Exclusive: Interview With Arizona Showstopper, Blossom

Exclusive: Interview With Arizona Showstopper, Blossom

Blossom opens up about her experiences in the industry as well as the Arizona scene and more!
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Last week I covered some of my favorite local EDM artists in Arizona, all of which, showcase the major talent and a potential for great things. Among those locals was a bright boisterous DJ known for her bright pink hair and heavy sets. Blossom is an amazing DJ that has been on large stages with some of the biggest artists today and received support from Dim Mak. I got the chance to interview Blossom to figure out how this ASU student and Happy Camper founder got her start in EDM, what some of her favorite moments were, and her thoughts on the local scene.


1. "What first got you into the EDM scene?"

I first got into the EDM scene through a college friend who took me to a mini-festival in Arizona. I had always really loved EDM, specifically dubstep, but throughout high school, I really didn't have any friends that were equally interested in it and so I was more of a quiet listener. When I got to college, I started to hear more EDM being played out at parties and my interest grew until I finally decided to buy myself a DJ controller halfway through my junior year. I was really enamored with the EDM scene and the person that I felt like I could be when at shows. It was really exciting to start finding my place in the world.


2. "How has your experience as a musician before producing influenced the music you make today?"

I started as a violinist when I was about two years old, and played until I was 14. Although it has been a while since I played an instrument, starting at such a young age fine tuned my ears and really helps me to produce and DJ in the right key. I learned DJing and production at the same time, and so as I learned what crowds responded to in DJing, as well as what I liked to play, I began to produce accordingly.


3. "How would you best describe your music in 4 words?"

Thus far, I haven't released any music that I feel really describes what I want to be making. A lot of what I have released is trap-y, pop-y, upbeat, and kind of girly, but I've been working on more music recently that I think reflects more of who I am and what kind of artist I want to be. Recent unreleased productions still have my 'Blossom' touch but are much darker, heavier, and more experimental.



4. "Which artists have had the biggest influence on your music?"

I am a huge fan of anything Ivy Lab touches and really love Noisia. G Jones, Bleep Bloop, and Eprom are original favorites, and all of their music really inspires me to keep pushing my production and get even heavier and more experimental. I love how dark their music can be.


5. "What has your experience been like with the Arizona EDM scene?"

I've had a really positive experience in Arizona and generally a pretty positive reception. It's really cool to see my growing fan base that welcomes my increasingly heavier style of music. It's incredible the amount of support that is in Arizona and the growth that the scene is experiencing. I currently run a monthly EDM Livestream called 'The Happy Camper' that has been growing organically and exponentially. A year ago, I never would have thought that a more underground, community-based show would have the potential for success, but I'm so excited to see more and more artists contact me about being in Arizona and wanting to play, or just sending me tunes in Arizona. We are the 5th biggest city, and our music scene is starting to grow to represent that. I'm in no rush to leave.

Check out Happy Camper's Twitter: @itshappycamper for all details on the livestream!

6. "So far what has been your favorite festival that you have played?"

Definitely Wet Electric! It was my first ever show that I played mainstage, and that was a really cool experience. Plus, two of my favorite DJs, Anna Lunoe and AC Slater, performed, and AC Slater was one of my first inspirations when I was getting started. Anna is an all around girl boss and she inspires me as well. I'll always hold Global Dance Festival 2015 close to my heart because that was my entry into the AZ music scene--I had entered the competition to play, made top 15, didn't win, and still got booked, and that was such an awesome experience to really kick off my dream.


7. "What inspires you to make music and perform?"

Beyond everything--any stress, school work, you name it--when I'm up there playing, I am so incredibly happy. A lot of people note how happy I look when I'm on stage, and I promise that's not me faking a smile... I really, truly love it. DJing is my greatest passion and has been an escape for me even when I was less inspired by other aspects of my life, and producing has come along to help me release all of the ideas for music that I've had stuck in my head forever but never knew how to express. I am truly passionate about the music scene and, now with Happy Camper, running shows, and I never would've found that had I not just asked a DJ at a party what controller he used and then just went out and bought it. Looking back and seeing how far I've come is the inspiration that keeps me going.


Blossom has already made some amazing strides as an artist and performer but the possibilities for her growth are endless as the Arizona scene continues to exponentially grow. I look forward to hearing some dark and heavy tracks from one of my favorite locals coming this fall!

And as always, support your local artists and make sure to check Blossom out on:

Instagram: blossom.dj Twitter: @blossomdj_ Facebook: @officialblossomdj and Soundcloud: BLOSSOM ❀ 彡

Cover Image Credit: Blossom

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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