With Miami Music Week in full spring (I’m going to use all the puns), I had the opportunity to sit down with several artists during my stay and chat about music, the crazy atmosphere surrounding the week’s festivities, and UMF. While not all of my interview opportunities were planned, I was fortunate to meet some incredibly talented producers on the fly and got to have some amazing discussions regarding the one thing that we all have in common: Our love for electronic music.
In the first of a series of interviews that I will be releasing throughout the week, D-wayne took the time out of his schedule to talk about his tour with Afrojack, finding a love for music in unexpected places, and what fans have in store for 2014. From DJ’ing school parties to playing in local clubs, D-wayne has come a long way in his musical career within a short period of time after winning the Big Break DJ Contest back in 2009.
“You have to always put your music out there for people to see…Sometimes you might be surprised to find where the interest in your work has come from,” says the up and coming producer. After grabbing Afrojack’s attention with one of his first tracks, D-wayne began to not only release singles through Wall Recordings, but monolithic giants in the industry began to support his unique spin on electro and techno sounds. With releases on Dim Mak (see ‘Punk’d‘ and ‘Eponym’), remixes for R3hab, Natali Yura, and Jennifer Lopez, and plays from the likes of Nicky Romero and Armin van Buuren, 2014 is looking to be a great year for his career.
“Honestly, if I have learned anything in the industry so far, is that you have to stay true to your sound. There is a lot of the same music being made, and I am trying to be as unique as I can. I get my inspiration from all over the place, sometimes from a simple bass line, to a track from a completely different sub-genre of music. You have to be willing to be different.”
While these words seem to be uttered by every producer known to man (Actions speaker louder folks), I felt compelled by how genuine he seemed during the sit-down. Though our exchange was brief, we got to bond of our love of ‘Deep House’, atypical song structures, and vocalists that are anything but commercial. Plus the man loves Duke Dumont so basically it was game on from that point forward.
Having recently dropped his first AMMO mix roughly a month ago, his latest official single ‘Africa‘, and several song previews on his Sound Cloud as of late, I had to ask what fans could expect from him in the up coming year: “It’s always difficult to say because you have all these plans but it is a matter of organizing everything and having something that you are proud of. I have a lot of music in the works, some finished, and some amazing collaborative stuff happening. I don’t want to say too much, but I hope to get people’s attention. Of course, when you have support from great artists like Afrojack, it is exciting.”