Manic Focus is a producer that mixes original tracks laced with pure soul. This artist brings a melody to EDM that results in a sound that is not full frontal, but rather a gradual progression of synths, beats, and sassy samples. His soundscapes take you on a stimulating journey by intertwining genres; reinventing everything from hip hop to the Beatles along the way.
Originally from Minnesota, this producer has been developing his craft since middle school. Over the last three years, Manic Focus has established himself in Chicago’s underground music scene by fine tuning his live show and consistently refining his electronic sound. His intelligent style of producing and mixing has gained him respect within the world of electronic dance music. While he is currently touring with Big Gigantic, this summer Manic Focus plans on taking over the festival circuit, Summer Camp included.
We got a chance to ask Manic Focus about his summer plans and it looks like he might be just as excited to kick of festy season as we are!
What’s your favorite Summer Camp memory?
My favorite Summer Camp Music Festival memory was having Felix Moreno of Future Rock jump on the last track of my 1st ever Summer Camp set. It was definitely a very memorable experience.
Besides playing Summer Camp, what other plans do you have this summer?
My current summer plans are to attend and play as many music festivals as possible!
Will you be releasing any new music before then?
I’m always working on new music, and am planning to release an EP of brand new material at the end of March. I’m having a release party/ show on March 21st at the Concord with support from my homies Wick-it The Instigator, Muzzy, and Inverse Universe.
What is your favorite summer time food and drink?
I really like pulled pork sandwiches, fried chicken, corn dogs, hot dogs, walking-tacos……too many to list! My favorite summer beverage is cold beer. The colder the better.
Summer Camp is thrilled to have you back in 2014!
Can’t wait to play Summer Camp this year! I hope you enjoy the recap video from my set last year
I have been in touch with Mahk Brizzy and Joe Substreight from Positive Vibr8ions since I took photos for their show (see below) at the Copper Dragon in Carbondale Illinois. Since then I traveled up to Champaign to take photos at the Canopy Club and I thought “these guys need an interview.” They have been putting together an awesome musical community to serve as a platform for amazing musical guests. They call this the Chalice Dubs Masquerade. They are very kind people and if you see them at a Masquerade be sure to say hello and send them some positivity.
What is the masquerade and how long has it been going on for?
The Masquerade is an event that Chalice Dubs and Jay Goldberg Events produce together, which is meant bring people together who are interested in electronic dance music (EDM) and EDM culture. At each show the venue is decorated and transformed to represent a theme, which our audience will often participate along with through costume and makeup. The music at our event features high energy, bass heavy, grimy EDM, which develops over the course of the night to create a special vibe that is halfway between a party and a show. The Chalice Dubs Masquerade is in its fourth year, however we have technically been throwing this party at The Canopy Club for five years now. Additionally, the Masquerade is somewhat of an evolution from a previous event know as Dubstep Massacre, which began back around 2008-09. That event began in downtown Champaign, but when the party moved to campus, it was re-branded to be more accessible to students in its new home at The Canopy Club.
Our artist selection process is an ongoing process that involves working with artists on a local, regional and national level. We work with various talent agencies to find artists that fit the vibe of the party and who can deliver a reliable performance. With the explosion of artists in the EDM scene, we find it important to ensure that our party has a reputation is based on quality and not just hype. We know that there are artists out there who can really rock a full house and we try to support those artists with our event and pair them up with our reputation of providing great music to some truly awesome fans.
Dj Solo has been pretty consistent with the Masquerade, what has tied him in with the Masquerade crew?
DJ SOLO is Awesome! Seriously, its not just his website’s name, he really is awesome. Chalice Dubs and DJ SOLO have been working together for awhile now. DJ SOLO supports the Masquerade as an musician as well as through other artistic avenues such as graphic design and promotion. We are good friends and we cooperate well together.
Where do you guys plan on taking the Masquerade?
We plan on taking the Masquerade on the road to other college towns and other cities where we can either help build the EDM culture or support the EDM culture that already exists.
As for Positive Vibr8ions, what is the next step?
Positive Vibr8ions is currently working on their first set of releases, which should be out in the next year. We have tried to be very patient whilst developing our sound, careful not to release anything prematurely. We are really excited to share our music with the world, and while close, its still not quite complete yet. We want to offer our fans some original music that represents our live sound, the Pos Vi8e sound that our fans have become accustomed to.