We had the good fortune of connecting with Joseph Orloff and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joseph, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
This is has to be one of my favorite questions to be asked. If we step through the time portal and go back to middle school me the answer started to form then. I had just discovered Skrillex and deadmau5 and these were the two first electronic artists that introduced me to the world of EDM and all types of electronic music. As my life went one and I entered high school I started diving more and more into this style of music and around sophomore year I had a though of becoming a DJ. At this moment I started slowly getting into this idea of becoming a DJ and looking into things that encompassed. We fast forward to senior year and I was doing small DJ events for my school and locally and that’s when I discovered Porter Robinson and it was the first time music made me feel that way. It was the feeling of being understood and in that moment I said to myself “This is what I wanna do”. So to answer the question of why I pursued an artistic career and still currently is because I want to make people feel something, when they listen to my music I want them to be taken bake to a good time and I want them to feel understood just like how I felt that first time I experienced that feeling.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was one who always didn’t really think much of the things I created until my friends started telling me how different it was and then I took a step back and really looked at what I was making and realized it. I’m not entirely sure what separates me from others but I know I put my whole soul into what I am making and I think that translates well into the music because people find comfort in it. I am excited to see where this whole musical journey will take me and so far its been a rollercoaster of emotions and I don’t regret a single second of it. The idea of creating something is the most exciting for me it makes me feel alive and says “hey, I’m here!” I am currently not where I want to be yet but I can’t knock where I am currently at. It wasn’t easy and most likely won’t continue to be easy but I like the challenges because when you are doing what you love eventually it becomes easy. Id say the most challenging thing is being independent, we have to do everything on our own with our own budget and on top of all that still make the music, while it may be challenging and grueling sometimes the reward is far too great. I think the most important lesson I learned along the way is to just have fun and don’t overthink it, just let yourself be free and enjoy doing what you love to do. I just want people to know me as someone who’s music they can relate to who’s music as helped them through a dark time or even inspired them to try something different. My sole purpose with music is to have it resonate with you! If you felt something after listening to something I created then I feel accomplished.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is actually a really tough question to answer because I rarely go out and do things haha. I am mostly indoors and I usually do all my own cooking but if they did come into town I know for sure that I would want them to check out the flutter experience and Killer Noodle. Those are two places that I feel like everyone needs to try and experience.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t agree more with the statement above, I and many others would not be where they are without some hidden support from someone or a group of people. In my case it’s a handful of people, starting with my parents who are constantly supporting me and pushing me to do this because they believe in what I stand for. Next, it would have to be my friends who have always been there for me and honestly they all deserve a shoutout. So shoutout to Drasen, Brandon, Arturo, Gabe, Danny, Ashley, Robyn and Ethan. Without them and their amazing support over the years I don’t know if I would be in the same place both musically and mentally. They are truly amazing people.

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