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Interview: Paz talks dream collaborations and favorite places to play (from Shaky Beats in Atlanta)

Paz is a super energetic, friendly, and creative DJ from California. He played one of the opening sets at Shaky Beats and got the crowd jumping early. He knows how to mash tons of great songs and then slam the crowd with mega drops. But besides being a extremely talented producer he also has a great personality. I had the opportunity to sit down with Paz and step more into his music world.

If you could collaborate with anyone at this festival, who would it be and why?
Martin Garrix, because this guy as a producer, I am so inspired. I have seen YouTube videos of him making the catchiest hook for a song in about fifteen minutes – when you’re watching it, you’re like wow this is superhuman, how is this even possible. Also, he doesn’t he doesn’t make a lot of hard bass music, so it would be super cool to make a hard bass track with him.

Have you been to Shaky Beats before?
No, I haven’t, this is my first time.

Gotcha, so is there anything that sets this festival apart from previous festivals you played at?
People yell “ATL HOE” a lot more here. I’m not from here so I don’t know but people were telling me it’s like a sign of approval. So when they start yelling “ATL HOE” they’re saying that they like what you’re doing and to please continue. It’s the best compliment I think at festival has ever given me.

What is your dream festival to play?
My dream festival would be mainstage EDC. I have played small stages and it’s a totally different world than playing the mainstage. I’ve been going to that festival for so long, and I just want to see what it’s like. It’s like the Super Bowl of raves.

Is there any city that you’ve toured that you’ve fallen in love with?
I love Arizona! Arizona goes hard. The energy here (Atlanta) is really similar to Arizona.

Who is someone in this industry that you’d really want to meet one day?
Dillion Francis seems like a lot of fun. He’d just be a funny dude and a hella blast to hang with. Even if you’re in the most boring place in the world, you could still find a way to make it fun.

What is your most slept on track?
Litty Titty Taco Kitty, that I personally like a lot. It’s kind of like a happy hard-style song, it’s totally off the wall, and that one is totally outside my lane of production. It’s really fun and unbeat and not very many people know about it.

What is something you would tell yourself if you were playing your first festival that you know now?
I would say, you can play any song you want. And I think that’s important because as a DJ sometimes you have the pressure to play whatever is your latest or most popular song. But in reality, you can play any song recorded ever in the history of music and it’s so special to play it live. And there are so many good songs that weren’t made just in the last month.

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Interview: Paz talks dream collaborations and favorite places to play (from Shaky Beats in Atlanta)

Paz is a super energetic, friendly, and creative DJ from California. He played one of the opening sets at Shaky Beats and got the crowd jumping early. He knows how to mash tons of great songs and then slam the crowd with mega drops. But besides being a extremely talented producer he also has a great personality. I had the opportunity to sit down with Paz and step more into his music world.

If you could collaborate with anyone at this festival, who would it be and why?
Martin Garrix, because this guy as a producer, I am so inspired. I have seen YouTube videos of him making the catchiest hook for a song in about fifteen minutes – when you’re watching it, you’re like wow this is superhuman, how is this even possible. Also, he doesn’t he doesn’t make a lot of hard bass music, so it would be super cool to make a hard bass track with him.

Have you been to Shaky Beats before?
No, I haven’t, this is my first time.

Gotcha, so is there anything that sets this festival apart from previous festivals you played at?
People yell “ATL HOE” a lot more here. I’m not from here so I don’t know but people were telling me it’s like a sign of approval. So when they start yelling “ATL HOE” they’re saying that they like what you’re doing and to please continue. It’s the best compliment I think at festival has ever given me.

What is your dream festival to play?
My dream festival would be mainstage EDC. I have played small stages and it’s a totally different world than playing the mainstage. I’ve been going to that festival for so long, and I just want to see what it’s like. It’s like the Super Bowl of raves.

Is there any city that you’ve toured that you’ve fallen in love with?
I love Arizona! Arizona goes hard. The energy here (Atlanta) is really similar to Arizona.

Who is someone in this industry that you’d really want to meet one day?
Dillion Francis seems like a lot of fun. He’d just be a funny dude and a hella blast to hang with. Even if you’re in the most boring place in the world, you could still find a way to make it fun.

What is your most slept on track?
Litty Titty Taco Kitty, that I personally like a lot. It’s kind of like a happy hard-style song, it’s totally off the wall, and that one is totally outside my lane of production. It’s really fun and unbeat and not very many people know about it.

What is something you would tell yourself if you were playing your first festival that you know now?
I would say, you can play any song you want. And I think that’s important because as a DJ sometimes you have the pressure to play whatever is your latest or most popular song. But in reality, you can play any song recorded ever in the history of music and it’s so special to play it live. And there are so many good songs that weren’t made just in the last month.

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