Clintonics: Bringing the Bass Back to You
Clintonics is a local Morgantown DJ who has been in the electronic scene for a while. He does know how to bring the bass. Bass is very important to me, since that’s how I hear and feel music. When I go to events that have bass or any type of electronic music, it makes me happy, and I sometimes start to dance a bit.
Graffiti: When did you start DJing?
Graffiti: How did you get into it?
Clintonics: I started listening to electronic music and going to shows in the early ’90s. One of my roommates bought turntables in 1999 and I taught myself how to use them.
Graffiti: Who are your influences?
Clintonics: I listen a lot of different styles of music. Matt Quinn (Optical) and Dan Stein (DJ Fresh/Bad Company) are probably my biggest influences for Drum & Bass.
Graffiti: I see you play at Fuel a lot with other DJs. Is Fuel going to be the local bar/club for parties? If not, are there other venues in Morgantown that are going to have DJs spinning? If so, where?
Clintonics: The staff at Fuel/Octane has been kind enough to let the AMPM crew host a monthly event at both places. There is also Duck and Cover and the Maidez dance party at 123 Pleasant St. I am glad the Morgantown electronic music scene is growing again.
Graffiti: What do you think of Morgantown music scene?
Clintonics: I think Morgantown has a lot of very talented bands that have very few venues to perform at. Many club owners in Morgantown are not willing to take a chance on different styles of music. They need to get their business straight.
Graffiti: If you can change one thing about electronic music, what would it be?
Clintonics: I would try to change many people’s misconceptions about electronic music. I often hear people say that electronic is not “real music,” and I do not believe that. A vast majority of popular music was produced on a computer using synthesized beats.
Graffiti: How often do you spin, at venues, and house parties?
Clintonics: Recently, I have been playing twice a month with the AMPM crew and the band Symmetrical Kickboxing. If you have speakers, I can sort you out with some bass.
Graffiti: Who are the DJs that you really want to meet, and why?
Clintonics: I have already met most of my favorite DJs. DJs are a lot more accessible than pop stars.
Graffiti: What inspires you to spin the certain type of genre that you spin?
Clintonics: One-hundred eighty beats per minute are more motivating than a cup of coffee for me. The three-dimensional sound of Drum & Bass moves me.
Graffiti: I see you open for Symmetrical Kickboxing a lot, do you wish to headline for other local bands? If so, who?
Clintonics: You may hear me playing records in between sets for The Greens in the future. Watch this space.
Graffiti: How does the audience react to your music?
Clintonics: The reaction always depends on the audience. I have played for crowds of older people with little or no exposure to Drum & Bass, and the atmosphere was uncomfortable.
When I play for crowds that came to rage, the floor shakes and the record skips.
His mix site is www.mixstation.net, which has his No. 1 breakbeat mix.
If you would like to contact him, or need any other information, his myspace link is www.myspace.com/clintonics .
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