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.
Since 2008, Danny Chien, better known as Wax Motif, has been a powerhouse figure in fresh and unique production and style. The Australia-born musical pioneer has been tipping hats from fans and heavyweights alike, earning support from artists like Diplo, A-Trak, Laidback Luke, and more. A skilled producer who travels far and wide off the beaten path, Wax Motif has made a remarkable name for himself thanks to his urban production style and genre-bending music. In addition to Beatport topping songs and festival headlines, he is notably dubbed as one of the leading taste-makers of G-house, a breakout fusion of dark, emotive deep house and hard-hitting hip-hop and bass-lines.
On top of an arsenal of revolutionary originals and a five track EP called ‘True Joy,’ Wax Motif has collaborated with artists such as Tommy Trash, GTA, Vindata, Destructo, and Gladiator. He’s had releases on world-renowned record labels such as Dim Mak, Mixmash, and Mad Decent, and has toured around the globe, bringing his unique sound to jam-packed dance floors and grandiose festival stages. Wax motif continues to innovate the sounds of electronic music one song at a time, and clearly won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Read our interview with Wax Motif below, and catch what’s sure to be a thrilling set at CRSSD on Saturday, March 4, where he’ll be spinning at the Palms stage.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?
It was an EP on Sweat It Out (Conga Junk) and LOL, probably not!
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
Probably my True Joy EP on Mad Decent. I think that’s when people really started taking notice of me as an artist.
What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
It’s pretty cool. I almost feel like it’s finally a part of the bigger / broader music industry scene now with dance artists going for Top 40 charts. Maybe it’s not as boomin as it was just a few years ago, but the underground scene will always be there and it’s still going strong. House music seems to be becoming more widely accepted, and it feels like there’s also a dubstep resurgence going on.
What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
Just hanging out at the lovely venue they have down there for the day
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
Future or The Weeknd. Just curious ya know.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Snakehips, Lauren Lane, 2 Many DJs
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
Tchami – Adieu
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.