When he’s not buried in spreadsheets or organizing talks with your favorite musicians, Dylan Aldrich is most likely scouring the internet for the next big thing. Perpetually cool, calm and collected, he serves as a walking geyser of music trivia and a trusted liaison for the movers and shakers of the industry. In Dylan’s role as Music Department Assistant, he’s sort of a secret weapon, like Michael Cera hitting an underground DDR competition with robot legs. Distinguished by an extraordinary ability to keep his feet on the ground and his head in the Soundclouds at the same time, Dylan comes packing a plan for every To-Do as well as a let’s-get-it-done disposition. He’s also got a new favorite track for each passing day and a fresh twinkle in his eye to match.
One of my passions/hobbies over the past 5+ years has been to turn on my speakers, grab my computer and dive headfirst into the interwebs in search of artists and music I’ve never heard of before. There’s something so vivifying about hearing a sound or a song that transports me to some far part of the universe, and reminds me just how limitless the possibilities of music truly are. Just when I get tired of hearing the same old, same old (which to me happens kind of quickly), I’ll play some random track that looks interesting, and hours later find myself deep down the Soundcloud/Bandcamp/YouTube/Spotify rabbit hole, either listening to one artist’s entire catalogue or skipping around to hear all different types of artists unknown.
I’ve learned to never take myself too seriously, and to always, always let loose and dance like no one’s watching. At a festival, there is no need to hold back, or to imitate. One of the most beautiful things about these events is seeing just how unique every individual is. Expressing, or hell, flaunting my own weirdness is therapeutic, not just for my own mind and sanity, but for bringing me closer to the people around me. It’s interesting how much I tend to bond with the group of people with whom I attend/work a festival. The experience strengthens the bonds of friendship, and I think this is because everybody gets the chance to be who they really are, and to be accepted and loved for it. Keep it weird, yo.
Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with this drum and bass duo, Villem & McLeod. They dream up the most beautiful, soulfully dark, liquid stuff that I’ve come across in a long while. I stumbled upon them during one of my music discovery binges that I mentioned earlier, and have since pored over everything of theirs I can find.
Here is one track I came across recently:
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