FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: XONIC
TODAY'S FEATURED ARTIST IS A GOOD FRIEND & GREAT ENTERTAINER!
HE ORIGINALLY PLAYED PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL for the NE PATRIOTS, and is now a legend on the decks!
He is a Chicago man who has a future even brighter than his past....
We'd like you to meet... XONIC!
What is your proudest moment so far?
Starting his professional career as a former NFL offensive lineman, he got his first taste for playing for big crowds...
"There are so many that I could list right here, but when I started producing and DJing in 2011, my top goal at the time was to play at Electric Forest, so I'd have to say the achievement of that dream in 2014 is probably my personal favorite."
Xonic's skills as a dance floor curator have earned him a reputation for being a frequently trusted choice to support international artists when they come to town. His sound ranges from the funky fun of house-structured dance music, to the bass-heavy side of underground electro & techno. Xonic's well-mixed sets are marked by creativity, and they fuse familiar crowd-pleasing elements with a distinct original style.
Xonic's been a mainstay in the Midwest festival scenes for years, including performances at:
Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI
Spring Awakening Music Festival - Chicago, IL
North Coast Music Festival - Chicago, IL
Freaky Deaky - Chicago, IL
Wavefront Music Festival - Chicago, IL
He has played multiple sets at every major club and music venue in Chicago, including the Aragon Ballroom, Congress Theater, Concord Music Hall, The MID, Sound-bar, Spybar, Prysm, & Primary Night Club, and is a resident DJ for the city’s most renowned experiential party crew - BAM Creates!
Tell us something that you’re are excited about...
"I've been hard at work in the studio, both by myself and with other producers, getting ready for the second half of this year, which will be focused on releasing some of the music I've been working on and playing in my sets."
"I'm getting close to where I want to be, and that's exciting!"
How long have you been producing for?
"I released my first song in May of 2013 with fellow Chicago producer TreH."
"To be honest, I've always enjoyed working with him... TreH, if you're reading this, let's make some more music!"
What DAW (Digital Audio Workshop) do you use?
"I'm an Ableton guy."
"I haven't made the switch to Live 10 yet, but I've heard good things, so that's probably happening soon."
"You can make good music with a bit for ease of collaboration with other artists, I prefer Ableton."
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
"I might get called an old-timer for this but there's still a lot of good things about Massive."
"Serum is obviously an extremely useful one,
and I've started to enjoy ANA 2 from Sonic Academy."
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while DJing?
"I can't answer this question completely honestly because I might have family members reading this, and I've played at a lot of crazy parties. Take that to mean however you want!"
"That being said - the most unexpected moment was when I was playing a 3lau track at a show in 2014 and someone tapped me on the shoulder to compliment my set...
"He then introduced himself as Justin, so I said, 'Nice to meet you, Justin'."
"Then he responded, 'I'm 3lau, by the way - this is my song'!"
"I'm lucky I didn't trainwreck my next transition because I was certainly not used to that happening!!"
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
"I've always loved Deadmau5, but right now I'm really loving the music coming out of Night Bass Records, so artists like AC Slater, the Phlegmatic Dogs, and Tombz are my biggest inspirations at the moment."
"Also, Birthdayy Partyy is blazing trails for artists here in Chicago by having so much success so quickly, so I look up to them for that... I also love their tunes!"
If you could do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
"I would work in the cannabis industry. I might get involved while I'm still doing music. I believe in the medicinal and holistic benefits of it and would find purpose in helping people discover those benefits, and to help grow society's acceptance of its use."
If you were stranded on a desert island, what album would you have with you?
"Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews Band."
"I've been to over 50 DMB shows; and before I got into dance music, they were my all-time favorite."
"If we're talking about electronic music, then Damage Control by Mat Zo has enough variety and quality to keep me interested over the long haul."
Chipotle or Qdoba?
"I was going to go with Chipotle, but lately I've really been loving the queso and chips from Qdoba."
This concludes our interview with XONIC..
We at GOOD LOOKS CHICAGO thank you for taking the time to interview with us and look forward to continue watching your success! Best of Luck!
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