FRND: Spirit Animal

For our latest podcast feature, we sat down with Andrew Goldstein who goes by his artist name, FRND. Having worked with prominent musicians like Demi Lovato, Celine Dion, and Blackbear, FRND has built a strong songwriting foundation. In 2016, FRND began releasing music under his own moniker. He combines pop-punk elements with an electronic soundscape to bend genres in a unique style. Diving deeper into his sound, we pulled a few of FRND's quotes from the podcast and examined them further below:

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DJ William Reed: Ambassador Of Music

William Reed, LA's most prolific DJ, has headlined Oscar afterparties, played alongside world-class producers like Calvin Harris, and helped organize illegal desert raves. Never wavering from DJing as an art form, William takes party-goers on a journey from sunset to sunrise no matter the atmosphere. How does one man play up to 300 sets per year, breathe life into the West Coast, and still manage eight hours sleep? Here's how William Reed does it. 

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Darci: My Favorite Weakness

Darci, an anonymous producer-vocalist duo, molds hip-hop, electronic, and R&B elements into a laid-back vibe. The lyrics span celebration and depression, while the production emanates a 'driving through the city night' sound. Darci has performed alongside Lil Xan with more live shows on the horizon. Their latest release, 'On My Own,' stands atop their polished production and distorted vocals. We spoke with the dynamic duo over email to learn more about their songwriting process, skull cats, and creative inspirations.

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STAL: Baptism By Fire

Pierre Maulini, the frontman of STAL, never separates sounds from natural beauty. The cinematic, post-pop aura of STAL reflects the world outside of the studio. Pierre learned to blend the natural with the electronic while on tour with M83. He became close with Anthony Gonzalez, the mind behind M83, and became exposed to a side of music he had never experienced. After the tour, Pierre teamed up with longtime friend and drummer, Renaud Rodier, to form STAL. A fusion of electronic influences and Pierre's post-rock roots, STAL looks to break out with the release of their upcoming EP, Fresh Blood.

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Odesza Tour and Sofi Tukker in Chicago: 'A Moment Apart' Concert Review

The Odesza tour stopped in Chicago accompanied by the sweet sounds of Sofi Tukker. Hailing from Seattle, Harrison and Clay of Odesza unleashed the music in waves over the crowd. Sofi Tukker, comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, opened the night by charging the crowd up with songs like 'Drinkee' and 'Awoo.' Read our review of the Saturday night concert in Chicago here.  

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