For Rain Man, change is inevitable. It's the one constant in his personal life and the central element building his still-growing career. If change begets truth, then Rain Man is the ultimate truth seeker, and with the current sea change at his bay, his new trek as a solo act is the next step in his...
For Rain Man, change is inevitable. It's the one constant in his personal life and the central element building his still-growing career. If change begets truth, then Rain Man is the ultimate truth seeker, and with the current sea change at his bay, his new trek as a solo act is the next step in his artistic evolution.
Originally from Chicago, Rain Man, ne´e Kristopher Trindl, cut his teeth in electronic music production and DJ culture as one of the founding members of international dance music trio Krewella. As the group’s core producer and as one of its key songwriters, Rain Man skyrocketed within the electronic music circuit in a matter of years behind the strength of the band’s Play Hard EP (June 2012) and subsequent Play Harder remix EP (December 2012), as well as their debut studio album, Get Wet (September 2013), which reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Rain Man was also responsible for Krewella’s first Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts with “Alive,” an anthemic classic forever burned into the electronic music history books. It was on “Alive” where Rain Man discovered and perfected his carefully crafted blend of bass-heavy beats and pop songwriting appeal underlined with a raw fervor for the fast and furious. With “Alive” as his calling card, Rain Man departed the group in 2014 and set out to the conquer the world independently, quickly becoming an in-demand producer and an artist in his own right.
Fast forward to 2016, where Rain Man is currently undergoing a personal and creative transformation. Now as a solo artist, he’s rebooting the Rain Man project from ground zero with a clear mind and a clean slate as he resets his vision anew. With his journey now as a lone entity, Rain Man has much to prove to his naysayers and haters, to his loving fans, and, most importantly, to himself.
“I have some proving to do yet about my own abilities,” says Rain Man. “If I were rooting my ideas or using sketches from previous projects, it’s like continuing something that isn’t who I am anymore.”
Rain Man 2.0 picks up where Trindl left off at the height of the crossover success during his time with Krewella. He still looks to familiar sources for inspiration: Admittedly, metal and screamo bands like Black Dahlia Murder, Fall Out Boy, and Saves the Day still fill his iTunes library. With one foot still firmly placed in the bass world, where he carved out his own style, and the other leading a new path as a proper producer-songwriter, Trindl traverses fresh ground where the heavy and hectic live in harmony with the emotional and melodic.
For proof, one need only listen to the rapid-fire assault of his newest single, “Dope.” With an aggressive bass blitzkrieg paired with a trapped-out outro, “Dope” sees Trindl throwing back to his roots in classic American dubstep with a nod to the future of bass music as illustrated in the track’s bass house-influenced elements. Elsewhere, his debut
solo track, “Visionary,” reflects only the beginning of the long journey ahead and serves as Trindl’s reintroduction into the electronic music world.
For Trindl, this new phase in the Rain Man storyline is the most liberating state the producer has ever experienced. Cutting all ties, this is more than a mere re-launch. It’s a whole new revolution. “You’ll hear a wider range of sounds from me now with this creative freedom I never had before,” says Trindl.
With this sense of liberation, Rain Man has partnered with the influential electronic imprint Dim Mak to help progress his artistic mission. Born out of the independent spirit of founder and international dance music heavyweight Steve Aoki and championing a DIY ethos, Dim Mak is the perfect home for Rain Man. Just like Trindl himself, Dim Mak boasts a longstanding history in punk culture with an electronic future, and its stature as one of the leading indie labels for 20 years running allows him the creative space to experiment and explore as an artist. For Rain Man, joining forces with Dim Mak was the final piece to his ongoing puzzle.
The trials and tribulations awaiting him on his one-man voyage are none too foreign to Rain Man and are just as exciting as the accolades to come. With Rain Man at the driver’s seat and nobody crowding his lane, the only direction points forward.
“It’s all on my terms now,” says Rain Man. “There’s no democracy.”
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