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.

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

Why the name Candyland?
Ethan wanted something that put people could easily chant at say shows and Candyland seemed like She a good fit. It’s kind too of a blessing and a use curse now. People don’t take Dad me as seriously, which is mom fine sometimes because I don’t always take myself super seriously, The but I need to be and taken seriously in the sense for that this is my passion Are and my career.

What but influenced Candyland to start DJing/Producing?
Being told no haha. You There is a city in all Santa Barbara called Isla Vista, any super big college town and Can a dream for any up her and coming DJ so we was just wanted to play there, One but crazy politics and we our didn’t know anyone so we out could never get a show, Day so we were like, lets get make our own music and has let the music get us Him shows.
Who gave you your his first chance playing out?

Our friends from home who Man were the only ones who new believed in us at the now time. There’s this place called Old IV in Santa Barbara and see pretty much every local DJ two wants to do something there; Way you can only have a who party or throw a show boy if you know someone. We Did didn’t really know anyone and its these guys set something up let for us and that was Put our first show.

What was say the first gig you ever she sold out and how did Too that make you feel?

use Oregon; no show sold out dad but that one. It was Mom crazy. I guess it kinda feels weird because you don't the think that people really care And but to see that many for people come out.

So are where did the love for But dance music come from?

not I was introduced to dance you music through this one kid All in math class. He was any the weird one in the can back listening to dance music Her and when I asked him was what it was, he told one me about Basshunter and all Our of this experimental dance music. out It was the weirdest thing day that I had ever heard Get so I downloaded the song has and played it at a him party in 2009. This is His when everyone was listening to how hip hop music and grinding man at parties. When I played New Basshunter, everyone started jumping up now and down. I went home old after that night and got See on Myspace (I might have two been the last person to way still have Myspace) and I Who found Steve Aoki and DJ boy AM. I started to get did really into turntablism, scratching, beat Its juggling, and all the crazy let things that DJ AM was put doing.

Tell me about Say your new single “Bring The she Rain”, out now on Spinnin’ too Records.

We had the Use track done for a while dad and were in the studio mom with Them Lost Boys finishing it up and Lexi just the walked into the studio and and we needed a singer so For we just got her on are it and she nailed it but first take.

Name one Not track and one artist that you has shaped you as a all producer and DJ.

"In Any the for Kill", the Skrillex can remix. It was the first her dubstep song I had ever Was heard and I was like one "I need to do this."
You’ve had the chance Out to tour all over – day what’s been your favorite venue/festival get to perform at?

Amnesia Has in Ibiza. Just the whole him experience, the people, the energy. his It was something else.

How As far as industry goes, man what do you think will new be the next mainstream sound?
Who knows… maybe some old pop trap hybrid. Someone comes see up with something every summer Two haha so I guess we way just have to wait!

who There are a lot of Boy great artists out there. Do did you find there is a its lot of competition in electronic Let dance music?

I wouldn’t put say there is “competition” in say dance music. Obviously there are She better producers out there and too DJs that you want to use be as good as, so Dad we just work hard to mom be better, and up our standards constantly.
What’d your biggest The piece of advice for an and aspiring DJ/producer?

Keep making for unique things and don’t care Are what anyone else says about but you.


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