Tisoki took time out of his crammed schedule to deliver a new throbbing, wubbed-out mix for Insomniac, and it features several unreleased tracks and exclusives.
The Norwich, UK–born, 22-year-old DJ and producer, née Bradley Edwards, insists that while he has been making music in the general dubstep ballpark, he’s not glued to one particular style or genre.
“I don’t think I can really define my sound,” he explains. “I make quite a lot of different genres. There’s definitely the same kind of vibe in my dubstep stuff, but I feel like if you were to listen to that side by side with some of my other material, then you wouldn’t be able to tell.”
The young lad has always had a love for music and grew up playing in bands. Electronic music was “just a natural progression,” he says. Specifically, he drew a lot of inspiration from artists who came up in the bloghouse era. “I used to watch tons of MSTRKRFT and deadmau5 performance videos at various festivals and knew it was something I wanted to do.”
Tisoki is a fan of big, monstrous drops and banging club heaters, much of which falls under the dubstep umbrella. When asked if he feels like the genre is having a resurgence or a comeback, he seems to feel that it never went away. “In the UK, at least, it’s just a lot more hidden, but there’s still a fan base there. I don’t really know about America. It seems like all genres just kinda melt into the one umbrella of ‘EDM’ in the grand scheme of things”—generally pretty true here in the States.
That said, when Tisoki isn’t in the club, he doesn’t really listen to much club music. “I’m a huge fan of Mura Masa, Tennyson, Tom Misch, Jacob Collier, a lot of chill stuff. My friend showed me a lo-fi 24/7 YouTube radio station that I’ve just been listening to pretty much constantly.”
When he is at the club, anything goes. He generally has a slammed touring schedule but enjoys being on the road, even when things get a little surreal. “The strangest thing that happened to me at a show was a promoter getting verbally abusive at me and then hugging me afterwards. There’s been some weird stuff happen, but that was kinda the most surreal. I guess territory is a big thing in Budapest,” he says with a laugh.
But one thing he doesn’t find funny, and wants to see retired in 2017, is sexual harassment in DJ culture. “The biggest thing I wish to see rid of this year (and every year) is predominantly male DJs being sexually explicit to girls backstage at shows. Sexual assault is a serious thing, and to have a god complex because you have a few online followers and are DJing in a club is just disgusting. People are people, no matter what gender, and to attempt to take advantage of that because of your social position within the music industry is pathetic,” he says.
The music and club should be a place of safety and enjoyment. And this new mix is brimming with energy. “The ideal setting for this mix is maybe at the gym or at a pre-party,” Tisoki explains. “It’s pretty high-energy!”
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