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Revolution In The Outback: An Interview with Genesis’ Nick & Thomas

Revolution In The Outback: An Interview with Genesis’ Nick & Thomas

If we were to ask you to name a few of the hottest places around the globe for electronic music, what are the first places to come to mind? The US, the UK… the Netherlands? With so many amazing cities and countries around the world that dominate the headlines, it’s been quite easy to forget that there’s a massive population of electronic music lovers down under in the outback. We’re, of course, referring to Australia and there’s a couple of guys down there who have been hard at work changing the notion that the best music comes from the northern hemisphere. Nick Arbor and Thomas Knight are the founders of Genesis Events, the premier promotional company and record label in that corner of the globe.

For years now they have be raising the bar and contributing to the ever-evolving music landscape. Between spearheading the revolution and engaging in their own productions and DJ’ing gigs, we have absolutely no idea how they managed to find the time to sit and answer a bunch of questions we had. We’re not going to complain about and we’re beyond ecstatic to bring forth this truly one of a kind interview. Check it out below, it’s one of the best we’ve done to date!

 

 

Hey guys, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a bunch of questions for us! Coming all the way from Australia, I guess it’s the end of your winter. How has it been down there?

Things have been crazy over the winter. We have been hosting some big arena shows such as Godskitchen, The Last Dance and Genesis White. Both Tommy and myself have been flat out with that and gigs every week.

godskitchenLets dive right in and talk about Genesis. You guys have been the hottest promotion and label down under. When and how did it all start?

Genesis started in 2011 when both Tommy and myself came together in order to not have any other competition in the market. We have been friends for years and when we found out that we both had plans to put on separate events, we made the decision to join forces. The label has now followed and now we’re starting to gain some traction with releases coming out on a regular basis.

What is it you guys are looking to bring with not only the music you sign under the label, but with each event you host?

Genesis events are all about good music, big production and a mission to lift the bar when it comes to arena shows.

What qualities are you looking for in the artists you guys work with?

At the moment we are looking for ground breaking young talent that is looking and working towards being different from the current EDM sound. We are looking for melody and groove and originality moving forward.

Project Zero NYE is just around the corner and you’ve got a stacked lineup! Hproject-zero-nyeow do you guys plan to outdo years past?

It has been a while since we’ve been able to host our own NYE event but with this concept, we are looking to raise the bar in Australia, both with production and customer experience. We want to try and give our patrons something that rivals the international stage and have something that they can look forward to year in and year out.

Being that you guys both produce and DJ on your own, do you sometimes struggle with inserting yourselves into the lineup instead of bringing in outside talent?

Yeah, this is always a struggle. We tend to look after others before ourselves as we prioritize our events and always try to make sure that each show is better than the last.

What about the label? What’s it like trying to scout the music that fits your style? How would you describe the sound you guys have?

At the moment, finding music for our style is slightly difficult because we feel like the music is changing and at a crossroad. Both Tommy and myself are looking for a fresh sound that has groove, drive, lifts a crowd and creates interest through melodic sequences.

We’re big fans of your records, Jupiter and Vicious, from last year. What was it like working together?

Working together is always fun! When we eventually do get the time to sit in the studio, it is a good release from the stresses of putting on the events.

Do you have any other collaborations in the works you can tell us about? What about solo productions?

We both have solo and collaborative works that will be available at the beginning of next year. We are currently waiting back on remixes from artists such as MaRLo, Chris Schweizer and Alexander Popov.

natkWe recently had an interview with Bobby Neon who you guys have worked with in the past. What is your relationship like with him?

Our relationship with Bobby is one that has been strong for many years. Both Tommy and myself used to DJ hard trance and happy hardcore beside him back when the rave scene was at its peak in Australia.

We hear you guys are putting together a US Tour. Can you give us any insight as to what you guys are planning?

The idea is to bring some Genesis concept shows to the US and showcase some upcoming talent on the big stage.

Do you have any other big plans for the rest of 2016?

At this stage, Voodoo and Project Zero will be consuming our time. We are looking into 2017 now at possible opportunities we have coming up.

Before we let you go, do you have anything you guys would like to say to your fans here in the US?

We look forward to sharing some moments with you in the love of trance music and can’t wait to announce some exciting new ventures in 2017. Thanks guys!

 

First off, we want to give a huge thank you to Nick and Thomas for taking the time out of their crazy schedules to answer our questions. We really appreciate it! It’s always great getting to chat with the guys and see what’s going on behind the scenes. For more info on Genesis and their upcoming events, check out their website!

They’re both very social people so check them out on social media:
Nick: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud
Thomas: SoundCloud

 

Here’s a glimpse of their hit track, Vicious, from last year!

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Greg Starr

October 21st, 2016

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