A Sit Down With DJ D!Rty Aud!O
DJ/Producer, D!Rty Aud!O, is known for creating and remixing popular tracks such as Gettin' That, Used to Have It All, Ocho Cinco, and his latest hit release, Alien Cookies. For the last year, he has successfully taken the world by storm with his impressive bass and Electro music.
"Theres so many sample packs and preset libraries now, you gotta go out of your way and really want to be unique to end up being unique."
You are an LA native, and as we all know, the scene in Los Angeles is ridiculously competitive. Can you tell us a bit about your journey through LA Nightlife and how your experiences led to success?
I dont think its really that competitive.. Its like a good competition, it makes you want to be different and stand out. It also helped because so many dope musicians live out here, so its really easy to collaborate. The parties here are crazy too.. I started going to clubs & underground raves when I was like 14, just going for the music and to see my favorite artists. So its kinda crazy now when Im performing because I was on the other side of the stage a few years ago!
How did you first discover your passion for electronic dance music?
I discovered dance music when I was like probably 11 or 12, and I loved it ever since. I eventually had so many ideas of my own that I started producing as a hobby.
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up?
People like Scott Storch, Dr. Dre, all the hip-hop legends. What I listen to right now on my iPhone library, its mid 2000s jams. I grew up on that, man. The first music video I saw was a Lil Jon video. Usher, all those guys back in the day made me realize I wanted to make music. When I finally got into the electronic scene, I really looked up to Deadmau5, Skrillex, Diplo, Afrojack at the time, which was seven years ago. I was really inspired by those guys then and theyre all still legends.
Hip Hop has been pretty big in your life too hasnt it? Can you share one of the life lessons youve learnt through a rap song?
"Never let no one know how much dough you hold cause you know the cheddar breed jealousy", "never let em know your next move".
What are some of your favorite tracks that you love to perform?
My song Gettin' That' with Rickyxsan is pretty special to me. That's still my favorite song to play out. The crowd reaction is always crazy, you can always hear people singing along to the melody.
To those who haven`t seen you live, how would you describe your general mixing style? Are there certain genres you stick to more than others?
I would consider my sets bass, but I dont box my sets into just one style or genre. I try to take the people on a musical journey, and try to make them feel something. Sometimes depending on what city Im performing in Ill throw in other genres!
Whats a specific sound that comes to mind that youre attracted to?
Ever since I came back from Europe, bass music and trap music has been happening all over America. I came back and I started hearing a whole new wave of bass music that I havent really heard before. Lately everyone is killing it! Its almost like hardcore heavy dubstep sounds are slowly making their way into trap and bass music. Everyone is trying to push that genre. People are bringing influences from everywhere. Its not anywhere like it was a year ago when everyone was doing the same thing. Half the people playing tonight like Herobust, Getter everyones making such unique stuff and not following the rules anymore and its really creative.
You do a lot of remixes
Yes, a lot of artists reach out to me to remix. Its always an honor to get the chance to put my touch on someone elses music. Then I work on my own music. And thats where I try to find the balance. I got to remix Yellow Claw recently for Ocho Cinco and its got a Middle Eastern vibe to it and Im Middle Eastern so it was cool.
Biggest inspiration in your life?
My family and friends. Theyre always supporting me, its good to have that.
Continuing to develop as an artist is an obvious path to bigger and better things, what are your goals for the long term? What about for the immediate future?
Long term I wanna be like the #1 producer or something. I dont know, I dont really think about stuff like that. I just make music that I like, and if people enjoy it thats a huge reward to me!
Youve travelled pretty extensively, whats the most exotic place youve played?
India. Its cool as hell. But you know seriously, I have to say here at Electric Forest. Its not something you do every day you know.
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