From the corner of the cyber realm comes i_o. Combining dark electro sounds with heavy techno grooves and deep evolving melodies, i_o brings together dance music’s finest. With influences ranging from deadmau5 to UMEK to techno’s most underground, i_o is poised to take over the world’s main stages with driving sets that grasp and don’t let go. With releases on Mau5trap, inHarmony and Bite This, and co-signs from deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, GAIA, Andrew Rayel, and Jauz, expect to see i_o on flyers everywhere in the upcoming months.
While this particular mau5trap recording artist has released a series of globally recognized dance floor anthems, i_o isn’t slowing down anytime soon as he releases his new EP via mau5trap. Composed of two late-night memorables, i_o’s forthcoming ‘LOW’ EP is a 2-track secret weapon that’ll surely make it’s rounds in underground club scenes around the globe by some of electronic music’s finest.
‘LOW’ track listing:
Following in the steps of his ‘Fatal Error’ mau5trap EP back in September of this year, i_o continues to takeover the deep and dark corners of techno and house music with “LOW” and “MOVE”. Equipped with detailed percussion arrangements and an interweaving of technical styles, the Los Angeles-based producer has become of the label’s strongest rising producers of the year. In efforts of rounding out the year on a strong note, it’s safe to say that we can only expect more from the mysterious i_o. Stay tuned as the producer continues to pop up in the mau5trap world in 2018.
After kicking off the re brand of “EDDIE” via the creation of the robot skull, named “Lawton”…EDDIE released 2 free download tracks independently via soundcloud, both within the same month, January 2017. A very
unique choice of electro. Shortly after, he was approached by mau5trap and asked to debut on the label via their “we are friend’s volume 6” compilation (WAF006) with his track ‘No Time’ in March 2017. The track was a hot favorite on the compilation, leaving a welcoming, positive reaction from the mau5trap horde fan base. Only 3 short months after and he debuts his first EP named “Pipe Dream” which includes another horde favorite ‘Healing’ the Ep charted top 10 in the electro house section on beatport top 100.
Since then EDDIE’s featured on mau5trap another 3 times. One being WAF007 another being his 2nd EP named “Bad Habits” which was seen in the top 15 in the electronic iTunes charts US…..and his latest remix of fellow mau5trap buddy, BlackGummy.
We were lucky enough to chat with EDDIE about his latest release and some new upcoming projects.
Tell us a little about yourself how you started off as a DJ/producer?
When I was about 14 a few of my class mates showed me a local artist who was just beginning to blow up with a genre called “ Melbourne bounce.” From that moment I was just absolutely intrigued and wanted to know more, I didn’t even want to learn to produce yet until that same year I went to my first ever festival (underage festival) and looking back now it was such an incredible line-up: Avicii, Skrillex, deadmau5, Dada Life and more….but yeah straight after seeing these acts and experiencing all this electronic dance music live…I remember coming home with the biggest smile on my face because it was the most incredible experience and right there I had the thought of ‘what it would be like learning how to produce’ but I talked myself out of it thinking I wasn’t smart enough or I’d fail miserably because it just seemed so hard. Skipping forward A year and a half later, still a massive fan of electronic music and making mashups on virtual DJ [lol] I eventually asked a friend of mine if he could show me how to use the program that he has [which was FL studio9].
I got FL and had the basics down, watched a heap of tutorials and spent a solid 4 hours or so a day just messing about.
At about the age of 17/18 i started to take it more seriously and thought maybe I could actually make some sort of career out of this and that’s pretty much the start.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences, someone you look up to? Oooh there’s so many but I’ll be keeping it short and say that the heavy influencers would have to be:Heatbeat, Mirwais, Eric Prydz [& all his alias’s], Avicii, Gesaffelstein and of course mr deadmau5.
What do you normally do when you come across a creative block while producing music?
I mean if I hit an obvious block and notice myself forcing productions then I just game a whole lot and not produce for like at least 5 days straight and I always have a Harry Potter marathon during that period, that’s never failed me.. my lucky charm haha!
You’re latest track, “Numb,” has some pretty cool hard techno beats that give off Rezz vibes, would you say she’s someone you look up to and gain inspiration from?
The idea behind Numb was really just to try and do something really different and the vocal is unreal so working around that vocal I naturally leant towards a darker theme. There was no inspiration for majority of the track only the second drop I tried to get a sort of Gesaffelstein vibe, but in saying that I do find Rezz very inspiring with everything she’s done in such little time, its quite amazing..
What was the creative process behind “Numb” while collaborating with Q’AILA?
So Q’AILA sent me the demo and i loved it, I had this cool unusual vision for it and updated her with links frequently and we went back forth with our ideas/visions up until it was finished, which was very quickly actually!
You know when a track just keeps on getting better the more you work on it? And its comes together so quickly, Well that happened with “Numb!”
You’re getting ready to release your ‘Spiritual Contraband’ EP, what can listeners expect from it that’s different from your previous releases?
Yes I’m super excited for everyone to hear this EP!
I think listeners should expect the unexpected from me, I’m always releasing something different from my previous release… I like to have people guessing what will come next!
Tell us 3 things that we don’t know about you (hobbies, fun facts, likes/dislikes, funny stories while performing).
I’m a Harry Potter nerd and I have a shrine of collectables
I’m from Australia [ everyone thinks I’m from USA]
I am a big fan of sports, as is my father so I’ve been into it all since I can remember but I especially played tennis for 9 years and I somehow ended up sitting in a chair making music all day instead lmao.
It appears that a massive sound wave has emerged from the shores of Australia. Counting down to the official comeback release Australian producer EDDIE, the mau5trap family is excited to break the mold with the 21-year-old’s typical sound production.
Following his previous two EPs ‘Pipe Dream’ and ‘Bad Habits’, as well as his most recent remix for fellow mau5trap recording artist BlackGummy, EDDIE returns to the label with an absolute stand-out track entitled “Numb,” out on September 25th, 2018 via mau5trap.
Enlisting the aid of Canadian singer/ songwriter Q’AILA, “Numb” immediately sparks the interest of listeners who are primed for progressive in the sound space of EDDIE. Setting the mood for dangerous temptations, EDDIE x Q’AILA’s compounded efforts result in experimentation at it’s core.
Amplifying the emotive feel, an accumulation of alluring vocal work and smooth breakdowns, “Numb,” picks up the tempo with an unexpected yet intriguing mixture of soaring synths and hard techno beats. To say the least, Australian producer is pushing progressive to the max and taking risks with his upcoming single “Numb”, out now!