LIVE IN DETROIT: 7 Exclusive Tracks (2/7)

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Get to know Cincinnati natives Tom Reed & SONIK with their acid-laced track called "Alert", off my Live in Detroit album in the next segment of my exclusive artist interviews.

Tom Reed:

How long have you been creating music and what artist inspired you to start making tracks?

I began writing and producing electronic music in 2000. I drew most of my inspiration from John Digweed and what was coming out on Bedrock Records.

How and when did you first discover Dirtybird?

In 2005 I bought Deep Throat by Claude VonStroke on vinyl, but it wasn’t until the 2006 release of Stoopit by The Martin Brothers that I really started to pay attention to the label. I still play Stoopit from time-to-time in my “all vinyl” sets.

What species of bird best describes you and why?

Marshmallow peep. They are sugary on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Biggest misconception about dance music?

The biggest misconception about dance music is that it’s all boots n’ cats, however, there are amazing sounds within the landscape across it’s many genres.

SONIK:

How long have you been creating music and what artist inspired you to start making tracks?

I started playing synths and keys at the age of 4 onward, I had three grandmothers in my hometown and they all had a piano or an organ so I was always able to have my hands on keys. I remember sitting on my father’s lap at the board of some kind of organ or synth that looked like an upright piano and he flipped a switch and a horn in the base started spinning and modulating the sound, it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. He died when I was 4 and that sealed those memories as my only way to love and learn from him, and it sealed my fate as a musician forever. I just sort of decided one day I was going to write a track, which I still have. Inspirations for me range from Skinny Puppy to Cajual to old rap like Heavy D and Boogie Boys, psychedelic music like Butthole Surfers, Psychic TV and beyond.

How and when did you first discover Dirtybird?

As a producer I have had a few friends over the years that have echoed “You should be on Dirtybird” and I started listening to them when Tom approached me about our project with a serious intent to aim directly at the label. I started doing research by listening to a Pandora Justin Martin channel while driving as a long distance courier. I fell in love with a few tracks and have a solid respect for what Claude/Barclay and the rest of his fam has built. Also, I was born in Wauseon, Ohio which is in the northern section of the state similar to Cleveland so I am really happy to see that sector represented, there’s a lot of talent and struggle going on in Ohio.

What species of bird best describes you and why?

Woodpecker. I be knockin.

Biggest misconception about dance music?

For me the biggest misconception about dance music is that it can be listened to on regular stereos, this is music designed to move you with heavy bass and the experience is a powerful one and to really allow the artist to express themselves they need the full sonic range. You can make bass audible by adding noise to it etc but a ¼” half watt speaker can only move so much air. It’s a challenge to write things that bang on the PA but read well on a laptop/phone/etc.