This week’s Artist Spotlight features Sendin. Sendin is a Chicago based DJ who has been making some waves as of late. He’s played many of the popular clubs all over Chicago and also did a couple of college tours with “Goodsex With Friends.” Sendin also recently started producing so be sure to keep an eye out for some releases. You can catch him live at our weekly #Afterlife party on Saturday, January 24th along with Ron Carroll. Sendin is definitely an artist to watch in 2015. Check out the interview we did with him below.
How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
I’ve been all about music since my early teens, but I kind of kept it to myself for the most part. I played drums in a garage band in middle school, but that took a back seat to sports and school as I went through high school and college. I’ve been DJ’ing actively for two years now and have been dabbling in producing for the last 6-8 months or so.
Who is your biggest influence(s)?
As far as DJ’s, I’d have to say TJR. He’s been grinding for years and finally hit it big a couple years ago with the EDM explosion. Listen to some of his mainstage sets if you haven’t already, the man is on fire when he’s on stage lately. Some producers whose sounds really amaze me are Oliver, Dillon Francis, Tchami, Wolfgang Gartner, Dusky, Daniel Portman, Mat Zo, Pretty Lights, the list goes on haha. But yea, being unique is key these days.
What’s your favorite record of all time?
Damn, that’s a hard question. I have a new one every week. Every Day by Pryda still gives me chills every time the chorus drops so I’d have to say that for a dance track.
What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
Honestly probably a house party at The University of Iowa when I was just starting out. No rules parties are always the most fun to play.
Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
I’d like to collaborate with any and all Chicago house music producers at some point as my skills progress. I love the music scene in this city and there is so much talent here, it’s insane.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you at a show?
Damn, my list is way too long now that I think about it… Probably just trainwrecking a set in general and stress sweating the whole time. It’s happened to every DJ at some point and it’s never fun.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJ’ing?
Chilling with friends/family, cooking, working out, talking to strangers, reading when I can, trolling reddit, watching movies, finding cool art, eating cookies, daydreaming about girls, you know, the usual. Oh and I’ve been meaning to finish coloring this picture for like a year. It’s gonna be epic once I finish it too, but I always forget to work on it.
What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
I think it’s awesome. There’s a lot of negativity swirling around in some circles, but when you step back and look like this whole boom of music is still so new you just have to let it play out and absorb as much music as you can to decide what you like. It’s awesome though, the energy at EDM shows is unlike anything I’ve experienced.
What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
Just quality music. People act like all these genres are new “Wow deep house! Crazy!” But all the pieces were there from 15-20 years ago and beyond it’s just a new spin on things. I think quality music will reign from here on. The bubblegum EDM was cool while it lasted, but the style of music has started to grow up along with it’s fan base.
What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
It is what it is. If people are eating it up, why wouldn’t these big name guys/record labels pump out as much as they can? Again, after the dust settles a little bit, the real quality music will shine through, and I think that phase has already begun.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
I’m playing the temple of house music in Chicago, Spybar, on January 17th, super excited for that one. I’m also putting out a mixtape that really showcases my style with some really cool and different tracks on it sometime this month. I’ve been putting in a lot of studio time trying to get my production skills up. Optimistically I’d like to put out some remixes I’ve been working on this year, but I’m not gonna rush anything.