MHS: How long have you been mixing?

Nefarious: Been mixing and playing with sound since I can remember. Definitely a “pots and pans” kid. I guess it became a hobby around ten years old. First time I was on stage I was 17. I’m 25 now, so I’ve been on the decks for a hot second.

MHS: What is your general assessment of the state of electronic music today?

Nefarious: “EDM” as a whole, a blanket title, is something I tend to stay away from. I’d actually turn down a booking which would show case someone like Garrix or Carnage. And that’s not an attack against them; it’s simply not my style. Hardcore and hardtek and sub genres in general, especially breakcore, are widely over looked in America, IMO.

MHS: What would you say has changed the most since you started making music?

Nefarious: The shows I’ve been to and played were more like a community with equal goals and playing to a crowd where you can make out every persons face in the room. My productions are personal and that’s what I like to do with tracks, keep it on that kind of level. ”Dem Birdies”, for instance, was written at a point in my life with a lot of subtlety and melancholy.

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MHS: Many in the mainstream tend to dismiss electronic music as an outgrowth of drug use, and club owners have expressed mixed feelings to me about booking what are seen as “rave” events, due to young crowds who are sloppy about their drug use. Your feelings about that characterization?

Nefarious: Man, people are gonna take drugs, it’s that simple. If someone is an idiot and it’s your place, it’s up to you, not me. Been there done that. Doesn’t change my performance in the least if that guy is rolling or that guy is on dope or that girl is sniffing bath salts. Feel me? (laughs)

MHS: (Laughs heartily) We do feel you. Given that many club owners feel that it is the sole responsibility of the artists to promote (and that they are more than willing to cry a river about attendance when it’s time to pay up if there aren’t enough screaming fans), we can see how you’d pass the crowd control buck. So, considering your stance of an artist there to do a job, period: Your least favorite thing about the biz?

Nefarious: My least favorite thing EDM (underground /local /international) is the Goddamn popularity contest, and the inner workings of friends and co-workers booking themselves and raking in cash and letting other super talented people rot because they can and it’s “their” promotion company or venue or what have you. The hypocrisy and politics of even saying that is just a perfect example of how things can be and always will’s a heartache knowing that only a couple decades ago the community was a lot more open and warmer. I would’ve loved to experience the rave / party scene then.

MHS: So, at the end of the day, it’s about being true to yourself?

Nefarious:  I love hardcore and will most likely only play the harder genres but I’ll still listen to or even work on a trap or house or dubstep track with someone and help engineer. Or simply enjoy a breakbeat set. More or less like you said it’s the atmosphere certain people bring to a venue. - J

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