Bio: Treatment with “Electro-Convulsic Therapy” Convulsic Artist Biography
“Convulsic’s beats are on par with Skrillex, but even then, his own intensity and vision show through as the bright star he’s meant to be.” –indiemusicnews.com
Has your playlist become blah and got you all down? No worries… there’s a cure for your depression! It is called “Electro-Convulsic Therapy.” The man with the medicine is Erik Hale, a San Diego based dubstep artist and producer. With Erik’s creative perfection and passion, he’s quickly evolved into “Convulsic.” His amped-up meld of dubstep and trance works directly on your brain, which will never be the same. Erik’s musical style developed quite differently than the typical electronic musician, as he explains, “I was initially into bands like Metallica, The Offspring, and even Tom Petty.” This early fascination with hard rock led Hale to take up guitar and keyboards and teach himself to play. “I think my early work with the guitar and piano was a big influence on my musical development,” He continues, “Working with instruments gave me a better ability to arrange and orchestrate my electronic compositions.” However, to see just how Erik Hale became Convulsic, you have to take a step back to understand how deep his love is for the craft of music. “I remember hearing some techno remixes of Mario Brothers and Zelda game music, and I was amazed,” offers Erik. By the time he was twelve, he was already playing in bands and heavily influenced by the genres of reggae and punk. He has been on stage ever since; it is only the genres that have changed. Once he heard groups like Pendulum and Skrillex; he was hooked forever on Electronic Dance Music and started to morph into the electronic musician he is today – Convulsic.
By 2012, Convulsic was ready to release his first single; “Lava Lamp” and it immediately scored him a single licensing deal with an independent underground label. His debut EP Syndrome spread more like a pandemic throughout the rest of the year. The tracks on Syndrome infected listeners with their incredible attention to the arrangement and musical phrasing of the tracks. His detailed soundscapes throughout Syndrome are heard clearly in the bass and synth collisions in songs such as “Deconstruct” and “Electric Dum Dums.”
In 2014, Convulsic followed up the incredible success of Syndrome with another equally – if not more developed – example of his own stylistic evolution with Love Space. “Within Love Space, I wanted to tone-down some of the gaming influence and increase the emotive feel and high- intensity bass with a touch of trance,” offers Convulsic. Love Space would quickly rise on the charts, gleaning number eight on Billboard.com’s Next Big Sound Chart for trending artists. During 2014, the attention from the album quickly catapulted Convulsic to number one on the global dubstep charts on Reverbnation.com.
Convulsic has been called dubstep’s breakthrough artist of 2014, but what lies ahead for this amazing artist is just as enticing. In addition to another new EP release, he will soon be featured in EDM World and XXL Magazine, both highly respected music publications. In July, Convulsic will perform in front of his biggest audience yet, opening for the renowned Zomboy as part of The Outbreak Tour at the home of San Diego’s loudest sound system at Somewhere Loud.
For Convulsic, it’s all about syncopation, and orchestration – and not just in his music – but in how he reacts with fans, and fellow artists. He makes a point to interact with each and every fan or fellow artist on a positive and personal basis whenever possible – even on social media. He sums it up best, “Every person that connects with me about my music lifts me up… it is what I thrive on.”
Some musicians chase trends, Convulsic sets trends. Put a midi controller and a turntable in front of him, and you can see why in two short years he has incinerated the dubstep charts. So maybe your Syndrome can be treated? Maybe you can learn to Love Space and your surroundings again. You just need a little ECT via EDM, let’s call it “Electro-Convulsic Therapy.” Convulsic has the cure, so
just strap yourself in, ‘cause your brain will never be the same.
Artist Interview Questions
What is going on with you as an artist right now? How long have you been creating your art work, expressing your talents?
– Currently, I am working on my next EP and starting a record label. I have been creating music since I was about five. I learned how to play guitar and have been involved in music ever since.
What makes you worthy to be on stage at the SE 360 Music Festival?
– I have a stage presence that defines me as an artist. I have been told it is both captivating and commanding. Honestly, I love the music, and I want to make sure my audience does as well.
What is your biggest challenge as an artist, and how can the SE 360 Music Festival help you reach your goals?
– I would say my biggest challenge as an artist is time management. I am somewhat of a perfectionist, and there are new tasks emerging constantly. I feel that working with the SE 360 music festival will help me to balance my goals based upon relevance.
Send us three artists who you may think would like to participate in the festival next year!
Struxnet, Galilee, Shatterz
Name five true fans you would love to come to see you at the festival!
Margarita Duanez, Molly Fehr, Jackie Zelinski, Joe Woolsey, Andre Pranga
Can you elaborate on your stage name, how that came to be?
– Convulsic comes from what it looks like when you dance to my genre of music!
Can you speak on your hottest song and video right now?
– I would say it is Love Space. This song keeps gaining exposure, even though it was released a few months back. It has gained me spots on National airplay charts, and billboard.com for “next big sound”!
Who directed your video and how much input did you have in that part?
-It was directed by Ian Fiener of One Push productions. Honestly, I had little to no input in the direction of the video. That was ok because I wanted to see how One Push Productions could convey my message with video. I was very impressed with the results 🙂
- Are you working on an album right now; can you tell us anything about what that album might entail?
– Currently, I am working on my next EP. This album is going to be a culmination of all my skills up to this point. For the last few months since my last EP, I have been really learning all I can so I can make the best music possible. I am looking to surprise people with this one 🙂
Will you continue to touch on “real life” issues?
-Always. Music is real life, and I want artists who may just be starting out to know that this does not come easy. Anything that is worth it requires sacrifice, ESPECIALLY music.
Can we expect to see you with any major features for your project or in the future in general?
– Oh yes 🙂 I have a lot of surprises up my sleeve. You just gotta stay tuned 🙂
Who did the production for your hottest track?
Will you be performing anywhere in the next two months?
-Yes. I work with White Rabbit Group which is an excellent dedicated company. They have been putting me on some amazing shows, so I am excited to see what kind of surprises they have in store for me.
If you had one song for the people to check out from you, besides, your hottest, it would be? And why?
-Strangers. That song I poured my emotion into every single bar. It really makes you think, and everyone has a different interpretation of the meaning. I like to hear what fans think 🙂
Where can the people find you at online?
Basically every single social media site. Just add /convulsic . Facebook.com/convulsic , twitter.com/convulsic etc.
Do you have any last shout outs for us?
– A huge shout out to Samaras Well promotions, White Rabbit Group, and all artists currently signed to Convulsic Records. 2014 was huge, 2015 is our time 🙂