Greg, first we'd like to thank you for all the support you've shown us. We can't tell you how many people have come up to us, and we've come to find they know FRL through you. What other groups within the community are you most active within?
"I've been active in several groups over the year; FRL, Mass EDMC, and most of all Heady Nation."
Around when did you become active in the dance music scene?
"I was introduced to the scene in 1996 and remained active until the scene died down quite a bit in 2005. Around 2009 I found myself drawn back in again, because I hated the direction hip hop was going and I wasn't fond of the crowds. It wasn't what I loved, it lacked the passion I had...it just wasn't Electronic Dance Music."
What aspect of Electronic Dance Music culture do you love most?
"That's so hard for me to choose. As a DJ and producer, the music has always been my priority for everything. I love every synth, every beat, every melody that makes me close my eyes and smile. Those moments that make me feel like music is in my blood, my breath, and my soul. However, the scene itself has always been a big reason I stay in as well. The memories are priceless, the people are incredible, the shows have energy like no other, the love is beautiful...the rave community as a whole is just unbeatable."
Other than being a DJ/Producer, what other projects are you involved in?
"Currently I'm working on a new radio show called Disclose & Expose that's aimed at displaying and exposing music from Artists with under 10,000 likes on Soundcloud. A while back, Soundcloud made some changes and "upgrades" that essentially broke their search system for finding obscure or new music. The goal of the show is to create a one stop place for amazing new obscure tracks, help people find amazing new artists, and form a community that is aimed at helping "the little guys". Every show will have links to the Artists pages as well as some quick bio about them. I'm hoping that by providing sources for the music to help deliver more traffic, the artists will share it with their fans as well so it will snowball into a bunch of different artists fans checking out other artists on a consistent basis making it a win/win for everyone."
That sounds awesome; we'll include the links to those pages at the end of this article. We know you've been through some tough times recently. We were thrilled to see that you were successful in raising money to make the pilgrimage out to EDC Las Vegas, something you and Chelsea had planned on doing together. Can you tell us a little about how you met and what she meant to you?
I first met Chelsea in 2011 at a Porter Robinson & Tiesto show at University of Rhode Island through a mutual friend, Erica. We really connected that first night, but didn't see each other again until much later; and when we did, it was like no time had passed. We spent countless nights together, getting wild in Central Park and Hotel rooftops, seeing The Glitch Mob on their latest tour (one of our favorites), chasing Bloody Beetroots shows. My favorite moment I spent with her had to be during the closing ceremony of TomorrowWorld last year. We sat in each others arms, watching the book close, tears in our eyes, and telling each other "I love you". I cry thinking about it all the time. It was just the most perfect moment and I really wish I could relive it. If I could, I'd propose on the spot. Its one thing I regret not doing.
What do you think would be Chelsea's final message to the community?
Chelsea was always one to jump into every moment feet first and lived for the now without a care in the world. If she wanted to do something, she made it happen. If you truly want to live your life, we all need to take a lesson from her, get over our fears, and get out there. She wasn't about being reckless, but adventures are what she lived for.
Greg, thank you again for taking time to speak with us. We wish you and Chelsea's family all the blessings the world has to offer in exchange for the kind soul lost.