Drum & bass was fairly scarce during most of Electric Forest, but we didn't let that keep us from getting in some quality face time with Andy C. The man in charge of RAM Records had plenty to say about experiencing the forest for the first time, as well as the rapidly growing DnB culture here in the United States. On top of running his own label, Andy Clarke has also developed a well-deserved reputation as one of dance music's most dynamic DJs. Hopefully our little conversation can provide you with some more intel about what's going through this wise man's mind on a daily basis.
EDM.com: You’ve never attended Electric Forest previously. What are you thoughts on the environment and taking it all in?
Andy C: The environment is stunning! There’s no question of that. The crowd looks incredible. I walked up on stage when I got here, and I’m like, 'Wow, this is on, I’m vibing for this.' The amount of feedback and the amount of messages I’ve had on social media about it has been incredible. So I’m just really excited. It’s a beautiful set. Contrasted with EDC Vegas last weekend - with the sights and sound and overwhelming feeling of being on that speedway. The weekend before that I was at Spring Awakening in Chicago, with Soldier Field in the background. Awesome! Tomorrow, Paradiso. Every festival has got its own vibe. And this is right up there. I can’t wait to get on the decks.
EDM.com: Your labelmate Wilkinson performed at Electric Forest earlier today. Is there anything you can tell us about him or some of the other up-and-comers on RAM Records?
Andy C: We’ve got a ton of artists. Obviously, Wilko is smashing it! Beautiful music. Fantastic album. I really haven’t got time to sit here and list them all, because we do have an incredible roster of artists. We are very, very privileged. And all of these artists bring something unique and something beautiful to the RAM family that enables us to do these great things where we host stages at EDC Vegas last weekend, or host stages at Digital Dreams in a couple of days. And yeah, it’s a privilege to work with the guys.
EDM.com: Speaking of artists you enjoy, is there anybody that you’ve been giving extra attention to in your live sets?
Andy C: I just play a bit of everything. I mean, It’s drum & bass. So, I’m not reaching outside the realms. But, you know, I’m lucky that I’m playing mostly RAM family stuff at the moment, man.
EDM.com: What are your thoughts on the U.S. drum & bass scene?
Andy C: I think it’s fantastic, man. I mean, I’ve been here for two and a half weeks now, and I’ve done nine shows, and they’ve all been great. The vibe is incredible. I don’t see it as some kind of mad undercurrent thing, I think the vibe for drum & bass here is strong. There’s a lot of people pulling for it, and it sits there great. It does a fantastic vibe with all the festivals.
EDM.com: Do you think DnB will have a larger presence at some of these festivals in the future?
Andy C: I’m sure it will. I’m absolutely sure it will. There’s too much energy and passion in drum & bass for it not to.
EDM.com: Any new personal productions you’re working on lately?
Andy C: Working on a single at the moment. It’s going to be out in the autumn. It’s a piano-lid tune, it harks back to piano tunes I used to make back in the day. It encompasses a lot of my influences and a lot of my passions because I’ve been through the whole range of this music from its inception. So it encapsulates all of that vibe and it’s really working. I’ve been playing an instrumental version over there (in Europe), and I’ve got some vocals going on it as well - they really fit it nice. I’m excited for people to hear it, definitely.
EDM.com: So what is the #1 priority on your Electric Forest to-do list?
Andy C: I’m looking forward to experiencing THE FOREST.
EDM.com: Have you not been able to wander into the woods yet?
Andy C: I literally just got here a half-hour ago! So that’s what I’m looking forward to, is going to soak up the forest.
EDM.com: Well, we hope you enjoy it. Good luck on your set tonight. And thanks for your time.
Andy C: Thanks for your time. It’s been a pleasure.
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