Interview: djseanEBoy

UK record label Throne Room Records welcomes American techno across the Atlantic, in the form of djseanEBoy and his latest club-inspired offering.

The North Carolina native has previously put music out on labels like IAMT, Oscuro Music, and Technologic Recordings, with his new “Free EP” being one of his most impressive to date.

Bringing a total of four tracks to the label, the release provides original titles “Free” and “Supernovae”, as well as remix work from both Zakari & Blange, and Noemi Black.

We had a brief chat with the American producer to talk about the EP’s release, what else he might have coming in the near future, and his opinion on the current state of America’s techno scene.

Hey Sean, how have things been out in America lately?

The US has had an increased emergence of new techno producers during the pandemic. Which, in my opinion, is a great thing. Not only does it help increase the awareness of techno in the US, to help strengthen US-based techno events, but it also creates positive competition and creativity.

You recently dropped your new “Free” EP on UK label Throne Room Records, tell us about the two originals included on this one?

Both tracks are inspired by my passion for designing tracks with a lot of energy and some dark basslines that give an ominous feeling. As for “Free”, which is the name of the EP, I realised that I, and most of society, are consumed by our daily cycle of life. Enslaved by our own perceptions and desires. So I created a track to remind myself to let go and be more attuned with the music rather than social media, news outlets, and drama. I once read a quote that said “Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.”, so “Free” yourself from your daily routine and live to the fullest.

And it includes remix work from Zakari & Blange and Noemi Black, what did you think of those when they first came back?

I was really happy with both remixes. Each version has its own unique feel and is produced incredibly.

Do you ever get nervous when waiting for a remix to come back, as there has to be a small chance you won’t be satisfied with the result?

Yes, all the time. I’ve heard so many remixes that you couldn’t tell it was a remix of a particular song. Some remix artists don’t try to keep the original sound and completely change it. I even heard remixes with entirely different vocals. With the two remixes of “Free”, I was pleased to hear that you can tell it’s my track, but with their touch. And they both did a phenomenal job.

You’ve previously released music on IAMT, Technologic Recordings, and Funk’n Deep, which other imprints might we expect to see you on in the near future?

I currently have upcoming releases on Airborne Black, IAMT Red, and Phobiq. Over the next year, my goal is to work towards labels that have inspired my creativity and do more remixes for artists.

You’re based in North Carolina, how’s the local club circuit in your city?

North Carolina may not be NYC or DC, but the energy and vibes of the event-goers are always amazing. They have a ton of creativity here and some incredible talent we can expect to see in the future.

And what are your thoughts on the American techno scene in general?

I think as it’s growing, it’s evolving. With the emergence of new talent, there’s a ton of energy and support within the techno scene.

Who’s one US-based producer that you think we should be aware of?

There are two US-based producers who come to mind, and for different reasons. First, Christain Barbuto. Besides the fact that he is an extremely talented producer, he’s very humble and genuine. He’s a perfect example that if you put in the time, effort, and do the hard work, you can be successful. He recently launched Mavic Music which is leaving a strong imprint in the techno community.

Secondly, Agent Orange from New York City, who is another amazing producer, demonstrates that you can live the DJ/Producer life, but still have strong family values while creating a family. One can easily forget that you can maintain a work-life balance in the music scene.

Thanks a lot for answering our questions, is there anything else you want to mention before we go?

First I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to discuss my recent release. I would like to say one last thing. Music is art. I hear a lot of discussion on how music should be or the right or wrong way to run labels. Most are ego-driven statements. Music is an expression of who we are so express how you feel through your music. Be free from social norms and just create music.

djseanEBoy – Free EP is out now on Throne Room Records.