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Harrison Richman


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


My name is Harrison Richman. I'm a junior at the University of Hartford, but am originally from Jamison, Pennsylvania. I am a music journalist, and soundcloud fanatic. I have always had an obsession with music, but didn't grow up in a very influential area so all of my music taste was formulated based on my own findings. Whereas most electronic music lovers spent their teenage years crate digging and spending wads of cash on old school vinyls, I spent most of this time using digital platforms such as soundcloud, beatport and traxsource to gain a better understanding of the ins and outs of the electronic music industry. In doing this, I have gone through countless phases of listening to certain artists and genres which has helped to shape my own unique taste in electronic music that I share with the world everyday. My soundcloud profile is something I take more seriously than most users, I repost anywhere from 3-10 songs a day and they're all, in my opinion, the best that soundcloud has to offer. These reposts range from drum & bass to melodic techno and they're all shockingly original in their own style. As far as my own work goes, I produce under the name "Barris Fishman" and occasionally release DJ mixes along with original songs that I produce. If you want to listen to my most recent track 'Fog Lights" or just check out my original work, likes, or reposts you can find it all here:

https://soundcloud.com/barrisfishman/fog-lights


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


My obsession with electronic music began with the basics for any modern EDM fanatic. Feed Me, Deadmau5, Dillon Francis, Wolfgang Gartner, Justice, etc. These were the big names in the scene when I was just starting to gain an interest in this type of music, and what caught my attention was the ability for each of these producers to have a sound that was completely their own. As their popularity grew, the digital age of electronic music kicked into high gear and now anyone with FL Studio and the latest crack of Sylenth could make what my original favorites have been making for years, so naturally it was time for a switch up and for me that came in the form of bass music.

When the origins of contemporary bass music are considered it's hard to leave out names like Excision, Flux Pavilion and Bassnectar, and although these names appeared in my library quite often around that time, it was some of the heavier and more forward-thinking music being released that drew me in. When trap music entered the scene, people were taken back by it in the best way possible. Producers such as RL Grime, Baauer and What So Not were all the rage and began combining with some other acts such as NGHTMRE, Party Favor, Dillon Francis and Valentino Khan to create that iconic blend of trap, dubstep and moombahton that has, and continues to rule, the festival circuits each and every year.

This brings me to my latest advancement in the EDM scene which came with the resurgence of house music. After Tchami and Oliver Heldens re-introduced house music to the mainstream EDM community I was hooked and knew that there was much more to be discovered. When I found out about Dirtybird records and label-head Claude Vonstroke a few years ago I was immediately obsessed. The drums of good electro house combined with the unique and punchy synths of bass music made for a fun, lively and free form genre that is tech house. As more artists began to adapt to this style including Billy Kenny, Walker & Royce, and Shiba San, I saw the following grow to numbers I never thought possible. After the resurgence of house music, appropriately affiliated labels have been taking over clubs and festival stages all over the world proving that the genre can hold its own. The fact that I can go through these phases and tons of others in only a span of a few years means that we are moving in the right direction in terms of creativity. As soon as one trend starts to get old, there is always something else to occupy our minds and for that I am extremely thankful.


What´s new right now?


Some of the best house music right now is coming from the label This Ain't Bristol and one of their primary artists, Billy Kenny, just released his "Seahorses" EP , the follow up to his crowd-pleasing "The Hood" EP. The Seahorses EP is an unbelievable mixture of unique vocal samples, powerful synthwork and, in my opinion, the best percussion in house music. In addition to being one of the most forward-thinking acts in house music, Billy Kenny is one of the best DJs I have ever seen on a pair of CDJs. Billy Kenny's style of Djing can best be described as "working with what you have" as he literally uses his decks and mixer in an extremely original way. His set from Nocturnal Wonderland has a mixture of old tracks, new tracks and everything in between and is definitely worth a listen. Although I haven't had the pleasure of seeing him live yet, I will this upcoming summer at Electric Forest where Billy and his label are hosting their own stage.

https://soundcloud.com/billykennymusic/billy-kenny-live-nocturnal-wonderland-this-aint-bristol-stage-sept-2017

From the forever-expanding realm of bass music, Virtual Riot's "German Engineering EP" released on Disciple is a dubstep lovers dream and if you're new the genre, this is a great place to start your musical journey. Also, experimental bass music artists, G Jones and EPROM collaborated on their much anticipated "ACID DISK EP" which dropped late last year and was one of the most refreshingly original takes on acid-infused bass music I've heard in a long time.

https://soundcloud.com/virtual-riot/sets/german-engineering-ep

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/barrisfishman

http://www.twitter.com/yeolmustardgas

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