Name: Kirk Williams
Title: Deputy Editor / YouTube Manager
How did you discover electronic dance music?
It was on a clear black night, a clear white moon, Kirk Williams was on the streets, trying to consume, some sick beats for the eve, so I can get some funk, just rollin in my ride, chillin all alone.
No, but seriously. I discovered electronic dance music through my older brothers. One came back from a London study abroad with a CD from a small group named The Chemical Brothers, and the other brother put me onto trance and techno in a big way. It was high school, and with a voracious appetite for all things good music and a tad different, I dove deep racing to the roots of electronic music and hip hop, and my love began to grow from there. Then, freshman year in New Orleans, I heard Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker” and, boom, things were changed forever...
What are your favorite genres and why?
Forced to pick, my top three are progressive house, techno and indie dance / nu-disco.
Progressive house because when a progressive house set hits live, it’s a transcendental experience. Long live Eric Prydz and deadmau5, and that’s all I will say about that.
Techno is a love of mine because the futurist agenda of the genre is always pushing, forwarding, trying new things and being bold. These are values I hold myself, and techno taps into the full spectrum of human emotions.
Indie dance & nu-disco because goddamn I love to dance, and there is no better music to groove to!
How did you come to write for Magnetic Magazine?
I can remember it vividly. It was one boring evening in November 2013, I was following Magnetic Magazine on Facebook and up pops a status in my news feed calling for music editors. I was rewatching "In Bruges" and I thought, I’m already trying to write a book about electronic music, why not give it a shot with some boots-on-the-ground writing experience? A resume update, a well crafted application email, and just over a year later, I’m still making Magnetic moves.
Best Magnetic Magazine Memory of 2014 (interview, festival, etc.)
It’s been a roller coaster - a glorious adventure. Covering Outside Lands and interviewing Holy Ghost!, Tycho and Gorgon City at the festival was a beautiful experience. As for highlight interviews, it’s a tie between interviewing Simian Mobile Disco on their Whorl tour and interviewing Trentemøller in the same green room used by Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco.
If you could have one goal in 2015, what would it be (Interview Hardwell, Marry Maya Jane Coles, Shave Steve Aoki’s head etc)?
Honestly, I’m just loving the ride, and my goal is to keep things moving forward. Although, if possibly my path were to cross with The Chemical Brothers, sending some questions their way and spending some quality time with them - THAT would be a dream come true.