Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Otro and Beyun.
Katie Otro and Beyun, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
DJ Pierre created Afro Acid studios to pass down his knowledge and legacy to the next generation of producers and DJs. He also wanted to create an environment for his peers and colleagues where they can be free to produce music that breaks the barriers of which the music industry puts on artists.
The mission at Afro Acid and our sister label, Jack Trax is to cultivate artistic freedom.
As of today, Afro Acid has hosted some of the biggest names and legends in house music including DJ Sneak, Todd Terry, Lil Louis, Chus and Ceballos, Blaze aka Kevin Hedge and A Guy Called Gerald. Afro Acid is home to developing new bloods such as myself Katie Otro, Lessnoise, Beyun, DJ One Five and Alex Lucas. In 2018, we are looking forward to further connecting with our community and spreading the Afro Acid movement through the heart and soul of dance music.
Has it been a smooth road?
The studio and labels are named Afro Acid and Jack Trax, however, we make more than acid and jacking tracks. It’s been a struggle to communicate that this music studio and record labels are home to all genres of dance music. If we feel like making techno, we make it. If we feel like adding a soulful vocal to an acid track, we do it. If there’s a guitar riff we think would sound good over a Wildpitch track, we lay it down.
There are no barriers at Afro Acid and Jack Trax. We strive to make the latest cutting-edge music while staying true to the principles of dance.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Afro Acid Studio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our music is what makes us most proud. We are in the business of bringing people together. We are more than a record label and recording studio. We are a movement. We want to break the mold of what dance music is “supposed to be”. We cultivate talent and let it evolve as it may be. We specialize in letting artists be who they are.
What sets us apart is that we are here to embrace and accept the sounds that our DJs and producers want to communicate. The message they are brought through their music is something we welcome. We push the boundaries and seek to invoke a reaction.
Being fake and putting up a front is not what we are about. We want you to dance, cry, scream, shake, move and jump. We want you to feel and that is real.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The thing I love most about ATL is the people and their warmness. Southern hospitality and the feeling that your neighbors don’t mind taking a few extra minutes to check in and ask you about your day is what makes the South so special.
Currently, I live in LA and lived in NYC for ten years before moving to the West Coast. I grew up in Houston Texas and have spent a lot of time in ATL. I love the vintage shopping in ATL and when I’m in town I make sure to stop into Alexis Suitcase.
Also, the Southern is a breeding ground for young talent because the hustle of big city living is not as intense. Atlanta is home to an amazing house and techno scene and it impacts the other major genres that are birthed in this city. Trap music is a direct impact of the merging of electronic music and hip-hop. Afro Acid and Jack Trax are proud to be a part of a place where birthing new genres isn’t foreign. Atlanta is a perfect place to create and grow.
- Website: http://afroacid.com/
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