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April 7, 2012
On the eighth edition of Canadian Beats: The Next Generation, we are proud to feature 18-year-old DJ Seandroid from Wetaskiwin, Alta.! This young talent is all about makin’ you shake it so we hope you enjoy! As always, if you know anyone who should be featured on BEATS, please holla at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Sean Sedgwick
Current City: Wetaskiwin, Alta.
Style: Electro house, techno and dubstep
Hi, my name is Sean “Seandroid” Sedgwick and I’m addicted to Apple products!
Where is your favourite place to eat in your city?
My favourite place to eat is probably Barney’s Bar & Grill or Terracotta Cafe in my hometown! And I have a huge guilty pleasure for the poutine at New York Fries.
If you could eat there with anyone in the whole world who would it be and why?
Aw man, this is a tough one. I mean, Deadmau5 would be great, because, well, Deadmau5, but I’d also love to eat with Funkagenda or Eric Prydz.
Describe your first experience with electronic music?
I was roughly 12 years old when I got my first Eiffel 65 CD. Say what you want, but Europop was 12-year-old-me’s jam.
What or who was the inspiration behind your career choice?
I started out making progressive house tunes, inspired by the likes of Eric Prydz, EDX and Deadmau5, but I developed a taste for electro house when I discovered Wolfgang Gartner. Dirtyloud and Felguk also played a big part in developing my love for the (excuse the term) “complextro” sound.
I was also, as lame as it sounds, influenced by Garageband on my Mac. I started developing an interest in music because I decided to fool around in Garageband when I got my first iMac. That led to my desire to build an entire career around dance music. It’s the little things, isn’t it?
What the first track that got your heart pumping?
One of the first strictly dance tracks I became enamoured with was ATB’s 9pm (Till I Come). Still such a good tune.
One thing you couldn’t live without?
One thing I couldn’t live without is my Audio Technica ATH M-50s. Inexpensive, but absolutely amazing cans that have a balanced sound and don’t disintegrate your wallet. One of the only pairs of headphones that I feel confident producing on-the-go with.
When did you get in the scene?
I started making the music before I got into the scene, but my first live dance music experience was Deadmau5 when I was 16 years old. I had the time of my life. There’s something about the atmosphere in a dance music event that’s unlike anything else. I don’t mean to go all PLUR on you, but people really just forget about everything and are there for the music. You can dance like an idiot, you can be covered in sweat, look like you’re fresh from a car accident and nobody bats an eye.
What was your first piece of equipment?
M-Audio Keyrig 49. Possibly the worst keyboard on the planet and I spent a ridiculous amount of money on it, but hey, it worked!
Who gave you your first gig?
It was actually pretty recent, at a local bar/club/glorified toilet. It was at a glow party before they tore out the floors for renovations. The place was fairly packed for its size, especially considering the small-town nature of where I live. I played mostly electro-house but I included more crossover progressive/electro/pop than I usually would because the crowd here is pretty conservative when it comes to music. The whole thing was a blast and I bet I’ll look back on it fondly in the future. The DJ booth was in the coat check room and I had to keep explaining to people that I wasn’t doing coat checks or taking requests. Was a little odd!
Who do you look up to?
Honestly, there are plenty of huge and famous artists I could list here, but realistically, the people I look up to most are ones in a similar position to me that are successful in their craft. Porter Robinson and Madeon are both very young and close to me in age, but their music is fantastic and they’ve blown up in the scene. I hope my life takes a similar path!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Playing my some of my first major gigs in another country, or even just starting to tour.
What can people look most forward to when you spin?
I love the darker side of electro-house and that’s mostly what my set contains. I love to try to tell a story with my mixes with highs and lows and not just 24/7 electro banger anthems.
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Ke$ha – Blow. Come at me, bro!
Who is the artist you would like to work with most and why?
There are far too many EDM artists for me to list here, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say LIGHTS. I don’t know if you guys know of her music, but she’s a fellow Canadian, and her music and vocals are simply top notch.
One word to describe your style:
Sensation. That would be so sick … I know Sensation isn’t the kind of place that takes kindly to electro but I’d even play tech/progressive house just to be there and experience it all.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve found so far to making it as a DJ?
Standing out of the crowd. There are a lot of people doing this and a lot of people doing it well, but we don’t need another Deadmau5 or another Porter Robinson and I want to make a name for myself.
Where can we see you spin? (shows lined up, residences)
Nowhere major just yet, but if you live near me I keep people up to date on my Facebook fan page for where I’m playing at!
What’s your description of a DJ?
Honestly, I love the fact that there really isn’t one. People get in heated arguments about this topic and I’ve never understood why. The method you use to get the music out to the crowd is completely irrelevant. What matters is the experience. This is one thing that dance music doesn’t really have in common with other genres. The live experience for dance music isn’t necessarily about the way tracks are being performed as much as the tracks themselves. Nobody goes to an EDM show to sit and watch the lights, you’re there to dance. Trying to complicate it isn’t effective. There are plenty of performance aspects to dance music, of course, utilizing filters, effects and sample decks live, but ultimately that’s not what it boils down to. People are far too concerned about what others think they should be enjoying, as opposed to simply being there for the music.
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