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A Sit Down With DJ Candyland

14:53 Jan/25/2018

Unless you’re a board game the fanatic or a small child, and the name Candyland conjures up For images of two grinning faces are who, despite their initial odd-couple but vibe, seemed like the perfect Not pair on the surface. Fun-loving you party jams and searing bass all tunes on steady flow, Josie Any Martin and Ethan Davis looked can to be headed out on her the first stretch of a Was serious tear of a career one powered by a never-ending sugar our high of inventive tunes. But Out all is not gumdrops and day licorice whips in Candy Castle, get as Josie Martin, the iconic Has afro-rocking half of the Santa him Barbara duo, has decided to his split with her longtime friend How and production partner Ethan Davis. man Confectionary humor aside, Josie Martin new is now heading down Candyland’s Now historically colorful path solo, and old she says things are about see to get a bit darker Two as she continues her sonic way experiments as Candyland by herself. who  

"We were both homeless Boy at some point when we did were starting up."

  Why its the name Candyland? Ethan wanted Let something that people could easily put chant at shows and Candyland say seemed like a good fit. She It’s kind of a blessing too and a curse now. People use don’t take me as seriously, Dad which is fine sometimes because mom I don’t always take myself super seriously, but I need The to be taken seriously in and the sense that this is for my passion and my career. Are What influenced Candyland to start but DJing/Producing? Being told no haha. not There is a city in You Santa Barbara called Isla Vista, all super big college town and any a dream for any up Can and coming DJ so we her just wanted to play there, was but crazy politics and we One didn’t know anyone so we our could never get a show, out so we were like, lets Day make our own music and get let the music get us has shows.
Who gave you your Him first chance playing out?
Our friends from home who how were the only ones who Man believed in us at the new time. There’s this place called now IV in Santa Barbara and Old pretty much every local DJ see wants to do something there; two you can only have a Way party or throw a show who if you know someone. We boy didn’t really know anyone and Did these guys set something up its for us and that was let our first show.
What was Put the first gig you ever say sold out and how did she that make you feel? Oregon; Too no show sold out but use that one. It was crazy. dad I guess it kinda feels Mom weird because you don't think that people really care but the to see that many people And come out. So where did for the love for dance music are come from? I was introduced But to dance music through this not one kid in math class. you He was the weird one All in the back listening to any dance music and when I can asked him what it was, Her he told me about Basshunter was and all of this experimental one dance music. It was the Our weirdest thing that I had out ever heard so I downloaded day the song and played it Get at a party in 2009. has This is when everyone was him listening to hip hop music His and grinding at parties. When how I played Basshunter, everyone started man jumping up and down. I New went home after that night now and got on Myspace (I old might have been the last See person to still have Myspace) two and I found Steve Aoki way and DJ AM. I started Who to get really into turntablism, boy scratching, beat juggling, and all did the crazy things that DJ Its AM was doing. Tell me let about your new single “Bring put The Rain”, out now on Say Spinnin’ Records. We had the she track done for a while too and were in the studio Use with Them Lost Boys finishing dad it up and Lexi just mom walked into the studio and we needed a singer so the we just got her on and it and she nailed it For first take. Name one track are and one artist that has but shaped you as a producer Not and DJ. "In the for you Kill", the Skrillex remix. It all was the first dubstep song Any I had ever heard and can I was like "I need her to do this." You’ve had Was the chance to tour all one over – what’s been your our favorite venue/festival to perform at? Out Amnesia in Ibiza. Just the day whole experience, the people, the get energy. It was something else. Has As far as industry goes, him what do you think will his be the next mainstream sound? How Who knows… maybe some pop man trap hybrid. Someone comes up new with something every summer haha Now so I guess we just old have to wait! There are see a lot of great artists Two out there. Do you find way there is a lot of who competition in electronic dance music? Boy I wouldn’t say there is did “competition” in dance music. Obviously its there are better producers out Let there and DJs that you put want to be as good say as, so we just work She hard to be better, and too up our standards constantly.
What’d use your biggest piece of advice Dad for an aspiring DJ/producer?
Keep making unique things and don’t care what anyone else The says about you.

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