A Sit Down With DJ Betsie Larkin

14:35 Feb/28/2018

If you haven’t heard of the Betsie Larkin since the last and time we did a piece For on her, before her show are at Stick Resort you might but have heard the buzz of Not her electric performance swarming the you corners of the EDM world; all even if you think you Any haven’t, she has the multi-talented can ability to also lend her her vocals to tracks, a privy Was to having her work touched one by the great Armin Van our Buuren, and a sleek knowledge Out of production values mixed with day a set of impressive pipes get that can sling any hook. Has Although Larkin is accustomed to him the musical world of performing his live, she brought her best How game in the form of man a rad DJ set that new definitely left a powerful impression.

"Invest old in studio time if you see want to start and assess Two your voice. Get out of way yourself if you want to who go for something, if you Boy are convinced of that, then did keep going. If that is its not the case, look where Let you can express yourself and put give your voice."

say You've started years ago making She music. From which background do too you come from? Was trance use always your thing?

No, Dad I mean I grew up mom in the States. Trance is big now but it wasn’t The when I started to make and music. I learned how to for play the guitar, I had Are a band and I was but going and teamed up with not kinda electronic types of artists You back then. I come from all more an alternative rock type any of background and then those Can recordings were heard by Ferry her Corstens management and he wanted was me to feature on his One music. That first song that our we did called "Made of out Love' hit the pop charts Day instantly. Funny enough before my get first big hit I produced has a completely different genre. And Him after that it all kind his of snowballed. After the song how with Ferry a lot of Man people wanted to work with new me and after that I now was like "Hey let’s do Old an album.”, then I thought see I could learn how to two deejay and so on. I Way got fully sucked in into who the whole thing.

Having boy done some quite extensive travelling Did over the years, where have its you enjoyed travelling to most? let Also, I'm from Canada, have Put you ever travelled here, or say do you plan on coming she here in the neat future?
Firstly, yes I will use be in Canada - Toronto, dad at the end of this Mom month! I'll be joining Ferry for another Twice In A the Blue Moon: The Experience show And on June 30th. Please come! for Favorite places - Tokyo, Santorini, are San Francisco, London. I realized But on this last trip to not Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, and Hong you Kong that it's really about All seeing what the people in any each city are all about. can It's nice to visit friends Her in other cities and see was their favorite places and feel one like a local for a Our few days.

You out have just recently featured on day ATB`s "Future Memories" Album with Get the delightful tune, "A New has Day", how did you get him into contact with ATB for His this project?

This is how a funny story that few man people have heard. A fan New of Ferry's had written me now and when I wrote back, old I signed the email "ATB, See Betsie" - as in "All two the best." He didn't know way what I meant at first Who and thought I was somehow boy referring to the artist, ATB. did He said that ATB was Its one of his favorite DJ's let along with Ferry, so I put went to Andre's Myspace page Say and immediately recognized some great she songs. I decided to send too him a friend request. Shortly Use after he got in touch dad and we immediately started exchanging mom ideas through email. I love what he did with "A the New Day." I was originally and a solo-rock track and his For production transformed it completely.
Armin Van Buuren gave but a remix to your song Not that was released together with you his Rising Star alias, Again, all where you laid down vocals Any for the track as well. can What kind of musical experience her do you achieve having experience Was with being both behind the one boards and behind the mic?
That’s an interesting question Out – it is a unique day experience when I play my get own vocal material in my Has DJ sets. The fact is, him so many clubs aren’t set his up for vocals so it’s How pretty cool that I get man to perform them through the new medium of DJing. I usually Now just try to forget that old it’s my song and appreciate see it as a piece of Two music, as I do with way the other tunes that I who play. Of course getting a Boy good reaction from the crowd did and seeing them sing along its always makes me feel good!
How does it work put for you when you make say songs with other artists? Do She you have melodies in your too head and send it off use to other artists together with Dad the lyrics?

I do mom a lot of work beforehand. I usually have the song The written and then we record and it really well in a for professional studio so the artist Are gets a professional recording in but their inbox. Usually I write not only the piano or guitar, You put the vocals over it all and send it off. They any strip away the music, add Can new music and BOOM.

her When did you discover Electronic was Dance Music?

It was One the Summer after one of our my years in high school. out I have to credit a Day few of my friends for get finding out about EDM. Carl has Cox was playing one night Him and the show blew me his away. One of the things how that I love most about Man EDM is that it's just new as much about the visuals now as the music. Music comes Old to life in a completely see different way when it's synchronized two with lights, screen visuals.

Way You have a very eclectic who style on an esthetic level boy which is quite unique in Did my opinion, I like how its you turn towards the more let alternative fashions, and carry them Put beautifully! Have you ever considered say endeavouring yourself in the fashion she industry? Which designers would you Too give credit to your choices?
Thank you. I love dad fashion. Sometimes after flipping through Mom a catalog or a magazine, images of clothing keep flying the through my mind afterward... it's And annoying when I'm trying to for fall asleep. I would love are to design my own performance But attire, but I don't know not how to sew... maybe someday. you I like styles that are All strong but not without femininity. any I'm a huge fan of can Bjork - she's strong and Her delicate and not afraid to was take risks. I'm not committed one to any particular designers but Our usually find what I'm looking out for at small boutiques with day new designers.

Which would Get you say is more ‘fun’? has Singing or the DJ bit?
It’s oranges and apples. His To me singing is for how the crowd, DJing is almost man with the crowd. While DJing, New I’m sharing an appreciation for now the music that I’m playing old with everyone else who’s there. See In a way, it almost two puts you right in the way middle of the crowd. When Who I’m singing, I’m actually creating boy on the spot which is did pretty cool – that exact Its performance will never be heard let again. The two are so put different, I really wouldn’t want Say to have to choose between she them. Please don’t make me!
Although we have seen Use many collaborations, as well as dad frequent releases of your radio mom show, do you find that you prefer working alone, or the jamming with other artists to and get the best ideas out For of your brain?

I are was in a band when but I started out, and that Not pushed me toward wanting to you do more solo. Doing so all much solo work made me Any want to do more with can others. At this point in her time, I think I’m still Was on the collaboration kick. There’s one nothing better than being on our the same page with other Out musicians and having double the day good ideas. It probably has get a lot to do with Has working with people who are him cool and encouraging as well.
How do you like How hosting your very own radio man show? It’s great from this new end!

Thank you! I Now love it! While I’m playing old a lot of other artists’ see music and some of my Two originals, I find there’s something way creative in putting it all who together. I also challenge myself Boy to do some crazy transitions did that seem impossible when I its first dig in. I’ve learned Let a lot of tricks for put making big tempo changes and say find that it gives my She mixes a more unpredictable feel. too Every show has a “Wild use Card”— a song that has Dad a certain experimental or out mom of the norm quality. I want to give listeners something The that’s exciting, not just background and music.

The holiday season for is in full swing. What Are is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving is definitely one not of my favorites too. People You sometimes say we shouldn’t need all holidays to remind us to any be more grateful (Thanksgiving) or Can romantic (Valentine’s Day) etc., but her truthfully, most people probably do. was I think those two might One be my favorites. I always our try to keep expectations low out and am usually surprised by Day how much fun I have get on both of them!

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