Christian The Lion Glitch Dick (CTLGD) is a dubstep / electro mastermind from Honolulu, Hawaii. We’ve featured him on the site before and now we’re bringing you a brief conversation with him for our not so weekly interview sessions. If you check out his soundcloud page you’ll find his library of impressive tracks and sets, all of which are pleasant to the ear drum. His most recent track is featured below, followed by my favorite track by him (for obvious reasons – it’s DnB). Be sure to check both the tracks out as you read up on our lighthearted, humility filled interview with the man himself.
OK ok, one more
GMS: How / when / etc. did you get started producing?
CTLGD: I started as an engineer, then dj, then producer
GMS: I first discovered you under the name GLITCHDICK, and then found christian the lion, and now CTLGD? What’s the story behind all that?
CTLGD: I’m not good with that name thing, i really don’t care too much anymore haha
if people find me they find me if not oh well
GMS: How have you evolved as an artist?
CTLGD: I guess sonically i hope I’ve gotten better haha
sheesh idk though, every time someone tells me they miss my old sound
makes me feel like I’m just trying to hard and I’m just hipster runoff
GMS: How has your progress been? How long did it take to gain a following for your music?
CTLGD: ummmm sheesh idk how to answer this one hahahaha
GMS: What do you think the future holds, goals?
CLTGD: I hope to one day own a bakery and a farm
GMS: If you could collaborate with one artist, who would it be?
CTLGD: lmfao, party rock anthem is awesome, so is shots, i just want to sell out and die
GMS: The “Crew Love” remix you did, was that just an experiment or do you think you will begin to add more DnB elements to your songs in the future? Did you enjoy making it / the final product?
CTLGD: I love DnB more than any other genre of EDM, I just suck at making it, that’s why I keep all my shittyness to Dubstep and Electro.
GMS: By following your Twitter, it seems as though you have a son? He looks like your best friend and an awesome kid! Has he inspired you, changed your aspirations, anything?
CTLGD: Riley is the best!!!! But I do not recommend anyone having kids until they are married and very finacially stable it is a very large challenge for both me and his mother since we are young.
GMS: What’s your personal life like? hobbies? sports? anything?
CTLGD: I like to garden, growing veggies is my forte.
GMS: Being from Hawaii, what’s the EDM scene like out there, I know the scene on the west coast and east coast is different, where do you think Hawaii stands? Although technology facilitates so much, do you think it’s difficult to break out as an artist in the main land, being from Hawaii?
CTLGD: It’s cool, spend sometime in LA and Arizona, love my phoenix family.
GMS: Any plans to tour the U.S.?
CTLGD: I wrapped up a 10 city tour with skybox studios in January, that was awesome bigup to Austin Weeks for bringing a shitbag like me out to play all those shows.
The other day I sat down with Charlotte’s own JONESES to talk about how he got started making music.
GMS: So how did you come up with the name JONESES, and what made you chose that for your name?
JONESES: I was always fascinated with the saying “keeping up with the joneses” and how lame it was to follow trends and stuff which is what it means to follow the joneses . so i thought it was an ironic name to have. and plus a part of first name + my last = jon eses so it was perfect.
GMS: When did you start producing/mixing music and how do you think the industry has changed since you started?
JONESES: It all started with daft punk haha . my friend from a couple of years ago introduced me to them and at the time I just stuck with listening to solely that band . at the time i didnt really know anything about djs really but then I’d say in 09 I started to look at other people that sounded like them and I was introduced to a bunch of amazing electronic artists/djs that inspired me . That and this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPq-LTM1tVE kicked off my obbsesion with djing . the video was so fucking epic and I started asking myself can i do this ? I mean the whole energy of the video is what i want to be a part of . like everyones having an amazing time going crazy just from one dude mixing records together . i love that . Ive only recently started to produce records maybe a couple of months now . The music industry has changed so much in the past couple of years . I mean you turn on the radio to a top 40 station and you’ll hear mostly 4/4 dance beats . I dont really care for it really as i never followed the radio but more underground indie stuff.
GMS: What’s the best part about what you do?
JONESES: The best part hands down is the feeling you get when you get feedback on your work . I work very hard on my production and mixes and when people are dancing or liking my tunes off my soundcloud I get really happy haha . I really do love this shit.
GMS: What’s the worst part?
JONESES: I dont really see a bad part of this so far . Id say 95% thus far has been nothing but positive.
GMS: It’s a typical Friday night, you can be found…
JONESES: with friends / looking for new music to mix / sleep . one of those haha
GMS: When you first get behind the booth, whats the first thing that you do/notice/think ?
JONESES: First thing i do is to see if theres a good amount of people in the crowd and how they react to the music . I mean usually the stuff I do isnt spontaneous but every now and then I”ll do an impromptu set at a friends house party or something. Sometimes its good haha.
GMS: What is your personal life like? Hobbies, sports, other interests?
JONESES: I recently quit this job that pretty much took 90% of my time so i couldnt do much of anything since i was tired most of the time but now ive been hanging out with more friends which is always good. Ive always been interested in photography/videography. cool images/videos go a long way for me.
GMS: Electronic music has been blowing up with the United States, do you think it will hit a climax or “peak” because of its rapid growth, or do you believe it will only continue to gain momentum?
JONESES: Right now I think there are way too many artists and making things a bit oversaturated . but even with the amount of people trying to kill it the best always rise . as for the if it will peak, I hope that it doesnt climax and people will keep enjoying good music.
GMS: What genre would we never find on your computer?
JONESES: uhhh anything that is unintelligible .
GMS: Finally, What inspires you to do what you do?
Check out JONESES’ newest mix here:
We had the opportunity to sit down with MacKenzie Johnson, also known as MAKJ, when he came down to Miami this past week. We spoke about WMC and the possibility of him playing Ultra.
The venue was packed, filled with people ready to hear Adrian Lux and MAKJ himself throw down bombs. Both performers did that, playing a range of the newest house tracks with the occasional rap or old-school dance bootleg. As Adrian Lux finished his set the crowd calmed down. The people’s ears that went to get drinks and take a bathroom break perked up as soon as MAKJ pressed the play button on his CDJ. Things were back in sync. Girls promptly hopped up onto the table decks and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Ace of Spaces rolled onto the floor, sparkling. Track after track, MAKJ brought his west-coast style to the seasons Miami crowd. The reaction was unanimous. He lit the place up.
Here is a link to MAKJ’s newest productions, including the song used in this video: http://goodmusicshared.com/2012/12/2454/