Music producer and label owner, DJ Ease continues to display charisma and creativity he’s become known for throughout his career. With the recent announcement of his upcoming single “Foreign Rhythms” and his outstanding EP ‘Animals’, Electro WOW chats with this talented artist to know more about his thoughts towards today’s music.
1 – What’s your main music style and what are your influences?
My music style is Deep House, House, Tech House and Techno my influences go back to my early teens when I first started hanging around in the local record shop, I will never forget discovering House and Techno music and just totally falling in love with underground dance music.
2 – We know you were part of Birmingham’s BPM biggest electronic music event, Has this exposure changed your view on music events?
The BPM in Birmingham is a lot different it’s a great DJ and music production event but I think most of the big music events, festivals are all commercial hype focusing on, fireworks and a rockstar personality cult rather than on the music itself. The EDM culture has become less credible in the course of this big EDM hype. The underground scene has always been all about the music and nothing else.
3 – How do you think a music producer stay relevant in an industry that’s known for changing very rapidly?
No longer can a producer just be creative, a producer needs to be savvy across multiple disciplines — creative, financial, technology, building relationships and marketing. Keeping fingers on the pulse of each of these elements it is important to diversify and not to be a one-trick pony.
4 – Are there any interesting things that happened to you during the production of your upcoming single “Foreign Rhythms”?
When I wrote and produced “Foreign Rhythms” I wanted to think big, I didn’t want to just make a record I wanted to make an anthem one that would stick around. I found a great vocalist with an impressive track record who sounded perfect for the project.
The record didn’t come out right first time but with perseverance and constantly road-testing and making changes to get it working right. I eventually got it working well and was happy with the outcome. The feedback I have received so far on this record has been outstanding.
When the record was finished I sent it to a very well-known New York DJ/Producer called Dancin` Mark, who couldn’t wait to play it on his Groove Affection radio show on chill lover radio it reached 142 countries!
Dancin` Mark is a connoisseur of House music and it meant so much receiving such great feedback from a well known and respected DJ/Producer who plays in the biggest clubs/venues in New York.
Some early feedback received:
Fuego my man!!! (Fuego Means Fire)
You have answered my wishes! There’s not enough Deep House Vocals out their Especially good ones. Too much vocal sampling these days, that track is beautiful!!! The track has vibes of both Deep House and Trance. I felt it as soon as I heard the first two measures. It’s the perfect starter for a Deep House set. It is amazing to be blessed with your hard work and talent.
Wow – great sounding track! You are the real deal! The drums sound really good – deep and thick and crisp and the vocals are really sweet too
Wow this track is amazing I love it the deep vibes and those vocals sit perfectly with the track your productions have come so far I’m loving this, it is very impressive
5 – What’s the name of your latest EP? Please describe its sound and let us know if we can stream it.
My latest EP is called ‘Animals’ with a Techno track “Blue Dolphins” and a Tech House track “Cows On Acid”.
I have the EP in a playlist on my Soundcloud:
6 – How do you feel about starting your own label Mixmania Records? Are you really benefiting from it?
It was really daunting starting my own record label Mixmania Records, I knew the work involved in setting it up would be insane but I wanted to have creative freedom with my music and give opportunities to undiscovered up and coming artists.
The exposure from the label is massive were in all the major stores and being in the biggest dance music boutique Beatport is where you need to be if you’re making electronic dance music.
I have made so many new connections; it’s great working with people from all over the world. DJs, artists, vocalists, record labels, distributors, radio stations, people who are digging our music. The support I have received has been amazing I really do appreciate it and huge thanks goes out to every one who has supported the label especially Greg Stevens who is a massive part of what we do.
We have now started to build an exceptional A&R roster on the label signing acts like Raumstadt, Duplex, KATIE SE7EN, Detroit Project, Ivory Coats all well before breaking out of their local scenes. We will definitely continue to surprise and innovate the underground dance music scene. It’s been an incredible journey so far and it’s only just begun.
7 – What qualities do you look for in artists that want to submit tracks to your label?
We pride ourselves in sound quality the music has to be right, but it all has to stack up we look at every thing no stone is unturned when deciding to bring an artist on to the label, artists need to be passionate with that burning desire to succeed. We invest a lot in to our artists they have to be the real deal!
8 – How do you think music will change in the next 10 years?
Maybe death of the downloads streaming is becoming more and more popular now a days or it could do a full circle and vinyl will make a big return even maybe some exciting new technologies.
9 – Would you share your music for free to gain more followers?
I love to share my music and finding those people that really dig my sound is a great feeling. I like giving records that I produce away for free and post regular DJ mixes online, its really important for me just to share the music I love.
The most amazing song in the world will not make heads nod if no one hears it music needs to be shared!
10 – What would you say is one of the most important things you have learned as a DJ?
Play to the crowd, engage with people and always be nice!