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One look at Celldweller is more than enough to make you think this is an interesting person. Aside from the edgy metal look, the sci-fi album covers, and an overwhelming dedication to his fans, his musical style is enough to spend a few hours talking about.
We first stumbled on Celldweller with his Klash-Up (spelled with a K for his name, Klayton) of famed Metal gods Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne. Since that day, it’s been a whirlwind of releases which all encompass his signature sound. If you’ve never spent any time listening to him, now is the time. Klayton’s style is truly unique, blending dubstep, drum and bass, and elements of metal into perfectly crafted tracks. Seeing him live only made us more impressed with this sound, as hundreds of club goers switched back and forth from dancing to head banging. It’s truly a sight to see.
We had a chance to sit down with Celldweller at Beta Nightclub and talk about everything from to when he first heard about Beta to how he feels about his own music.
TMN: Welcome to Colorado, Klayton. Is this your first time performing here?
CD: It is not. I played the Marquis maybe a year ago, on a Tuesday night, and was really impressed with how vibrant the scene was. That was more of my rock iteration of my show which is like a DJ set meets a rock band.
For a Tuesday night, I was pretty impressed at the Denver scene. Electronic music is thriving here.
TMN: Your career as an electronica artist is relatively young. What does it feel like to play at such a highly revered club such as Beta?
CD: I’ve always been electronically minded, I just grew up playing instruments so that’s always been a part of my sound. I’m a musician, I’m not really comfortable with just getting up there and pushing buttons. I’ve always gotta be doing something.
Playing instruments is where I’m most naturally comfortable. I know how to play all those instruments, I could write a hundred songs like that, but it’s much more challenging for me to try and get a different tone for drums and synths and different textures for every sound that I create. So what I did is really complicate my own life. That’s what gets me off.
TMN: What does it mean specifically to play at a club like Beta though?
CD: It means a lot. When I found out that I was playing here, especially with Bare, I was really excited be here at Beta. I actually had a conversation with BT about a year ago, he said, “Have you ever played at Beta, because that place is insane.” Then now to actually be here, and to be playing with Bare, I’m lovin’ it. And you can tell that people here are really into the music.
TMN: We were just up there for your set and people were going insane. You’re like a rock star personified into a DJ.
CD: Well, I never considered myself a rock star, but if you want to use that term. I actually was a “rock star”, so that’s where it came from. I actually didn’t feel like I was moving around that much tonight, but that’s because I rehearsed really hard last night and my neck is really sore.
TMN: We were stoked on one of your very first “Klash-ups” Disposable War Pigs. Do you feel that track was kind of a game changer for you?
CD: No. I actually just did it with no pretense. I just did it because I love both bands. I knew I wanted to do something, and I knew that the Sabbath song was wide open. I could just program around that thing for days because there was huge open sections around Ozzy’s voice. I actually did it thinking no one would care. In a really short amount of time we started finding out that a lot of people reacted to it. We found out that Excision was closing out his sets with my track on his tour when he came back for his encore.
I always create pretending that no one in the world cares what I’m doing. Because I’m really doing this for me anyways, so I can’t base my judgements or decisions based on what someone else wants to hear.
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