What inspired you to pursue a career in music and become a DJ/producer?
I’ve loved music since I started playing the drums on rock band in 2007, and I played in bands as I got older. When my high school band fell through, I knew I wanted to do something on my own. I discovered DJIng at a concert in 2011 and from then on, I was hooked. I started to teach myself and I really got into it. I’ve always wanted to reach the highest level possible, and here I am still grinding and enjoying every second of it!
How did you first discover electronic music and what drew you to it?
I actually discovered electronic music at a Lotus concert in NYC back in 2011. There was a DJ opening from them named NiT GrIT and watching him control the crowd was a game-changer for me. I was only 16 at the time, but I knew I wanted to be in control of a crowd like that. From that moment on, I spent countless hours learning how to make music and DJ fluently. I started doing mobile events, bars, and corporate events until I progressed into the nightlife scene. It wasn’t until I was around 19 years old that things really started to take off for me.
How do you think your musical background as a drummer and musician influenced your current style as a multi-genre DJ and producer?
As a drummer, I’ve always had a love for the rhythm and beats of songs. It definitely influenced my current style as a DJ and producer because I enjoy mixing beats and transitioning smoothly between songs. Plus, my love for different genres helped me understand tempo transitions and melody matching, which allows me to be versatile and mix different styles of music.
Can you tell us your creative process when producing new music? How do you go from an idea to a finished track?
When producing music, I like to experiment with different sounds and synthesizers until I find the right fit for my style. I draw inspiration from popular music and add my own little twist to make it unique. I start by creating the beat, building up the track, and adding drums and other elements around it. This process helps me find the sound of the song and match the drums to it later. As a drummer, I sometimes get too excited to jump into the drum part!
What was your inspiration behind your new single ‘Androids’, and how did you come up with the concept behind the track?
Basically, I wanted to create a track that fit my brand and style. I love using robot visuals during my shows, so I thought it would be cool to create a song that had a robotic and glitchy sound to it. Plus, with AI and robots becoming so prominent in our world, it felt like a timely theme to explore. So, ‘Androids’ is really a reflection of my brand and interests.
How does ‘Androids’ differ from your previous releases? Can you walk us through the production process?
I wanted to take a different approach with ‘Androids’ and focus more on the robotic and glitchy sound, compared to my previous releases which were more on the tech-house and bass-house side. As for the production process, it’s hard to put into words, it just felt right to create something that represented my brand and music style. ‘See You Dance’ was my first release after a hiatus and I wanted to come back with an upbeat and catchy vibe. My goal is to always strive for bigger and better with each new release.
You’ve played at multiple venues across the United States, what has been your favorite place to perform so far and why?
Back when I was living on the East Coast, I frequently played at Amazura Concert Hall in New York City. It’s a massive venue and every time I played there it was magical. One particular night stood out when I ended up playing 3 sets. I let the company use my equipment for the night, so I was there super early for soundcheck. 2 of the DJs didn’t show up so I stood in for them. It was definitely a night to remember! I had lots of fun and good experiences there.
Your passion for music is obvious in your performances, what keeps you motivated to continue creating and performing as an artist?
My main drive comes from my passion for creating and performing. I love coming up with unique remixes and finding ways to make each set different from everyone else’s. I study other sets to see what I can do differently. Playing mashups, remixes, and original tracks that are unexpected is what makes a moment in my show memorable. Hearing the crowd scream and react to something they didn’t expect is the ultimate satisfaction for me.
What advice would you give to up-and-coming DJs and producers who are trying to make a name for themselves in the industry?
As someone who’s still grinding to make it in the industry, it’s tough to give advice, but what I’ve learned is that success takes time. You can’t rush it, and you have to be patient. Focus on your craft, make good music, and be true to yourself. Don’t try to be someone else or follow trends just because they’re popular. Also, network and build relationships with people in the industry. And most importantly, never give up, keep pushing, and keep grinding.
What can your fans expect from you in the future, are there any upcoming projects or collaborations that you can share with us?
I can’t spill the beans yet, but I can tell you that my fans can definitely expect some new music from me in the future! I’m currently working on a few projects and collaborations that I’m excited to share with everyone. I’m really focused on getting some amazing vocals on my tracks and I’m experimenting with combining different genres to create something fresh and unique. I have a new song in the works that has some killer vocals and I think people are really going to connect with it. But I don’t want to give away too much just yet, so you’ll have to stay tuned for more updates!