On the 28th edition on BEATS, I introduce you to Vancouver’s Swagbot! Swagbot has been extremely passionate about making beats for the past 3 years. With a Canada wide tour in the works, make sure you keep an ear out to catch this rising young talent when he enters your city!!! As always, if you or someone you know should be featured in BEATS, please holla at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hi, my name is SWAGBOT and I’m addicted to the 80’s!
When did you first get into the scene?
Around march of 2009, I had just turned 18 and I was a resident DJ at a club in the city where I lived at the time (Calgary) and the general manager hooked me up with a spot to open for Lewis Dene (hedkandi).
Where does your musical talent come from?
It comes from practice and determination. I wanted to be good at making music bad enough that I chose to sit in front of my computer every day for hours and hours playing around with production software, instead of going outside or watching tv or playing xbox.
Also, from being in a band when I was young and just listening to records non-stop as well.
Describe your first experience with electronic music?
In grade 3 I went to see Eifel 65 with my dad for my first concert, it was awesome and shitty at the same time, I remember getting there right at 9 cause I thought they would go on at 930 and when they finally went on at midnight they let the crowd sing most of the songs lol. I was happy and disappointed at the same time.
How did you come up with your alias?
A friend of mine called me Swagbot one time on the phone and I just decided to run with it for my alias.
What was the first EDM track that got your heart pumping?
Just be by Tiesto.
What’s your fav ‘pump you up’ track?
At the moment, I would have to say Teenage Colour by College.
Who gave you your first gig?
I on a bill for a show with Lewis Dene @ The Whiskey Night Club. There were close to eleven hundred people there, I was super stoked cuz it was my first actual show that I got to play the music I really liked to lots of people which was dirty electro at the time.
Who do you look up to?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Touring and making music for movies and video games.
What can people look most forward to when you spin?
A skinny white dude going ham to some funky beats lol I plan on performing my music live this year with beat machines, synths and a computer. I will still do DJ sets if the promoters don’t want to pay the extra amount for the live show though.
What’s the emotion do you want your audience to get out of your music?
Whatever emotion they feel when they hear it. I dunno, it can mean whatever they want it to mean.
How have you grown the most since you first started out?
At first, I just wanted to produce every style of dance music I could find but from that I never was able to truly find my sound cause I was always experimenting with such different sounds every time I produced. After 5 years of messing around I feel confident I have really found my sound.
Who is the artist you would like to work with most and why?
Madeon. I really like the energy in his music and he seems like a cool dude.
One word to describe my style would be..
What’s your fav track right now?
Right Back To You – Electric Youth
Where can we see you spin?
I’m planning a tour right now for some time around Christmas, so far the places we plan to hit are Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver.
What’s your fav gig thus far?
Probably this past Canada day, I was DJing at a bar on Marine Drive right beside the ocean and I could see the fireworks from my DJ booth.
What do you parents think of you becoming a DJ?
They are very supportive, my father was a musician himself so he can understand where I’m coming from.
Of all the tracks in your collection, which one is your ‘go to’?
Action Hero – Francophilippe
When did you start producing tracks?
I started producing my own songs in 2007 using a stock computer mic, my guitar and a casio keyboard. From there I moved on to FL studio and have been using it ever since. I have about 20 tracks online. Over 50 on my computer.
Any you are most proud of?
My remix of Your Love I made for one of my favorite artist’s and biggest influences, Robots With Rayguns.
What’s your description of a great producer?
Someone who creates songs that are so good it’s an experience listening to them.
What’s your description of a DJ?
Someone who has their own style, spins music you’ve never heard before and is unique.
What advice would you give to any other up and coming DJ’s/Producers?
Make music that is true to your heart.
How do you think you will stand out in the EDM scene?
Like a pink shirt in a sea of black hoodies.
What’s next/coming up for you?
I am in the process of starting my own clothing line which should be ready just in time for Christmas and I will also be wrapping up 2012 with another Canada tour.
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Thanks for reading! See you next week where I will feature another up and coming young Canadian talent!
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