thomas turner FOUNDER OF RELENTLESS BEATS RaverMag: Tell us about the rave scene in Arizona.
Thomas Turner: We are constantly looking for new
How has it changed in the last five years?
talent, but we also keep in mind what is popular and relevant at the moment. As a frame of reference, in
Thomas Turner: Arizona’s rave scene has been strong
2016 we booked 368 artists that are not local and
for many years, but in the past five years we have
another 30 to 40 local ones, with tons of debuts.
taken our events to the next level. From booking bigger and better artists to production and expanded
RaverMag: Dancers from around the globe come
events - we have seen much larger and diverse
together at events like Global Dance Festival
attendance across the board.
and Decadence. Are there any plans to expand internationally?
RaverMag: How do you feel the commercialization of electronic dance music has affected the kind of talent
Thomas Turner: I think the focus is to showcase what
and artists we see come up every year?
a destination Arizona is and to become a target on their travel schedules. For the most part, Arizona
Thomas Turner: Honestly, it’s a really diverse crop
boasts year round good weather and has some of the
each year. With more people enthusiastic about
best resorts in the country. Why not build off that and
electronic music, we see all genres flourishing as fans
showcase Arizona to the world?
navigate their way around things and figure out their own taste.
RaverMag: Many people look up to you. You’ve done things that people only dream of achieving. Yet, I find
RaverMag: What is the key to curating a successful
that success is seen differently by different people. In
dance music event?
your words, define success.
Thomas Turner: Relentless Beats strives to have our
Thomas Turner: For me, success is truly what
events remembered as one of the best nights of our
happens at home with my family. With regards to
fan’s lives. It has to be truly anticipated for the entire
Relentless Beats, we’ve built a fantastic team of
people. It’s been really fulfilling to see so many people work so hard alongside me on something that I fell
RaverMag: How has changing trends in dance music
in love with so many years ago. The community
charts influenced the bookings for your events? Do
that Relentless Beats has here in Arizona is truly
you like to feature local DJs or undiscovered talent
remarkable from both an internal and external
from around the world?