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KEEPING IT SIMPLE WITH DCPA'S SOUND


Leave us a link of what to listen of yours RIGHT NOW: Check out “Iconic Love” today if you haven’t heard it! Here’s a link to the track on the major streaming platforms: https://hypeddit.com/dcpamusic/iconicloveradio Thank you for taking this interview! While your fans and new fans stream your music and read this interview, tell us the first thing that comes to mind that you're grateful for about your music career! It’s my pleasure, and thanks for having me on! Right now, I’m grateful to be living and entertaining people in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world, Austin TX. More so, I’m grateful for how the community has received me over the past 2 years, and to be booking shows via Tammy Miranda Music Productions, a premier agency in town. I receive an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement at each show. I’m also lucky to have kept up so many close relationships - people I’ve known for decades who genuinely care about my well-being. People have continued to look out for me ever since moving into music full time. Much of my social life translated directly into my music career once I left public accounting after 10 years. I get opportunities to play for long-time friends at weddings, private parties, etc. I’m grateful to be working in an industry where my social network greatly influences me and keeps me pushing harder every day. I love being the guy responsible for the music at a party or a club. With so much negativity surrounding us daily, I feel like my job as a musician has become that much more important. What kind of inspiration influences your music that fans would be surprised by? Fans might hear my music and perceive it as a culmination of positive experiences and influences; but they may be surprised to learn that a lot of what I do has been inspired by disappointment, things that could’ve gone differently in my life or during my time on earth thus far. When I’m writing music, sometimes it is a reflection of overwhelming sadness or anger when thinking about the past. It's fun to think of my music career as my own rebellion against an old life, and the systems I found myself caught up in. I don’t resent people, as we all make mistakes and learn each day. The way I reconcile both the positive and negative experiences of my past is by memorializing them into songs. Who has influenced you in your career? My musical influences came about early on, starting with my parents. I was always encouraged to pick up new instruments and participate in the music program at my school. My dad always emphasized classical music while my mom had worked for a radio station in the past. They kept up a huge collection of records. Over time I developed a classical, orchestral mindset, but have always had this renegade spirit inspired by rock bands. Eventually, I discovered the electronic dance music scene in the early 2000’s, noticed how big the European DJ scene was and how dynamic the role of a DJ/producer could be. Pop music in America became less interesting to me throughout the 2000’s, so I turned my focus to electronic music. I discovered my favorite artists during this time, pioneers such as ATB, Daft Punk, Tiesto, Armin Van Burren, etc. Overall, I’ve had a very eclectic background in music drawing influences from all genres, even Latin, Country and Hip Hop. These influences can sometimes be heard in my tracks, but more so translate directly into my life as a DJ. Who is your biggest cheerleader in the industry? Why? Right now, I’d give that designation to Tammy Miranda, my local booking agent in Austin TX. She has done amazing things for my career in the past 2 years, starting with a residency DJ gig in Dallas and subsequently getting me tons of shows down here in Austin when I moved. Tammy puts a ton of faith in her artists, and she demonstrates her commitment to us and the industry at large daily. I’m humbled and just so grateful to have her believing in me and cheering me on! Who gives you the most critique? Why? I’ve always been my own biggest critic. As an artist it’s easy to get caught up and over think introspectively, sometimes to a point where you assume other people will have a negative opinion of the music you’re creating. Basically, you assume listeners will criticize your ideas before they even get released as full tracks. It’s an insecure feeling, but I also believe that if you are not your own biggest critic, you can never truly maximize your potential as an artist. It’s an industry where you must love your own music first, or else you lose a sense of purpose. I critique my own work heavily based on my background in music. I do it so that my music will truly represent an aggregation of my musical influences and fulfill my overall purpose, without sounding 100% like anything else the fans may have heard before. Do you often follow your heart or your brain when you have to make decisions in your career? I previously worked as a certified public accountant, and much of the thought patterns from that industry have followed me into my music career. That side of me thinks with my brain; but my heart is what led me to leave that rules-based career behind, and instead pursue my creative endeavors. I try to make decisions in the middle ground now, utilizing both my brain and my heart. Being a DJ takes a lot of brain power to make the right mixing decisions in a live setting. Meanwhile your heart is gratified by creating the experience for the audience. When it comes to music production or playing a show strictly in my wheelhouse as DCPA, the process is weighed more heavily toward my heart. It’s because my craft represents my legacy and is 100% in my control; but to market your music, monetize and grow your brand, you must also keep a business mindset. Making decisions on how to go about your next project, what do those conversations sound like? There are so many different projects that a music producer can take on. We can choose to produce for our own brand, we can remix existing music that will fit well in our live shows or bar gigs we can choose to produce for other artists such as vocalists. Once music becomes a job versus a hobby, these decisions become a lot more frequent. Questions can be - will this push my music career forward financially (because I’m getting paid to help this other artist) or is this a time when I should be really pushing the DCPA brand and sound? Maybe I’m offered a weekly gig at a bar and need to decide whether the commitment level of time and energy, payout, style of music I’ll be playing, and potential to grow my own fan base all lineup in a way that makes sense. There always seems to be some give and take surrounding each decision. Give us a fun fact about your latest music! My next single is called “I Feel It Too” . I wrote the song during a lunar eclipse which had resulted in one of those orange “blood moons”. The vibe behind the track resulted from this feeling of cosmic energy transferring from my soul to another, and their reciprocation. I finished as much of this song as I could during the week after the eclipse, in order to fully capture the astrological essence of the situation. Best advice you've received on making new music? Simplicity is best, almost always. During production, you can really emphasize a single element such as the bass, drums, vocals or lead synthesizers. By over complicating the production, you might impress another musician with technicality; but, usually the average listener is not going to appreciate the intricacies much, and wants to turn their ear to something more memorable and catchy. What’s interesting is that if you were to play all of the parts of my songs on a single instrument (like a piano), you will find the melodic structure to be quite complicated sounding compared to the electronically produced version. Give us some advice when it comes to pushing forward in your career? Be confident and don't fall victim to overthinking. Nothing is so predictable that it should prevent you from taking action, accepting the risks or following your heart and intuition. You will have to invest in your music career with significant time and eventually money to move forward. Start thinking of yourself as a business rather than just a musician, and build a consistent workflow and network that allows you to consistently perform and be reliable but also differentiate as an artist. Take advantage of social media, as it is only getting more prevalent in business especially for creative entrepreneurs. Socials and all links to follow you:


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