Manic Focus at Electric Forest: A Double Dose of Ear Funk

Electric Forest is finally upon us; the attendees are gearing up getting ready for this year’s festivities and the artists are preparing their amazing set lists as we speak. EF has been known for bringing in a diverse mix of musicians over the years, and this time is no exception.

Manic Focus is one of those talented artists who is returning to the Forest this year. John “JmaC” will be performing at Electric Forest this year, not once, but TWICE! His first set will take place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Forest Stage and his second set will be at 8:45 p.m. Sunday night at the Sherwood Court Stage.

Electric Forest

Manic Focus has grown tremendously in the past year, increasingly playing the festival circuit and garnering more and more attention from the industry and his general fanbase. This guy is on fire, recently dropping the new track “Snap Like This” with Artifakts and Jesus Coomes. This weekend, you have two chances to catch his funky, soulful beats so don’t sleep on it or you’ll regret it!

EF is also HUGELY known for on-stage collaborations between artists. Manic Focus will be performing with Cory Wythe (Marvel Years) and Jacob Barinholtz (his drummer, formerly of The Coop). He will also perform one set with Kat V. along with multiple sit-ins… but you will have to go see his set to find out who!

About Manic Focus

Manic Focus is the beat-bumpin’ project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Chicago-based electronic music producer hailing from the Twin Cities. A multi-dimensional artist with a rowdy style unbound to any one genre, Manic Focus transcends sound waves by fusing soulful blues with heavy-hitting bass, creating a resonating tone that’s entirely his own.

JmaC’s grooves run deep in a diverse array of musical influence, rooted in early classical piano training and a ruthless cultivation of hypnotic, hip-hop infused electro-soul bangers. His sound first emerged on the scene in 2011 with the independent release of Definition of the Rhythm, followed by Expanding Mind in 2012 and Distant Perspective in 2013, all of which he distributed to the masses online, free of charge. Since then, he’s toured extensively with Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Paper Diamond, Minnesota, Break Science and many more.

His fourth album, Cerebral Eclipse, debuted on GRiZ’s label All Good Records in October of 2014. Featuring Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), GRiZ, Michal Menert (Pretty Lights Music, Super Best Records) and many more, the release incorporates more live instrumentation than ever before. He’s also started two side projects with Pretty Lights Music veterans Break Science (Manic Science) and Michal Menert (Manic Menert).

As an artist, JmaC continues to build momentum and perfect his craft with every show. Always seeking new ways to experiment with multiple genres and future-bass concoctions, you can bet this beat magician will bring the heat to any performance.

Whether it’s a small-town venue or a world-renowned music festival, you won’t want to miss a Manic Focus throw-down.

Jen Seifert

Jennifer graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with a BA in journalism and a minor in performing arts. She currently works in marketing as Web Writer and Editor at the University System of Maryland. Her interests include music, philosophy and socially-relevant issues. A writer for over a decade, she cultivates her creativity by publishing original works of poetry and various articles on culture, society, music, ideology, and current events.

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