Date posted: August 4, 2012
On the 25th edition of CDN Beats: The Next Generation, I feature a young Calgarian talent whom you may have caught spinning at The Bank Night Club. Just recently, DJ Poiboi has opened for Mightyfools and also just finished a Canada wide tour. Next up for Poiboi . . . EUROPE! Make sure you check out his awesome dirty funky electro sound! As always, if you or someone you know should be featured in Beats, please holla @ firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Reece Glass aka “Poiboi”
Current City: Calgary, AB
Style: dirty electro, fidget, nudisco
Hi, my name is DJ Poiboi and I’m addicted to electronic dance music filth grime and massive bass.
When did you first get into the scene?
I first got into the scene when I was 14. I started listening to electronic music and my passion just kept growing.
What is your favorite part of the industry?
My favorite part would have to be the music and the people. I love when a venue gets packed and everyone is there for you.
What’s you least favorite part?
Wanna be DJs that use sync buttons lol.
Where does your musical talent come from?
It comes from deep within. I taught myself everything I know about producing. Troy Stewart aka “Swagbot”, taught me to DJ when he was a DJ teacher for Axe Music and Vox Box studios.
Describe your first experience with electronic music?
My first actual experience with electronic music would have to be at Shambhala in 2008 when I was 18 years old. This experience was amazing. Seeing all the stages, hearing all the different genres, and seeing all the different DJs.
How did you come up with your alias?
At Shambhala 2008 there wasn’t many camping spots available, they were all taken. There was a small spot between me and my friends’ tent I had just bought my first set of light poi balls that day and I was trying them out. I caught on quick and as I was practicing this girl comes up and says “Hey Poiboi, anyone camping beside you?” and I replied “no set your tent up if u want”. So I moved my tent and my buddy’s tent over a little and we helped her set up and from then on I have been known as Poiboi.
What do you do for work outside of DJing, and how do you balance it?
I work on the oilrigs in Fort McMurray doing access control and electrical work. I usually work out of town weekdays and I play gigs on the weekends, so it’s balancing quite well!
What the EDM first track that got your heart pumping?
The first EDM track that got my heart pumping would have to be the classic Sandstorm by Darude.
What is your fav ‘pump you up’ track?
Easy. That would have to be Rage Valley by Knife Party.
Who gave you your first gig?
My first gig was given to me when I turned 18 by a guy named Tyler Zeck. There was probably 30-40 people there the gig was at Woodys Tap House in Calgary.
Who do you look up to?
Bloody beetroots, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, and Felix Cartel.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself signed to a record label spinning the best dirty electro around the world.
How have you grown the most since you first started out?
I have been thought a bunch of techniques by various people, which has improved my mixing, song selection, and how to interact and feel out a crowd of people.
Who is the artist you would like to work with most and why?
I would love to work with Knife Party because of their heavy baselines, amazing synths and high-energy tracks. Knife Party was first known as Pendulum, before they formed the massive group Knife Party.
One word to describe your style would be . . .
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Holidays (Lenno and Jesse Oliver Remix) – Miami Horror
What do you parents think of you becoming a DJ?
They are very supportive and tell me I can do anything I put my mind to they love that I’m becoming a well known local DJ.
Of all the tracks in your collection, which one is your ‘go to’?
My go to track would have to be Rage Valley by Knife Party. I absolutely love this track and listen to it all the time. Everywhere I go it’s the first one I play.
When did you start producing tracks?
I started producing when I was around 15 or 16. I have about 20-30 tracks that I have produced.
Any you are most proud of?
I am most proud of Stargazer, Electro Kid, and Swagaholic ft. Swagbot (Poiboi re-edit)
What’s your description of a great producer?
Some one that knows how to create a popping bassline and synths and that can make a banger track that isn’t repetitive. Someone who is born with natural talent someone who can write music produce it and play instruments and not about the money but about the music.
What’s your description of a DJ?
Someone who can play to the crowd, bring in people to fill venues, and who is all about the music.
What advice would you give to any other up and coming DJs/Producers?
Follow your heart. If you want to be a DJ or Producer, practice is perfection. Keep tying different things within the DJing and producing to find your style.
How do you think you will stand out in the EDM scene?
I will stand out great I’m different I have lots of energy behind the decks. Plus I have some funky tracks and some hard dirty basslines.
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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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