If you don’t know who Minnesota is, you have been living under a rock the past few years. With his melodic bass and groovy drum beats, Minnesota took the EDM scene by storm. In 2011 Minnesota busted out his 3 track EP “Panda Snatching Tycoon”. Came with such bangers as “Push It” and “Purple Daze”. Gaining respect from top bass music producers all around the country, Minnesota quickly took off and exploded into the scene. Now running his own tour “The Eternal Frequencys Tour”, and bringing bad boys like Protohype and DCarls to each city. We had a moment to catch a few words before his set. Even with the prime sound system making it almost impossible to catch a quick break, we got a chance to sit one on one. We talk about tour necessities, classic rock, STS9, and his new EP “The Eternal Frequencys Equinox”.
-So how are you feeling the vibe in Lawrence tonight?
“Awesome! We just walked out for Protohype and DCarls set and people were getting down and are ready for the night. So I’m stoked for my set!”
-What can people expect from a “Minnesota” show?
“I think a good mix of different genres and sub-genres of music. I play some heavier stuff, some more melodic stuff, and some more hip hop stuff. So just a wide variety of sub-genres.”
-What festivals are you excited for to play or attend this year?
“I have some that haven’t been announced yet that I’m the most excited for. But out of the ones that have been announced, “Wakarusa”. I have been wanting to play that one for awhile, so probably that one.”
-You attended UC Santa Cruz and decided to take a break and focus more on your music. What was the deciding factor in that?
“When I transferred to UCSC I kinda started to do out of town shows, and it got to the point where I was flying out almost every weekend. So it just got too hard to balance that. Making music and going out of town to do shows. So I had to take a leave of absence. I probably wont be going back for awhile as long as this is doing well.”
-What was your major?
“I was never super into school. I was a History major, because that was the easiest to transfer. Whenever I was in school I was always just thinking about making music. So, yeah!”
-So what type of genres of music did you grow up listening to that helped form the sound you make today?
“When I first got into music in about the 6th or 7th grade, I was listening to allot of classic rock. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd… Stuff like that. Then kinda got into some more Indie stuff. And then soon as I got out of high school I was into the underground hip hop like Atmosphere, Brother Ali. Pretty much after that, once I moved to California kinda found out about electronic music. Id say most of my influences came from electronic music rather than the past music I was listening to.”
-Right now with all the young guns coming out lately, who have you been keeping your eyes on?
“I use to forever review Seven Lions. I found out about him about a year and a half ago. And I was just stoked out of my fucking mind and no one knew about him. But now he’s huge. There’s a guy named Singularity out of Santa Barbra, CA, and he produces stuff that similar to the Seven Lions vibe. Its just really good melodic dubstep. So I’m pretty stoked on him.”
-On your new tour “Eternal Frequencys” you have artists like STS9, Protohype, DCarls, and Gramatik on the line-up, making these shows very diverse. Whose idea was this and why haven’t they received a Nobel Prize?
“Ha! Well, the STS9 and Gramatik shows were worked into the tour and we did the support for them. We did five nights with STS9, and the Gramatik show was a festival. Which was awesome! As for the line up for the full tour. Protohype and my manager Santiago have been talking about bringing him for awhile. He’s just an up and coming young, really talented producer. He just has a ton of hype and hes killing it, so we wanted to bring him. I hit up DCarls about six months ago and he had only done a few shows in his life. So it was kinda just a shot in the dark. I asked him if he wanted to go on tour with us, and he was down. So I’m sure there are a ton of cities who are stoked to finally see him get down. Hes a brilliant producer.”
-What kind of necessities do you take on the road?
“A lot of socks! Dirty socks suck! We try to buy new socks like every week or two. Just makes you feel fresh.”
-Any type of shenanigans going on in the tour? Any funny business?
“Haha, Its kind of all one big blur. There was one night after one of the STS9 shows in Athens we all got black out drunk and my girl friend was in town. So we all went to the strip club and had fun there. Then completely blacked out running around Athens, GA. I cant really thing of specific incidences. Haha”
-If you could play any festival or anywhere, where would it be?
“I would love to play Coachella . Coachella is one of the first festivals I went to. I just feel like that would be a really huge thing. That’s probably my top one.”
-You have a new E.P. coming out soon. What can fans expect from it?
“It comes out April 1st. Its called “Eternal Frequencys:Equinox” it will be for free download on my website (www.minneostadubstep.com) I hope people check it out and dig it.”
-How long have you been working on it?
“I have had a pretty heavy touring schedule this year. I got January and half of February off and just worked a bunch of stuff and I picked these two songs for the EP. So about 6 weeks for those songs. Not a ton of time, but enough to get out two solid songs that I think people will dig.”
-Is there anything different about this EP then the rest of your music?
“Its definitely similar to my style, but its a little more mellow. Kinda similar to my “Astral Projection” release. I think its definitely an evolution of my sound, but still you can kinda hear the “Minnesota” touch in it. I hope people dig it, we’ll see. But I’m stoked on it!”
Even though the interview was a little rough to do, we still managed to get in a few words and a beer. Minnesota is one of the hardest working artists out there. I was very glad to get in a few words. Check out his newest EP “Eternal Frequencys Equinox” as soon as possible. Its a free EP that is definitely worth listening to. Also check him out on Facebook to get updated on all the free tunes this guy gives out. To all who came, thanks for the party. To all who missed, we will see you next time.
Eternal Frequencys Equinox Mix
Eternal Frequencys Equinox EP
Live video from Lawrence, KS