Canadian native DataBass is a true wunderkind. The DJ slash producer has a signature sound to his music mature beyond his years. DB takes full advantage of social media, highlighting the vibrancy of his creative process via Soundcloud and Twitter video. Keeynote.com sat down with the mix maestro to discover the Canuck’s influences, inspiration and plans to conquer 2018. Turn it up.
Brick 1: What’s the origin of your performer name?
Well I’ve always been bad with coming up with names. Producer name, song name, whatever for some reason i just find it hard. I love bass music so i knew i wanted to somehow incorporate that into my name and originally i came up with Bassick. Unfortunately there happened to already be someone more established in my area with that name so one night i was just going through one of those name generators on the internet and Databass came up and it felt perfect. Kinda just stuck with it from there.
Brick 2: Who were your biggest musical influences when developing your sound?
I was fortunate enough to grow up with two parents who had unreal tastes in music, and I think being exposed at a young age to so many different amazing artists really taught me to appreciate so many different styles of music, and i try to draw inspiration from a lot of different areas. However if we’re talking specific artists who influence my production I’d say Flume is my biggest inspiration. You may not think so when you hear my music, but i think it’s just because he’s so unique and truly just makes what he wants to make, and that’s who i want to be.
Brick 3: What was the moment you knew you wanted to pursue music as a profession?
I’ve been making music for like 2 and a half years now, and I’d say for a bit over a year and a half it was kind of a hobby. I knew i wanted to work in the industry but i accepted the fact that being an artist is super hard and I thought maybe I could get into management or promotions or A&R or something. Eventually i started to notice that i was really getting the hang of things and started to believe that hey i could actually do this, and i haven’t looked back. I want to do it all.
Brick 4: What is the biggest misconception about being a recording artist?
Well in my case specifically, as a DJ/Producer, I would say the biggest misconception is that all we do is party and what we do is easy. In the electronic music scene especially, people tend to think were not really artists, or musicians, but they don’t understand everything that goes into the track, to be fair i didnt in the beginning either, I was very naive. Sound design, mixing, mastering, engineering, composing, it’s an art and it needs to be perfected.
Brick 5: How will people view your brand by the end of 2018?
I just hope that people will see me as someone new and interesting and as the producer who isn’t bound to any genre or style, but makes specifically what he’s feeling in the moment and puts 100% into all of his tracks. I want to be someone to watch this year.
Stream DataBass’ “Wake Up Call” below and stay tuned for more artful audio from Canada’s newest beat maven.