Exclusive Interview: NO SL33P

How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
I’d mostly DJ at house parties when i was living in AZ back in 2009, I started messing around with production when I moved back to Chicago in 2012.

Who is your biggest influence(s)?
So many artists have been an influence on me, but I’d say Daft Punk would have to be the biggest.

What’s your favorite record of all time?
Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl

What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
When I had the pleasure of opening and closing for house music OG/Legend Harry “Choo Choo” Romero on the main stage at Castle Chicago.

Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
There are so many artists that are just now coming out of the wood work that have really fresh sounds that I’ve been getting into and that I would definitely aspire to collaborate with; artists like Zhu, Jauz, Autograf, and even someone not necessarily known for electronic music like Chicago native Vic Mensa.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
I love traveling, meeting new people, music festivals, trying new things….pretty much adventuring in general.

What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
I honestly think the dance music scene in general is pretty damn healthy and has something to offer for everybody thats into this type of music; whether it be underground house, techno, big room, trap, or dubstep, ect. Don’t get me wrong… There is a lot of stuff I don’t like about it as well, like the fact that the corporations have made festivals more about making money Vs. the music, but I guess that was inevitable.

What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
There is no way to be sure, but the way i see it, all music/trends are recycled in one way or another, and i hope to see a resurgence of more old school funk/soulful sounding types of dance music.

What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
I don’t agree with it, but its the nature of the beast. A lot of people will do/ continue to do whatever is necessary to become successful/ famous, and using a ghost producer, buying likes, and buying your own tracks on Beatport is apparently one route to get there, as there are a lot of big name artists that have achieved success by doing this unfortunately.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
I will be featured on a release on an upcoming collaboration i did with a good friend of mine in the coming months. Thats all I can really say at this point in time but be on the look out. Ill also be playing some tunes at AFTERLIFE @ Grand bar; one of my favorite parties in Chicago next Saturday May 30th.

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