Exclusive Interview with Stranger Candy
Djs – Producers Taking the World of Dance Music To Another Level!!!
By Michael Beas
Stranger Candy produces and performs a broad range of music. During a Stranger Candy set, you can expect to hear Chill Trap, Future Bass, Progressive House, Electro House and Bass Music, plus tracks from their upcoming self-titled EP, Stranger Candy.
Alex and Andrew are two young forerunners producing and sharing plenty of ear-catching music, making them one of Atlanta’s hottest dance music performers. With a large festival resume including Tomorroworld, Counterpoint Music and Artist Festival, Atlanta’s Imagine Festival, and overseas performances in Japan, Stranger Candy is on track to become one of the most distinct and massive DJ groups in the EDM world. Raver Mag was fortunate enough to grab some of their time recently for an exclusive interview.
Raver Mag: Tell us a little bit about Stranger Candy. How did the name come about and how did you guys get together to become Stranger Candy?
Stranger Candy (Andrew): Well, before I teamed up with Alex Gresham, I had been DJing around the city for a couple years. Initially, Stranger Candy was a singular entity. I had been performing under the name “Avarice” for a while, but nobody could seem to spell it correctly on event flyers and so forth, so I changed it up.
During that time, Electro House and Electronic Dance Music as a whole started receiving some love from nightclubs that didn’t typically take to that style of music. Given this new circumstance of “acceptance,” I saw it very much as taking candy from a stranger. Alex had been a solo entity as well within the city under the name “Orphin,” but he was very much an underdog at the time, whereas I already had residencies at several of the nightclubs.
We had heard of one another before because we had dated the same girl in the past. We started seeing one another around at gigs and that ended up turning into a lovely friendship. Alex started tagging sets with me around the city and I figured, why not make us a duo? During Imagine Music Festival 2014 we decided to cement our partnership and we played that set as a duo. We’ve been great since.
Raver Mag: You have a versatile style of music in that you can play pretty much everything and anything from Chill Trap to House. The way we see it, your music shines most when you are playing Electro & Progressive House. If you could play with any Electro & Progressive House Producers who would they be and why?
Stranger Candy Dyro is one of the biggest ones for sure! His production work is absolutely killer! Every song hits the nail on the head and the work he’s doing with WOLV records is great. Showtek is another standout; they’ve been doing their thing for years and have maintained such a strong sound that stands the test of time.
Raver Mag: You guys have played at Tomorroworld, Counterpoint Music, Artist Festival and Atlanta’s Imagine Festival (to name a few).Stranger Candy even toured in Japan. What’s the one experience during your travels that has left the most lasting impression?
Stranger Candy: We could go on with gig tales for months, but honestly being in a different country and seeing the high regard they held for our music is unbelievably uplifting; watching that universal acceptance of music in play is essentially what we live for. Also, everybody always thinks we’re in a band and Japan was no different!
Raver Mag: The Atlanta community supports you guys on another level. How are the ATL fans different from those you’ve had an opportunity to meet on tour?
Stranger Candy: There is a different sense of love received from fans here in Atlanta. While many fans across the world regularly keep up with our music and are able to watch us grow as musicians, Atlanta is the only city that hears constant updates every time we perform. We always have something new to bring to the table whether it be a new song, edit, intro or even a new genre of music we just heard. Atlanta (mainly Iris Presents) almost always gets to hear it first.
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