Herobust Moves Back To Atlanta And Talks New Documentary Film In iEDM Exclusive Interview
The dirty South is known for its trap stars, and Herobust is one of them. He brings the 808 with him everywhere he goes. Last year, his Vertebreaker Tour took him to foreign countries such as China, India, Australia, Canada, and many notable festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Bonnaroo, Shambhala, Middlelands, and more.
This year he started some big endeavors too. Not only is he performing at the top festivals and constantly working on new music. He also just moved back home to Atlanta and is now being featured in a documentary! Filming started at Shaky Beats, where we got the chance to catch up with him after an incredible weekend.
He told us how happy he was to be back here in the South, especially since it has such a big impact on his music. "While living in New York, my style was getting a little harder and more dubby. Which I appreciate, but at the core of Herobust is a derivative of southern rap and I'm excited to get back in touch with that," he said.
Inspired to be here, he's been getting back into the studio and managing more sessions with all of the talented up-and-coming rappers in Atlanta. He said, "I'm in an experimental phase which is my favorite part. I love DJing but producing is where my heart is."
In many places, people give him love and show appreciation for his music, but there is no place like home. Moving back has been a great experience for him and Shaky Beats reminded him of that. His parents attended and a girl even shared how her salon cuts his mom's hair. It's little things like that which can make you truly feel like a part of the community.
Now that he's back where it all began, we wanted to know a little more about his history and found that his introduction to EDM was through electronica, which he feels lead him to truly value originality and the experimental nature of computer music. He found inspiration in Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, electronic musicians whose musical talents have been enjoyed by many for decades.
His first performance was more like a "vibe set" and was actually at a speakeasy psych rock promo show that took place in 529 east Atlanta. High school friends of his told the promoter to book him and he closed out the show with some experimental downtempo.
The attendees weren't expecting EDM. He said, "It was such a curveball. Nobody was judging on how good I was, just knew it was different, which took a lot of pressure off. I'm very fortunate to have had such an awesome first experience."
He had a great start and now he releases music, such as his Vertebreaker EP, on Mad Decent, sold out shows, and has gained a substantial amount of followers touring nationally and internationally. It doesn't all come so easy though, and that's what he plans to show the world through a new documentary series that he is being featured in.
Director Mike Kaneff wants to show that some jobs which are infamous for being simple take a lot of work and are anything but that. DJing often does not get enough credit for the effort it takes.
"This is what I've done for a living for a while and any time somebody asks me about what I do for a living, it's just a pain to explain, especially to older people," he said. "The closest thing I can compare it to is being a rockstar. Now they'll have a better understanding."
Not going into the documentary with an agenda is the point of the show. So, he is just acting as he would if the cameras weren't there so that he won't misrepresent the lifestyle and people can see what it is really like.