We are super excited to release an exclusive Sonic Bloom Mini-Mix and interview with our good friend Ricky Shine aka The Digital Connection. Ricky has been surging in the Denver bass music scene the last half decade with his all original take on melodious yet crunchy bass heavy music. I've been following Ricky's career for the last year pretty closely, watching him perform multi state tours, BIG festivals like Gem and Jam in Tuscon, AZ, and I even brought him to Grand Junction with Joman for a show at Mesa Theater earlier this year. I'm a HUGE fan of his music, and am pleased to present you with another Fix Your Face interview, AND his super dope Sonic Bloom Minimix FULL of BRAND NEW ALL ORIGINAL tracks!!!
For those who don't know, tell us a little bit about your sound?
I go by the alias The Digital Connection, I’ve been producing electronic music for about 5 years now. I would describe my sound best as being a combination of a little of everything, mainly Melodic Dubstep/Glitch Hop/Drum&Bass. I come from a background of playing guitar inbands and listening to lots of Metal/Rock growing up, it’s had a huge impact on the sound that i’ve been able to develop over the years. One of my goals with this music project is to break the barriers of the norm and leave the comfort zone completely to explore new untouched areas of both composition and sound design. I want to make something unlike anything out there right now.
I for one am SUPER excited about Sonic Bloom, the lineup is STACKED.
What artists are you most excited about seeing this year?
Sonic Bloom has been my favorite festival over the last couple of years, they never disappoint with the lineup. I’m most excited about getting to see Opiou, Bluetech, Truth & Thriftworks. Plus some awesome friends of mine will be playing as well such as NastyNasty, Ill-Esha, Phutureprimitive, Russ Liquid plus many more, it’s gonna be such a blast!!
This is your second year playing at the festival correct? How does it
compare with other festivals you've played? Please describe the difference,
if any, in crowd vibes at the festies in other states?
This is actually my 3rd year playing, I’m so happy i could be apart of this amazing festival again. The thing that’s awesome about Sonic Bloom is that people are so open to hearing new things that it’s a perfect environment to really test the potential of your music. It’s also really great that it’s a unity of both artists and fans camping/partying/enjoying live music together. It’s something totally unique from the big name festivals , we’re all family here.
With all the advancements in technology over the last decade, especially in
the realm of electronic dance music, what are your weapons of choice?
Guitar will always be my primary instrument, but when it comes to Electronic Music there are a few select plugins that are my goto tools. I use Ablton 9 for all my production and live sets, the plugins I use the most all come from Native Instruments Komplete instrument bundle. My plugins of choice would deffinitley be Massive for any lead/midrange bass tones, Studio drummer for layering with my drum sounds, and Reaktor which features a wide array of complex synths to choose from. Probably the coolest thing to me about making electronic music is creating sounds completely from scratch and twisting and bending and splitting frequencies until you get something that’s out of this world. I never get bored of making music because everytime i still learn something new, I can’t imagine what sort of tools we will have 10 years from now.
I'm dying for some Digital Connection swag, where can I get some??
I’m actually working on a few things right now, I just made some stickers which will be available for free from my website (TheDigitalConnectionMusic.com) and at shows. But a few other things are in the works such as T-shirts/Hat’s/Hat Pins which should start being readily available online/at tour dates around fall time.