RB Exclusive Interview: Sage Armstrong
April 11, 2019
April 11, 2019
Some of the greatest talents from across the planet will invade Phoenix this weekend and it’s gonna be huge! First, MAKJ kicks it off in style performing at El Hefe on Thursday. Phoenix Lights, one of our largest events all year, takes place on Friday and Saturday at The Park at Wild Horse Pass. Every good party has an afterparty, so naturally, Phoenix Lights has two! First, Party Favor hits Scottsdale on Friday, while Claude VonStroke takes over at Rawhide Sunday morning post-festival. For our northern friends, San Holo will be bringing his ‘Album 1’ tour to Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff.
American DJ and producer Mackenzie Johnson, who goes by the name of MAKJ, got an interesting start in the industry. As a teen, he was living in China pursuing a career as a race-car driver. He quickly discovered the art of DJing and began experimenting with equipment, and by age 17 he was back in the United States performing a number of gigs. In 2013, he embarked on his first major U.S. tour, followed by a series of gigs at major festivals like Electric Zoo, Coachella, and TommorowWorld.
His edgy style has helped pioneer the festival trap genre, exhilarating and thrilling audiences and turning heads across the globe. In regards to his style, Party Favor has said, “I think what’s cool about house music, bass, twerk, whatever you want to call it… is that it’s starting to bridge a lot of genres, styles.” Party Favor has had a busy year, already releasing two singles and a remix package, and has a new album Layers dropping on Area 25 in April. He’s amassed an insane 135 Million stream on Spotify and Soundcloud alone; and has worked with artists like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and Migos.
Claude VonStroke, the proud founder of Dirtybird records is a crafted expert of all things bumping and funky. His psychedelic house basslines have been taking crowds on trips since his debut in 2003. VonStroke’s style is different from a majority of house music around today. Every bar and measure is precisely tuned to audibly nourish listeners into a state of euphoria. Besides being a ground-shaking force in the House industry, VonStroke is also responsible for organizing some of the dirtiest festivals of the year, Dirtybird Campout and BBQ series.
Dutch producer Sander van Dijck, aka San Holo, blurs the line between EDM genres in the pursuit of creative freedom. Originally, Holo had intended to be in a band, but he found it easier to work alone, leading him to attend Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam. After graduating, Holo worked as a ghost producer, and after some production success, he decided to strike out on his own. He built a significant following on SoundCloud, through which he launched his Don’t Touch the Classics remix series, featuring remixes of classic ’90s and 2000s hip-hop, such as Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode.” Since then he’s taken the scene by storm, releasing a slew of singles, a few EPs and his debut album, album 1, late last year.