Episode 002 : MAVIC
Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Friday, August 21st, 2020
CLINIK: You’re from North Carolina but went to college in Syracuse. How are the music scenes different in each place and how have they each influenced your approach to electronic music?
MAVIC: Attending college in New York definitely broadened my spectrum of music. While living in North Carolina, prior to college, there were only a handful of people my age listening to electronic music and almost none that listened to heavy bass music. My music taste back then consisted of future bass and underground hip hop. After my first year at Syracuse, I was introduced to heavy bass music and fell in love with the sound ever since. I feel that each place influenced my overall sound by combining the genres I listened to creating a generous blend of both melodic and heavy bass tunes.
C: What is the significance of the name MAVIC?
M: I always think it’s amusing whenever I get asked this question because there is really no significance to the name. Initially I thought of Maverick, which I assumed was a horse because of the Dallas Mavericks. I later found out that a ‘Maverick’ is someone who is free spirited so I decided to abbreviate it to “MAVIC’ and rolled with it. I chose the name based on symmetry and how easily people would be able to pronounce it.
C: Your wonky track “A Looney Edit” samples Bugs Bunny and features a beat switch up. What was your process like for putting together this song?
M: When putting together a track I always strive to look for samples that I personally enjoy. I used to (and still do) watch a lot of cartoons in my free time so a lot of my sampling will come from either tv or video games that somewhat give an inside look at content I enjoy. The track “A Looney Edit” was actually just a practice run for testing out some sound design techniques I was working on at the time.
C: What has been your favorite live performance so far?
M: I’ve opened for a handful of big name artists in the past couple years. However, my favorite performance I’ve played was the Lunar Bass event put on by CLINIK in Brooklyn. It was my first show in NYC and the energy throughout the entire event was amazing! I got to throw down bass music with my homies as well as follow up a surprise performance by Jaenga and Shanghai Doom which was awesome! I remember half way through my set I looked up from the decks and saw people jumping rope in the pit with their pashminas. Incredible energy!
C: Which artist is your biggest inspiration?
M: As an artist I’ve taken inspiration from a lot of different people. I would say my biggest inspirations are Nghtmre and Virtual Riot. Nghtmre grew up around the same area I did and it’s incredible to see how far he’s come. I thoroughly enjoy both Nghtmre and Virtual Riot’s sound design and respect the amount of countless hours they put in to hone their craft and churn out the tunes they make today. I’d say that overall I’m inspired by their hard work and dedication to push the boundaries of electronic music.
C: What are some of your interests outside of making music?
M: When I’m not making music I’m normally spending time with friends doing outdoor activities or playing video games. I’ve been playing an ungodly amount of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing ever since quarantine started. Usually whatever I’m doing in my free time will influence the music I end up creating.
C: What makes you unique as an artist?
M: As an EDM artist I feel that it is important to push the boundaries and go above and beyond the standard in both mixing and making music. I strive to create an experience that is both positive and unforgettable.
C: If you could perform at any festival in the world when the COVID-19 pandemic ends, which would it be and why?
M: I would love to play at Electric Forest or Big Dub! I group these two together because I feel like the energy is similar at both of these fests. The crowds are always so enthusiastic and the overall family energy for both of these fests are unreal. Being able to play bass music for either of these crowds would be such an honor!
C: When you’re not busy creating, which artists do you normally listen to?
M: I’m always constantly expanding my arsenal of music whenever I’m not creating music myself. Some artists that have been on my radar recently are Ace Aura, Hairitage, Karyuu, and Papa Khan.
C: What do you love most about the electronic music scene?
M: I think what I love most about the electronic music scene is the versatility of sounds that can be created and the collaborative effort that comes with it. There is so much you can do with sounds that the possibilities are endless and the scene and music keeps evolving with the times. I’m excited to hear what direction electronic music takes in the upcoming years.