The fusion of electronic music, hip-hop, bass and funk has been on the rise over the last few years. Fans are yearning for fresh new sounds and performances that go beyond a typical DJ set. As this scene evolves, John McCarten aka Manic Focus, sits near the top alongside friends and collaborators like Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Russ Liquid and Pretty Lights. Over the last six years Manic Focus has been honing his craft, releasing 4 well-crafted albums and touring extensively around the country alongside drummer, Jake Barinholtz.
His first three albums, Definition of Rhythm, Expanding Mind, and Distant Perspective were released independently to quite a bit of buzz, while his fourth album, Cerebral Eclipse, was released in 2014 under GRiZ’s imprint, All Good Records. Thankfully, Manic Focus’s new album titled Minds Rising is on the way and set to be released on April 21st. In a recent interview with Linzi Falk of River Beats, John revealed that:
“This is my first album that is completely sample-free. All of the instruments and vocals were written and recorded for these tracks. There’s more live instrumentation on this record than on my past releases, and it’s all blended with electronic production & virtual instruments. Having control over what was being played during the recording process has definitely lead me to take a different approach to my writing and producing. “
Very excited to see how he will translate this album concept into a new live concert experience. After his many years of work, I believe the new album will defy expectations.
On Friday, April 14, Manic Focus will be coming to The Boulder Theatre with a stacked lineup to accompany, including Bass Physics, Chris Karns and Blunt Force. Each of these acts have their own unique flare, adding up to a show you won’t want to miss a minute of. For more information, visit the official event page and get your tickets here. Hope to see you all out there!
P.S. The last time I saw Manic Focus in 2015 at the Fox Theatre, he brought out Dominic Lali (of Big Gigantic) and GRiZ! Who knows who he might bring out this year…
Written by Hunter Saillen