‘s 7th edition is a special one —it marks the ficial third birthday the festival. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes , , , and onto its bill across March 3 & 4. joins organizers in digging a little deeper into its roster to unearth its top underrated performers to find out their backstories thus far.
From ethereal, dark progressive to avant-garde electronica, Henry Saiz sits firmly on the cutting edge dance music. Earning inspiration from natural places, his music is ten a blend pround melodic elements, comforting samples, and wistful progressions. His label additionally reflects this ethos, bringing caliber acts like, Clarian, , and more into its fold.
Lately, however, Henry has drifted farther and farther away from the tropes contemporary dance music, seeking reinvigoration once more to create music that he adored. His solution? An immersive revolutionary audiovisual album that took him all around the world to help spark ideas for what would soon become a veritable fable in sonic form. To boot, the project was entirely crowdfunded, demonstrating just how much trust his fans had in him to create something truly special.
The album is still a ways out from its ficial release; however, Saiz and his band will be providing fans a taste what’s to come with a special live performance on ‘s Ocean View stage. Dancing Astronaut was able to nab him for a quick discussion ahead time to talk about his musical pathway, what excites him musically, and more.
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What catalyzed your love for dance music?
I´ve had a strong relationship with music since I was a child. My parents have great taste in music so they introduced me to such artists like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Mike Oldfield when I was very young and I was mesmerized by those synth tones and textures.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
That must´ve been ´You, The Living´ back in 2006. And no, I don’t play it anymore. My taste and music evolved from that kind sound so it just wouldn’t work for me at this point. I have no regrets though, it was good for its time 🙂
Describe the moment or event that made you realize that you were meant to be a full-time DJ.
I don’t think there was specifically a moment like that, but probably when i got signed to the UK label Renaissance… Ever since I remember myself I knew that what i´m going to do in life would be related to music and for the majority my existence i´ve actually been involved in music one way or another. Full-time djing just came naturally.
What’s your opinion the dance scene in the US right now?
EDM hype seems to be almost gone and that´s all that matters haha. But yeah, people´s tastes are evolving into something better, they are moving to more authentic and true styles within dance music so I guess you guys are going in the right direction. But there´s also a good thing to it and it´s that it made electronic music more popular in general in the US so people who started with listening to mainstream EDM eventually became a techno or a house fan, and got to know me, for example.
What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
I just love to play in California and I´ve heard many good things about CRSSD. Cant wait to play our new live show to such a crowd for the first time. My bandmates and I have been working on this audiovisual project for the past 1.5 years, and now the record is almost finished and so we changed our live show entirely to tour the new album with. So it´s very thrilling and exciting.
And also we´re looking forward to just playing such a cool festival, really. We love these, we love the atmosphere, we love the vibe and all the beautiful people.
Where are your favorite places to play in the world, and why?
Honestly, I can never choose one. Every place i´m playing has its own magical atmosphere, crowd and is just special in its own way. But if I had to choose a small few I’d say Crobar in Buenos Aires, Ministry Of Sound in London, Input in Barcelona, The Block Tel Aviv, Vent in Tokyo and Stereo Montreal. These would probably stand out.
What are the biggest things in your pipeline at the moment?
Finishing up this whole audiovisual album, you guys. Album is to be out in just a couple weeks, so it´s a very stressful time haha. Other than that, working on some new stuff to release as Henry Saiz as well, so 2018 should be interesting.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
I´d probably be checking out Empire The Sun and Little Dragon, and then Sasha and Cirez D too (Eric going techno is always a lot fun).
The Glitch Mob have been kicking it in this scene for quite some time, and have garnered one the most loyal followings in dance music in their more than a decade as a group. The trio released their first album Drink The Sea in 2010, followed by Love Death Immortality in 2014. Now, four years since their last fering, The Glitch Mob have announced their third studio LP See Without Eyes, along with the lead single from the album, “How Could This Be Wrong.”
“How Could This Be Wrong” features vocals from Tula, and arrives with an absolutely stunning music video produced by Strangeloop Studios, the visual artists behind the live shows Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Pharrell, The Weeknd, Zeds Dead and more. “How Could This Be Wrong” builds up with a haunting bass line underneath Tula’s intense and powerful vocals. The music video will take you on a visual journey, and you can definitely expect to see aspects this video in upcoming Glitch Mob sets.
See Without Eyes will be released on May 4th, and The Glitch Mob will also be heading out on a 36-date tour to share the new album with the world. You can stream “How Could This Be Wrong” and watch the video below, and make sure to check out the tour dates below, beginning with a few international tour dates before hitting venues and festivals across North America, and concluding with two performances at Electric Forest and a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
THE GLITCH MOB TOUR DATES 2018