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EDMC RADIO: SQUNTO [Boston, MA]



November 5th, 2014

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SQUNTO is a bass musician hailing from a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts. With a diverse and potent arsenal of tunes, his DJ sets have been known to make one “turn up” and have even been reported to spontaneously combust more sensitive members of the audience – though the latter is unconfirmed. His passion does not end in the studio, or even on the stage. SQUNTO is a firm believer in the positive transformation of Earth and practices a wide variety of metaphysical and spiritual modalities for personal and global empowerment with the end game goal of conquering the evil secret government and freeing humanity from its period of prolonged darkness. Stay locked.
This mix is a live recording from his set at The Middle East on October 17th, 2014.

 

 

/////////// WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO DJING – OR IN YOUR CASE, PRODUCING? WHAT DRIVES YOU?

With production… it’s hard to say, it just started happening one day. I’ve been a musician ever since I had the option to pick up an instrument back in grade school. I started on trumpet then moved onto bass guitar and dabbled with drums and piano here and there. I was always about performing and being in bands but I got really frustrated with it because its genuinely challenging to write music with a 3 or 4 person group, especially when your drummer keeps blowing it or your guitarist can’t keep time. Eventually electronic music found its way into my ears. I loved Pendulum, Infected Mushroom, even some old Bassnectar when I was in middle school and high school. It really clicked for me when I heard Rusko’s “Pro Nails” remix though, at that point I said, “Wow, this kind of music is awesome… it’s all about the bass line.” It was right around then that I started messing around with electronic production.

I knew I wanted to make dubstep but I didn’t really intend on going anywhere with it, I had no idea about the scene or DJing or anything of that stuff, I just wanted to make this cool music that I heard. I look back on my older tunes from that initial phase and there’s something really beautiful about it. The production quality is really lacking and the sound design is so-so but the soul and spirit that went into the songwriting blows me away; the level of weirdness I was putting out was awesome.

Anyway, I kept at it and eventually starting getting more pro quality tunes and now I’m here! There were a few big steps in between, most predominantly collabing with Kai Wachi before he blew up. We made Brain Splat and it was super hype, lots of big names picked it up and started playing it out. That was my first taste of internet fame and actually stepping into the shoes of being a “real artist” in the EDM world. Recently I’ve been pushing the heavy dubstep sounds because it’s a ton of fun but I have big plans and unlimited vision with where I’m going. It’s really cool to be involved in a culture and scene that’s all about dancing and having fun. People can say what they want about drugs or the people involved but it’s truly a beautiful thing and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to turn it into a career!

One thing I find very interesting about the realm of EDM is that DJng and producing are two sides of the same coin, yet are completely different realms. Plenty of DJs dabble in production and most producers DJ, yet I feel it’s rare to see someone who truly exhibits mastery over both domains. DJing is an ongoing journey for me. I started off playing Ableton sets with an APC40 and thought I was the man because I mixed in key… I had it all figured out haha. Needless to say I had a LOT to learn and it’s been progression ever since. I think being a good DJ is a matter of experience, practice, and something that can’t quite be described. Recently I’ve been focusing on creating really nice journeys that flow and move through all sorts of vibes and feels. Right now I’m looking to mix that up with a wider variety of sounds and feels as well as awesome shit like double drops and generally more technical DJing to tie it all together.

In terms of drive for both production and DJing there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing people go ham to your tunes at a show and getting big ups on your set. I want to get people turnt in a way that they can’t get with other DJs. My big goal is creating a whole culture, kind of like Bassnectar has, but something more.

There are a lot of important things happening right now, culturally, politically, spiritually, you name it, and I think bringing these ideas to young people who get down to dance music in a way that’s informative, empowering, and fun, truly has the potential to change everything.

 

/////////// WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU INTO NOW? WHO’S GOT YOUR ATTENTION?

I’m listening to some new Thriftworks right now and its REALLY sick. Amazing production… so much texture and ear catching elements that pull your neurons in every which direction. I really like weird chill glitchy stuff, and deep music. Artists like Phaeleh and Biome will always have a special place in my heart. I’ll let the mix speak for itself in terms of what I like in the dance realm, I will say this though, basshouse is an amazing genre that I think will gain a lot of traction in the US in the months to come. Love that dubstep-infused garage-y, house sound.

 

/////////// WHAT DID YOU GO FOR WITH THIS MIX?

This set was a lot of fun because I was working with some interesting criteria: Opening for Liquid Stranger (dubstep heads), also Space Jesus (Heady Kids), and playing an early-ish slot (9:45-10:30). I didn’t want to go full yolo right off the bat so I decided to start off with some house tempo stuff. I’m a huge fan of starting sets this way actually, not necessarily with house, but starting on a more relaxed vibe, working the crowd into going ham. After climaxing the intro section with some fat electro house drops I wanted to touch on the fundamentals of dubstep before really going in. Redux by Biome and Jenova Project by Datsik are classics, deep and heavy and fun old school robotic wobs. From there my goal was to keep people’s faces melting, yet keep the flow diverse and not exhausting. I feel too many dubstep artists spam heavy drops, and that’s sick, but its tiring. Not everyone wants to go full bass face skank attack for an hour. Check out the mix, it speaks for itself.

 

/////////// TRACKLIST

1. SQUNTO – Loose ft. C0la
2. Troy Gunner ft. My Ny Leng – Short Circuit
3. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Rudeboy
4. My Nu Leng – Masterplan ft. Fox
5. Eptic – Danger (Habstrakt VIP)
6. Bare & Datsik – King Kong (Lucky Date Remix)
7. Excision – Ohhh Nooo

8. Biome – Redux
9. Datsik – Jenova Project
10. Woogie – Military
11. SQUNTO – HMD
12. Genetix – Squid Attack (Funtcase Remix)
13. Funtcase – Out for da Milli
14. SQUNTO – SPACE AND TIME
15. SQUNTO – JIGGY
16. Rusko – Jahova
17. Dubloadz – Ill Communication
18. SQUNTO – WHAT

19. Downlink – Get Down (Rekoil Remix)
20. SQUNTO – BRAINDEAD
21. Destroid – Bounce VIP
22. Squnto & Kai Wachi – Brain Splat
23. Downlink – Raw Power (Figure Remix)
24. SQUNTO – ID
25. Noisia & Evol Intent – The Liquid
26. Eptic – Watch Yo Back

27. Boney M. – Sunny (Houcemate Remix)
28. 12Gauge – Funky Beat
29. Squnto – Call Dem
30. Acting Damage x Aweminus x Phiso x Ripple – Four Horsemen
31. Barron – No Escape (SQUNTO Remix)
32. 12Gauge – Murder Death Kill
33. SQUNTO – HANDS UP
34. Dr. Philth – War Bot
35. SQUNTO – YOLO GUN
36. SQUNTO – SIRENS
37. Squnto & Lord Swan3x – IMPRESSIVE (Code:Pandorum Remix)
38. Squnto & Lord Swan3x – IMPRESSIVE
39. Squnto & Lord Swan3x – IMPRESSIVE (Dec3mber Remix)
40. SQUNTO – HANDS UP VIP


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