The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined King of Clubs and discussed how Detroit techno got him started and where Electronic music will be in the next couple of years. You can check him out on the Indie Electronica Station on Ourtunez.com
Over the past couple of years, there’s been a huge rise in dance music, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Nowadays, music festivals now are jam packed with DJs and awe-inspiring light shows, taking their die hard fans into the wee hours of the morning. Sean Hoge has been extremely involved in the electronic music movement for years and started producing under the name King of Clubs about three years ago. I had sometime to talk to Sean about how he got started, recording music, and where he sees electronic music in the next couple of years.
Hoge grew up outside the city of Detroit and fell in love with the sounds that crept through the cracks from all the Detroit legends. Techno festivals were his first major influences on his passion for electronic music, and when he turned 18, he moved out to San Francisco and shortly after starting producing music. “The DEMF and Movement summer festivals are a big reason why I fell in love with dance music,” said Hoge.
Being a solo artists gives you the ultimate gift, complete creative control, and Hoge can see both sides of the spectrum when it comes to recording new material and playing in front of a live audience. When he gets in the right production mindset, Hoge feels immensely rewarded, but nothing beats seeing people move to his music. “Playing out is definitely my favorite part of being an artist because seeing people dance to something I’ve written makes all the time in the studio worth it.”
Electronic music has been around since the late 80’s, but it seems recently there has been influx of it over the last couple of years. Massive tours and festivals are popping up around the globe, artists who have been doing this for years are finally getting their dues and Hoge believes that new listeners will eventually become more sophisticated as they reach out of their comfort zone, “I think the “banger” mentality has been on the decline as people’s music tastes are maturing. Artists that take elements from a variety of genres will make the underground genres more accessible.”
Ourtunez is here to not only help the users discover new music, but the artists as well, as they can find local musicians in their area. With huge sites like Pandora, they could give two shits about the little guy trying to make it big, but here at Ourtunez, we got your back. “Aside from growing my own fan base, Ourtunez is a great platform for me to discover other aspiring artists who I never would have come across on something like Pandora or Soundcloud.”