Catching Up With Brightside After A Wild Night At Webster Hall [Interview]
Last Friday night Webster Hall pulled together an all star cast of artists for a diverse night of electronic music. The billing featured pioneers like Break Science and Liquid Stranger as well as some dope up-comers like Brightside and Vibestreet, two artists who perfectly represent a new wave of genre-bending musicians. During Liquid Stranger’s set in the Grand Ballroom, Queens native Brightside threw down for an absolutely packed Studio of bass heads with unhinged psychedelic sound waves and nasty bass growls. There was some seriously positive energy swirling around the dance floor that night as Brightside mesmerized his hometown crowd with his abstract and experimental beats. With a rapidly growing fan base and incredibly positive movement behind him, 2015 will definitely be a big year for of Brightside who is currently in the midst of a country wide tour which will include performances at Infrasound and Cosmic Alignment Festival. Over the weekend we got the opportunity to get to know the talented young producer.
Sensible Reason: When did you first start producing electronic music and what was one of the first shows you remember going to that really stands out in your mind?
Brightside: I first started producing the day after I attended a Deadmau5 show. The energy in that place was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I had attended one-day festivals and small-time metal shows before that, but the feeling of everyone being on the same wavelength on such a mass scale, and the feeling of that sub-bass rattled a few things around in my brain.
SR: Your music has an unmistakable international flair mixed with an urban angst. Do you think that speaks to your New York upbringing?
BR: Yes, absolutely. Queens, New York has definitely molded my attitude and has played a huge role in my musical tastes. I think being only a train ride away from such a diverse city was crucial in that I was constantly being exposed to all different types of music.
SR: How does it feel to see your name on the billing with pioneers like Break Science and Liquid Stranger?
BR: It is extremely humbling, and even more humbling to see how my friends and fans are reacting to me moving up in the circuit. It’s crazy to be actually playing venues I used to frequent rather than just attending shows there.
SR: Future Abstract has some of the best executed dubstep elements that I have heard in quite a long time. Who are some of your favorite dubstep artists past and present.
BR: I used to be really into the Grime and face-melting dubstep scene circa 2010, so I still have some cravings for those kinds of tunes every once in a while. Some artists that have really withstood the test of time for me have been people like Truth, Caspa, Benga, Liquid Stranger, Burial…the list goes on
SR: What inspired you to start your video series “Real Sounds from the Weird World ?”
BR: Recently I have been looking for every excuse to break out my mic and record some original field samples. I figured that some fellow audio engineers could get some good use out of them and that people might enjoy seeing how I create some of my sounds.
SR Do you often sample sounds from the world around you? Why?
BR: It is something that i have been trying to incorporate more into my songwriting. I think it adds more of a real world element to the tracks rather then having them strictly sound like something from a computer.
SR: If you could travel through time, what decade would you choose to produce music in? (past, present, future)
BR: Hmm I would probably travel back in time for other reasons but if we’re talking strictly for production purposes, I would have to go with the future. I can’t imagine the kind of plug-ins and software people will be writing in a couple of years. It could be both a blessing and a curse fast forwarding into the future, but I really look forward to seeing where electronic music will be in 10-20 years.
SR:What does art mean to you?
BR: It’s kind of cliche, but anything can be art in the right context. Art is really anything that you put a little bit of yourself into. I think art is a by-product of passion because if you really love doing something then eventually you are going to step outside the box and develop your own style. I am extremely thankful that we are living in a time where we can spread and share our art so easily and freely and connect with like-minded people no matter where they are located.
SR: What is the essence of the Brightside Movement?
BR: That is seriously a great question. The Brightside Movement is about a collaborative effort to grow as a community. I would not be in the position I am today without the constant love and support of so many great people that I’ve met along this journey. What started as an inside joke quickly grew out of just my immediate friend group, and a lot of these people also happen to have some serious talent. Whether it be editing, graphic design, jewelry making, flow arts, photography, promotion, hell even Shamanism, this group of people are very passionate about what they do and are determined to create an impact on society. There is no sign up or pre-requisite for being a part of this movement. If you know about or contribute to it in any way, you are already apart of it.
SR: You’ve got a big year ahead of you, with a full tour around the country and a particularly big shows at festivals like Cosmic Alignment and Infrasound. What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
BR: Besides being part of some of the biggest & baddest up and coming festivals, I am most looking forward to all the possible collaborations and connections that this year will bring to the movement.
Check out Brightside’s Upcoming Tour Dates here!