It was truly an honor to interview the members of Kings of Class, Tsunami and Bobby De Maria. This DJ/Producing, clothing line and entertainment company owning duo from Chicago *deep breath* is seriously the ones to look out for. Please checkout their new and hottest remix of Kaskade’s “Ain’t Gotta Lie.” This deep house track will definitely be on my summer favorites track list. Below this interview I posted all the links you need to learn more about Kings of Class. Hope you enjoy this interview, I without a doubt did!
What is the meaning behind the name Kings of Class?
The name is kind of an irony in itself. Based on our past track record of basically just being like party boys. Some might say, we are the opposite of classy. This was more towards our younger age, not so much now.
What are some of your influences?
We’re both into Dance and House Music before this whole EDM bubble popped. Bobby: One of Erik’s favorite groups that he turned me on to and one the first electronic shows I ever saw, that changed everything for me was Crystal Method. As far as our influences now go, we are more towards Underground Tech House and Deep House, this is what we are playing more at these shows. Guys like Mark Knight and Alex Kenji are pretty big influences.
What do you think of Spring Awakening Music Fest (Chicago)?
It was great, we were supposed to play Sunday but we got pushed up to play Saturday. We performed on The Club House Strobe and the Dirty Bird Stage. Just seeing our name on the big LED sign, it was great! The rest of the night was cool, we had a chance to play at Concord with Ardie and Sander Van Doorn. It was really a fun show.
What advise would you give to upcoming DJs/Producers?
Making your own stuff and putting your own spin to things, you have to make your own tunes. Do anything that will set you apart from the 9 million other people doing this. We still learn as we go, especially through of trial and error. Never think as a DJ that you don’t have to promote yourself your music and shows. You always have to network. Promoting yourself and others around you is important because, especially with this social media bubble, is that everyone is promoting and supporting everybody to maximize your reach. You can’t be in it just for yourself. You can’t be selfish and bigheaded, you have to work as a team. You have to emerge yourself, work on your music at least a couple hours a day. It is easy to lose focus, treat it as a job. The party doesn’t have to stop, it just has to become smart.
What is House Music Saved My Life?
House Music Saved My Life was created by a national entertainment company called United2Nite. United2Nite creates, produces, and funds dance music shows. The conceptual idea behind the sessions is to bring out of the ordinary house music parties to venues across the country. Three months ago we decided to turn the company more towards non-for-profit in hopes that we can have a more literal meaning and get house music to “save some lives.” We pledged to raise money for the charity during the course of the year. All the money we make at the events will be donating to the cause.
**Event dates for House Music Saved My Life are posted below this interview**
What do you think about the EDM scene at the moment?
Its blown up bigger than its ever been in the US ever. EDM is a lot more mainstream, everyone likes it, therefore a lot more opportunities popping up. We are sitting in an especially awesome position because people are going to being to get into the underground sound, which is like the tech house and Chicago house. They want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
What’s your favorite set?
As Kings of Class, we played in New Orleans last summer (2013), it was one of those outrageous road trips. That night before we left for New Orleans, we were fortunate enough to play on the main stage in Castle( in Chicago) for the Lollapalooza After Party! The whole weekend was outrageous. The club in New Orleans we played at was open until 8am and our set didn’t start until 5am, it was complete chaos!(In a good way) People kept coming in, it was a great time.
Upcoming Event: Kings of Class @ Evil Olive in Chicago, IL Monday, July 21 @11:00P
NEW MIX WITH FREE DOWNLOAD!: https://soundcloud.com/kingsofclass/kaskade-feat-decarl-aint-gotta
House Music Saved My Life: http://www.housemusicsavedmylife.com
Interview by: Rooty_V
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