EDM Identity Team Member Michael Malaychuk shares some of his favorite memories from past festivals, who his favorite artists are, and plenty more!
Name: Michael Malaychuk
Rave Name: None
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current City: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Correspondent at EDM Identity
What was your first electronic music event?
Skrillex at Chicago’s Congress Theater on 11/11/11! I had so much fun I bought a ticket outside the next night.
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
Prior to my first show at Congress, I had attended Lollapalooza with friends for two years. I was intrigued by the music at Perry’s stage which was growing bigger every year but wasn’t quite into it yet. Then I signed up for Spotify and found Deadmau5, Skrillex, Rusko, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Zomboy, and a lot more. It changed my life and it’s been my passion ever since.
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
Swedish House Mafia’s entire set from Ultra 2018. We drove down there a few days before the festival for Miami Music Week, found a ticket on Sunday morning (after being scammed once and somehow getting my money back), made some friends inside the festival, and saw a legendary surprise performance. It’s extra special considering it was the last Ultra set ever in Bayfront Park (for now). It definitely feels like a “full circle” moment for EDM.
What is your favorite festival or event?
Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week! It’s just an experience unlike any other. To get the full experience, you need to hit as many Miami Music Week events as possible. You can see DJs there you’ll never be able to otherwise, often with a small crowd at a really cool venue.
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
It’s literally impossible to narrow it down to just one – there are so many amazing tracks out there, and I have an emotional attachment to a lot of them! Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” is pretty high on the list for me, as well as Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites.”
Who are your favorite artists?
My favorite artists are honestly always changing. But some artists that have consistently been near the top of my list for the past few years are Avicii, Brooks, Crisis Era, Dubvision, Firebeatz, Jonas Blue, MK, No Mana, Syn Cole, Tisoki, and Trampa. Lately, though, I’ve been getting into other stuff like hardstyle and experimental bass.
What are your favorite genres?
There’s a lot! Some of my favorites are electro/progressive house, dubstep, tech house, and techno. My taste doesn’t really have any limits when it comes to electronic music. There are some trance artists I like out there too.
What do you feel your “Identity” is in the electronic music community?
I’m there for the music and because I love it. I’ve traveled long distances for festivals, and I hit up shows most weekends here in Chicago. Sometimes I attend festivals solo. Actually, even if I have a group of friends there, I’m probably off wandering around alone somewhere. I’m seeing everyone on my schedule, discovering new music, and striking up conversations with cool people. I want to spread good vibes to everyone and share my passion with them!
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
Stay tuned for more dope content and follow me on Twitter to keep up with my new articles! I really enjoy interviews and festival reviews.
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