Combining a keen eye for engaging visual production with jaw-dropping, genre-bending electronic music, California-bred Producer/DJ, Seven Lions, has been thinking outside of the box for years with a profound spirit that has routinely drawn in dedicated concertgoers and fans around the globe. As a master of the feels, the attention to detail that Seven Lions has embedded into every artistic display that compliments each release is downright remarkable. In celebration of the release of Seven Lion’s latest EP, ‘Where I Won’t Be Found’, I caught up with the man to discuss bringing this release to life, his elaborate and kaleidoscopic stage visuals, craft beer, fan tattoos, and more.
Congrats on the recent release of your latest EP, ‘Where I Won’t Be Found’. Tell us about the direction that you took when creating this EP.
Thank you! This EP definitely has some more mellow tracks, I would say. I wanted to do something a little different and less full-on dance floor electronic and something a bit more about songwriting. Actually, I have worked on some of these songs for way longer than any other music that I’ve released. I actually started this EP back in 2015 so it has been in the works for awhile.
Yeah, you must have felt that it was time to release this material throughout ‘Where I Won’t Be Found’. Are there any recent life experiences that inspired this EP?
I think that I am just getting older and I want to listen to a bit more mellow music. I don’t really listen to the full-on Electronic music that I used to, at least not as much, so this EP release really goes along with what I’ve been listening to right now.
That’s awesome. Is there any chance that you would potentially lace in an Ambient/Trip-Hop element into your music anytime soon?
Yeah, I have actually thought about doing that a lot. We just moved out to Washington and it’s really nice and mellow. We have a really peaceful backyard and it makes me want to do a concept EP that is all very mellow and really pretty. But, I’m not sure when I’ll have time for that…eventually.
Incredible! Your elaborate stage visuals are perceived as a labor of love. Who do you collaborate with to bring your visions to life?
It’s all different people right now. My visual guy, Ian, has a lot to say in the whole process. Also, I have an Art Director, Daniel, who always has different ideas and we’re always talking about who we want to work with but it’s changed over the years.
Do you feel as though with all of the technological advances that you are able to expand your vision and try out new things? For instance, with VR, etc.
Maybe one of these days, but right now on the next tour, most of it will be traditional video package but after that when we do another bus tour, I definitely want to do something similar to our last tour where we had a bunch of cool projection maps. I like the idea of having a 3D stage, so the plan is to go more in that direction.
Oh yeah. Speaking of standout sets, you recently put on quite the show on The Circuit Grounds Stage at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Tell us about your experience and how the fans were receptive to the new material.
That was an awesome set! I was actually kinda nervous. Well, honestly, I get really nervous every EDC. I actually threw up the year before because I was so nervous. EDC freaks me out the most but it is the most fun. It was great! I spent a lot of time on that set and the crowd’s reception was amazing.
It looked like you brought in quite the crowd, especially amongst that weather because I perceive that the heat played was a factor as well…
Yeah, it was insanely hot! Luckily, it was kinda windy when I went on so there was a little bit of a breeze, but I think that it was the hottest that I remembered being out there. It was gnarly, it even got hotter after EDC was over.
Wow. Happy that you pulled through! Rumor has it that you’re a huge craft beer fan. What has been one of your favorite brewery experiences on the road?
That’s a tough question because I have been to so many breweries! The one that stands out most right now in my mind as being particularly good is Barley Forge Brewing Co. in Santa Ana, California. It was one of the best that we’ve been to and believe it or not, one of the smallest. They had a tiny little tasting room in a warehouse district, it was so good!
That’s awesome! Have you ever worked on brewing your own beer?
I did, once! I ended up leaving it for way too long and it ended up becoming a funky science experiment. I tried, but I totally forgot about it. We travel too much to do any long-term projects like that. It’s hard enough to keep plants alive in our house.
Right?! And brewing beer is a lifestyle in itself…
Yeah. We actually have a greenhouse where we live now, and we’re thinking about growing some plants and doing some hops. But I’m not really sure yet.
Great. Random, tell us something outside of your life as Seven Lions that could potentially shock our readers.
Hmmm. I’m not sure if anything will be shocking because I’m pretty open about who I am and what I like to do.
Don’t you have a Psytrance “alter ego” by the name of DJ SVEN?
Yeah. I did a secret Psytrance set after my set at EDC in 2016 on an Art Car Stage and I played until sunrise; that was a lot of fun. That’s definitely something that I like to do. I do like DJing sometimes. I DJ’d at my best friends wedding over the weekend and played a bunch of techno and stuff like that with one of my old friends.
That’s awesome! Nice and humbling to go back to your roots…
Oh yeah, for sure. It’s nice. I still like playing at really small social gatherings.
Totally. Who of the current generation of artists do you feel is leading by example with a unique delivery both artistically and musically and why?
Right now, I would say Ghost. I like their whole thing. In Electronic Music, I would say MitiS. He is making really good melodic stuff, and all of his songs sound different. He is not doing the exact same thing that a lot of people are doing right now.
Incredible. Ghost’s visual presentation amongst their musical delivery is downright mesmerizing. Have you seen any unique fan tattoos over the years while touring?
I have seen a lot of tattoos, especially in the last two years. There have been some really creative ones. There have been watercolor ones that people have pulled off really well with the logo. A lot of fans will create designs and post them online and then other fans will get those designs tattooed; it’s really cool. I’ve definitely seen some really good album artwork tattoos as well, but it’s very cool to see other people tattooing fan art.
Absolutely. I wouldn’t be surprised if the album artwork for ‘Where I Won’t Be Found’ starts to get tattooed in no time as well. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you so much for the support.