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Future Bass and Instrumental Hip Hop
CRWNS is an up and coming New Orleans based DJ who is looking to transcend the sound by mixing future bass with hip-hop, trap, and dubstep. The DJ has cosigns from Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Slander, 3LAU, and Prince Fox, just to name a few. Opening for many big name artists at local New Orleans clubs and shows, he will soon be performing a full set at the well-known New Orleans music festival, Buku Music & Arts Festival. We sat down with CRWNS before his set at City Bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to get to know him a little better and see what’s up:
What brought you to New Orleans?
Well I’m originally from Chicago but I am currently attending Tulane, majoring in philosophy. When I first came to New Orleans I was not sure that music was going to be my main priority but I figured out my sophomore year that I wanted to pursue music seriously and I haven’t looked back since.
What are your influences and your style?
I grew up listening to rap and that plays a major role in my music. My style is future based and very melodic mixed with heavy rap. I am always trying to build upon the artists that have come before me and try to push the boundaries and be different
Do you have any upcoming shows you are excited about?
Yes, I am very excited about be able to play Buku this year. There have been many great performers who have played at Buku and I’m excited to be able to join that group. I love how Buku puts the music first and the fans are very engaged and have great energy, which I fed off of.
What venues do you perform at constantly and what are your favorite songs to perform?
I play regularly at Republic, which is in New Orleans. The crowd just loves the music and they love to build up local talent. I love going hard with “Prison Riot” then slowing it down with “You & Me Flume Remix.”
How did you get into music?
I first got into music when I started writing for a blog, Run the Trap, I would interview artists and then write article for the blog. I’ve always loved being able to find and share music with others. I feel like this played a major role in my musical development because I learned how to network and many other valuable lessons that transitioned well when I decided I want to pursue music.
What is your creative process like?
I have my own studio setup in my apartment, which is where I record all of my music. I have to be in the right mood to be able to produce music. If I am not in a good mood then my music will show that and it will be mediocre. I usually don’t go in with a set plan I just let the music come to me and it also depends on how I am feeling on that particular day.
How are you growing your brand?
I feel like the best way to build my brand is from constantly releasing new music and doing as many live shows as I can. This will help gain traction and create a core following. I just have to keep on getting my name out there and keep on building on the groundwork.
What’s next for CRWNS?
Well after Buku I plan on working hard on my production and sound. I graduate in May and I plan on staying in New Orleans because I believe this is a great city for me to grow my brand and better my sound. I want to blur the lines and step outside the box. I think one of the ways I could do this would be the do some type of collaboration with a rapper. I feel like this would help me create more of a refined sound.
What Caught Our Eyes (and Ears): Louis Vivet - Downbeat [CRWNS Remix]
Favorite Track: “Vibe Machine”
Favorite Remix: Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On [CRWNS Remix]
interviewed and written by Gus Stark- fully copyrighted.
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