This week we have Simple Math in the Artist Spotlight. He just recently played at Spybar and is playing at Afterlife for the DNRecords take over on Saturday September 26th. Check out the interview we did with Simple Math below and be sure to catch him live the next time you get a chance.
How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
Ive only been djing for a little over a year. One day I stumbled into a bar in the suburbs and the dj was playing proper house music (on vinyl nonetheless) and I became close friends with him after that and he taught me how to play.
Who is your biggest influence(s)?
I draw influences from artists who aren’t afraid to try out new things and take chances. For example people like Art Department, Maceo Plex and Ame who have taken different approaches to their tracks/remixes. Taking something you never thought could be a dance track and making into something special
What’s your favorite record of all time?
Pretty tough question especially with how much new material comes out. I’d say my favorite track is DJ.T-Sense (Tale of us remix)
What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
That would have to be Spybar for their Transmit Tuesday party. Spybar is definitely my favorite venue in the city.
Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
I’m not really too fond of collaborating as far as playing b2b with someone, I probably just haven’t found someone I have good chemistry with on the decks.Producing wise I’d say Nick Jannite as our music tastes are very similar
What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
Nothing too crazy, maybe having one too many drinks and cueing up a track that already playing.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
Most of my spare time is spent going out to support other locals artists. I try and catch as many shows as possible
What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
I do not like even using the term EDM, but i don’t think the mainstream EDM scene will last if it continues its current path. So many artists that were great a few years back are all just cashing in on EDM, although its big bucks so i partially understand. Most people now are just using the same cookie cutter formulas and not being creative, they are being safe. The EDM bubble is bursting, just look at how this new Zac Efron movie just did atrocious at the box office.
What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
Well over the past year or so it’s been “deep house”. I really think that techno is starting to catch on but it will never be the next big thing. There are so may sub-generes now that are becoming popular its hard to keep track of them all.
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’m astonished that this is even a thing. People that partake in this have zero business in the music industry. If you aren’t getting sales on tracks you made its time to go back to the drawing board not buy your own tracks. Everyone just wants the fame that comes with being a successful dj but don’t want to put in effort. It’s a huge facade and will eventually come back to them.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
As far as gigs go I play out in Naperville most Fridays at Two-Nine Martini lounge. I also have a DNRecords showcase planned for #Afterlife at GrandBar September 26th.