Daily Beat is glad to present to you our first interview with graphic design and electronic dance music lover, Bert Fielding. A Toronto native, Bert has recently launched his website displaying his opinions on the recent EDM scene as well as his graphic portfolio. Our exclusive interview with him begins below.
1. What got you into graphic design?
I first got into graphic design around the time that I was 12 or 13 years old. Before entering high school I had been exposed to visual arts and photography however I hadn't been introduced to Photoshop or anything that combined art with the computer. It was in my grade nine year that I took a course in computers and 1/3 of the year it was a media arts class. I continued to take media arts in grade 10, 11, and now am currently taking it in grade 12. I find media arts/graphic design so interesting because the possibilities are endless. If you think of something, you can most likely make it.
2. What are your top 5 favorite tracks out right now?
OH BOY. That's a tough question... I am constantly searching and finding new music and also discover artists who really intrigue me on a daily basis. I'll try to diversify these five as best as I can. They are in no particular order.
1. Dillon Francis - Bootleg Fireworks (Burnin' Up)
2. Rage Cannon - Mind Games (XXYYXX x Esic)
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Neon Cathedrals ft. Allen Stone
4. Foo Fighters - Best of You (Dirty Drunks Bootleg)
5. Bob Sinclair - New New New (Avicii Remix)
3. If your were to work for someone or for company who would it be?
Another though question. If I could choose anything it would be to take pictures on the DADA LAND tour with Dada Life. The guys are absolutely hilarious, and their shows are absolutely fucking insane. Who wouldn't want to get ugly with champagne, bananas, and the filthiest electro house music in the league? Second choice, would probably be to tour with Dillon Francis. Again, I love his music and he is such a goofball. Last choice would be to work for National Geographic, just because that would be super fucking awesome.
4. What is the EDM scene like in Toronto?
The EDM scene in Toronto has most definitely grown in the past year. This summer we hosted our first EDM festival: VELD, which was put together by Toronto local, Deadmau5. I wasn't able to go but according to friends it was an absolute time. The downtown scene is blowing up too, we've always had The Guvernment, which is the big one, but more and more bars and clubs downtown are flying in international DJs. It's blowing up, just like everywhere else.
5. If you were to go to one festival in America what would it be?
I think having a press pass to any electronic festival in the states would be really awesome. I think if I had to choose one it would be Coachella just because of how diverse the acts are.
6. What is the most difficult thing about being a graphic designer?
Probably the deadlines. I saw an image recently that describes me perfectly. I put shit off, I put it off even more, I open the file, I put it off even more, and then just with enough time left I go into crunch mode and crank it out. Most definitely not the best way to work, but I do get stuff done in the end. It just causes a lot of stress. Also the fact that so many people hit me up asking for favours (huge motherfucking projects) even if I don't know them and expect me not to charge.