As a new photographer around Hy-Tekk I wasn’t sure what to expect at these shows, but I have yet to leave one anything less than elated. WE HAD A BLAST! Just another baller night at the Granada in great company with great music.
Not too many artists of DCarls caliber live to tell their tale. But, he did. DCarls is a master of the craft. Coming up from playing Jazz piano, he has shown his true power through Simplify Records. Fueled with bass, and love, DCarls has shown few how it is suppose to be done. In 2013, DCarls will show the world his musical caliber. For sure, one of the most respectful people I have ran in to. I didn’t even have to ask him, he just grabbed the microphone and said “Let’s do it!”. This was the recorded portion of my time with this young producer. Don’t blink on this guy! Because once you do, you will miss the beauty within.
How was it playing in Lawrence, Kansas tonight?
It was Fu*#ing unbelievable! One of the most fun stops so far on the tour.
Has this stop been different from the others?
Yeah, the crowd was surprisingly really wild at the beginning! On this tour, I’ve been playing early, and my job is to get everyone to move to the dance floor, but everyone was already out there just going. It was nice.
This is a major tour with Minnesota and Protohype, how does that feel?
It’s very inspirational I’ve never seen Minnesota or Protohype spin before. Seeing them play has inspired me to make my music more dancable, and more DJ friendly. It’s opened up a whole new spectrum of Electronic music for me. Not just headphone music, it’s like DJ music.
You are attending the University of Maryland, what kind of studies are you doing there? And have you takin a break from school to focus on your music career?
I studied English, just basically doing that to get a degree. And I bought Ableton my second year in college. I ended up just deciding to carry on with that. I think it worked out for the best.
You joined up on the roster over at Simplify Records with a pretty amazing roster. How does that feel?
Simplify is great! Aaron, who runs the whole thing, hooked up so much for me. I found him super early in my music career. He has helped me out so much.
What is your musical back ground?
Well, I played Jazz piano for years, like before I actually got into any of this. I’d live to integrate that with the live stuff that I’m doing now, because Electronic music is so live, so much fun to be in the crowd, but occasionally there is some down time. So, I’d like to put in a little Jazz piano improve.
What producers/musicians have inspired you? Who are you favorites right now?
In Electronic, I’d say Nosia is my love. Love Griz, Grammatik. I think that anyone who integrates live instruments into their live set is fu*$king awesome! Way back, I loved Chick Corea, Ahmad Jamal, and Arnaud de Buchy. The jazzy, classical piano type stuff.
If you could do a colab with anyone on the planet, who would it be? And why?
Either Bassnectar, because he’s genius or Koan Sound. I love Koan Sound. They have a real techy sound, really respectable. I have much love for those dudes.
What cities on the “Eternal Frequency’s Tour” are you excited to play?
Honestly, tonight was the one that all of us were looking forward to, and we are doing Flagstaff as our last state. I got a bunch of friends coming from L.A. So, I am really looking forward to that one.
What can people expect from a live DCarls show?
Just expect a lot of energy, and a lot of musicality. A lot of flavor basically. That’s the only thing I make sure is in my music at all times. Just flavor of some sort.
Coming from the view of a new up and comer, what is your view on EDM artists such as Skrillex, and DeadMau5 getting into the Grammy’s and winning awards? Does this push you harder?
Yeah, absolutely I think Skrillex is a fu*#ing genius A lot of people hate on him, but so many people listen to his music. So there has got to be something going on about it. And as far as production value goes, and the musicality in his music. It’s unbelievable.
Any last words?
Tonight was awesome! The Granada was awesome! I’m really looking forward to the future.
Max Hype a.k.a. Protohype, is one of the fastest up in comers blowing up right now. His Hip Hop infused Dubstep sounds have been blogged and downloaded by many people. He’s gained the respect from top producers and DJ’s with his low end bass and his crazy style. Now with a new E.P. “See No Evil” on FirePower Records, his schedule has became filled with huge shows, and many long nights. We were lucky to get a chance to ask him a few questions.
You have been throwing around electronic music now for awhile. What did you grow up listening to? And how did it help with your sound?
“I grew up listening to Classic Rock mostly, and then I really got into Hip Hop when I was about 12 or 13. So then I started making Hip Hop beats. Got signed to a label my Freshmen year in High School, so about 15 or 14. Did Hip Hop beats for about 5 or 6 years. So Hip Hop has definitely helped my sound. ”
Your on tour right now with Minnesota. Hows that going so far? Any crazy situations come about?
“The tour has been amazing. I feel like I have been on tour for 6 months, and its only been like a month. Its really fun though. This is like my first legit time on an actual bus tour. We just been getting into all sorts of shenanigans in all the small towns. Everyone in the crew is awesome, we get along great. Im just happy to be apart of it.”
Do you feel making tracks on the road is different than sitting in your studio back in L.A.? What different elements can the road bring to one of your tracks?
“I dunno, man. My studio in L.A. is about the same as on the road. I mix allot of my stuff on headphones anyway. Its not too much of a difference. I’ve got some monitors at home, they’re not the greatest. So its not too much of a difference. I dont really need to be in any sort of a situation to make a track, Im always on the road all the time anyways.”
Do you think it adds a different type of “flair” seeing how the crowds react to how your current tracks sound? Does that pump you up to make music?
“Of course! The production aspect isn’t different, but it gives me a chance to test it out right after. So like, If I make a song on the road I’ll test it out during sound check to see how it sounds. Just to see if its going to crack out or if I need to add to the mix, or whatever. Which I always don’t have at home, I just have my monitors. So its always good to get a big system to test your sh*t. But as productions goes, it all about stays the same.”
You use to do Ableton Live production tips videos on YouTube. Any plans on making new ones?
“I definitely will do more. I’ve just been so busy lately. Those tutorial videos take allot to make. I just been so busy with other sh*t, and I love making tutorials. I teach all the time, so I plan on making more.”
You have a new EP out on beatport “See No Evil”, on Datsiks “FirePower Records”? How is it to be on Datsiks label?
“Its so awesome, man. Datsik is like the reason I make Dubstep in the first place. So its really fu*king awesome to have it come around full circle. And have me be apart of something that’s breaking ground. You know Datsik really has his ear to the ground with every new producer and all the new unique stuff that’s going, Datsik knows about it. So I’m just happy to be apart of it. Its fu*king great. My E.P. was #1 on like 4 different genres on beatport. Its doing really well, and I got 2 more to go. So its dope!”
2012 was pretty big for you, and that’s an understatement. What does 2013 look like for you?
“2012 was big, but I think 2013 is going to be way bigger. I’m playing a couple festivals. Nothing really huge but a bunch of one-offs with Datsik, 12th planet and a bunch of other guys that are really killing it. Hopefully I’ll be on the FirePower tour in the fall. I’m getting booked for allot of headlining shows now, which is something new to me. I’m just going with the flow.”
Is there any place in particular that you are looking to forward to play?
“I’m playing the “Summer Camp Festival outside of Chicago. So that’s my first festival. And like I was saying, I have a few one-offs with Datsik that are going to be really huge. A couple secret shows, and a couple paint parties, and stuff like that.”
For those of you who missed the Eternal Frequencies Tour with Minnesota, and DCarls…. You missed out. It was an amazing night, and Max was very chill and relaxed. It was a treat to get to even get the chance to ask him a few questions. His schedule was so busy, he was working on a track in the green room. He is definitely making lots of noise in the scene. His E.P. is great. It is worth the listen. Check him out 😀
With this being our third time hosting Minnesota as well as our second time hosting Protohype I expected a big turnout and an even bigger amount of energy from you guys and I must say, you all never fail to impress. Both of these acts, including DCarls, bring sheer beauty to the platform each and every time they preform, but it is you all that really make the party. Keep it up!
Hy-Tekk presents: BUMPARUSA 2 “Attack of the Bass Virus”
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Doors & First Set at 8PM // $12.00 in advance, $15.00 day-of-show