We have our good friend, Flo in the Artist Spotlight this week. Flo has been djing for over a decade now and has played some pretty impressive gigs including Spybar, Tunnel and our #Afterlife party. Check out this interview to learn more about the man and be sure to keep your eye out for him.
How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
I first started DJing about 12 years ago. The bar I was working at in College had a horrible band on stage, so during the intermission my boss asked me if I knew any music because he was about to kick the band off stage and have someone DJ. At that time all I did was listen to music and had no idea how to DJ. My boss told me just set a playlist and just let it play through. The crowd actually was feeling the music I put on the playlist and from then on out I started becoming more and more interested in DJing.
Who is your biggest influence(s)?
At first my big influence was your typical Hardwell, Tiesto….but then as time went on my music taste matured so I gotta say my influences shifted more towards Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, and Taiki Nulight.
What’s your favorite record of all time?
To be honest my favorite record of all time has to be the Incubus album “Make Yourself” especially the track ‘Drive’ probably has to be one of my favorite tracks of all time.
What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
I say the Homecoming Party for NIU at Rosy’s Roadhouse to a packed house has to be one of my favorite. Playing alongside my boys Matthias and Bentley Dean we still to this day talk about how much of a blast we had that night.
Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
Well I’ve really not been into the production part of the music scene but I do want to start learning and I definitely would love to collab with my boy Bentley Dean considering we have a similar taste in music.
What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
The most embarrassing thing that happened to me while I was playing was hitting the cue button mid set on the wrong table and making the music stop during peak hours. It was pretty embarrassing because it was on stage in front of a crowd of 450 people.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
I def enjoy watching sports on my free time or cooking.
What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
I like the fact that EDM has become more and more popular in recent years but then I feel as if the creativity factor of tracks have gone down because producers tend to be redundant in what works with the crowd and tend to get comfortable in putting out similar products for the general crowd.
What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
I really think the next big thing in EDM would be some old school house beats turned new school. I feel like the big festival bangers and huge drops would slowly go away and people would start to appreciate more of the steady groove beats.
What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
To each on their own with this one. I wish we can all make music without having to chase money unfortunately greed takes over with certain people. I feel all musicians should support each other so that we all succeed but unfortunately that will never happen.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
Nothing really planned but I really have my goals set to try and play at a festival this year, I think that would be awesome! Definitely looking forward to playing AFTERLIFE after it starts up again. Always been one of my favorite parties to play.
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