San Diego’s CRSSD Fest – presented by FNGRS CRSSD — has become a sanctuary for underground electronic music fans. The upcoming March edition looks to be the festival’s most promising offering yet, featuring an even greater array of delectable house and techno acts as well as some formidable headliners such as Recondite, Flume, Lane 8 and Bob Moses. To dig a big deeper into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for a daily interview series before the festival.
Hailing from the UK, house and techno kingpin Latmun has experienced a major ascent in reputation in just the past two years. His expertise in production and rapid growth are due to his time spent dominating residencies across the UK, and more notably, the Stealth Nightclub in Nottingham. From there, Latmun was influenced by the many nights he spent listening to and observing the music scene, picking up certain sounds and cues that he would later apply to his own productions.
In 2016, Latmun experienced his most fruitful year yet. The producer’s “Def” track was swept up by the masses instantly, and was played in the festival and club sets of today’s most celebrated house and techno authorities. He then followed up with two more well-received EPs, and was eventually tapped to do a remix of “Flash” by Green Velvet himself.
It’s easy to see why the rising star has experienced such success; his eccentric take on house music takes on a life of its own with a dramatic twist of floor-favoring percussive grooves and ultra-infectious rhythms. With a heavy repertoire of music and star-studded following, Latmun has cemented his stay in the music realm and continues to push his boundaries and explore new depths, much of which can be experienced through his recently released Everybody’s Dancin’ EP
Read our interview with Latmun below, and catch him at the Spring edition of CRSSD on Saturday, March 5, taking over The Palm Stage.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?
I’m going to go with the first release I was really happy with for this one, as the very first ever release would result in the very short answer of no haha. The first release I was really happy with was ‘Who’s That’ on the 2015 VIVa Warriors Season 4 Compilation, it was where I really felt I found my sound. I would still play it in my sets now and it still works well as a tool but little things like details in the mixdown would annoy me where I have learnt more since!
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
It has to be my track ‘Def’, its the track I made in my bedroom which ended up being played by my favourite artists at my dream events all around the world throughout 2016, none of which I ever thought would happen when I exported the final track from Logic! It was an amazing journey having that track become relatively well known, and therefore as a result connecting with lots of people through it.
What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
To be honest I haven’t played there enough yet to have formed a valid opinion, all I can say so far is the support towards coming over for my first tour has been immense and I am very excited to find out more about the scene in the US and party with you guys!
What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
Everything! The sun in particular as we have very little of that in the UK right now! The stage and production set ups as well as setting look great, so playing on the Palms stage in the afternoon and then partying into the evening is going to be maximum fun.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
I look up to Jamie Jones the most in terms of the diversity in his sets as well as song selection and style, so it has to be him. What I would probably spend most of the day doing is browsing his music collection haha which would take some time.. so there wouldn’t actually be much djing done!
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Skream for sure, you never know what your gonna get so that makes going to see him exciting, another DJ who is very admirable in their diversity between each of their sets, which is the main thing that excites me about going to see an artist. Claude Vonstroke always provides a belter set so I will be seeing him too, he also has a great presence behind the decks… I will grow a beard that good one day! Jackmaster is also on my to see list for CRSSD, I’ve seen many of his sets over the last 6 years or so and enjoyed every one of them for different reasons as Jack is an expert at playing the right music for that exact moment.
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
It would probably be Analog People In A Digital World – Rose Rouge (Vocal Edit), its a really unique track which creates the perfect vibe in many different situations.. either as one of the last few tracks of the night or on a sunny outdoor festival stage for example.
CRSSD will be held Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.