Lost Lands AFK Interview

Who are some of the big music inspirations for you both in and out of the EDM scene?

I would say System of a Down, Goo Goo Dolls, and I know it sounds stupid, but NSYNC. Like all those NSYNC beats are so fire. Must Die and I went on a road trip awhile back and we just listened to all the old NSYNC albums. All their drumbeats were pretty much drumstep, but 15 years earlier. For dubstep, Rusko and Doctor P would be my main two.

What do you pull from other genres and styles of music that help create your own personal sound?

Whenever I have writer’s block I watch anime until I can’t read subtitles anymore and then instantly 3 songs will pop into my head. That and playing a lot of video games. I draw a lot of inspiration from anime and video game soundtracks. It’s not only the sound, but the atmosphere and construction of it.

How was it getting to tour and experience the music scene with bigger names like Getter?

He is honestly one my best friends in the scene. We toured back in like 2012 before he blew up and even after touring with him last year, he is still the same person as he was all those years ago. It’s been an amazing experience getting to know him and everyone else in this scene.

The Prehistoric Paradox stage has to be one of, if not the biggest and loudest stage you’ve played on. What was it like up there in front of all those people playing your music?

It is both life-fulfilling and frightening. Playing my music and watching all those people go crazy is the best feeling ever, but also wanting to put on the best show I can for them makes me stress and worry. Overall, it was fantastic, but I was nervous as hell.

So you’ve been making and mixing music for a long time, what are your views and opinions on the growth and status of bass music as it stands?

So I started DJ-ing in 2008, and at the time I had never heard of dubstep. I was listening to Electro House and stuff and then Fidget House with people like Jack Beats, but then I started listening to Rusko and Datsik. The first actual dubstep show I went to was 16-bit back in the day and when I left the venue I said to myself, that is what I want to make. It was really cool to see dubstep evolve and become the beast that it is. It began to grow stale and I fell out of it for a bit, but then 150 BPM dubstep came about and now I am all about it again. I just love seeing it’s slow rise and being a part of the scene since early on.

Any final words or shoutouts you want to give?

Shoutout to my cat Tinders who is the greatest cat ever created!