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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.


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Since John and Becky are both veterans of the music world, it was crucial to get their insight on what’s going on in our scene both within the media and itself. John chuckled when we asked for his perception, chuckling as he quipped, “I laugh, I get it, I get the joke, and I love it at the same time.” We couldn’t help but dig a bit deeper, and discovered that it was in reference to the idea that the bigger a genre gets, the more it becomes a parody of itself. This is certainly evident in the recent EDM sketch on Saturday Night Live, and yet it would be a disservice to discredit the work of those who work incredibly hard in the studio and on stage honing their craft. Late Night Alumni get this too, which is why they bring in their background to make the unique sound that they do.

The biggest thing we can add is strings. I don’t come from a dance background at all… I’ve worked and produced with every kind of music there is. It’s just something we’ve brought from outside of dance music. There will always be strings. -John

One of the more fascinating things about EDM currently is how big and unpredictable it’s becoming. Perhaps one of the most unpredictable areas is what will happen in the legal realm with sampling and remixing each other’s music. Kaskade called out SoundCloud recently, and we know the saga with that particular service is all but over. John pointed out that underground parties and deep house are coming back, and Becky identified that more and more artists are being celebrated for incorporating live aspects into their sets.

Becky Jean Williams of Late Night Alumni at Paradiso

Becky Jean Williams packs an incredible voice into her petite frame.

Our opinions on DJ’s who completely prepare their sets in advance were challenged by John comparing it to going to see a movie, where you aren’t seeing the actors performing live and yet can still appreciate the artistry that went into producing that film. We still prefer watching the magic that happens when a DJ is reading and responding correctly to a crowd, but it is always fun when a conversation with an artist challenges the way we think. Overall we had a wonderful time sitting down with Becky and John, and we can’t wait to see what their time at the Gorge inspires in the future.

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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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