1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? How did you get into music, and what is your first memory of music?
I was eight years old when I saw my first DJ, and he was playing music off of two modified DVD players behind a massive tower of speakers. I lost myself in seeing how a group of people lost themselves to the music being projected by one person — just controlling their emotions, bringing them up and down like a journey. Later, I found myself plugging in two separate speakers: one into a TV, and one into a CD player that controlled the volume knobs. Fast forward a few years later, and I found something called “V CHANNEL 6”, where one could load 6 songs and use keyboard shortcuts to raise volumes; then came YouTube DJ’ing, to Virtual DJ, to a DJ controller, and almost 9 years after, that I found myself in front of 4 CDJ’s opening for Kaskade at the age of 17.
2. Which musicians or bands inspire you most?
Steve Angello has, was, and always will be my long-term inspiration. Even though my music is nothing like his, he’s been the first and longest artist whose journey I’ve followed. I am also inspired by bands like Coldplay and Imagine Dragons.
3. How do you personally describe your sound – is it different from how others describe it?
Genre-wise, it lies within Future Bass, as well as a wide range of House music.
4. Do you have a set process/formula when it comes to creating a song? Or is it organic and different every time?
It’s organically different every single time. In fact, many of my new track ideas are born in the middle of the writing process while trying to finish one track.
5. What’s your favorite part of the recording process? Least favorite?
My favorite part of a recording/writing process would defiantly have to be the discovery part! While trying to design or write something in particular, I’ve found myself with an “Ooohhhhh” reaction where something opposite to what I was trying to achieve happens. This either works better than what I was going for entirely, or it becomes its own new concept, later turning into its own track.
6. What is your craziest or favorite concert experience? (Either you playing or attending)
Attending: 2013, the One Last Tour Show stop of Swedish House Mafia’s Chicago show, with the three best friends who all grew up following them with me.
Performing: 2018, opening for Axwell /\ Ingrosso. They had a headlining show at a music festival that had gotten rained out, so the after party got packed really early. I remember having to play a few extra minutes before the second opener went on, so I quickly loaded Avicii’s “I Could Be The One” and the whole club sang so loudly, word for word over the song.
Just about five years before that night, my three best friends and I were in the audience for SHM and then I found myself opening for them with all my closest friends right behind me. #UrNotCryingIamThough
7. If you could have any actor play you in a biopic of your life, who would it be?
This one is hard, but if you asked my friends for a perfect fictional character to define me, it would be Schmidt from the show New Girl, so I would have to go with him.
8. What is the most important thing you want people to know about you?
That I’m just a semi-lovable potato chasing his dream, so come dance to with me because no one dislikes potatoes. 〽️
DEE MASH〽 has a new song out on February 11th. Be sure to check it out when it drops!