Releasing her funky, minimal techno sound on her boutique label, Bass Candi, SuperDre thrives in the live environment delivering most of her sets on turntables along with midi controllers, an art becoming more and more rare among Producers/DJs. Check out our exclusive Interview Below!
MI Evening Out: So whats it like coming from Grand Rapids and making as much footwork as you have?
SuperDre: It’s pretty crazy. I still have SO much further to go, but I’m glad I’ve been able to get this far in Grand Rapids. I think it probably would have been a little easier in a bigger city, but with a larger market there are a separate set of obstacles to deal with so I guess each have their pros and cons.
MI Evening Out: Can you tell the fans a little bit about how you got into the music industry and some info on you and who has been your
SuperDre: Well, I’ve studied music my whole life, so I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, but a lot of it has really been a trial and error kind of thing. Unfortunately, Grand Rapids doesn’t have a lot in the way of “music industry” people to talk to, so I’ve relied a lot on networking other places when I have shows. Also, I’d choose an artist that I’d like and sort of watch the way they did things from a business perspective and apply as much as I could to my own career even though resources here are limited. Lorin Ashton (Bassnectar) is a good friend of mine and he’s been really helpful to me in terms of someone to bounce ideas off of or to know who in the industry to talk to and who to avoid. lol All those things are really helpful.
MI Evening Out:After hours of DJing, sometimes it may be best to get away from the studio monitors. Where does a DJ like you go to grab a drink on a night off?
SuperDre: Usually, I’m likely to be found at Stella’s, Meanwhile or Billy’s. I’m a downtown/Eastown girl, so that tends to be where I end up most of the time.
MI Evening Out: You’ve always been an DJ that’s in high-demand, meaning the hours can get pretty extensive. If there was one restaurant you could take with you where ever you go, which would that be?
SuperDre: If I could, I’d take Leo’s with me everywhere lol I haven’t been there in a bit, but I love seafood and that’s always been my favorite seafood restaurant in Grand Rapids.
MI Evening Out:We’re sure you’ve seen the rise and fall of many trends in the club. What aspect in club culture do you think has changed the most since the start of your career?
SuperDre: To be honest, I don’t feel like a lot has changed here in terms of club culture. Only thing I can really think of us that overall people don’t really dress up to go out like they used to. Things are a lot more casual now.
MI Evening Out: You’ve played some of the biggest clubs in Michigan I am told. If there’s one venue that just feels like home every time you play it, where is it and why?
SuperDre: Well, Billy’s pretty much IS playing at home for me lol, but aside from that, I love playing at The Works in Detroit. It’s always been one of my favorite venues to play at. I also really like playing at the Magestic Theater in Detroit as well.
MI Evening Out: There’s nothing like a good cocktail to celebrate a successful night in the booth. What’s your poison for such an occasion?
SuperDre: I’m such a creature of habit. So much so that I’m pretty sure everyone in America knows I always drink Stolichnaya Bluberi on the rocks with three limes. LOL Most places don’t even ask what I want when I walk in, they just start pouring haha. If it’s a night where I’m taking it easy, I usually drink cabernet. I love wine.
MI Evening Out: Everyone’s had an issue or two with a doorman every now and then. Have you ever had a run-in with a cocky doorman?
SuperDre: Haha it’s rare, but it has happened to me before. I won’t say the venue, but chances are if you live in Grand Rapids and you’re reading this interview, you already know exactly which place I’m talking about lol
MI Evening Out: What do you see in the near future of your career?
SuperDre: As far as near future, I’m just wrapping up summer shows right now. I’ve been in the studio a lot recently, so mostly looking forward to releasing my album this fall and a couple of EPs.
MI Evening Out: Any shout outs or last minute thanks?
SuperDre: As always, thanks to my mom and dad. Wouldn’t be where I am without them.
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