Why Hard Summer's Flosstradamus Feels Competitive
Flosstradamus discusses they're new label Hi Def Youth, they're brand new stage set-up, and why we need to focus on the positives.This article originally appeared on The Press Enterprise
Over the past 10 years, electronic dance music group Flosstradamus has not only survived but thrived in the scene; the duo is now one of the headliners for Hard Summer Music Festival.
Autobot (Curt Cameruci) said his group’s success was not an accident.
“We just embrace a lot of the new sound and put our own twist on it,” Autobot said of the music, which features a variety of styles. “It helps us stand out from everybody ... all of that is natural. We’re not forcing it. This is stuff we like. We’re never satisfied with what current music is.”
Hard Summer Music Festival, featuring Flosstradamus as well as headliners Ice Cube and Major Lazer, is set for July 30-31 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
This is the first time the festival, which was held previously at Fairplex in Pomona, will be at the venue.
Cube — who will have as special guests N.W.A’s DJ Yella and MC Ren on July 30 — and Major Lazer on July 31 were also at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Other acts set for July 30 include electronic and hip-hop acts such as Pretty Lights, Travis Scott, Claude Vonstroke and Desiigner, among others. For July 31, Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, DJ Khaled, Boys Noize and more are scheduled.
Flosstradamus on July 30 will have the new stage set-up that even blasts T-shirts into the audience from working cannons.
“We’re calling it The Bunker,” said Flosstradamus’ J2K (Josh Young), who added it also had an LED screen. “It’s just a really massive, full-scale military bunker we can play out of and play with.”
Autobot said the set was an extension from back in the days when the group performed in houses and lofts.
“When you step into 50,000 people, it’s difficult to make that connection,” Autobot said. “You want to make an intimate, personal experience even with so many people and that’s what the foundation is. That stays the same. The music changes ... but it’s the same energy all around.”
Read the full story by Wes Woods II at The Press Enterprise