To close out our interview series on Gigawatts Festival artists, we sat down with Damon of the spaced-out electronic group Infinity Shred. Join us, as we discuss the impact of the EDM movement on electronica, performing live, and their musical influences.
Infinity Shred Interview
Rukkus: How would you describe Infinity Shred to someone who hasn’t heard it?
Damon: The most common thing we’ve been getting is everyone’s like ‘Yo it’s like M83 meets Explosions in the Sky.’ Which is, pretty telling, not full accurate, but we’re definitely electronic post-rock. We’ve jokingly been calling ourselves ‘sad EDM.’
Where do you guys draw influence from? Perhaps not M83?
I mean, M83 is definitely a huge influence. I grew up listening to a lot of post-rock. Stuff like Godspeed! You Black Emperor was crucial. The past few years, I’ve gotten into a lot of older, analog electronic. Definitely a lot of R&B and hip-hop too. The Dream is one our biggest influences across the band right now.
How do you guys tie all those influences together?
We tie them together because there’s no reason not to. A lot of people make music a with a specific goal in mind. We’re not really driven by a goal sound wise. If something feels right, it goes in there, even if on paper it seems out of place. Like we have seven minute, brooding songs, but they have hip-hop and R&B percussion. It’s like ‘why not?’
The Infinity Shred aesthetic is very Sci-Fi heavy. What is it about this imagery and electronic music that go together so well?
I think it’s just that when electronic music came into culture, it was deemed as a vision of the future. So that’s very important to us. They both go hand-in-hand, probably just because of the way they developed at the same time. Sci-Fi were very popular when disco arrived. You can look at “A Clockwork Orange” soundtrack, for example. It just feels very natural.
With all the media focus on the recent EDM craze, is this image really representative of electronic music culture? Why does everything get lumped together as EDM?
This is why: the same people that love EDM now and are going to festivals, are the same people that five years ago hated electronic music and were going to Dave Matthews Band shows. They don’t know any better, and that’s fine. As long as they’re enjoying themselves.
See Infinity Shred at Gigawatts Tonight! (7/18)
You guys use ‘Sad EDM’ as your tagline. Why?
I forget how that joke started. It was just kind of unconsciously ripping on the fact that all electronic music is EDM. One of my favorite stories is, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Baths, but he told me a story about how somebody came up to him after a show and was like ‘Yo, I’ve never heard dubstep like that before.’ That’s the state of people’s knowledge of electronic music. But, for me, it’s just cool that instrumental music is popular in mainstream culture.
Is it challenging to reproduce your sound live? How do you guys amp up the performance aspect on stage?
We put a big emphasis on our live show and production. There’s always visuals mixed with the music, we add a lot of new parts to the song. We’re very focused on production when we’re recording and mixing everything, but we kind of just turn up and clip everything live. So, it’s a much more intense experience live than it is on the recording.
We’re seeing you guys at Gigawatts Festival. What can we expect from the set?
You can expect, probably… 30 to 40 minutes of sad electronic music that is also very uplifting and cool. [laughs] I don’t really know how to describe it. You’ll probably hear a lot of stuff from our last album, Sanctuary, and a couple new remixes. We’re focusing on making new material, but I don’t think it’s ready to share yet.
Any bands you’re stoked on seeing?
I’m really happy that we’re sharing the bill with Frankie Cosmos. I grew up with Greta’s brother and we’re all from New York City. It’ll be fun.
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