Lightning in a Bottle has become a veritable institution over the past several years. Held annually in the expanse of Bradley, CA, the annual gathering has gained a reputation as California’s premier Memorial Day Weekend festival. The eclectic billing of the Lightning stage, formidable bass of Thunder, and exceptional house and techno selection of Woogie combine to make LiB a haven for tasteful electronic music fans of all creeds. This year, Bassnectar, Richie Hawtin, and Bonobo are among the many acts which will draw a broad crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the roster for an interview series leading up to the weekend.
Chris Barratt has catalyzed an impressive career ascension for himself over the past few years. Operating under the Eagles & Butterflies moniker, the British-born artist has swiftly gained a name for himself thanks to his tasteful, tireless output. Barratt’s prolific catalogue delves into a stylistic range which spans the most intriguing corners of house, techno, and downtempo – and has met positive reception from some of the most influential figures throughout the aforementioned genres.
Eagles & Butterflies’ masterful array of remixes and originals have landed on coveted imprints such as Get Physical, Innervisions. His most recent official release – a remix of Aero Manyelo’s “Mooki” – was very deservedly premiered here, on Dancing Astronaut. Late in 2016, Barratt took the next step in his career, by rising up from features on other esteemed labels to form his own, dubbed “Life Imitating Art.”
Indeed, for Eagles & Butterflies, life has imitated his art as his performative successes catch up with his creative accomplishments. This year, the DJ has earned enviable slots at Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Awakenings. Of course, Barratt’s most imminent festival appearance is Lightning in a Bottle, where he’s scheduled for a two-hour set at the Woogie stage on Saturday, May 27.
In preparation for his forthcoming appearance, Eagles & Butterflies was courteous enough to speak with us about his music, Lightning in a Bottle, and his (somewhat surprising) musical idol, Axl Rose.
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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?
My first release as Eagles & Butterflies was on John Digweed’s Bedrock Label. I haven’t played either of them for years but sure i would if the time was right!
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
There have been lots of special moments to be honest, both with shows and production. I’m lucky to play shows like Circoloco, Awakenings, Mosaic, Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, to remix artists like Underworld, RY X, and Ludovico Einaudi, and to release on labels like Innervisions, Sapiens and my favourite label, Art Imitating Life :).
What are you looking forward to most about Lightning in a Bottle?
All of it – I had so much fun playing Coachella for DoLab and the pre party in LA. The guys really know how to throw a party and I’m super excited to play for them!
Is there anything that you think festivals and the music industry in general should be doing to help the environment on a larger scale?
I think, generally, most festivals now are being a lot smarter about the way they run stuff. DGTL festival, for example, has just gone 100% veggie, which takes it one step further, and I think that’s great.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
If I could be any other artist, I would be Axl Rose during the ’80s at one of their amazing stadium shows. He was and always will be my hero!
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
RY X would be the number one must see, and then Bob Moses and Leon Vynehall.
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
One song i couldn’t leave out of an Essential Mix would have to be one I have coming soon on Agoria’s label Spiens, called “Arpeggiator” :).
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