Electric Forest Artist Preview: RAC
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What does RAC (Remix Artist Collective) mean?
It’s a long and boring story, but basically RAC was a project I started in college. I had this goal of creating a group of people that did remixes that were, you know a little bit weird and different, not your typical remix. It sort of just stayed a group of one, there were other people that joined, especially in the earlier years, but it just never blossomed into the group I wanted it to be, so I decided at one point to just stop calling it a group and just call it what it is.
Do you primarily create remixes or do you write your own music as well?
I started with remixes but that was just sort of the launching point. Since then I have gotten into a lot of other things. I wrote for TV I wrote for film I’ve written and produced other peoples music. But most recently I moved away from the remixes I’ve been doing for the last 7 years and I have an album coming out this year and its all original all new with guest vocalists. So that’s another reason why the name doesn’t make sense anymore, its more so just a brand that I’ve built for myself over the years. I thought about changing it awhile ago but I didn’t want to lose anyone who was interested in what I was doing.
For the people who know nothing about you, what is the one thing you want everyone coming to the Forest to know?
That I care about what I do, I care about the music that I write. I’ve devoted my entire life to this craft and it’s something I take very seriously.
What is your ultimate musical goal?
I have some mildly embarrassing ambitious goals. I think when I started the project I sort of felt like it was only going to hit a certain point, and it’s gone completely far beyond that. So in some way I feel like I should never limit myself to anything, because if I limit myself then that’s as far as I am ever going to get. I’d rather keep it more open and just see where this ends up.
What is your favorite piece of equipment?
I have this thing called the Juno 60 from 1982. Its older than I am and I love this thing. It’s actually the first thing I bought with my own money, so it was a serious purchase at the time. It was something I had to really learn how to use and now I feel very comfortable with it.
What are your thoughts on festival culture? On Electric Forest specifically?
Festivals are the greatest places, you get to see friends, and new bands, and meet new people. I’ve actually heard really good things about this festival. When we got the offer to play I was actually really excited because for the longest time people have been telling me I had to play this festival, so it’s really exciting.
Your favorite music memory?
When I was very young I had a little recorder. My passion for music also extends to the recording of music, to me they go hand in hand. So when I was really young my parents gave me a tape recorder, it wasn’t a big present or anything, I don’t think they thought anything of it. But I ended up writing a little song on the piano and recording it, and I would listen to it over and over again, and that ability to do that was pretty mind blowing to me. So that was a trigger for me, sorta sparked my interest for the rest of my life.
If you could tour with any of the Electric Forest artists this year who and why?
Probably St. Lucia, they’re just good friends and we’ve already collaborated. I think the only way to tour is to tour with your friends and people you know. Once it becomes about money it’s less fun, then what’s the point.
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