Cycl3s is our first Broadcaster turned DJ group on Grooveshark. The duo, composed of Matt Putnam of PΛΛΛЯƬY radio and his partner Neal Soderquist, recently released their first mix via MP’s Broadcast and later premiered it in WritheM Radio’s Broadcast. The guys will continue to make & premiere their progressive electronic music on Grooveshark. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.
Grooveshark: How did Cycl3s form and how long have you been making music together?
Cycl3s: We have been playing music together in our punk rock band Masterbilia for 8 years and we felt the need to branch out to try something new when the other band mates were busy. I think we have always had a love for EDM style music while we were growing up and thanks to Matt’s DJ background this was a natural alternative. We have been getting into this for about 8 months now - the name Cycl3s came as a short form of a name we liked “Cycles of Science”. The three as an ”e” represents the two of us and our fans who are always so supportive.
GS: What advice do you have for any Grooveshark users looking to get into DJing?
Neal: Go for it! Just keep making songs and mixes, the more the better. Get some decent equipment to learn on and try it out. We all had to start somewhere! If you start now you’ll look back in a year and be really glad you started when you did.
Matt: Start making mixes of your favorite music. In the transitions put your style of music you would like to create. This way, people will be intrigued to listen and in the mean time your listeners are getting a taste of your style. I think that a “cold start” would be to just play your own music, but it may be hard to get an audience or fan base without hearing some music in the mix that the listeners already recognize.
GS: What’s your favorite thing about making music?
N: Making music for me is all about the feeling and ability to get away from other things in life. When I’m working on a song I get to tune everything else out and go with what I’m feeling at the moment. This helps shape the song into whatever style I’m going for. The end result is the best reward when it all comes together.
M: I like the different ways Neal and I are all able to collaborate on a song. We each typically start our own song and transfer it to each other to work on certain parts. We like to joke around. I always make sure to take what Neal has started and completely destroy it. I mean, obliterate it. Turn it into hardcore dubstep style. I give it back to him to see his reaction - it’s priceless. He loves it.
GS: Who is your dream collaboration?
N: Total dream collaboration would be with Kaskade.Huge fan. I started following him back in his House days and am surprised at this ability to still lay down an amazing set and keep up with all the up and coming DJs. He is still a huge influence on EDM.
M: Deorro. His leads are powerful. Welp, that about sums it up!
GS: How did you get involved with Grooveshark and why do you use it?
N: Matt got me into Grooveshark. He started the PAAARTY Broadcast and I quickly realized how powerful and awesome Grooveshark is!It’s a great way for any artist to reach their fans and to get new ones. I use it for not only that but also to listen to tunes while I’m out and about and chat with people from across the world.
M: I got involved with Grooveshark over a conversation about radio stations at work. I use it because of the great music environment and the people chatting are always welcoming. I’ve been using Grooveshark for about a year and have formed what I like to call a “family” where we chat and have sarcastic witty conversations. Side story - the reason PAAAARTY started was over a bet to see who could draw 1,000 followers first (I WON!). \o/
GS: How do you see your role as a Broadcaster contributing to your DJing?
N: I see the ability to Broadcast as another great venue to draw new fans and connect with people from across the world. Everyone seems to be from somewhere different but can all come together to enjoy music.
M: Sometimes on occasion we will throw up a recorded call out letting people know we’re “live” and then play a Cycl3s mix. Having the ability to Broadcast is great as fans and followers can quickly jump in and take a listen. Using call outs is a powerful way to quickly alert the audience that something special is about to play.
GS: What is your favorite product you can’t live without?
N: Bumble and Bumble. Enough said. Gotta look good! ;)
M: My electric guitar - a 2001 Gibson Les Paul DoubleCut.