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Inside Imagine Music Festival: Get Hyped for Protohype

The Imagine Music Festival is upon us this weekend, and kicking off some of the hype on Friday is one of our favorite EDM artists, Protohype.

Max Hype, aka “Protohype,” has been producing music since he was fourteen years old. He broke into the EDM music scene after taking time off to attend college by playing at local raves and uploading his music online. Like many budding, young artists in the digital age, his smashing success on Soundcloud was the step that really propelled his music career forward.

“I’d say the song I’m most connected to is “Lights On,” says Protohype. “It has the most emotion and serious message out of all of the songs that I’ve made. I really poured my heart into that one, and that’s pretty tough to do when it comes to bass music.”

This epic DJ doesn’t just spin hit records though. In his spare time, Protohype is hard at work giving back to the community with his charity project, #Puppycrew. He raises money and support for the ASPCA through sales of his appropriately named album, Puppy Crew, as well as fundraising projects on social media using #puppycrew.

“I started the #Puppycrew charity project because I wanted to give back to the community with the money I had been making,” says Protohype. “It didn’t feel right to have influence and money and not be making a difference in the community.I love animals so that was the route that I chose to help give back. ”

As lovers of our fine city, we were also stoked to hear that he loves exploring Atlanta during his travels, and enjoying a leisurely day out. He’s basically a regular guy.

When speaking of his favorite go-to stop in the ATL, Protohype says, “Without question, the Atlanta Aquarium!!! I love going there so much. Growing up in Nashville, I’ve been to ATL so many times…and I love the aquarium, it’s so rad.”

And just like you and me, Protohype is pretty hyped about attending Imagine this year and experiencing all that the festival has to offer.

“The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech,” Protohype says. “Now that it’s at the speedway, I’m looking forward to a bigger crowd and a bigger venue. It’s going to be awesome.”

We couldn’t agree more.

If you don’t love this guy already, you might be convinced when you hear some of his sick bass at Imagine Music Festival. Prototype will be performing live this Friday at 10:00 p.m. on the Disco Inferno stage, so be there!

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Inside Imagine Music Festival: From the Artists

It’s nearly time for Imagine, so we’re going to be bombarding you with posts. Sorry not sorry.

You’ve seen a number of posts from me with “Zapp’s Picks” for different time slots on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This article is going to be a bit different. We’re going to dive into who the artists are most excited to see!

We spoke with Protohype, MetaPattern, Johnny GoodTime, and Reliquary.

Protohype is known for his heavy dubstep originals and work with Excision. He also started up the #puppycrew project to benefit the ASPCA! He’ll be playing Friday night.

MetaPattern is a member of Masquerade’s Torch DNB group, which is headed by Thesis. MetaPattern will be playing along with Johnny GoodTime and other members of Torch DNB in the Torch X Elevate DNB block on Saturday evening.

Johnny GoodTime is the head of Elevate DNB (at Lava Lounge) along with his wife, and together the two bring the best of USA and UK DNB to the ATL. Lots of acronyms, lots of great beats.

Last but not least, Reliquary is a Trance artist with dance music influences. He uses his music to create and move between landscapes and environments over the course of a set, bringing the right moods and energy at the right time for each. Reliquary will be playing on Sunday.

What about this year’s Imagine Music Festival are you most excited for?

Protohype

The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech. Now that it’s at the speedway, I’m looking forward to a bigger crowd and a bigger venue. It’s going to be awesome.

MetaPattern

I am looking forward to a well-planned (for once) camping experience and catching my old Trance legends on the Aeria Stage on Sunday!

Johnny GoodTime

 I’m looking forward to the entire experience and not really any act in particular. After the DnB I’ll be exploring some of the other many big name acts.

Reliquary

That’s easy. On top of the best (in my opinion) Imagine headliner line-up yet , There is SO much amazing local and regional talent on this year’s line-up too! I’ve wanted to see so many of these artists for so long because of their amazing reputations and finally have the chance to! A lot of these people are also really good friends of mine so it’s really cool that we all get to perform at such an amazing festival of this scale. A HUGE thank you the Imagine team for making it happen.

What (smaller) artists do you recommend people check out at Imagine?

Protohype

I wouldn’t say this is a smaller by any means but the artist i am most hyped for at Imagine is JOKER. Joker is so amazing and a HUGE influence to me. His set is going to be incredible and I can’t wait to witness his greatness. I’m going to flip my shit when he plays “Tron”.

MetaPattern

The Six Feathers Stage’s local lineup is absolutely insane! Literally any artist at any time will be guaranteed to have top-notch track selection and mixing skills!

Johnny GoodTime

 Uh – I gotta keep it real and just speak for what I know – but the Torch & Elevate DnB block is going to be fire! We are supporting DNB superstars Ivy Lab, DJ Dara and DJ SS at the Aeria Stage on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Reliquary

For me, the Aeria stage is STACKED all day Sunday.  If you want to check out some top quality Trance or learn what the genres all about definitely swing by there.  For many, Paul Oakenfold, Gabriel & Dresden, and Kenneth Thomas are far from “unknown” but if you don’t know them yet, you NEED to!  My top pick has to be for Nhexis though.  He’s an extremely talented DJ & producer and is a serious up-and-comer here from the Atlanta scene.  Don’t be surprised when you see him headlining these shows in the next couple years.  Also, don’t say I didn’t tell you so!

Between our schedule series and comments from the artists themselves, we have prepared you to set forth and conquer this year’s Imagine Music Festival.

We’ll see you in our next articles where we’ll be looking into everything you need to be fully prepared for the navigating the festival itself. Plus more from these great artists!