Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival is a second-year Bass festival in Boca Raton, Florida. Themed as a medieval wonderland overrun by Nights and Dragons, this year’s lineup hosted some of the biggest names in Dubstep, ranging from Liquid Stranger to Excision to Rezz to Ganja White Night.
We had the amazing opportunity to chat with one of our favorite up and coming producers on the Forbidden Kingdom lineup. Lizzy Jane is a DJ/Producer out of Tampa who is already making a big name for herself. She’s provided support for acts like Snails, Virtual Riot, Barely Alive, and tons more and even has her own curated radio show, the XO radio! Lizzy is quickly rising the ranks and becoming one of Florida’s favorite Bass producers.
She is extremely well known in the Florida EDM scene. Lizzy hosted a Friday night residency at the famous Ritz Ybor back in 2019 and was just announced on the 2020 lineup for Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival, held at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium. She’s also played festivals across the states like Insomniac’s Electric Forest, High Caliber, and Asteria Music & Arts Festival.
H: We can’t pretend that you didn’t just throw DOWN at 1pm just now. Yesterday it was desolate this early but today, your crowd was packed.
L: I feel like from the beginning, even Conrank after me, he’s one of my favorite producers, and to have him so early on in the day and especially the lineup on the mainstage… People would be stupid not to show up early. You have Jantsen playing at 3pm. I knew I could come and do whatever I wanted because it’s the biggest bass festival in the Southeast US, period. So it was really good, I feel like I’m finding my sound. The last half hour of my set was like ninety-nine percent my own music — my bootlegs, my remixes — so I’m glad everyone was there for that.
H: We can’t wait for Excision’s set tonight. Both his Evolution and Detox sets. What about yourself?
L: Well the whole lineup is really stacked. They have like every heavy hitter in bass music here. When I saw the lineup I was like ‘Holy Shit’. Excision has actually downloaded a few of my songs so I always try to catch him. We caught him at EDC and I’m always just listening because he plays so many of my friends’ songs. He’s really putting on up and comers right now, which is really, really awesome. So, I know that his Detox sets are very much so for the up and comers and the weirder, groovier stuff, you know? Which is so great and important. I’ve actually never seen a Detox set, I’ve only seen the main, headbanger, classic set.
Like I make Bass music, but I’m really geared more towards Melodic Bass. I don’t mean that as in like Seven Lions, I mean that as like guys like Chime, Franky Nuts, Ace Aura, even like Conrank, A lot of the Circus (Records) guys are taking that very melodic route. I sing so it’s easy for my voice to fit into songs that have that kind of structure where it’s not just like singing then riddim, which doesn’t really go together.
H: You used to be in a band right?
L: Yeah! So I play Bass Guitar and I sing, I played in a band for like four years when I was younger. That was really cool and fun and where my musical background really came from. Before that, I was classically trained in Piano, super knowledgable on music theory.
I didn’t know how to produce and producing is honestly just like learning another language. I already knew how to write a song though and I think that that’s one of those things that people who just started producing struggle with, because at the end of the day — for example, I really look up to Must Die! and he’s said: “You can be as technical as possible and you could have the best mixdown in the world, but if it’s not a song, people aren’t gonna remember it”.
That’s why I think singing makes it much easier for people to remember you. I definitely want to use my voice to really platform and push forward that way in the bass scene.
H: Well, it was great to see you sing today, you sounded great!
L: Thank you! I really want to try it without a backing track, I used to do vocal training and stuff, but man, jumping around for like forty-five minutes — so a regular band set is about four songs if you are the opener, probably thirty-minute set. I was in a post-hardcore alternative band, so, you know, you get your set and you play four to six songs and you’re done. Now I’ve got an hour, maybe an hour and a half set, jumping around the whole time, dripping sweat. Today there was no fan. It got SO hot! But I know that if I’m hot on stage, so are the fans in the sun.
So, SMF (Sunset Music Festival) was the first time I played on a big stage, last year, and I opened at their Bass stage, the Eclipse stage, and they had the time next to you so you knew how much time you had left. Then, they also had a thermometer in the upper left corner. It was 104 degrees when I was playing… It was insane. That’s why Florida’s festivals end in May. I feel like they end with SMF because you just can’t do it.
H: Then you also have the rain…
L: Then the rain! Then it gets muddy. You’re then hot and muddy :/
H: So who are you listening to right now that people need to be listening to?
L: Some of the bigger guys who have already gotten noticed, but they’re really still slept on in the big terms of things is like…
Chime – He is a producer from the UK. He’s a Disciple artist but also does a lot of stuff with Circus. He just started his own label, Rushdown Records. Now he’s got compilations coming out with all of these melodic bass artists that are just like…it sometimes hits harder than Riddim for me. All these guys are so technical and it’s so difficult to make and execute well, I think that’s why Chime stands out so much to me.
Franky Nuts – He has crazy plays but you don’t really see him on too many lineups.
SWARM is gonna blow up in the next two years. We have a song together. We are definitely gonna work on something in the future as well. I’m super proud of him. He was someone who has been doing this for eight, nine years and was like “I’m not gonna change”. Over the past eight months, he did the tour with Sullivan King and Eliminate. People just love him and he’s so deserving of it.
Hairitage – DJ Snake and Excision play out his stuff. He’s just one of those guys who you don’t really see on many lineups but they make phenomenal music. There are so many other guys just like him.
That’s why I think it’s so important that the music should be at the forefront, but it’s only one piece of the pie. You’ve gotta have the brand. You have to be active on social media. It’s just kind of like being self-aware of it and then you have to put all that together. When I first started in EDM, everyone used to talk about their team and I was always like “What do you mean team? I just do this by myself”.
You have to have a team of people behind you that are pushing you and constantly cross-promoting. We just started submitting music for TV shows and video games and expanding are our brand that way.
Okay. Back to who I’m listening to. SWARM, Hairitage, I have a mix series called the XO that’s focused on…besides Emalkay who is a don…every guest I’ve had on there is pioneering a certain sound in their own field that’s pushing limits. Most of these guys’ mixes for me are like eighty, ninety percent original music. I just released the forty-seventh one this past week, it streams on Spotify, Apple, and Soundcloud.
Matt Doe, he’s a Subcarbon baby (Ganja White Night’s label). A year ago he probably wasn’t getting any bookings and now he’s playing Red Rocks with Ganja. Control Freak, he’s another guy who just had his first release on Disciple.
Jessica Audiffred, love her. I love all girls don’t get me wrong. Out of anyone though I look at her and I’m like “Okay, I wanna push to collab with her”. She’s the one who like deserves so much and has worked so hard. Anytime I wanna release something I listen to her music and think “that’s what I want to do!” She’s pioneered this whole platform for herself, she’s gonna be around to stay for sure. She responds to my stuff and plays out my music, even that kind of stuff I get giddy over that. Like I’ll talk to 12th Planet all the time, he’s super personable and kind to me. He supports my upcoming releases and plays them on his Swamplex Radio shows.
But these are people I really, really look up to and aspire to be like, so for them to just give me that little sense of attention, that’s when I always think “If I ever get to their level, I’ll make sure to do that for other people” and that’s why I do the XO.
H: We saw this morning you posted on socials about a new EP?
L: Yeah I have about an EP’s worth of new music done. It’s going to be released on a label at the beginning of summer. It’s in the submission process right now.
I’ve got an official remix for Thrive Music that’s coming out. They’re a cool label that I’ve never released on. We’re really pushing to work with some labels that have asked for music from me and like it’s all starting with official remixes and then going onto singles and then an EP. So, we have a whole release schedule for the back end of the Spring going into Summer and I’m really excited because almost every song I’m going to be singing on.
H: Did we hear any of those new tracks today?
L: You heard all of them except for a song with PURGE called “Place Called Home” and a new one called “Punk Girl” that I wasn’t happy with the mixing/mastering so I wasn’t gonna play it. But yeah, you heard the rest of it.
H: Anything else you want to share with or about your fanbase, the LVRGANG?
L: I really think it’s cool because we have a very special brand. I feel like it’s a very sacred place to have it here. Not a lot of people focus on it. Yeah, it’s like the rave culture and like “everyone looks out for each other” mentality. But to have somebody at the forefront of it, I would like to think of myself as a pretty positive, outgoing person most of the time.
We all have our moments, but, the industry on the backend is filled with so much rejection that I feel like carrying that forefront through the backend of the industry to the front of the industry is very contagious. It’s cool, you’ll see fans that are grown men throwing up hearts and like all that stuff. It’s just a fun place to be and I want it to be like, whenever somebody comes to a show of mine they know they’re gonna be safe, they know they’re gonna be okay, they’re just gonna have a really good time.
It’s such a good crowd. All the kids may not know each other, but it’s as if they’re a little family. We have our Facebook group. We have our Twitter group. It’s not huge yet, but kids definitely interact. We saw kids in my merch, I’m too busy to really notice it. Kids with perlers and stuff. That means the world to me. In my studio, I have every perler every fan’s ever given me and all the kandi, so hopefully, I’ll add to that collection today at the Meet and Greet.
H: Thanks so much Lizzy for sitting down with us today! We really loved your set and spending this time with you. Be sure to follow Lizzy Jane on socials below and keep an ear out for new music from the young legend coming soon!