[Interview] David Garcia of WREK 91.1's EDM Sound System
We caught up with David Garcia, who graces Atlanta's airwaves Saturday night on Georgia Tech's radio station WREK 91.1 FM. His show EDM Sound System hosts a wide variety of genres including house, techno, and drum n' bass, glitch, and psytrance.
EDM Sound System features such a wide array of electronic music. Who are some of your favorite artists or DJs that have been featured on your show?
I’ve had quite a few memorable DJs over the years. Some of my favorites include Treasure Fingers (our recent interview), Mr. Bill (our recent review), Thriftworks, Pierce Fulton, Gabriel & Dresden, Kenneth Thomas, and Ford all of whom were incredibly down to earth people.
Do you have any memorable stories about people on your show?
One of my most memorable experiences was when I met Pierce Fulton at Opera right before he went on. I told him my goals of eventually becoming a signed producer and he told me it was totally possible and all I had to do was put in the work.
Another “memorable” experience was the time I had a DJ come on to play, and his computer had to restart delaying us 30 minutes, he showed up completely smashed, he couldn’t blend very well, and most of his tracks had curse words. That was fun.
Hosting this radio show gives you an insider perspective on the trends of the EDM world. Are there any recent trends that have surprised you?
I am surprised dubstep took off the way it did, given its harsher, sometimes wall-of-sound, characteristic. It became mainstream and you could hear it on commercials and in TV shows. I was also surprised at the sudden rise of trap music, not because of the music itself, but because it has somehow become tied to electronic dance music when in my opinion they’re completely different scenes.
Techno seems to be making a comeback in a huge way! Many of my friends are getting into it, and the techno/tech house scene is starting to really blow up here in Atlanta. Even Armin van Buuren released a techno remix of his "I Live For That Energy (ASOT 800 Anthem)" called "Ygrene Taht Rof Evil I."
The other trend I have been super excited about is this blend of Nintendo, R&B, and Japanese pop music. I don’t know what to call it, but some good examples include Grynpyret, 2ToneDisco, Herzeloyd, and the Soda Island Collective.
What is the strangest thing you have played on your show?
Probably the strangest kind of music I’ve played was Thriftworks, whose music is trippy, dark, and tribal. Also when Mom Jeans played footwork, a pretty obscure genre that’s only recently come around. It’s an offshoot of DnB with urban roots, that’s glitchy and eclectic. Definitely a change of pace.
You often host local DJs and producers on your show. Who are the DJs in Atlanta EDM lovers should keep an ear out for?
Definitely keep an eye for Treasure Fingers, Reliquary, Brian Tedder, Shaman Flux, and Sam Logsdon who's a radio host on WRAS 88.5.