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What EDM shows have you been to?
“I’ve been to a few. I’ve seen Nero; I’ve seen Passion Pit and Phoenix. And I’ve been to some festivals where you have this huge lineup of acts. Oh, I’ve seen Avicii, too. Those are some of the bigger shows I’ve been to.”
You studied film in college. If the music thing didn’t work out, were you hoping to be a director?
“It’s funny: I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always loved the violin, but I didn’t want to study it in college because I didn’t want it to become something I disliked. My sister majored in music, and so did some friends, and in talking to them about it I got this overwhelming feeling that it beat the love of music right out of them. They were told what to play, how to play, when to play. That wasn’t for me.
“I always loved film, too. In high school, I was making music videos with my friends – this was way before editing software was accessible. I’d plan the videos, I directed, I choreographed – it was a lot of fun. But then something happened when I was studying film: After two years of it, I just decided that I didn’t like being behind the camera, and I got sick of holding lights and editing by myself. I wanted to interact with people and be a part of the entertainment; I didn’t feel as though I was in my environment. So I ended up switching to be a therapist, and lo and behold, I wound up a violinist.” [Laughs]
When you started making your videos, were there any directors who influenced you? Who are some favorites?
“I love Christopher Nolan. Anytime you see him name in the credits, the film is guaranteed to be great. J.J. Abrams is amazing. When I was a kid, I loved Steven Spielberg; he has a very sentimental style.”