Dance music has ruled indie radio for the past year or so and has broken into the mainstream with the help of Daft Punk’s Alive tour and Justice’s groundbreaking video for “D.A.N.C.E.” Because of its popularity, dance music festivals have been bouncing up all over the world. If you have been to any of these festivals, you’ve most likely seen the DJ duo MSTRKRFT perform one of their exhilarating live sets. Campus Circle recently sat down with JFK of MSTRKRFT to get his take on L.A dance music and the future of his band.

You guys are in Los Angeles more than any other act it seems. What draws you here so much?

We love L.A. We have a ton of friends there, and we are going to move there as soon as we find the right place.

What is your favorite place to shop for music?

Amoeba (6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood)

What is your favorite venue to play?

I can’t decide. Everywhere we have played has been different and cool in its own way.

What bands are you listening to lately?

Jay-Z, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Alan Braxe, Lil Wayne.

Who are some new up ’n’ coming artists we should know about?

Watch out for the new Felix Cartal shit. It’s amazing. I’m in love with the demos already.

There are a lot of two-person DJ acts out there – Daft Punk, Justice, Crookers. Why do you think that trend is catching on?

’Cause traveling alone is lonely, I guess. I don’t know – for the same reason two-person bands are so popular now?

How would you describe your sound to a person that is not familiar with your music?

It’s dance music, and it’s never boring.

Can you describe the magical technique you guys use onstage during shows? (For instance, do you use CD players and loop songs through the mixer, serrato or ableton?)

We use serato, but we are switching to a somewhat elaborate ableton setup and trying it out at HARD[Summer Music Festival]. The magic is in the selection, I think.

Is there a second album on the way? How would you describe its sound?

The second album will be out in October. You tell me how it sounds after you hear it.

Is there anything else fans should know about the guys behind the gold masks?

We are just normal guys like everyone else. We decided at some point that making music is all we wanted to do, and we are just living out that decision in front of you all. We love our fans and could never do this without them.

MSTRKRFT will perform July 19 at the HARD Summer Music Festival at Shrine Expo Center, Los Angeles. For more information, visit