Ian Hayes’ (LightsOut) musical tastes were forged at a young age with grunge, punk rock, early electronica and hip hop. He went from electric bass to the decks at the age of 17. Beginning to experiment with production soon after, he was inspired by the darker electronic sounds of acid techno, hard trance, trip hop, industrial, and especially drum’n’bass. He applies the early love of the dark sounds with attempts to create futuristic atmospheres and “journey” type story telling in the DJ set.
Graduating from Appalachian State University for Audio production with a double bass concentration in 2010, he formed a connection with Nu-Soul Magazine and moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles, CA where he became affiliated with Westbay Music, soon followed by Signal Flow Radio, a weekly show that provides a glimpse into the excellent drum’n’bass talent that LA has to offer.
Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, LightsOut is attempting to continue the Signal Flow tradition in an east coast edition on DirtyBass.fm, as well as DJing and producing drum’n’bass, techno, and other electronic genres.