HeRobust Smashes BangOn NYC’s Elements Fest!
Summer may be coming to an end but at least we can look back on this festival season fondly. Whether you ventured far and wide or stayed local, there were a plethora of parties and events to pique your interest. When it comes to authentic New York raves one name stands above the rest: BangOn NYC! On Saturday, August 22nd BangOn once again invaded Red Hook for their biggest celebration of the year, Elements Arts & Music Festival. This multi-stage, day long festival perfectly summed up why BangOn is the undisputed authority on the underground electronic music scene in New York City.
An awesome array of artist came together in Brooklyn for an exceptional day of music and good vibes. Headliners Shpongle, Liquid Stranger, HeRobust, Minnesota, Anna Lunoe, Autograf and Paper Diamond all brought their own style and flavor this event which prided itself on creativity and diversity. BangOn did an exceptional job of creating an immersive and whimsical atmosphere, which transformed the raw industrial park venue into fanciful sea of possibilities. As always the mad geniuses at BangOn pulled out all the stops with interactive art installations, death-defying performers, scintillating fire-breathers and high-flying BMX talent.
Throughout the day there were a plethora of stellar performances including a spellbinding display from the psychedelic master Shpongle and a hefty helping of bass from Liquid Stranger. However, in my humble opinion, the man from Atlanta stole the show. HeRobust hit the stage with a reckless abandon, that shook Elements Fest’s earth stage to it’s very core. The trap savant took a no holds barred approached to his set and it definitely paid off, setting the tone for the entire festival. Before he hit the stage HeRobust took the time to answer a few of our questions about where he’s been, where he is now and where he’s going.
All photos courtesy of Tony Colasurdo.
Sensible Reason: The first time I saw you live was at Camp Bisco 2013. You had Tjani up on stage with you, the crowd was going nuts and the energy inside the tent was through the roof. I assume that was one of your biggest shows at the time, can you tell me what that experience was like for you?
HeRobust: That was one of the wildest shows I have played! Having Tjani on the mic definitely adds to the hype of a set.
SR: I also got to see you throw down at Bisco again this year. How did it feel to get back there and what did you think of the new location?
HB: It was great to get to come back and see the new spot. I love the waterpark! It has always been a dream to play at wave pool.
SR: How have you grown as an artist in the two years in between those two shows? How do you think the electronic music scene has changed?
HB: Well I have changed my live setup from a MPD to CDJs. It is just easier for traveling and playing back to back with another artist. It is always fun to mix with your friends and CDJs is the easiest way to do that. I feel like the scene is constantly evolving and the genres are blending. Now we have hybrid dubstep trap and future bass.
SR: How does it feel to be one of the headliners for BangOn’s upcoming Elements Fest? What is it like to see your name next to artists like Shpongle, Minnesota and Liquid Stranger?
HB: It’s honestly one of the greatest feelings in the world and I am so stoked to be playing Elements Fest. Having the opportunity to be a headliner and seeing my name next to some of these great names is really humbling, and then it just hits me how fucking awesome this all is and I am so thankful to be where I am today.
SR: Was there a specific moment in your career as an artist when you realized that you were on a truly special journey? If so what was it like?
HB: Well it still never really seems like this is even real, it really doesn’t! Like every day is a journey and every time I step out on stage or work on a new track there is something new and exciting being realized.
SR: When you’re not working on music or performing, how do you like to spend your time?
HB: I love going out and shooting some hoops, there’s nothing better than playing a good game of Basketball.
SR: What’s your favorite venue, outside of Atlanta, to play?
HB: I’d have to say The Norva, in Norfolk Virginia because they have a basketball court and hot tub backstage.
SR: If you could listen to music from only one era (70s, 80s, 90s, 00s etc) for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
HB: I’d definitely have to say 90’s. But let’s be honest, that shouldn’t really be that much of a surprise considering 90’s hip-hop is that shit!
SR: From “Party Mcfly” to “Skurt Reynolds” and “Assault N Pepa”, you definitely have a collection of eye-popping song titles. Where do you find inspiration for some of your funnier song names?
HB: I love puns! They just come to me.
SR: What advice would you give a young aspiring producer?
HB: Get on that grind! Make music whenever you can, learn all that you can because if you think you already know everything you won’t grow as an artist or person (not to mention that mentality will only limit what you can do), put in the time, and even though this sounds hella cliche don’t give up.
SR: Finally what’s next for you and the HeRobust project?
HB: Villianbust. LOL. I have big record in the works. More info on that though soon!