This week we caught up with Laguna Beach natives, Harmonik Elektronik. Husband and wife duo, Chris and Danee Long mesh bouncy beats with ethereal vocals to produce a sound of their own. Check them out in our interview below!
What cultivated your passion for music?
“Just being a part of the Underground scene for so long. From owning Highersource Records to DJing to producing – our passion for music has always been there. It has been a natural progression and we find inspiration everywhere.”
Where and how did the concept of Harmonik begin to develop?
“Harmonik is just our style in every way – harmony. When I DJ I really consider the harmonics and key of every track I play. I try to take you on a smooth ride on the dance floor.”
Tell us about your latest project and what you hope to evoke to your audiences? What can we expect in 2013?
“We are actually working on a new EP right now. One song is a sultry, deep house track with sexy vocals laid down by Danee. I know it will make people dance and groove. 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for us, DJing out a lot with cool collaborations coming. I have a radio show at deephouselounge.com. Danee is designing a new clothing line for H/E brand, so yeah 2013 we will be busy!”
What sound or direction are you focusing on?
“I like to think we have our own sound. Especially, due to Danees unique voice and style. It’s a mix of funked out, sultry vocals over thick deep house beats with fat baselines.”
Artist worldwide have given their two cents on where dance music is currently and how they feel about the media’s hype and/or hate on the scene. What is your take on comments such as Kaskade’s on the last LA Times? DJ Shadow’s rant about getting kicked off the stage in Miami?
“I think dance music is only going to get bigger and better and spread more. There are new genres of electronic music bubbling up. There will always be haters – that’s for sure. I completely agree with what Kaskade said, it’s not the responsibility of promoters to regulate the drug abuse that sometimes occur at these events. People who are uninformed on the scene like to think that if you enjoy this music you must be on drugs, that’s simply not the case. For the real heads it’s about that beat and that thumping baseline. It’s a community of good people for the most part; there are bad apples in every scene. As far as Shadow’s comments, I think it is a matter of big time VIP’s thinking that DJ’s are jukeboxes. We are not! It happened to Tommy Sunshine in New York and Mark Farina in Vegas as well… it actually disgusts me because it’s their art they are messing with. I appreciate the fact that Shadow’s integrity comes first! People need to be more informed on whom they go see and make better choices for themselves. The bottle service crowd should not be running the turntables, leave that to the professionals!”