Day Two at EDC Las Vegas is in the books, but we’re keeping the interviews coming just for you. We went backstage at the bassPOD last night and asked a variety of bass music DJs (and one MC): What’s your pre-game ritual?
“I usually play Clash of the Clans to get my head straight before I have to go play a show because it makes me think in terms of being a General and fucking telling the troops to go certain places and all that shit.”
“I usually take a nap. If I can get an hour in I’m good [but] I’ll take 15 minutes. I like to lay down before my set, I’m getting old. If The Golden Girls are on, I’ll watch that as well.”
“I like to get there, have a drink [and] let it all soak in; perhaps walk around, see the sights, see the people. I like to show up early and hear what tunes are playing, see what the vibe is going on. I do a little stretch beforehand, say a prayer and have at it.”
“I actually get scared and I just think of what I have to do. I listen to some Buddhist meditation stuff most of the time before I go out and play. I’ve recently taken on a lot of peace, kindness and compassion in my life, and it’s really helped me get myself into the right mind frame to just love the people, you know what I mean? When you bring love to the party, you get it straight back, just like anything in life. That’s the key to everything really.
Consouls (Bassrush Discovery Project Winners)
Troy: “Honestly we just lock ourselves in our room and turn off our phones.”
Shane: “It’s one of those things when you isolate yourself and you turn off technology; it makes sure that you give whatever you are working on your full attention. That’s when the heart goes into it.”
“Literally I just kind of think to do well and think positive vibes, that’s it. There’s no warmup, there’s no stretchers, there’s no talks to myself in the mirror, there’s no reflection; it’s just like, have a good time, have a great time, try and do the best show and have some fun.”
DeafMind (Bassrush Discovery Project Winners)
Art: “He does a lot of stretching.”
Austin: “I get really chill right before a set, I just stand there.”
Art: “I start to stress 30 minutes before. Then when it’s five minutes before and I’m plugging in the flash drive [Austin] is like ‘Okay, let’s do this shit.’”
Austin: “He gets really chatty right before a set. It’s funny because he starts asking me the most random questions about random shit and I’m like, ‘You’re getting nervous, aren’t you?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’”
Billy: “We just came here to party. Drink. Smoke. Get it done.”