Electronic dance music is not readily available for fans in the Auburn music scene, but it has finally found its way in.
Now it is steadily accruing a following on Thursday nights at Moe’s Original Bar B Que with local DJ Joe Matheny.
Matheny, senior in business analytics, began making rap beats for his friends in high school. Once in college, he found his footing in electronic music and producing.
After working at Moe's for two years, Matheny took to their stage for the first time last spring. He has continued to play every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., but if people are still hanging out, he plays past his set time.
Even if the crowd does not like EDM, Matheny said his music caters to different tastes.
"I play rap and a little bit of pop for the first hour or two, and then I'll play lighter electronic," he said. "I end my set with my favorite songs, which are a bit heavier."
He learned how to play piano as a child and listens to all genres of music. This has influenced his own sound, which he describes as experimental bass dubstep.
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Some nights he collaborates with other artists, like Atlanta-based DJ Palmer King, also know as EWOX. The two of them will be playing at Imagine Festival in Atlanta on Sept. 22 and 23.
They call themselves "Ides" and will be at the Renegade Stage, which isn't officially set up through the festival but features rising talent.
"There’s not a huge electronic scene in Auburn right now," he said. "But if more people get into it, there could be a possibility for bigger artists to come and play. I make dance music. I want people to have fun with their friends."
Matheny's music can be found on SoundCloud under his last name, and King's is under "EWOX."
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