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Paper Diamonds in the Sky

By Kate Peterson

In the electronic dance music world, aka EDM, there are many “also known as” labels. The genre is related to dubstep or electro-house music. Alex Botwin, also known as Paper Diamond, one of the hottest D.J.’s on the scene today. He is coming to Pensacola Beach to show off his skills during DeLuna Fest.

The term D.J., or disk jockey, means so much more than just spinning records, CDs or announcing songs. Being a D.J. means spinning both of those, while playing prerecorded beats/tracks on a computer, all mediums are then connected to towers of bass heavy speakers, and altered and mixed with the other electronics to bring you all the highs, lows and mids. To add to the excitement of a show are some high-powered light shows, complete with lasers.

It used to be that electronic dance music and dubstep had a limited following, the followers were dedicated to the genre. By dedicated I mean, really into it. There are two dance music themed cruises, S.S. Coachella and Holy Ship!!, and so many music festivals dedicated to the craft all over Europe and the U.S. Some notable music festivals are Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Sensation in Amsterdam, Ultra Music Fest in Miami and Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Mich.

We had the fortune of having another well-known D.J., Diplo, perform at last year’s DeLuna Fest. There is something special about this type of music—it makes you feel like you are about to blow out a knee from dancing so much.

Literally, the tables are turning for these D.J.’s; it is not just a house party scene anymore. To put this burgeoning music movement into perspective, Forbes magazine just published a highest-paid D.J. list titled, “Electronic Cash Kings.” The top three, based on annual income totals, D.J. Tiesto $22 million, Skrillex $15 million and Swedish House Mafia who rounds out the top three with $14 million in annual income.

Performing as Paper Diamond for only a year or so, Botwin’s first show was opening for Bassnectar on New Year’s Eve, at the Tabernacle in Atlanta—not a shabby start.

IN caught up with Botwin while he was grabbing some coffee during a break from working on his music.

IN: What does the name Paper Diamond mean?
BOTWIN: It means taking a thing and making it into something. Taking a piece of paper and making it into a diamond. It is a metaphor for self-expression. Nothing into something—personal action.

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