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A Sit Down With DJ Must Die

14:34 Mar/13/2018

Many fans are probably not aware of this, but Must Die, or Lee when he’s being a civilian, was just in Seattle at the beginning of March and opened for Datsik’s show at the Showbox Sodo. After his set he spent some time with his good friend KJ Sawka (of Destroid and Pendulum) immersing himself in the crowd to watch the show. Going to shows has a magic way of making us feel better when life or your day isn’t going too great, and Lee knows this too. In his mind, you “should see people because people make you feel better when you’re feeling down,” and it led to one of the coolest experiences Lee has had at a show.


"A lot of my ups and downs add dynamics and immersion to my music."


You have a new EP coming out, “Fever Dream Part 2’ (out November 4). From the teaser trailer, it sounds like you really are making a return back to original dubstep plus it’s already garnered a lot of support from your fans. How would you describe the EP in your own words and your thoughts on its positive feedback so far?

I really don’t know how the EP will be received. I am hoping my fans will see that I am trying to end a chapter of MUST DIE! I am aiming to expand and broaden my musical field after this release, so it’s sort of a finale to the saga. I will be experimenting a lot in the coming months with new ideas and sounds.

What’s been the main goals for the LP? Did you have any preconceptions on how you wanted it to sound?

I foolishly wanted it to be my life’s masterpiece initially. But after realizing that in no way am I ready to write a “masterpiece”, it became less about ridiculously grand ideas and instead became a way to solidify what I’d been trying to master and hopefully launch forward into new territory. I’m very pleased with the final product and I’m glad I focused on what really mattered: the song-writing.

Do you like to travel?

Now that I travel more I love to go to places that you wouldn’t think I would, and I’ll hear something really cool… I’ll try to capture that feel, not the melodies because I don’t think anyone should rip anyone off but that feel, like imagine you’re in a speakeasy at 3am and there’s a bluegrass duo but you’ll hear the twangy lonely sounds and say ‘that’s cool, I wonder if I can transform that to electronic music.

And if you could describe your sound as if explaining it to a toddler, what would you say?

Well, my music is pretty much geared towards toddlers so I think they’d understand. For the layman: Melodic, childish, and quirky.

Now, the DJ Mag Top 100 poll was dropped recently, and you said in a tweet “Who even cares about the DJ Mag top 10? Congrats to those who are on it, of course. But I don’t judge talent by an internet list.” Could you elaborate on that tweet? What are your thoughts on this year’s winners?

I congratulate the winners, absolutely! I just don’t think you can capture an entire movement in 100 slots. There is too much talent in the universe to slam it all into one popularity contest.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I do have pre-show rituals when I have the time! I love to eat somewhere I’ve never eaten before and I also try to be alone or with a couple of friends in a quiet room before I have to meet a bunch of new people.

We hear you've been playing some shows over in Japan. How have those been as an experience?

Japan is an amazing place and an amazing fan base. Great experience, 10/10.

How would you say sound compares now to when you were new on the scene?

I think touring and shows have played a big part in how I write my songs now, and It’s something I wish I could remove from the equation at this point. I feel like I could benefit from not caring about how something will go over live.

Any inspirational words for budding DJs/producers out there?

The best advice I can give you at the moment would be to work hard. At anything. Just put in effort.


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