6 QUESTIONS WITH SEBRIS
So this was the 3rd year Back to Life has had the honor to cover Realms Con, and I have to say this was the best one yet! For those who don't know, Realms Con is a three-day, multimedia convention held annually in Corpus Christi, Texas. Realms Con covers anime, gaming, horror and comic books and is all around an awesome place to be! For me the highlight of realms con is the rave, seems like every year they seem to out do themselves. 2015 was one for the books and we were lucky enough to talk to Sebris a bit about it. Check it out!
1. Who or what influences you and your music?
It's somewhat difficult to explain. As a furry, my image is a deep reflection of who I am inside. I've always had some sort of connection with wolves on a more spiritual level, as weird as this all sounds. This is a big part of where my inspiration comes from. On top of that, I've made tracks that were influenced by experiences, both from what I've gone through, along with more abstract depictions. Outside of that, I've always loved electronic music. My first album from the genre was a Moby record discovering artists such as Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, and Justice. From there, I was able to see more of what the scene had to offer.
Of course, my performance at Realms Con this year was a DJ set, so a lot of the music came from various artists. Even then, the tracks I choose follow the same influence on top of the vibe and spirit of the event I'm mixing for.
2. How long have you been doing music?
At a very young age, I was taking piano lessons while learning music theory. It wasn't until 2006 when I got FL Studio, my first DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). I still use it to this day! My first live performance was at a local venue formerly known as Studio B back in 2010. In the same year, I bought my first pair of CDJs. The fursuit head didn't exist until 2012. In one of my first shows with it, I got really nervous about going on stage like that in front of people I've never really met. I'm really glad I did, otherwise I wouldn't get to be myself. Even as I shoot forward, I never thought I'd get this far. I've gotten to travel around the state and play shows with several musicians of whom I look up to. I hope this continues!
3. How many times have you done Realms Con?
This past year was my 5th consecutive year with Realms Con. Of all the shows I've played around Texas, Realms Con has always been my favorite. I didn't have the wolf head until 2012, and it wasn't until 2014 that I was able to organize a full-on production for the entire rave with my friends at Skip Entertainment and JDS Lasers. Every year has been a fun year, and I look forward to bring another one in 2016!
4. What is your favorite thing about Realms Con?
The people! Everyone is friendly, open, high spirited, and full of energy. This even goes for the guests, panelists, staff, and volunteers. On top of that, the rich diversity of fandoms that attend (including those from my own). This year, Realms Con has likely outgrown Anthrocon, the largest furry convention in the world, however, the vibe remains relaxed and homey. I've attended a few conventions and played in a couple of them. All of them gave me the time of my life, but I've always considered Realms Con my home.
5. Plans for next year?
It's very early in the planning stage, so I don't have much to report at this time. Even so, I don't think I wanna spoil any surprises~ All I can say is that I'll be sure to create an even greater experience as each year goes by! I think the whole nostalgic video game startup sequence will continue to be a thing for me. I'll also be able to sell merch in the dealer’s den as well as the glow table during the rave with apparel, and CDs including the new album that will be out well before then.
6. 5 facts about you that your fans probably don’t know?
The time I've spent DJing, in the beginning I started by doing live performances using MiDi controllers and a DAW off my laptop. I'm actually planning on moving back into doing that as new tracks are released, but of course, I wouldn't give up DJing. It's too much fun!
Before I did stuff in Corpus, I learned a lot of what I could do today by playing through livestreams being broadcasted on Second Life in these nightclub sims (world spaces). Though it doesn't get you very far outside of the grid, it helped me gain some experience.
Believe it or not, I happen to be an Asperger's patient. I was diagnosed at the age of 2. Over the years, I've learn to cope with it to where I rarely have to deal with any negative effects while taking advantage of its positive effects. I always believed that it’s what helped me become the individual I am today. It's a challenge, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Back in high school, I was the weird wolf guy. However, when electronic music was starting to make a comeback in the US, some of my classmates actually came to me to help them find what they should check out. They basically came to the silly assumption that after high school I would be throwing raves and wearing wolf costumes … and holy crap, they were right.
I used to have this weekly show known as Visionz at a club that used to be Bourbon St. Voodoo Lounge. Not only did I DJ, but my buddy Mike and I constructed a DJ booth that used projection mapping. We would put together video visuals while programming the lights to go with the music we both spun. Unfortunately, the event didn't last long as the city did road renovations that tore up the sidewalks, forcing the club to shut down. However, the name Visionz lived on. This is where Visionz Entertainment came from, and under Visionz Entertainment, we produced the video visuals you have seen at Realms Con for the past two years!
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