Interview: Trevor May of The Minnesota Twins Talks Electronic Dance Music
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:58:46
Here's a real curveball for you.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May is also a rising electronic dance music maestro. He's performed various gigs in front of packed clubs under the moniker of MAZR, and every time, he's consistently brought the crowd to its feet as if he were pitching a no-hitter. Meet one of baseball's brightest young talents—and EDM's...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Trevor May talks electronic dance music, performing live, and so much more.
How did you get into electronic dance music? What speaks to you about the genre?
Well, I started listening to it probably in 2006 or 2007, when I was a sophomore or junior in high school. I'm from a smaller town in Washington State. There weren't a lot of guys who listened to techno there. I got into it because my brother—who's six years older than me—started producing his own music. He was about 22 then. He was really into making hip-hop and that kind of stuff. I was interested watching what he was into, but I was more into dance music, personally. There was something about it being fast-paced. I started listening to DJ Tiësto when he made trance music and Basshunter. I went from there. Back then, I listened to everything. There was a lot of hip-hop and rock too. Three years ago, I had an off-season. I was home. I was always interested in what my brother did when he produced music. He DJ'ed also. I bought myself a little set of turntables. I began to teach myself, and I was terrible for a long time. I've kept at it though in my free time.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Musically, there's a young guy from California named Deorro. He makes Melbourne House or Dutch Music. He used to make a new song like every two days so he'd have new stuff coming out constantly. After listening to about twenty of his tracks, I became a huge follower of his and his career. He's like 22-years-old now. He's gotten big too. He even has his own label. He's one of my favorites sound-wise. DJ-wise, I listen to a lot of Laidback Luke's music to learn from. He's from Holland, and he's been producing music for 25 years. He's really active on Twitter, and he talks to guys who ask him questions. I like his sound too. I was able to see him around Halloween, and it was a cool experience. I'm also really into Nicky Romero and Hardwell. Then, there's Armin van Buuren. He's the biggest in the world. I love him.
You're more of a trance guy.
The music played at shows and the music that these guys produce are different. There's something called "big room" that's made for huge crowds to get energy going. I used to be just into that. I've delved deeper into it since I've been making my own music. Trance is an acquired taste for a lot of people, but I really like it. I've been on the deep house kick. It's like what you'd hear in a basement French club [Laughs]. I'll sit on the bus listening to that. When I make music, I'll start adding some of that in there too. I'm starting to get an appreciation for the whole spectrum of genres. Trance is something I play out a lot more if I'm performing. It depends on the crowd. It could be "big room", house, electro house, or progressive house.
Is there any crossover between making music and playing baseball? Are the mindsets similar?
To be honest, yes. A lot of what we do on the field, there's always music playing all the time. I completely listen to music differently now. I haven't been producing music very long. You always think of how you can change it and what little nuances you can add to it. Sometimes, when I'm sitting in the locker room, my mind wanders to a project I'm working on. It's a really fun thing. I love that a lot of people know that about me and talk about it. I believe in having something else you're passionate about. Focusing on one thing all day every day is not how to be successful. I'm excited I've had opportunities to DJ especially in the off-season. I recently played a late night show in downtown Seattle, and it was a blast. It was some of the most fun I've ever had.
What do you listen to in order to get pumped up for a game?
I listen to "big room" electro house. These things are being pumped out like crazy now because it's summer, and there are so many festivals coming up. Guys want to have new songs every single time they play. Lately, I've been into Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. They have a song called "Wakanda". It has all of these big buildups into a simple drop that the crowd is supposed to go crazy for. I listen to a lot of Showtech. They made a lot of Latin-style '90s techno. Now, they moved into making music for festivals. I listen to "Thunder" by W&W. I'll listen to six or seven songs in a row because it takes me back to how much fun seeing it live is.
What's next for you?
I'm trying to make as many friends as possible on music social sites. I'd like to put out some tracks and have some fun with it.
Will you be checking out Trevor May when he spins in your town?