Electric Zoo, New York City’s premiere electronic music festival is just a couple of days away. For some performers like Tchami and Porter Robinson, EZoo brings back fond memories performing in the City. For many new performers this Labor Day weekend will be their debut performance on Randalls Island where the 3-day Zoo extravaganza will commence.
We got to sit down with debut EZoo performing artists such as the likes of wunderkind Pauline Herr, the ever-eclectic Rome In Silver, the refreshing bass music innovator sumthin sumthin, and the genre defying capshun all of whom will perform in New York City this Labor Day weekend.
We first spoke with Pauline who was leaving for Hawaii the forthcoming day. I caught up with her just before she was about to travel to the airport.
How does it feel to be performing in a couple of days in New York City for your EZoo debut over labor day weekend especially at the mainstage!?
I’m really excited. I’ve played in New York twice before. The first time was with RL Grime and the second time was with my friend Juelz.
For those coming to EZoo that have never been fortunate enough to hear your music live, how would you describe to them a Pauline Herr set?
It’s kind of what you would not expect from me. Not super heavy bass but somewhere in between bass music and some really nice melodic music as well. It’s kind of like a journey in a way that shows two different sides of me which are very authentic to me. I like to go hard and I also like my more emotional soft side. It’s kind of like a combination of both. I also really like making edits to throwback songs in my sets. People seem to really enjoy those and I really like those.
You just released a new single titled “Addicted” with TWERL can you tell us about the creative process and meaning behind that song?
So Addicted is a part of the Ep we made but we made Addicted a single because it sounded like a single. Basically me and my boyfriend have done long distance for about more than a year now and we wrote this Ep when he was visiting me in LA. We finished it up when he went back to Australia which is where he’s from. It’s Called distance and each of the songs are about different situations of being in a long distance relationship. Basically everything is tied to that. The music itself is kind of in its own world. We don’t think it ties to either of our production styles but it’s just something we ended up creating.
I got to sit down with Vincenzo Pisciotta aka Rome In Silver who had just completed a session of Yoga down the street from where he lives. Rome in Silver will be playing on Sunday at CloZee’s Odyzey stage takeover. Without further adue we jumped into it.
How does it feel to be performing in a couple weeks in New York City for your EZoo debut over labor day weekend?
It’s crazy. This will be my first festival in New York. I always remember back in the day how massive EZoo was and how cool it would be to play there and here we are. The last time I played in the city was in February at Terminal 5 but I’ve never done a festival here.
How does it feel to drop a remix for CloZee on her Neon Jungle remix album during the pandemic to now performing at her Odyzey stage takeover on Sunday and her after party later that night. Can you tell us about your relationship with Chloe and how she has impacted you as an artist!?
She’s probably had the biggest impact on my career as an artist. She really opened the door for me and put a lot of new eyes on my music. She was dropping my music years ago. I remember one day I was in Thailand vacationing with my cousin and she dm’d me on Instagram. It was new years and she was like hey I just want to let you know I’ve been dropping your music at every show.
Finally, Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans in anticipation of your EZoo debut?
I will be playing a lot of new music. I am going to be testing new music from this new album I’m working on. I have an album set for next year. I’m so hyped for EZoo. New York is always a vibe. I’m also hyped to be doing the b2b with sumthin sumthin at CloZee’s afterparty on Sunday.
We sat down with capshun who will be performing a super special b2b with none other than Jon Casey on the opening day of Electric Zoo.
How does it feel to be performing in a couple of days in New York City for your EZoo debut over labor day weekend?
I’m very excited. Being as it’s one of the biggest festivals I’ve played, and alongside with the homie Jon Casey, I think it’s going to be a really dope time. Excited to have the opportunity!
You just announced a new release on WE ARE DEADBEATS VOL. 5 can you tell us more about what fans will get to hear on your newest musical venture supported by Zeds Dead.
Oh absolutely. I’ll be playing that out. Lost is one of my favorite releases this year so I’ll be rinsing that out for sure. Maybe twice if they let me!
You will be playing back to back with Jon Casey. What can you tell us about your relationship with Jon Casey?
Jon and I go back a few years now and of course we have our collab Fever Dream together. We’ve played back to back two or three times and every single time it is electric. We have similar tastes and attitudes in our music so it’s always a really good energy when we are on stage together. I’m hyped to be back up there with him for real.
Finally, Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans in anticipation of your EZoo debut? Do you plan on dropping any new ID’s. Will there be any special appearances?
Just expect one of the best sets from Jon and I that you have heard. Lot’s of ID’s, lots of crazy mixes and just hella energy. Maybe a guest or two we’ll see haha.
I ended off the day speaking with Conrad Woodul aka sumthin sumthin. He had just gotten off a solid day of surfing at the beach.
Hey Conrad, how does it feel to be performing in a couple days in New York City for your EZoo debut over Labor Day weekend? What’s going through your head.
The classic nerves. I’m a very nervous person but in a good way. When I was first getting into electronic music as a producer per say EZoo was definitely at the top of the bucket list. Now that I get to play it at the coolest venue ever I’m beyond excited. I performed in the city once with Bleep Bloop and the other time with Lost Dogz friends and one time I headlined with TVBOO.
For those coming to EZoo that have never been fortunate enough to hear your music live, how would you describe to them a sumthin sumthin set?
I would say it’s a perfect blend of really hard hitting stuff mixed in with some softer elements. It’s not going to be just banger after banger after banger there’s going to be some cooldown moments and moments of introspection. But dont get me wrong I like going stupid hard as well. It’s basically a combination of hard heavy bass and some lighter elements.
You will be performing at CloZee’s Odyzey stage takeover on Sunday and at her after party later that night. What can you tell us about your relationship with Chloe and how she has impacted you as an artist!?
Chloe is just an A1 human being. And in this industry there are a lot of non A1 human beings. So it’s really inspiring to be able to work with her and do the stage takeover. Her inspiration is more of a human quality than the music side of things and it’s really important for me to take that aspect into consideration as well. She’s a really good energy to be around and that speaks volumes past any sort of music production goes. One time I took my dad to see her perform in LA and the mixing was flawless. The set was flawless and from a music standpoint it was really inspiring to see her. My dad was even sitting, he was like no offense that’s the best set ive ever seen.
Who are your top 3 artists to watch in 2023?
Keep an eye on Snuggles. He’s a member of this crew I’m a part of called Lost Dogz. LYNY obviously. I think he’s going to have a humongous year next year. His consistency is unmatched, same with Jon Casey. I think he’s about to take off and flourish.
Finally, Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans in anticipation of your EZoo debut? Do you plan on dropping any new music? Will there be any special appearances?
It’s just me going to be up there but I got a grip of new unrealeaed stuff to play out from me and all my friends. We’re gonna shake some booty up there. Show up early!
Grab your tickets for EZoo here before they sell out. Or Grab tickets to the official EZoo after parties here. Read Your EDM’s coverage of Electric Zoo from 2016. Be sure to check out the set times below!
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