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Behind the Beat: Party Thieves

Monday, February 27, 2017
Josh Habursky

Party Thieves aka Jared McFarlin is stealing shows across North America, India, China, and Australia. The hard trap DJ and producer has just kicked off his Grand Theft Army World Tour which features artists such as Excision, Mayhem and Ricky Remedy. I recently caught up with Party Thieves before his set at Echostage where he opened for Yellow Claw. The crowd reaction to his set was pure insanity. We discussed his career, touring and more in this Behind the Beat interview. Only The Beat: Take us back. Where was your first official gig? Party Thieves: Wow, first ever was probably the Tomorrowworld After Party at Iris in ATL b2b ATLiens. This was wild because our collab 'Chief' had just come out so there was a lot of buzz around the project. OTB: Who or what has been most inspirational or helpful in your music careers? PT: In regards to this specific industry I would say Flosstradamus or should I just say Curt and Josh. They have been great friends and mentors of mine. Growing up I would definitely have to say my father. There were many times where we would jam in the garage. OTB: If you had to pick another career…? PT: I did play football at the United States Military Academy for Army, so we could say play in the NFL. OTB: You just wrapped up your 'Max Capacity' tour in four cities. These were small intimate shows for 300 people and all free admission. Tell us a little about it. PT: I was very excited for this run. It was awesome playing a Meet & Greet type show and I am also really excited for some other shows to come on my new tour. OTB: Just over a month ago you released the "100K #THEFTARMY MIX" after reaching 100k followers on SoundCloud. I have listened to this a bunch of times while at the gym and it is hard-hitting. How would you describe the "TheftArmy" and your unique sound? PT: The Theft Army are all the loyal fans and supporters of the Party Thieves project. They are the arsenal of people that help make this project move forward. It is Party Thieves and not Thief because I want everyone to be part of this project.


OTB: What is your favorite track the you produced and one that you did not produce? PT: Favorite song produced goes back to 'Chief' and favorite song I have not produced is Bryson Tiller's 'Don't'. OTB: Is it harder to get discovered in the industry or maintain the status of being one of the top DJs/Producers? PT: It is very hard to get discovered if you do not have certain pieces lined up. At the end of the day, a track can be shared by someone with a large following and can blow up that way but incase that doesn't happen make sure you line up your releases, line up press, stay active on socials, and continue to put out content that you know your fans will engage with. The second part of this question has the same answer just two different periods of ones career. Have to continue to keep pushing the envelope. OTB: What advice do you have for an aspiring DJ that is trying to get a shot in the industry? PT: It is a grind for sure. Never make music for anyone other than yourself. Be you and don't steer away from that. Surround yourself with a great support system and just go. OTB: What is the top personal milestone in your career so far? PT: There have been so many. As of late I actually hit two pretty simultaneously. One was hitting 100K on FB and the other was hitting 100K on SC. I hit both early this past fall. OTB: What can we expect from you this year and big releases, collaborations, shows? PT: Tune into my socials, you will see some nice announcements.

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