Colorful. Melodic. Inspiring. Bubbly. Flamboyant with a dark edge. Vividly wild.
These are the first words that come to surface when thinking about Candyland, otherwise known as Josie Martin. Out of Santa Barbara, CA, Josie began producing music in 2011 with her close friend, Ethan Davis and together they formed Candyland; which in its origin was a bubbly electro house duo that produced uplifting, melodic bass tracks that featured a hint of dubstep and trap.
Josie began her career in music mastering turntablism, scratching and beat juggling. With no particular genre in mind to master, it was through a classmate that she was introduced to Basshunter, which led her to discover Steve Aoki and DJ AM, ultimately sparking her interest in EDM. Short after, Josie and Ethan integrated themselves into the dance music scene and won back-to-back Beatport remix competitions with their remixes of Skrillex’s “Make it Bun Dem” and Bingo Players’ “Rattle”. Listen here:
Skrillex “Make it Bun Dem”
Bingo Players’ “Rattle”
Together, Josie and Ethan produced and released their debut album, “Bring the Rain” in late January 2013. They went on tour playing at festivals and clubs all over the US and were asked to tour as the opening set for Krewella on their “Get Wet Live” tour.
“Bring the Rain”
As Candyland experienced greater success, Ethan began to distance himself. It was here in Ethan’s absence that Josie decided to pursue Candyland alone and Ethan went on to pursue other endeavors. Josie continued on as Candyland, steering the original colorful, bubbly melodic sound down a darker path. Redesigned, Candyland features a more aggressive jungle trap beat, with searing bass that compliments the original bubbly sound to create an exhilarating roller coaster ride of beats and drops that is sure to have fans raging.
Check out Candyland’s new sound here:
1. Rage in love
3. Speechless (most recent original // 10.30.15)
Continuing into 2016, Candyland will be headlining the Candy Clvb tour with Fight Clvb as the supporting act. Paired together, Candyland and Fight Clvb bring an intense jungle terror beat, working the crowd with massive builds and even more exhilarating drops. If you’re looking for a moombahton sound that features exotic bass, drums and quite literally jungle noises, then Candyland and Fight Clvb will not leave you disappointed. This tour is surely to be one of the most intense but highly intriguing, and it is not one you want to miss.
Prime Social will be hosting 3 stops on the tour, you can find event details, as well as tickets on the links below.
3/10/16 Columbus, OH @ Dahlia
3/11/16 Cincinnati, OH @ Mynt Cincinnati
3/12/16 Madison, WI @ Liquid
Should you be unable to attend one of the above three stops, here are the remaining tour dates, as of late. You stay updated with any additional shows by liking and following their social media accounts, linked below.
Connect with Candyland: Facebook // Soundcloud // Twitter
Connect with Fight Clvb: Facebook // Soundcloud // Twitter