12th Planet

12th Planet was easily one of the best shows we’ve been to this year at Prime Boston. The venue was absolutely slammed for the full Smog lineup also including Protohype, Starkey, Two Fresh, and Steady. Josh is the most chill dude ever, and even flipped through his phone showing us some cool videos from previous tour stops. Check out the interview for his opinion of the term “EDM,” advice for aspiring artists,  how long it took  to be able to depend on music for stability, and your chance to win a photo signed by Josh himself.

Can you describe your sound with three words?
I cannot describe my sound with three words. If I had to pick three words to describe my sound, they would be: I cannot pick words. That’s four, though. Sorry. You’re gonna hear dubstep, drum and bass, electro, drumstep, house, twerk, dutch house, hard house, hardstyle, everything. Whatever I’m feeling at the time is pretty much what I’m playing or trying to make or emulate.

What did you start out with?
I started out producing hip hop, but moved quickly to hardcore and drum and bass when I was really young, under the name Infiltrata. I did about eight years under that, then switched to 12th Planet.
What are you currently producing with?
I’m using Logic and Ableton.
Who gave you your first chance playing out as a DJ?
My manager Danny gave me one of my first shots when I was like 17 at a frat house. It went great.
At what point in time did you realize this was going to be your career?
When I was in high school, I knew this was what I wanted to do. It was hard going to college and trying to sit in class listening to stuff while being like, “You don’t even know what I did last night.”
Why wasn’t your remix of “ADD SUV” released?
I think they gave it away for free. It’s out there somewhere. It never got an official iTunes selling release. That was a cool remix. It was before there was the word “trap.” I was approached and they were looking for that mash between dubstep and hip hop. I think it was way too ahead of its time; it was three or four years before trap came around, during the early stages of Purple. It wasn’t Purple enough and it wasn’t hip hop enough – it was kind of in between – but they gave it away and that was cool.
Do you have any drum and bass tracks coming up?
You can look forward to drum and bass productions. I don’t know when, it depends on the day.
What do you think about the term “EDM?” Do you think the term is what’s making dance music mainstream right now?
I think it’s just a term to create a uniform selling point for iTuens and stuff like that. It differentiates from other stuff like rock and roll and country. But everyone knows there are subgenres for all music, even rock and roll. I don’t know who created the word, but it’s a cool uniform term.
Are there any genres you haven’t experimented with yet, but want to try?
I want to make some country like Avicii.
Do you?
No, not really.
Has anything wild happened during the tour?
Max did a front flip on a six-foot gap in Tampa, so we have the Max flip. Last night, Keaton, who handles merch, did her first stage dive on top of Max’s shoulders. That was insane. Surprisingly, the two craziest things that have happened were jumping into the crowd.
What’s your advice for aspiring DJ/producers?
Stay in school and keep your day job until [music] becomes a stable means of supporting yourself. That means you can pay your rent and all your bills. Actually, so you can pay two months’ rent in advance and eat food you want to eat. Once you make it there, you’re good. I did the hunger method and it takes forever.
How long did it take you to become that stable?
Maybe about 10 years in. But now we’re in the day of overnight successes and hearing these stories about kids being discovered at ages 15 and 16. That doesn’t happen to everyone, though.