselves for the past 2 years. They’ve began making quite a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time and have become one of the most exciting funk and bass music duos to keep our eyes on. 

We’re thrilled to say that we’ve recently had the chance to get to know them a little better and ask a few questions in the form of an email interview. The eclectic duo filled us in with the details behind their newest single “Triple Stack” featuring Vibe Street. They’ve also let us in on some of their biggest musical inspirations as well as some backstory on themselves as artist on their journey into and through the music scene both as individuals and as a duo.

Interview: Future Joy

Party Guru Press: Lets start by talking about your newest single “Triple Stack” with Vibe Street. The song is funky and upbeat and seems like it would’ve been a lot of fun to work on…

-What was the best part of working on this new release?

-Is there anything worth telling telling about the creative process that shaped this one?

-What is your relationship with Vibe Street like and are there any plans to work with them again in the future?

Future Joy: We met Ben, aka Vibe Street at Mad Mountain festival in Casper, WY the summer of 2020. We brought our RV/renegade stage and were able to jam with him after his sets. We hit the road full-time shortly after.

In November we headed back to Colorado for some other recording sessions and got word that Ben and our friend Austin were working on music. We drove straight through from Arizona, arrived around 2am and started recording. We spent the whole weekend working on a few different projects but this song was the most fun.

Austin started with a ukulele bass line, Zach laid Baritone sax, Ben did the rap, Emily played the synth line and sang the backups, Kyle was there for moral support- the song was starting to take form. It was truly a family collab! We enjoyed our time hanging at Ben’s studio and I think we would all enjoy making another song together sometime soon.

 

Party Guru Press: So how did you two meet? what initially sparked your creative flow as a duo?

Future Joy: Zach attended a karaoke night that Emily was hosting in May of 2019. We both sang, then Zach asked her to sit in with his band the following night, and we’ve been making music together ever since. This was just the beginning. Now we’ve been living on the road in our RV for over a year and have played 80+ shows!

 

Party Guru Press: You are clearly both quite musically inclined; not just with music production but with actual instruments as well. Of course we know you love to incorporate the saxophone, which you seem to feature feature throughout the majority of your songs…

-So where did that all come from? What got you started playing music and specifically saxophone in the first place?

Future Joy: Zach started playing saxophone in fifth grade. Emily started piano lessons in grade school and classical vocal trining in high school. We both spent the last 10 years as club/bar DJs. So we were well trained in the dj/electronic side, as well as many other genres of music.

Zach has always been playing sax with DJs, so combining the live element with the tracks just made sense. Emily had been singing in bands, and playing bedroom piano, so it also made sense to start combining everything. We added the piano to the set last winter and its been fun to watch the project grow.

 

Party Guru Press: How has your creative process evolved since you originally began your musical journey? Do you have a routine for producing? Also how does that reflect in your newest project?

Future Joy: Our only routine for producing is to get friends involved. Collaboration is really what takes our songs to the next level. On this project Ben and especially Austin wanted to stay behind the scenes though, so you only get his first name and no artist name. Hehe..

Party Guru Press: Who are your biggest influences or other artists within your genre that have helped inspire your style of music? And do you ever take influence from artist that aren’t necessarily in the same realm or genre that you produce? Have any of them added any additional inspiration to your new release? Or any of your releases?

Future Joy: Zach grew up in Denver playing funk, jam, and electronic. The scene in Denver is so eclectic it really helped him expand his sax playing and enjoyment of many genres. In electronic Music; Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Excision are early inspirations. On the Sax Sonny Rollins, and Skerik are his big inspirations.

Emily grew up outside Chicago and House music runs through her veins. She had the chance to see world-class acts come through the city and takes inspiration from Anabel Englund, Nicolas Jaar, and Disclosure. She spent the past 9 years DJing and singing at weddings and corporate events so musical diversity was important. It’s fun to be able to play funk, pop, dance, house, rock, hip hop, dub, and bass all at the same party. We strive to stay eclectic in our Future Joy sets too.

Party Guru Press: So 2021 looks like it has been a busy year for you two… Whats been some of the biggest highlights so far?

Future Joy: We had some great shows and festivals this year. Notably: Fool’s Engagement Festival in Branford, FL and being able to fill-in last minute for Russ Liquid, opening for Manic Focus in Gainesville. FL. We also had a blast at our Denver homecoming at Your Moms House in July.

Party Guru Press: We see that you have a show coming up in Denver on October 15th at Summit Music Hall… Are you excited for this one?

-What can we expect to hear from you that night?

-Any chances of bringing out Vibe Street when playing that new tune?

Future Joy: We are sooooo excited for Summit! We got to link up with Float Like A Buffalo in Tulsa, OK last week and the show was huge energy. Denver get readyyyy!!! We plan to play high energy and show Denver a taste of everything we got. We brought Vibe Street to play the collab at our headliner back in July, but since we’re opening we probably won’t have features on October 15th at Summit. We may or may not be joining the Float guys for a special encore though, wink wink. Its also our last show in town before we head south!

Party Guru Press: Anything exciting happening for the remainder of the year? What plans or goals can you share with us regarding performances or new music leading up to 2022 and beyond?

Future Joy: Performing at Summit in Denver and then we truck it to 10.23 at VooSwar in Atlantic Beach, FL and then 10.28 we’re bringing our renegade RV stage to Hulaween. After that we have some festivals in December and February already coming together in Florida. We don’t want to see anymore snow, so find us down south for winter. 🙂 We have big plans of hitting every festival we possibly can next summer!

Party Guru Press: So tell us… how is your biggest canine supporter, Gus doing? Still Repping the “Future Joy” merch?

Future Joy: Gus is the best!!! We adopted him last October while on the road in Virginia. So he was there while the song was created. He loves the road and we truly think he saved ussss!!! FurrGusSon Joy our saviorrrr!!

Party Guru Press: Lastly, we’d love to know… would you two consider yourselves “Party Gurus”!?

Future Joy: We Definitely consider ourselves Party Gurus! We linked up for a stream back in 2020 and we’ve been on the guru train ever since. Woo! 

With all the excitement around their newest single as well as their ambitious plans for the coming year, Future Joy is without a doubt among the most exciting up and coming duos to look out for. Their future shows featuring their marvelously wide range of genres and high energy performances are something worth getting excited about. 

Their desire for a friends and family environment within each of their projects is admirable and inspiring, as is their passion for collaboration with equally exciting artists. Its clear that they thrive off of the creative freedom that comes with sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded artists who share similar musical visions. That is something that reflects highly throughout their latest release. 

We’d like to thank them for their time spent getting back to us for the interview, and we thoroughly look forward to watching the progress of this incredibly promising duo. We’re wishing them the very best with all of their future endeavors. Thank you, Future Joy!

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New EP from Mize Captivates the Music Scene

Mize is an emerging experimental bass producer from Alabama. During the past few years, he has won over the electronic music community with a magnetic appeal that comes through in his innovative style of music production. 

This week, Mize returns to the music scene with a highly anticipated EP, Balancing Act. His innovation and talent are obvious throughout this EP as Mize demonstrates his unwavering ability to create music of exceptional quality. This EP takes listeners on a journey filled with peaceful atmospheres and whimsical melodies, complete with exciting and energetic drops. Balancing Act is now available to listen to on all streaming services.

Mize’s Creative Journey

Ian Evans started producing music in 2012. For the first several years into his project, he went by the alias ‘ianqt.’ Eventually, he changed his name to Mize to memorialize his grandmother’s last name. 

Mize discovered his signature style by pushing the boundaries of electronic music and experimenting with sound designs. He was inspired by genre-defying artists such as Tipper and Netsky. Mize spent years mastering his craft, developing a sound that combines psychedelic downtempo and melodic dubstep with hip-hop influences.

In 2020, Mize debuted with WAKAAN when he released his single and follow-up EP titled ‘Thought Process.’ In February 2021, he released ‘Satori,’ a collaborative single with Super Future. This was the first single released on Liquid Stranger’s new downtempo label, SSKWAN. Now, Mize is returning to SSKWAN with his EP, Balancing Act. A testament to Mize’s ever-growing talent, this EP demonstrates his potential to become a top artist in electronic music.

“Balancing Act is both a call back to some of the sounds and places that made this project come together in the beginning as well as a foreshadow of the new ideas, techniques, and themes I’ve been diving into as of late. Constantly as I grow older I notice that many aspects of my life are endless periods of balancing many things whether they be relationships, work, leisure, time, and even things as simple as taking care of your own body. I find that sometimes being an artist can be a Balancing Act of adopting new ideas while also attempting to keep the essence of what brought me here alive.” —MIZE

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Conclusion

The incredible talent of Mize is undeniably inspiring a new generation of music producers. We are so excited to see what he does next. Click here to listen to Balancing Act, now out on all streaming services!

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Redrum Enchants Listeners with New Single, “Floating”

Redrum is a rising bass music producer from Portland. Back in May, she made her explosive debut when she released her single, “Phases,” a charming bass spell that captivated the dance music community. Redrum bewitches her listeners leading up to the release of her full Pisces Moon EP later this summer. Earlier this week, Redrum returned to Liquid Stranger’s SSKWAN label with her new single, ‘Floating.‘ This ethereal song features dreamy vocals and lush soundscapes that will take your mind on a journey through an otherworldly paradise. Listening to ‘Floating’ will transport you to a state of total euphoria as you feel like you are drifting through the clouds and into the stars.

Redrum’s Early Life

Before she became known as Redrum, Tatiana Tindell was drawn to music from a young age. Her father was a composer, musician, and DJ. Growing up, Tatiana discovered her passion for dance. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins’ Lymphoma when she was 17. Chemotherapy treatments caused extreme bone and muscle weakness, which forced her to part ways with dancing and sent her into a battle with depression. Eventually, Tatiana found relief through a new creative outlet: Producing. Over time, Tatiana’s musical abilities helped her develop a connection to her witchy side and express herself. Inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, Tatiana created Redrum. Through her hypnotic music, Redrum enchants her listeners and guides them to connect to their inner magic.  

Redrum’s Career

Redrum is quickly gaining notoriety in the bass music community. Before debuting as a solo artist, she featured on Subsidia’s Dawn: Vol. 2 and Electric Hawk’s In Unity compilation albums with her signature ethereal sounds. 

During the COVID-19 shutdowns, she captured the attention of virtual crowds on lineups including Electric Hawk’s Harmony Virtual Music Festival and In Unity Livestream, Wormhole Entertainment’s weekly Wormhole Wednesday, and Nova Lotus Music’s Nova Vita live stream. 

The Supreme Witch also delivered an enchanting performance at Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival in Orlando last month. With another performance coming up in August at Kosmic Kingdom Music Festival, Redrum proves that she is a force to reckoned with as she enchants the masses.

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During her short time in the electronic music industry, Redrum has developed a solid reputation. The Bass music community has quickly embraced Redrum and we are excited to see what she will create next. With an upcoming four-track EP, Redrum is set to captivate the masses with dreamy sounds and obvious talent. Tatiana Tindell proves that 2021 is the year of the witch, and that witch is called Redrum.

‘Floating’ is now available on all streaming platforms. You can listen to Redrum’s new song here while we wait to hear the full EP.

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Top Brahman’s Latest Releases Have Gained Some Serious Traction

Melodic, happy, and feel-good are all words that describe the music of Top Brahman. This Denver, Colorado-based producer and DJ has gained some serious traction within the past year. His high energy music is complete with pop vibes and has captured the attention of many listeners, artists, and record labels. Some of Top Brahman‘s latest releases include “Love Me, Hate Me” featuring Cadence XYZ and “Pull Me Out” with Tima Dee.

Party Guru Press was lucky enough to get a quick phone call in with this skilled producer. Keep reading to learn more about his history in music, the success of his recent tracks, and what goals he has for 2021.

Introducing: Top Brahman

Vinay Krishnan produces music under the name of Top Brahman. Vinay himself was born in Colorado. However, his whole family is originally from India. They were born into the caste system of the Brahmins, which he used to take a spin on Top Ramen. This play on words formed his artist name: Top Brahman.

Vinay has always been passionate about and involved with music. Back in high school, he listened to a lot of metal music. He was even a guitarist and vocalist for a heavy metal band. Once he reached college, he discovered electronic music and the culture surrounding it, which he quickly fell in love with. In fact, the first EDM show that he attended was Skrillex on Halloween of 2010. “I was just hooked after that. I just kept listening to it nonstop,” he said.

Vinay bought his first mixer in 2017 and started learning how to DJ. In January of 2018, he bought Ableton and began to mess around with producing. Within a few months, he was producing every single day. He is constantly working to perfect his skills and discover his sound, with the goal of producing music as a career.

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Melodic Music To Make You Melt

Vinay describes his music as “super melodic, future bass vibes with pop vocals, and it’s a little bit of a melodic dubstep vibe as well.” If you have yet to hear any original Top Brahman tracks, he suggests that you listen to his latest release “Pull Me Out” with vocalist Tima Dee. This track is stunning, to say the least, and it does a perfect job of encapsulating his sound and feel.

There is no denying that this was a massively successful track for Vinay. Since it’s release, it’s been streamed over two hundred and sixty thousand times on Soundcloud, Spotify, and Youtube combined. Even more so, Alison Wonderland added it to her Spotify playlist titled Wonderland Secrets and played it on two of her mixes as well.

Pull Me Out” was released via Proximity, which was insanely huge for Vinay. He had come across an opportunity to connect with Proximity‘s founder and CEO, Blake Coppelson. After sending him an email with “Pull Me Out” before it was released, he got an amazing response. Blake immediately loved the track and wanted to sign it. Shortly after, he asked Vinay if he would be okay with NGHTMRE possibly doing a collaboration on the track, but that wasn’t successful in the end.

Not only have Vinay’s recent tracks been well-received by friends and family, but also by the music industry as a whole. The success of this release has already started opening new doors for him. A handful of artists have reached out to him to ask him to collaborate or do official remixes for them.

What’s Next?

The next release that you can expect to hear from Top Brahman is scheduled for March 8th. This is his remix of “Drown” by Stryer & Mary Sweet. Earlier this year, LabelRadar hosted a remix contest and Vinay won first place. Aside from that, Top Brahman has ten original tracks that are complete and waiting for a release date.

Top Brahman also has a few things that he’d like to accomplish in 2021. “My main goals are one million Spotify streams, and then I want to get a release on NCS (NoCopyrightSounds), Monstercat, and Lowly Palace, and then collab with a bigger artist,” he said. In order to work towards this, he’s been finishing a song every week since the beginning of the year. “This year’s pretty much going to be focused on just pumping out as much music as possible,” he explained.

When asked what other artists Vinay would like to work with in the future, he didn’t hesitate by naming NGHTMRE. Additionally, he hopes to work with Alison Wonderland, Ekali, and so many more.

This year, Top Brahman also wants to focus on strengthening his marketing, promoting, and social media skills. By doing this, he hopes to organically reach more new listeners and build up his social media presence.

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Words Of Wisdom

One of the last things that we asked Vinay was what advice he has for those wanting to get into producing. “You just have to start and don’t wait for the perfect time, and you’re never too old”, he said. “I look up to all these other artists like Martin Garrix. He was like fourteen when he started, and I was just really discouraged,” he explained.

He went on to say that the first year or so of producing will be rough. “You’re going to want to quit so many times…but once you get past that, you just blow up,” he noted. In the end, all of the hard work will be worth it. If you want to start producing, just do it!

Conclusion

Top Brahman is undoubtedly an artist to watch. His first official release was only a few years ago, and he’s already had releases on record labels including Hegemon Select via Artist Intelligence Agency, and Proximity.

His ambition and drive prove that he is truly passionate about what he does. Top Brahman is ready to make a name for himself in the music industry, and his beautiful, seamless production is doing just that. Anyone that listens to his music will immediately become hooked and hungry for more.

Keep an eye out on Top Brahman this year, and get ready for lift off!

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BRUER’s Debut EP, Mind Flay, Is Full Of Heavy Bass

Hailing from the bass capital of Denver, Colorado, BRUER is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Known to friends and family as Will Mayer, this phenomenal producer and DJ has continued to strengthen his skills over the years. BRUER has released various singles and remixes since his start, with sub-genres ranging from melodic to future bass.

On January 28th, he debuted his very first EP titled Mind Flay. This monumental new release contains four heavy, mind-bending bass tracks. Party Guru Press recently had the opportunity to chat with BRUER to learn more about how he came into producing, the Mind Flay EP, and his major plans for 2021.

Introducing: BRUER

Ever since he was a kid, Will has had a passion and longing for the fascinating sounds of electronic music. Around high school, he started to get into DJ-ing and attended Scratch Academy in Los Angeles. He called himself the “wild child of the group” because he was the only one there that was into EDM, as opposed to Top 40 hits. After he got his hands on his first copy of Ableton, he started producing non-stop.

Four or five years into producing, he attended ICON Collective, also in Los Angeles, where he learned more intricate skills including sound design. Will graduated from ICON in the beginning of 2016 and then hunkered down and began to take production a lot more seriously.

Originally, Will started BRUER to make dark house music. As time went on, his music transformed into future bass and he received recognition from Trap Nation. Currently, his sound is getting heavier and heavier, which he’s super excited about.

Will started to revamp BRUER around the beginning of 2020. This correlates with his new, heavy sound as well as all of his upcoming projects that are currently in the works. Furthermore, Will dedicated a lot of time last year to figure out his sound and his music. “I just feel like there was a different part of me that wanted to be heard, so I started doing that [producing heavier music] and it was really fun because I didn’t feel like there were any boundaries”, Will explained.

Flay Your Mind

The debut EP from BRUER, titled Mind Flay, was released on January 28th. All four tracks on this self-released EP are described as “freeform, heavy, distorted.” Producing this album allowed Will to go “back to the basics” and focus on bass music, which he really enjoyed.

Some of these tracks have been in progress for a long time, and Will is thrilled to finally be able to put together a collective group of tracks. He explained that in the past, he would either finish a track and be able to release it right away, or finish a track and sit on it for quite a while. “It is cool to come up with a group of four tracks that I’m really proud of and is pushing the project forward,” Will said.

If you haven’t yet listened to Mind Flay, Will recommends that you listen to “Take You Higher” first. This is the track that he’s most proud of on the EP because it’s really simple and straight to the point. “With production, it’s so easy to go down the rabbit hole and overcomplicate things,” Will explained. “Take You Higher” is one of the most minimalistic bass tracks that he’s ever done, which makes it beautifully unique.

One of Will’s other favorite tracks on the album is titled “Nasty“. This was released a few weeks before the EP and was actually premiered via UKF Dubstep. Since Will’s musical history has been mostly melodic and future bass up until Mind Flay, he was stoked to see interest from UKF. Moving forward, he definitely wants to work with them again.

Reflecting On 2020

When it comes to the crazy year that was 2020, BRUER was able to see the glass half-full. Will has always been an extremely optimistic person. This undoubtedly worked in his favor, even last year with a complete shift in the music industry. “I honestly feel like it was a bit of a blessing in disguise for me,” said Will.

According to Will, one of his favorite things about 2020 was the adventure of converting a camper van. He sold his car and bought a van shortly after on a bit of a whim. Will and his girlfriend initially spent about six fifteen-hour days working to convert this industrial van into a fun, comfortable camper van before it was ready for travel.

Since then, they’ve taken in it all around the United States. Locations that they traveled to last year include the East Coast, Yellowstone, Moab, the Ozarks, and all over Colorado. Will describes traveling as being very motivating and inspiring. This was the highlight of his year, and definitely a silver lining in 2020. Who’s to say if he would have had the time to pursue that experience any other year?

The Future Of BRUER

2020 brought some challenges as far as releasing music and getting on labels due to the absence of shows. Will explained that it’s harder to promote music without shows. Furthermore, labels weren’t looking for new artists to grow their team. Even though he feels like the music industry “is at a bit of a standstill”, he’s hopeful that this upcoming year will have a bit more normalcy and relieve some of those issues.

Will is already prepared to push himself for the duration of 2021. He has a ton of unreleased music up his sleeve and is excited to surprise people with his new project. Mind Flay is just the beginning of the next chapter for BRUER, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

This year, listeners can expect to hear original BRUER releases, collaborations, and official remixes. Additionally, he won’t limit himself to just bass music. “It’s definitely going to be a fun year filled with a lot of different creations from me,” Will said.

Final Thoughts

Denver’s BRUER is most definitely an artist to watch. This highly skilled producer has captured the attention of many over the past few years. Listeners are always eager to hear his next project, as his sound is constantly evolving. The release of his debut EP, Mind Flay, has been a massive success thus far, even receiving attention from UKF Dubstep.

At the conclusion of the chat with Will, we asked him if he had anything else that he wanted to add. We’ll leave you with some of his final thoughts.


“For anybody who has been listening and streaming “Nasty” or really just listening to my music and supporting at all, thank you so much. That is seriously what keeps the train rollin’. I honestly can’t thank those people enough.

For anybody who hasn’t listened to my music, go check it out! I really hope you like it. Just to circle back, get ready. 2021’s going to hopefully be a better year for everybody. I’m just trying to prepare as best I can, and just getting out that content. Workin’ on the music. I hope that we get shows back.

Wear your mask and stay in school.”

Will Mayer (BRUER)

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A Conversation with Levitation Jones

After finishing up two nights at The Black Box and having an EP on the way, Levitation Jones has been making some serious moves. Responsible and socially distance that is. Selling out four shows at Black Box Denver, Levitation Jones has started off 2021 with getting to show what he can do. We recently had the chance to sit down with him to have a quick conversation. As we get into this interview we learn a ton about the new EP, how he spent his days of 2020, a standup act that may be in the works, and much more. Read everything that was talked about in the full interview below.


Party or No?

The conversation starts off like any other would, with some “Hey, what’s up?” and “How have you been”. As hellos have been exchanged we dive deep into the questions. We ask if his shows at The Black Box were some of the first that he is doing with Covid restrictions.

Levitation Jones responds with, “I’ve been taking opportunities. I find that with the concept of prohibition dosent work, people are going to party whether you tell them to or not. Why not go be a good influence, ya know? I played a show and the promoter pulled me to the back and asked if there was anything they could do differently? I told him, to be honest they didn’t push the mask recruitment thing hard enough but the distancing was fine. We played a show the day before and masks were super enforced. For that exact reason people were more comfortable dancing near each other, while giving space, which made for a way more energetic crowd.”

“The promoter said thank you and he would enforce mandatory masks. I felt that was a good influence, i’m not a hero for doing this but I feel it’s in my heart that I gotta do. I’m also trying not to get evicted, it’s not like I can make a million dollars right now to pay rent. I don’t have that option, I am kinda back against the wall. There is a lot weighing against me but I don’t blame people for being mad at me in a way. I’m still not going to listen to it. I’m not a Covid denier, I just feel there’s something weird going on here that we aren’t seeing. I am kinda trying to stay out of everyones way.” Brian tells.


Day Job

We continue on the chat asking Brian if he has a day job. “You know when Okeechobee came around I quit my day job. I sometimes have a day job I sometimes don’t. Since I have lived here I started working at this place that was walking distance away. It was great at first because I was having the hours to allow me time to work on music while also being able to get hours in at the job. They started to ask for more hours and I was definitely trying to get less hours. Then I played Okeechobee and I thought, I am going to try to do music full time again. So I have forever been here, trying to survive.”

“Do music full time during a pandemic, real genius move, right?” Brian jokes.


Livestreams and Live Sets

“You have been doing quite a bit of livestreams during this all haven’t you?” Patrik asks.

“At first they were okay. If you caught somebody on payday you’d probably be alright, or if you had some sort of established following. I can’t get more than 20 people to get on my stream at a time now and it’s not like any of them are really donating. But that’s fine! I like practicing and playing for people. Sometimes you’ll get a nice day where you’ll make $20-$40 which is always cool. As the governments been less generous and everyone has been struggling, I know I haven’t been the only one out here struggling. It’s been pretty obvious in donations and what’s available as an artist.”

Our conversations begins to lead into the direction of live sets, as Levitation Jones recently sold out two nights at The Black Box. “How did it feel from playing these livestreams to playing sold out shows in front of a live audience?”

Levitation Jones responds, “It was really cool, ya know? I definitely enjoy the fact that people get it enough to buy tickets to a show of mine during an experience like this. I am the right guy to play a seated table show. It feels like I got the right tunes for that attitude and I think everyone had a pretty good time with the experience. There are some other people out here selling out shows also which makes it feel good to know that you aren’t alone here.”


Standup Act

Activities that one may do in their free time can range from a number of things. For Brian it is working on a standup bit, “I was thinking about starting to do open mic nights. I have been writing some standup bits, unrelated from bass music. I have like eight minutes, I haven’t even practiced it at all. It’s very interactive and physical with the crowd, it dosent really work unless you can watch me up on stage being a dingus.” Brian jokes.

“We are going to see if it’s alright first. I am going to be super humble about it. If it’s alright like people laugh, we’ll run it. If it bombs we can say that we tried and it’s not for me.” Brian tells us.

We then ask Brian about what he has done with his time during quarantine. “I felt very comfortable executing on creating listening music instead of club music. That is something that I always wanted to do, I say always all the time, it is something that has been in almost every release. I put in some sort of chill song or laid back song that is not meant for the club. For this upcoming EP called Morality is Subjective, it has four songs that are all very chill and downtempo-ish. It’s all very different influences of stuff that you might not normally hear at a dubstep and/or weird bass event. I am excited to introduce a lot of that, my fans may not know a lot of these wave sounds so we will see how that goes.”


EP Coming Soon

Now, about the upcoming EP. We are insanely curious as to more details about it. We question Brian with, “Touching on the EP a bit more, when is it supposed to come out.”

“We’re making sure that it is perfect, which is always a conundrum and oxymoron. I have a certain vision of how I want the master to sound on each track. Two of them are done and we are waiting on two, one I am very back and forth on. We want to make sure it’s good. It’s all very awesome already and I am confident in the music as far as what I want to listen to. I tried to make music that I wanted to listen to or music that you could hangout with. It’s nice thinking tunes.” Brian says.

“Would you say that you are starting to develop your own sound if you haven’t already?” Patrik questions.

“Yeah! Some random kid at one of my shows told me he heard my new EP. I had played a few of the tunes at the club that night. The kid tells me, I don’t mean this in a weird personal way, this is kinda you starting at square one again. I was like I get it. Yeah, it was a bit weird to hear that right after a set but I was like okay I do get that.” Brian tells us.

“This is the first time I have released music after cutting my hair, it’s kinda a reset on who I was trying to be and how I was trying to approach the music industry. I don’t have an agent now and it’s a lot of changing points. I think i’m a lot more confident in my music production now than I was before. At this point I believe I can be taken serious as a music producer with this release.” Brian shares.


Behind the Scenes

Touching a bit more on the two nights at Black Box with Levitation Jones, we asked about how he chose the artists to open up for him. We also asked if he booked all his own gigs since he doesn’t have an agent.

“I came up with all the themes, I did do a lot of the communication, and handpicked all of the openers. No I didn’t do all the work.” Brian laughs.

“Yes, I wanted to go with people that I have been a fan of for awhile. I am a huge fan of a lot of artists from the Denver local scene. There is so many artists from Denver who go under the radar who nobody really cares about. If these guys moved to Connecticut where I am or Rhode Island where I was coming up, they would be doing great! There is not a lot of music producers out here doing okay. There is a handful that are and are very talented but it’s not very competitive in a way. You can stand out very quickly if you’re making really good music. Tons of these people are.”

MYXED UP and QILIN were very awesome openers. I have known them for a long time and have been supporting them for a long time. Putting them in my mixes and all that good stuff, we slowly started talking more and more and to be honest they were some of the first people that I thought of. They played great!”


Music Scene of Connecticut

Finally we ask, how the EDM or bass music scene is out where he lives.

“It’s interesting you know, there is a real EDM blanket scene everywhere. The underground bass scene is very Tipper oriented, that’s a good baseline. There is a lot of Truth’s Deep Dark and Dangerous energy up here, there’s a lot of roots connected with their business in this area. You see a lot of your standard deep dubstep and squishy bass and psychedelic stuff. It’s cool because there is a bit more of a crowd for the downtempo community.”

Brian shares with us a story of before Covid when he was able to play his music. “I would be playing house parties, pre Covid of course, where it was big cuddle puddles and mattresses on the floor where I would be playing three hour sets into the sunrise with these nice big windows. Everyone is hanging out listening to music. Very beautiful. It is a much smaller community up here.” Brian tells us.

“The people don’t really like me up here honestly” Brian laughs. “They don’t understand my jokes really. They like me everywhere else in the country a lot more than here. Which it’s weird why I am from here!”


Conclusion

Growing up listening to artists such as Deftones and The Prodigy, Brian says these were a few of his influences. He also watched Jackass and Viva La Bam heavily growing up, which he says could be some of the reasons for his shenanigans. This four track EP is to be on the lookout for, you will not want to miss this.

Levitation Jones was on the radio at the age of 18 putting on a radio shows, he started creating music around that age as well. “These parties are sick, they’ve made me feel at home. You know, I’ve never really felt too comfortable around anyone before.”

“I have been making music for over 10 years.” Brian shares with us as we begin to finish up this interview. “I give my music out for free, I don’t believe in my music being exclusive to a vinyl or to rich people. If you are homeless and have an MP3 player, bump my tunes homies!”

Something to go and check out after this is Levitation Jone’s podcast! You can find that linked here. Jerseys are on the way and much much more music. On behalf of myself and everyone at Party Guru Productions i’d like to thank you for the time to allow us to do this. If you’re still reading this Brian, i’d still like to be one of the first to know about that standup.

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Peering into the Crystal Ball – Our interview with Mystic I

Max Arellano (A.K.A. Mystic I) is a hip-hop artist out of Denver, CO. Not only is he a fantastic rapper, but Mystic I also provides high-quality videography for himself and other artists around Denver. We had the opportunity to talk with him about his growing career as a musical artist and a videographer.

How did you get started in the music scene and in the photo/video scene?

Mystic I tells us, “I remember always singing along to songs on the radio and beatboxing random rhythms as a kid. In high school my homie started recording music and I thought that was super cool. So, with his help I started making my own music with my iPod. The music was not good at all, but I fell in love with making something out of nothing. I got good enough to headline some shows early in my career and people encouraged me to make more music.” Shortly after beginning his musical career, Arellano realized that he would need photo and video work done to compliment his sound. “I was actually taking my own photos and filming my own videos when I first started. I didn’t have enough money to afford a photography/videography and I don’t remember even considering hiring on in the first place. I knew what I wanted and I wanted to be the one to make my content.” Mystic I has been a self-made, hands-on artist since the beginning. We asked, “Do you prefer performance or production?” Arellano’s response was that he likes both. “I like performing because that’s how I started, but I also like production because I like all the technical aspects of the behind-the-scenes process,” he said.

Let’s Dig into Some Details

“What makes a good song to you?” We asked. Mystic’s process is that he comes into sessions already knowing what he wants. “It’s hard to change my mind when it comes to that. I know I made a good song right after I record the hook,” he said. While he does not produce his own beats, Mystic I works with many producers such as Samuri, J. Dot, and Lunar Horizon to create a unique sound in each track. While beats are important to stand out, Mystic I believes his vocals set him apart from other artists in the scene. “I do some weird things on the mic, but it adds different elements to the song that makes it unique,” he said.

We decided to dig even deeper. “They can’t all be bangers–how do you keep going?” Arellano started out by saying that we was unsure. “I have a lot of songs I started and never finished because I don’t like them. I create my own inspirations out of feelings I have and I want to capture that feeling in the music. I keep going because art is therapy to me. I really don’t care if people listen or not, I do it for me.” This really stood out because one can tell that Mystic I is in it for the passion of creating music, not for the fame. Mystic I has said it can take him 30 minutes to a couple of months to finish a track. Typically, he said, if everything is on track it can be completed in a few hours. Last, we asked him what his favorite track is. He said, “Probably this song I did a couple years ago with Samuri called OFF-WHITE. Samuri made the beat in like a second and I got it sent back to him in like 20 mins. It did super well and was one of those songs that I knew was going to be a banger when I first heard the beat. I like when the process is fluid like that.”

Tell us more about your videography

“My homie/colleague David DiGioia really got me in the Denver scene and taught me a lot about photography. Big ups to him for that because it’s one of my favorite things to do now.” Arellano said. If anyone has seen some of his work, he or she can tell that, like music, Mystic I finds a lot of passion in his photo and video work. Currently, he is finding a lot of satisfaction in film cameras. He recently purchased a quadroscopic 3D camera: The Nishika N8000, “for those retro 3D looks,” he said. “Also, I use my drone more than I should. I just love the way my drone footage looks after post.” With drone footage becoming more and more useful and accessible, look for more amazing shots from Mystic I. He is inspired by video director and editor Lonewolf (Zac Matias) who has worked on projects with Plu20 Nash, Warhol, and Yung Pinch to name a few.

What is very unique about Mystic’s music videos is that he shoots, edits, and directs them himself. As previously mentioned, Mystic I prefers to cut out the middleman and work on his own projects. “I do everything. I even make the animations for promoting my songs. I have some help from the homies, but I am mostly a one-man team when it comes to creating visuals for my music.” he said. He uses custom LUTs, which are custom-made presets for videos, that give him the edgy, cinematic looks in all of his videos.

Looking to the Future

Finally, we asked what Mystic I has planed for 2021. He is working on many different projects. “I’m working on three different tapes with different producers at the moment. I’m also starting to plan my own album for later this year,” he said. Mystic is working with many different artists to create video content both for himself and their own videos. It was amazing to sit down with Max and learn all about his past and present. He is amazing behind the mic and behind the camera. Click the links below to follow along with Mystic I and stay up to date on all of his projects.

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If You Like Wubs, You’ll Love Mport and STOIC’s Headspace EP

Mport and STOIC are both Denver-based electronic music producers and DJs. In 2012, they randomly met as dorm-mates in college and immediately became friends. Mport introduced STOIC to producing, and since then they’ve continuously worked together to develop their music and sound.

These artists work together in the form of giving each other feedback, studying their favorite songs, and going to or working shows together. However, they haven’t released a collaborative EP until now.

The Headspace EP was released on January 13th via Wubaholics. This highly-anticipated EP is upbeat, heavy, and wub-filled. It features three tracks: an original by STOIC, Mport‘s remix of that track, and a joint piece as well.

This past week, Party Guru Press got to sit down (virtually) with these two talented producers. If you’d like to learn more about these two, the release, and what they have planned for this year, keep reading!

Kierstin Rounsefell (Party Guru Press): I guess I’ll just start by asking if it’s okay if I record this interview.

Marc Mount (Mport): Yeah.

Aaron Fatora (STOIC): Go for it, go for it.


Cool, thank you. Okay, perfect. How are you guys doing today?

Mport: Good.

STOIC: Good. Good day.


Good! Congrats on the EP!

Mport: Thank you.

STOIC: Thanks.

Mport: Super fun.


Yes! So, this interview, I’m kind of just going to start by doing just a little bit of background questions, just to get to know you two a little bit more. And then, we’ll do some questions about the EP, and then wrap it up with some stuff about next year, if that’s okay. Or, this year I guess.

Mport: Cool.

STOIC: Sounds good.


Okay. So, if you could just start by introducing yourselves and just tell me about your experience within the music industry, please.

Mport: You go first.

STOIC: My name is Aaron Fatora and I met Marc in college, and he showed me DJ-ing and music producing, the whole thing. And then, he would drag me out to the club when he was working at Beta and he helped get me booked there.

STOIC: We just hung out a lot over the years and would listen to music together, kind of talk about music together. You know, I started DJ-ing, producing all throughout then and I don’t know. It’s been super fun and it’s been really cool to have Marc to be able to bounce ideas off of and we definitely push each other to keep producing. We just are always at it, and it’s always been like that since he showed me, you know.


Nice!

STOIC: So it’s like six years now. Six years.

Mport: Yeah.


Yeah, that’s a long time.

Mport: Oh yeah. It’s been a while.

STOIC: It’s been a while. I’ve mostly done kind of my own thing, really. I produce whatever I feel, and mostly soft release. This release with Wubaholics is actually my first time getting on a label and I’m super thrilled just to see all the support. It’s been a lot of fun.


Good, yay! Congrats. What about you, Marc?

Mport: Well, uh, the year was 1994. No, uh, we met in college and stuff but I started doing production and I was going to school for audio engineering and stuff and music, and I found practicing through production was fun. So, I just kind of started doing that a lot.

Mport: I got a job at Beta Nightclub doing audio/visual work and I kind of discovered what DJ-ing was and then I kind of went from there. I was like, oh, I can produce it and I can play it out. And then, eventually created Mport through wanting to make my own style and sound, I guess. Musically it’s just been really fun recently doing every kind of genre and stuff. This EP, especially, has been very experimental and groundbreaking under my own production.


Cool, okay. That kind of answered the next question I had, but I was just going to ask how you would describe your individual music styles.

STOIC: All these questions are so hard ’cause it’s so personal. It almost, it’s hard to describe almost, right? We’re so in it, I feel like. We are just musicians at the core and so into the experience. It’s hard to even explain how we got here ’cause to me, it feels like we’ve always been here, you know.

STOIC: But, right now, I am into drum and bass and really fast-sounding music, and I’m totally into the stuff out of UK and the old-school stuff I’m just now finding. It’s really cool, but I definitely think Peekaboo has been a huge influence with the groove and speed, and the momentum of his stuff was a big inspiration for me on both these tracks.

STOIC: But, otherwise, “electric” is a good word, and it’s kind of just like whatever I’m feeling, you know. But, drum and bass, for me right now, is what I’m into.

Mport: Yeah, his music is very emotional when you dive into it. It’s great. You can feel what he feels when listening to his music, which is cool. At least, I feel that way.

STOIC: Yeah. It’s definitely about the feeling for me. It’s more like therapy, almost, when I’m producing. I’m just getting my emotions out. And whatever genre that is, it’s what it is, but that’s me.


I like it.

Mport: Recently, mine’s been more, it’s been like trying to blend catchy and heavy morphing. It tells a story over the time that you’re listening to the track instead of copy/paste. Drop A, then build drop, then the same drop again. Kind of make it expand over the course of the time. So, there’s been a couple tracks where I really accomplished it. I think “Wonke” is really one of them too, and the “Headspace” remix I did. I wanted to have it go from two different sections, but still have it make sense.

Mport: So, I feel like my music’s in this really groovy, heavy, but not too heavy area. Like WAKAAN meets Disciple.-ish.

STOIC: That’s pretty good.


Yeah, that makes sense. That works. Let’s see. I was going to ask what inspired the two of you to make an EP. You kind of answered that, because I know you’ve been pushing each other and working along-side each other for so long, so what kind of made you come together to actually put out an EP?

Mport: I think the fact that we just had two. He had “Headspace” and then I did a remix to it, and we’re like oh, that’s two of the same, and then we just started working on “Wonke“. He started, he showed me. He did the whole buzz bass to chord thing, and I was jaw-dropped when I heard it. I was like yeah, we should keep that going.

STOIC: Yeah, I think it was just a long time coming. It’s crazy that we’ve been doing this for six-ish years and this is our first time really coming together and going at it, you know, and it’s not the last. We are already working on new stuff right now ’cause it’s just so fun and we’re clicking. I think it was just inevitable. It just had to happen, and here it is. Our first of many, hopefully, collabs.

Mport: You can go back into history and find the, we made a song together, mainly him, for my my twenty-first birthday. It’s called “Marc Mount 21 Turn Up” (“21 Turnt (Marc’s 21st Birthday song 2015)” on my old Marc Mount Soundcloud, and it’s a banger. The pre-drop is “Marc Mount twenty-one turn up” and it’s like this bangin’ trap song we did. We also did another one that was like house and then garage. Or not garage, it was like trap.

STOIC: The Arabian one?

Mport: Yeah, the “Heartless Gypsy Witch“. Yeah.

STOIC: We have done a few when we were first gettin’ in it.

Mport: They’re still on Soundcloud somewhere.

STOIC: They’re on the internet somewhere. Yeah, we just, we had to make it. No doubt. No doubt.

Mport: Yeah. More official and more put together for sure.


What was, or what has been your favorite part of working together, just over the years, but also on the EP?

STOIC: *In an Australian accent* Oh, just getting in the studio. You know, just gettin’ in it together.

Mport: *Also in an Australian accent* Oi, gettin’ in the studio.

STOIC: *Still in an Australian accent* It’s a good day.

*All laughing.*

STOIC: It’s just a, it’s a good time. I mean, it’s just hanging out and we’re just messing around with sounds.

Mport: Yeah, and the fun part is we can be pretty brutally honest with each other too, and be like yeah, let’s not do that, I don’t like that.

STOIC: Yeah.

Mport: With new stuff we’re working on, there’s some strict rules of like, no vocals, or no that. So then, I put a piano sample in there and he’ll be like, “no! What are you doing? That’s not what we’re doing!”

STOIC: It’s not easy, but it’s not hard. You know, we get it. We’re on the same page, and I think it’s mostly just, the most fun part is just hangin’ out and messin’ around. We’re not even expecting anything out of it. We’re just having a fun day, and it’s really cool when we do achieve something, you know. It’s like an extra bonus.

Mport: Oh yeah.


How did you get connected with Wubaholics for having the release through that label? What kind of sparked that?

Mport: When it was done, I felt like it had potential to get on something better than a self-release, so I honestly just looked ’em up. What songs I found, I found some Blurred Vision tracks on there, who I have really grown to love, so I was like “how did I find him?”

Mport: So I found his song on there, and so they had a submission email, I sent it to them and a couple other places, but they were the first ones to get back. I felt like they had the best fit anyways ’cause the wub-iness of it and I liked all the music they were putting out, so it made sense.

STOIC: Yeah, Marc is really smart at networking and connecting. He really worked hard to plug this anywhere he could, and Wubaholics is awesome. I’m really glad they picked it up, and they’ve only grown more since they accepted it. Wubaholics was a great fit. We’re super stoked on it.

Mport: I think we confirmed it back in, like, near Halloween-ish? Maybe before then? So it’s been like, a, we were on a waiting, you know. It’s been done for a while, but they were waiting. And as we were waiting, they grew thousands of followers, even since then, so it’s only growing.

STOIC: Yeah, they’re working really hard on their team, so we’re really appreciative.

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Sweet! For anyone that has not heard the EP, how would you kind of describe it to them? I feel like I may have touched on this with just asking about your music sound, but this EP, if someone’s asking specificadlly about it, what would you want to tell them about it?

STOIC: That’s a good question. I don’t know.

Mport: “Wonke” is like beautiful dissonance, I would say.

STOIC: Yeah.

Mport: I don’t know. Describe your song. It’s like…

STOIC: Yeah, I mean, yeah, I think “fun” is a good word.

Mport: We could tell the story. “Headspace” came about because of The Black Box, right? ‘Cause of that show there?

STOIC: Oh, this is a good story, yeah. I mean the “Headspace” track started, is that Marc took me out to The Black Box to check out one of his favorite artists, and it was a good night, but I kept waiting for a song to hit. And, you know, I don’t know. It never came. It never hit.

STOIC: And, I went home and was like, “I want to make that song that I wanted to hear at The Black Box.” I wanted that Black Box sound, so that was kind of what started it. It’s definitely got a Black Box sound. It’s underground, it’s fun, and it subverts expectations of “Wonke” the way it has that dissonance in it. It’s interesting.

Mport: Yeah. And then he showed it to me and was like, “this is super cool”, and I think I had a couple of different ideas of what to do with it, but he’s like “I like it how it is. Do you want to remix it?” And I was like, “sure!” And then, I did the remix of it.

Mport: And then, yeah, “Wonke” came later, but I would say that mine is like the, I think the coolest part I liked about it is how there’s four, three or four different bass layers, so if you’re going to experience it, experience it on a sound system or headphones. It’s like the first one and then the second one and then the third. It has layers of depth and bass deep-ness. It goes down in notes, musically. But, the lowest note just hits really hard. And then, the second half, for the first time ever, I did an atonal bass line. So, it’s like rolling bass, which I’ve never done before, so that was fun. But, yeah.

STOIC: I think even just wonke-y is a good term. It’s wonke-y music. Wonke-y.

Mport: And the sample, too. I don’t know what it was, was it always “wonke”? What was it before it was the girl? “Wonke.”

STOIC: I didn’t even have anything. You were the one who picked that out. I just sent you the track and you filled the rest of it out on that one, and it was a perfect fit. This weird meme.

Mport: Yeah. This Tik Tok. This girl was describing forks. There’s a four-k, and then there’s a three-k, two-k, and a one-k. So it’s definitely just, wonke means just a one-pronged fork. Wonke!

STOIC: It’s a wonke-y sound.

Mport: We almost spelled it “onek”. “Onek.” Whatever it is in the video. Yeah.


Nice. Thank you! How have your listeners received the EP so far? Have you gotten feedback on it from anyone on social media or friends or anything like that yet?

Mport: Yeah. I think the response has been great. I got to play it a couple times, whether live sets or, I guess the one live set I played last year, or the online sets. And either the comments section are just like, people are like “what’s this song?” or, I think I’ve showed it around to people, how it goes to that chord and everyone seems to love how it just does that switch up. Social media responses seem great, just on people liking it and responding.

STOIC: Yeah. It’s a good response on “Wonke“. I think people are really, it’s just, they’re like “what!”

Mport: It’s got on a playlist, Liquid Stranger‘s playlist.

STOIC: Yeah. The support from Liquid Stranger was nuts. So, it’s really cool to see, and we’re just always watching the comments. Every single one of them just makes us feel really good inside. It’s awesome. Really appreciate the support. It’s amazing.


Yeah. Good, good. In 2020, obviously, everything was really different. How did you stay motivated, not only to work on this project but to just kind of keep pushing music out and keeping productive on that front?

STOIC: Yeah, I mean, personally, music’s always been an outlet for me. I used to work in the industry as a lighting guy and I was laid off and, uh, immediately I was straight back in the studio just producing. That’s all I knew how to do, so being able to write music is what got me through 2020. I hope it shows, in a way.

Mport: Yeah, some of that liquid stuff too, ooh. Yeah, I don’t know. I think music definitely got me through it. That’s what I did. I had a job with the, in the weed industry that didn’t shut down, fortunately, so I got to keep working there, but it was definitely stressful at times, especially in the beginning when no one knew anything going on. Not that we do now anyway, but especially back then.

Mport: I was just writing music. The “Headspace” remix was one of the first songs I wrote in quarantine actually, with one speaker in the living room ’cause I was like, “I’ve got to get out of my room, it’s all I’ve been doing to avoid the world.” So, I just went in my room and remixed that and it’s one of the first times I had fun in 2020 making a song, and then “Proximity“. So it was a good little chunk of time and inspiration. But, yeah. Music got me through it. I got into just doing fun remixes and stuff, too. It got me through it.

STOIC: Yeah. I think it’s funny ’cause these tracks are so live tracks, and I think we both intended, we were super stoked to play ’em out and we certainly have gotten the chance to stream it. Looking forward to one day being able to play it live, you know, ’cause it’s meant to be fun and to dance to, I think.

Mport: Yeah. If you’re in a crowd and all of a sudden, it’s like “wonke!”

STOIC: Right! At The Black Box! Like, what. That would be amazing.

Mport: At The Black Box. One day. One day.

STOIC: It’ll happen.

Mport: “Wonke” will shake the floor.


Where is one of the first places you want to play? You said The Black Box just now?

STOIC: Yeah.

Mport: I mean, oh yeah. For that, that would be amazing. And it’s like open again-ish. Opening. So it’s plausible right now.

STOIC: Totally.

Mport: Totally. Red Rocks.

STOIC: Yeah, Red Rocks, amazing. You know, Pepsi Center.

Mport: We’ll take anything.

STOIC: You know, honestly, anywhere would be cool. We’re always down to check out new places and see what’s goin’ on. There’s an amazing scene in Denver, so we’re just lucky to play anywhere in Denver.


Okay. Let’s see. I only have a couple more questions left. You mentioned that you already were working on more stuff together. Do you hope to release more music together in the future?

STOIC: Of course, definitely.

Mport: Yeah.

STOIC: Big t’ings. Big t’ings. We’re having a lot of fun with it and I’m already excited to put it out, but it’s a lot of the hard stuff now. Polishing, and, uh, figuring out what to do with it, how to release it.

Mport: Yeah, I feel like we’re separate. We’re two, such different genres of music sometimes, but also the same. And together, it’s like a whole different kind of genre. Just ’cause it comes out always pretty unique and interesting ’cause we’re definitely both very perfectionist in our own ways.


Are you working on anything individually that Denver can look out for in 2021? What else do you have in the works, that you’re allowed to say?

Mport: Oh, so much. All of 2020. I’ve got a whole EP with my friends Kyral x Banko that’s themed and maybe seventy percent done. It’s really sick. I’ve got a whole EP of myself, but I don’t know if I’m doing an EP or singles, but at least eight different tracks. I’m trying to just plan some big stuff for this year, and yeah.

STOIC: We are always grinding on new stuff. I’m about to start releasing a bunch of drum and bass remixes like every other week, so look out on my Soundcloud. I’ve got a lot of cool stuff, like a Pendulum remix and a Porter Robinson remix, Oceanlab remix, all in drum and bass style.

Mport: And Machine.

STOIC: And Machine. Different vibes. It was all the stuff I was working on in 2020. My goal is to really push forward and release it this year, try to focus on just getting it out there ’cause it’s done. There are a couple of things I’m still shopping around for labels, but I’m totally fine with self-releasing, you know. At a certain point, you’ve got to get it out there. So, keep an eye out on my Soundcloud, you know. I’ve got some big remixes coming.

Mport: Put it on Youtube too.

STOIC: But, yeah.


Cool. Okay! I think that is all that I had. I was just wondering if there was anything else you would want mentioned in the article or social media that we didn’t talk about today, if you can think of anything.

Mport: I can’t, no. Not right now. Just lots of cool music on the way. I’ve done a bunch of stuff on social media of little beat creations of sampling stuff, and people seem to love that stuff and that’s stuff I’ve done in a day, so I can’t wait to release the stuff that’s taken me three months to finish.

STOIC: Definitely check out Marc’s Tik Tok ’cause he’s got a lot of cool stuff that he does, musically, on there that’s really fun to see.

Mport: That’s creative, that’s what got me through 2020, is sampling random things and making music. Keep inspired.


Okay, sweet! If you think of anything else or any questions or anything you want to add, just let me know.

STOIC: Cool.

Mport: Awesome, sounds good.

STOIC: Thank you so much for having us.


You’re welcome! Thanks for taking time to do the interview.

Mport: Yeah, of course.


Alright, have a good day!

STOIC: Take care.

Mport: Bye.

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Denver’s LUNAR HORIZON Tells A Story Of The Universe

LUNAR HORIZON is an electronic music duo made up of two Colorado natives, Matt and Jake. Throughout 2020, these skilled melodic producers have made significant strides within the music industry. Last November, they released their latest track, “Rise Up“.

Party Guru Productions recently got the chance to speak with the groundbreaking duo. We learned so much about LUNAR HORIZON including how they started, what keeps them going, and what’s to come in 2021.

Introducing: LUNAR HORIZON

Matt grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. In fact, he has lived there up until a few months ago when he moved to Denver. Before LUNAR HORIZON, he operated under his own independent project, VIZION. Matt said that VIZION focused on “more future bass, and experimental bass stuff.” Furthermore, he focused more on DJ-ing than producing in the past. “If I thought something was cool I’d just release it on SoundCloud,” he said.

Jake has been involved with music his entire life. He’s always listened to a variety of music, and he was involved in band in middle school. Within the past few years, he’s really honed in on the business side of the music industry. “It was only a few years ago I started researching, networking, and learning all the aspects of this growing industry,” said Jake. He’s researched and learned a lot over the course of the past year, which he’s rightfully proud of.

Matt and Jake came together through mutual friends. When they finally met up and made a track together, everything fell into place. Both their individual goals and passion for creating music fit seamlessly with each other. Jake said, “I knew that if we pursued this together and combined our talent, our drive and our strengths, we would change lives, and make an impact on the world.”

So far, they’ve begun to do just that.

Colorado Roots

Growing up in Colorado has definitely had an influence on LUNAR HORIZON. Both Matt and Jake have noticed how the unique environment and atmosphere have fueled their creativity throughout their lifetimes.

Matt was largely influenced by Pretty Lights. “My first show was the Pretty Lights NYE show 2011/2012 and I was only like 14 at the time, and it was life changing. I went to pretty much every PL show in CO up until his last at the 10 yr red rocks anniversary,” he said. Since then, he’s loved exploring the different sub-genres within EDM and attending different shows. “For producing I think it just pushes us to make something new and unheard of all the time, especially in Colorado with how the EDM scene is here,” Matt elaborated.

Jake didn’t grow up listening to large quantities of electronic music. Instead, he spent his time listening to rock and country music. “It wasn’t until high school I got introduced to electronic music from a friend, and immediately I was like ‘this is exactly what I’m missing in my life’. Then I saw my first show and I knew this is what I was meant to do,” said Jake. He went on to explain how supportive the Colorado environment is. Furthermore, he’s always been inspired by the sunsets and mountains. Who isn’t!?

A Story Of The Universe

LUNAR HORIZON brings their audience a unique and transformative take on music. A story of the universe is sewn together through each new track that they release. This duo utilizes the language of music to take listeners through space and time. With each new release, the universal story continues to develop, leaving listeners hungry for more.

If you haven’t yet heard one of LUNAR HORIZON’s breathtaking tracks, they recommend that you listen to “WANT ME” first. “It definitely gives a good layout of who we are and our mission with our music style. I think the intense drop leading into a very atmospheric bridge in ‘WANT ME’ really expresses LUNAR HORIZON.”

While producing, LUNAR HORIZON draws inspiration from a few well-known artists. These include “LSDREAM, REZZ, ODESZA, and Seven Lions.” They also like to keep their studio space tidy and relaxed. “Some studio must-haves would probably have to be just having a clean space, and definitely our plants,” they explained. Outside of producing, they listen to a wide variety of genres. “It just depends on what we’re feeling at that time,” they said.

When asked what artists they would like to work with, local or other, this duo has big ideas. “If we’re shooting for the stars we think it would be insane to work with Virtual Riot, INZO, Flume, and for sure Sumthin Sumthin,” they said.

Coming Up

2020 was a “blessing in disguise” according to LUNAR HORIZON. Even though it was a tough year for these producers, it allowed them time to learn more about each other and strengthen their friendship. They were able to take the time to really focus on what they want to express in their music. As a result, they’ll most definitely be prepared when shows return.

Their strong, driven mentality is already carrying through to 2021. Next month, they are releasing their next single, “LONELY”. When asked about this upcoming track, LUNAR HORIZON explained that the theme of their style “is oriented from the perspective of looking back at Earth/home from the moon, traveling to new horizons. Lonely is about being lost in space, literally and metaphorically. It’s about not letting go but it’s okay to move on.”

2021 will hold many more releases from these two producers. They hope to consistently release more tracks than they did last year. “Stay looking out each month,” they say. Fans of LUNAR HORIZON as well as anyone that loves innovative, melodic music should be excited for what’s to come.

Conclusion

LUNAR HORIZON is yet another Colorado-based electronic music duo that is absolutely killing the game. Their first official releases in 2020 have captured the attention of many by telling a connected story of the universe. Listeners of their music will dance, feel new emotions, and most definitely look forward to the future of LUNAR HORIZON.

“We’ve been working super hard and finally feel like we’re in a good place to really get our music moving. Follow us on Insta if you like what you hear because we announce pretty much everything coming on there! Each release is essentially a chapter to the story, so a new one unfolds every release.”

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