Blake Ellul-Thorn shares some of his favorite memories that he’s made in the scene, who he’s listening to, and more!
Name: Blake Ellul-Thorn
Rave Name: None
Hometown: Cecil Hills, Australia
Current City: Cecil Hills, Australia
Occupation: High School Teacher
Facebook: Blake Ellul
What was your first electronic music event?
The first electronic music even I ever attended was the Gud Vibrations tour in Sydney in 2017. However, my first electronic festival was EDC Las Vegas 2019, we don’t get any pure EDM festivals in Australia except for hardstyle.
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
I use to listen to mostly metal and rock, so a big influence was seeing Odesza live in Utah at Bonanza campout in 2017. That set opened my eyes.
Also, my sister listened to mostly EDM and kinda showed me the ropes on different genres and producers. Took me to my first shows too!
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
At Zeds deads set at EDC this year, a short girl (about 5ft) asked if she could get on my shoulders for her favourite song. I’m 6’5, so shoulder rides are kind of my thing at festivals. When I put her down she was crying, gave me the biggest and warmest hug, and said I had made the experience that much better for her.
Nothing compares to seeing how much certain songs mean to people for various reasons. It was a beautiful moment filled with emotion.
What is your favorite festival or event?
Electric Forest is hard to compete with. I hit eight festivals this summer, and EF was nothing but magic. Some of the best sets I’ve ever seen, the forest itself is full of wonder, and I met the most amazing people from all over.
Secret Garden is my favourite festival back home in Sydney. Imagine Electric Forest, but only about 4,000 people, and mostly smaller artists. The potential for discovery is incredible
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
“The End” by Just a Gent. It’s the song that really made me start enjoying electronic music. It showed me that electronic music can have great chord progressions, and be incredibly layered. It is what started it all for me, and you can never forget ya first.
Who are your favorite artists?
What are your favorite genres?
I use to think bass was my favourite by far, but after Gorgon City, Claude VonStroke, Escapade, and Dr. Fresch at Electric Forest, house and bass house have knocked bass off the top.
What do you feel your “Identity” is in the electronic music community?
It’s everyone’s role to bring positivity and contribute to an environment that not only allows you to have the best time but also to help others in having a great time. You don’t know how much shit people go through, and just how important these events and music are.
Personally, I’m there to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. Bring the energy, and happiness will entail
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
I festival hopped the US, doing seven festivals in seven weeks. I met so many great people, saw more music than I could comprehend at times, and made memories I’ll never forget. If I ran into any of you along the way, thank you for everything
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