The Bag Raiders might have the most recognizable electro-pop song out there, whether you know their name or not. Jack Glass and Chris Stracy have been producing stellar music since '08, but a recent viral video featuring their music has catapulted their fame from the EDM scene, to the modern meme cannon.
A quick look into their music and you'll realize that Bag Raiders are much more than meme material. From sold out concerts across the US, a certified gold debut album, and a string of successful EPs, Jack Glass and Chris Stracy have earned their place as a live-band EDM act, akin to Empire Of The Sun and MGMT.
I was able to catch-up with Jack while in the midst of the band's Shooting Stars tour. He shares how much he loves traveling the world.
“There's a nice feeling like you have no responsibilities when you're on a long tour” he states. “I mean, obviously you have to play the shows, do press, etc… but it can be a bit of holiday from real life which is sometimes a nice thing”.
They seem to be riding their viral wave of attention pretty well.
“I think our roots in [Australia] are what makes us relaxed about not feeling like one-trick-ponies. We've been doing this a long time now, we came up DJing in little clubs in and around Sydney.”
He notes the best part of the attention is “a lot of people on the internet, probably a lot of them young people, teenagers, hitting us up and saying, ‘I'd never heard of you guys before the meme but now I have all your tracks and listen to them all the time…' that kind of thing.”
“Hopefully people don't see us as flash in the pans!”
Besides being buckets of fun, the duo knows how to work hard.
“The show is pretty high NRG for a live show. I think we built it in a way that we can compete with DJs at festivals. For example, there's really only one break in the whole set” Glass recalls, following with: “…we sweat a lot!”
If the prospect of their perspiration doesn't convince you to to come out to the show, I'm not sure what will. Check out the dates below and snag those tickets while you can!
Jun 07- Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
Jun 09- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Jun 10– Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
Jun 14– Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Jun 16– New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Jun 17– Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall