Shambhala music festival headliners Love and Light come to the Kootenays on Saturday night.

Love and Light comes to Nelson

Shambhala music festival interviews Love and Light ahead of their show on Saturday at Nelson's The Royal.

Love and Light are from the Tahoe/Reno basin and are bringing their unique sound to Nelson ahead of headlining Shambhala Music Festival this summer. The team at Shambhala caught up with Love and Light before they play The Royal on Saturday.

1. While on tour, what is one item that must accompany you?

Vita-Mineral Green is something we never leave home without when we are on the road. It is a nutrient dense combination of greens, probiotics and superfoods that we can’t live without.

2. Your music, can it be genre-ified?

It would be hard to fit our live show into any genre, because we touch upon so many. But as individual songs, we make all kinds of combinations, focusing on midtempo break beats, electro moombahton, and the occasional dubstep tune.

3. Crunk junkie is a term we’ve heard to describe the future sound of your music. How would you describe this?  What is next?

I like this question. I think it is a good fit because to us, crunk means dance-able… But not just moving, full body swinging to a groove that is chunky and funky as a dirty gym sock. And the junkie art fits in nicely as people become addicted to moving in that manner.

4. Back in December, you released a free EP. What are your thoughts on free vs. paid for music?

Free music is the way it should be. If you are resourceful enough to find the music online and get it for free, that is using the internet like a pro, and good job. The reason we sell music is because websites like beatport and addictech are a wonderful outlet of reaching people. People who want electronic music usually go to a website like this to find new sounds. If someone hits us up and honestly can’t afford to buy our tracks, we always send them our tunes.

5. Hailing from Reno, is it fairly safe to assume you’re partially influenced by Burning Man culture? How has the broader festival scene influenced the flavour of your music?

We are ABSOLUTELY influenced from the Burning Man culture. We have gone seven of the last eight years, and it has been a played a large part in opening our eyes to better music and genres. Westcoast festivals like LIB and Symbiosis, however, have played a larger part in influencing our daily lives and way we go about living them.

6. You aim to create music that will “touch your heart and elevate your soul”. Do you see the positive energy you put in reflected on the dancefloor?

Positive energy is the only thing we see on the dancefloor. People are always super bouncy and bubbly, and happy to be rocking out to a positive groove at our live shows. It is refreshing to see so many smiles mixed with bass faces.


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