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Becky Jean Williams and John Hancock of Late Night Alumni performing at the beautiful Gorge amphitheatre.
Becky and John showing us that EDM is so much more than just someone behind a DJ booth.


4 Ways Late Night Alumni Is Carving Their Own Niche (Exclusive Interview)

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Part of what makes Late Night Alumni such a unique group is their integration of the beautiful sweetness in the live vocals of Becky and John’s mastery of strings to bring an experience that just can’t be matched with a recording. A typical DJ has many options at his or her disposal to craft and alter the set on the fly, but being somewhere between a band and DJs, Late Night Alumni have to do a lot more preparation in advance to craft their sets. Fortunately, at Paradiso they absolutely nailed it as they delivered a dreamlike afternoon set.

It’s a different set from any we’ve done at a festival. -Becky

We just have to be Late Night Alumni, we are a little mellow. The surprise might be how mellow we are compared to anyone else. – John

Late Night Alumni's Becky and John performing at Paradiso 2014

Becky and John show us at Paradiso just how beautiful live music can be.

It’s clear that Late Night Alumni are secure in their place in the dance music world, and yet aware of how unique a position they occupy. While some artists like Big Gigantic with the saxophone, Kill Paris with the epic keytar, or Pretty Lights with the full band utilize live instruments in their set, even fewer utilize live vocals. JES is one such artist who comes to mind, but many of the artists we love are predominantly mixing pre-recorded vocals and instruments in their sets. It was fascinating to watch them on stage as Becky is incredibly engaging on-stage and it is clear that John is fully engrossed in his instruments. The most important part of all was seeing the sheer joy they both had at being at the Gorge in the sunshine.

It’s different for us, there’s DJ’s trying to put sets together all the time of what’s cool and what’s coming up. In a way that’s a good and tougher thing for us… for us it’s more how to we keep it fresh with a band repertoire? We’re in this weird world between band and DJ. – John

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Lizzy has been raving since the wee age of 14 after being grounded for a month for having rave fliers in her bag. Like her other love, snowboarding, what was supposed to be "a phase" has become an essential part of her life and she is excited to see a new generation developing the same love.

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