Toronto Local Bill Slinnton Makes His Return to Ever After Music Festival
Going way back I would say the earliest influencers were Kaskade, Deadmau5, Chris Lake… this was before the trap/bass days. Then along came Carnage with Hardwell’s Spaceman remix and everything changed. Trap was my new love. Soon after there was Baauer, Stooki Sound, Troyboi… the list goes on.
You are a veteran when it comes to the local stage at Ever After. How has the festival evolved over the past few years and what makes you keep coming back?
Hands down ultimate bucket list goal number 1: Shambhala Music Festival. I love the vibes there, the people, the stages, the scenery, the STARS. It’s truly a wonderful place. Next on the list would be Holy Ship, EDC LV, Electric Forest for sure (where we met!), Future Forest, Burning Man, Hard Summer, Ultra and anywhere that has trees, vibes and camping!!!
This track was the first of its kind in that it was a long distance collaboration. Eszter messaged me on Instagram stating that she was an Opera singer from Hungary and was interested in collaborating on an EDM track. So I gave her my email and she sent me some short vocal recordings. After listening to 15 or so clips I chose 1 that had a good riff to it, dropped in Melodyne to get the pitch absolutely perfect, doubled the length, changed a note or two to add variation and the song pretty much wrote itself from there!
I must point out that there was some inspiration that helped drive the writing process. I spent one night at Valhalla Music Festival that summer. While there I saw sets by DMVU, Eprom, Charles the First and Shades. My mind evolved that night and the definition of bass music became clearer somehow. I wanted to write something dark. Her vocals were just what I needed to make that happen!
Finding a solid cohesion between what I want to play vs what I produce is my greatest challenge. Often I sit down to create hip-hop beats that come to life, yet they don’t see the light of day because they don’t fit the persona that Ive been aiming for. I find in my sets I often like to play higher energy trap and bass tracks but I’m finding difficulty is getting high energy in my productions. This year at Ever After I think I may be taking a different approach with my sets and choosing slightly lower energy tracks (but still dirty AF!) to match my productions. Who knows. I don’t like to pre-plan my sets so I’ll go with the flow like I always do and see what happens!
If you’re interested in catching Bill Slinnton’s set on the Ontario Stage at Ever After Music festival, you can buy your tickets online and RSVP to the Facebook event to stay up to date on all the festival information.