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Learning to DJ and His First Gig

“I had literally never ever even looked at or considered being a DJ in my life. I started with the S4 because I had one week to learn how to DJ. So I was just like well I haven’t got enough time to learn how to use CDJs or certainly not vinyl.’ So I did a bit of research and thought ‘right Traktor, which means I’ve got sync buttons if I need to fall back on it from time to time.’

“But then obviously I released my first EP and my label [the SKisM-founded Never Say Die Records] was just like ‘alright you’ve got your first show in a week!’ and I was just like ‘[gasps for air]’ [laughs] and it was at Ministry of Sound in London as well.

“Anytime I have an issue, I go to SKisM and get advice from him and he’s always got my back, which is great, having him behind me. And he has to help me! He’s my boss, so it’s even in his best interest as well. It’s not like I’m going to some other random DJ who’s not affiliated with me and begging for help! So it’s good having him there.”

Controllers vs. CDJs

“Controllers are awesome. I’ve found comfort in it because it’s easy to use and I picked it up straight away, but now I just feel like it’s a comfort zone more than anything. I want to spread out on CDJs but I haven’t had the time to properly pick them up and do what I do live with the S4 but on CDJs, which I technically can now with the whole HID control and I can literally map CDJ-2000s out to work exactly like the S4, because you can use all of them as MIDI mappings and control everything in Traktor through it as well. So it’s just going on to a bigger console and not having to take the S4 around. It’s also getting used to a bigger setup and getting comfortable. I just need a decent enough break from touring to just get on with it and be able pick it up.

“All that said, I use it more for sample decks and sometimes even a triple mix, but never four. I’d never go into four like SKisM and his four CDJs, but I do utilize it’s options. I tend to keep it semi-basic, just because that gives me all the time to get the energy and things right because the main thing that put me off to going on to standalone CDJs was the fact that it does take a lot of time to get everything into the mix, make sure everything is perfect and always keeping track of things and it takes the time away, so it looks like we’re just standing there a lot and it takes away from the performance aspect. If you can just shove it in straight away and then work the crowd and play with them, it works so much better.”

Performing as a DJ

“I had only a week to learn how to DJ. I did my research; first all the technical research and then actual DJ research and started watching all these videos of all these DJs performing live. I just noticed how fucking boring they all were and was just like ‘C’mon, people pay so much money to come out and see a show, at least give them a show! Don’t just stand there and play what someone could listen to on a mixtape at home.’

“It’s not like the the old days where you’re paying to see a DJ. You’re paying to see a producer/performer now [light laugh], and they’re there to hear the music. It’s definitely down to track choice as well, but simplistically, they’re pretty much there to get what they’re given as well. At the same time, you’ve got to give a performance, a show and give people a reason to come back to you!”

Pre-Planned Sets

“My sets are quite anally planned out, actually.

“I’ve been using pretty much the same similar set for about the last six months, until now. I just completely revamped it and put in a lot more of my new stuff and loads of new stuff I’ve gotten on promo, so this will be the first time I’ll be playing out this particular new set. I go in this way because I like to have everything melodically matched and not just randomly choosing two songs that are in the same key, because I like to make sure the actual songs work together before I play them out. So I’ve pretty much got a pre-planned set, like a set list. I might stray off depending if something is just not going off, like say if I was playing some trap and people were just like ‘eh’ and so I’ll be like ‘alright, I’ve got to quickly get out of this’ but I pretty much normally just stick to quite a strict set.’

“People can know what they want, but to be clear I do change it up every set, it’s just a very good guideline for me. It’s an anal basic guideline [laughs]. I know a lot of DJs that will do partially what I’m doing and partially not. So it’ll be loads of pre-planned sections rather than one big set planned. They’ll have say a ten minute run of tunes planned that they can bring in whenever they want and then another set of fifteen minutes of a set and just rearrange it and they can change it depending on the crowd, but I pretend to. But I’m pretty prepared if worst comes to worst and people really just aren’t feeling it I can go off and do something quickly.”

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Planet Mondo Interview: King & Joker

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Recently, Planet Mondo had the opportunity to talk with EDM and dubstep djs King & Joker who are featured right here on our website. We talked dubstep and more. Don’t forget to check out their page right here on Planet Mondo.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique?

King & Joker: “Our music is definitely bass music… like a mixture of Big Room and Festival Trap”

Planet Mondo: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

King & Joker: “ur influences are very far apart and that ‘s what makes it work we guess… The Joker gets inspired from big trance heros like Tiësto en Above and Beyond, genres these days are  going from Big Room to Bass music…  As the King Gets his inspiration from Trap and Bass producers like Troyboi, Marshmello, Jack Ü, Major Lazer”

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

King & Joker: “Big Room to Bass music… Troyboi, Marshmello, Jack Ü, Major Lazer, KSHMR, Blasterjaxx”

Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

King & Joker: “of course… ? its a secret ”

Planet Mondo: Your coolest experience thus far (performing or recording)?

King & Joker: “finishing the first track as King & Joker and getting more than 22K plays”

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Planet Mondo Interview: Dylan Heidt (TNLTTRWRD)

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2017 is already proving to be an incredible year of dubstep music, which is why we are stoked to share with you an interview with one of the dubstep djs featured on Planet Mondo, TNLTTRWRD.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique

TNLTTRWRD “I believe my music sounds the way that it does, because I find inspiration in so many different areas and avenues of life. I grew up listening to artists like The Doors, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles and Steely Dan (thank you Mom and Dad, haha), but as I grew older…probably around the time I hit elementary school…I was introduced to Hip-Hop and Rap. I was a huge Shady Records fan (Eminem’s record label), but also listened to everythingfrom Ludacris, UGK and T.I. (Southern Hip-Hop/Rap) to West Coast stuff that was out at the time like E-40, Mistah F.A.B and Snoop Dogg. That was really my first taste of production that I ever got and to this day what I believe to be the driving force that made me want to get into music production in the first place. There are still songs from the early 2000’s that I hear and immediately get chills down my spine, because of how good the production on said song is.

When I got into middle school, I went through a bit of an odd phase for a year where I listened to metal and that was about it. Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica and Motorhead dominated the rotation of songs on my IPod as I would be walking the halls of my school with friends. When I was in 8th grade though (my last year of middle school) one of my best friends, his older brother
played us a Datsik song…I want to say that it was, “Nuke ‘Em”…but as soon as I heard it, my life was changed forever. I didn’t know how this guy was making the instruments sound the way that they did, but I knew I wanted to know more about this new kind of my music and thus began my journey into the world of electronic music.

After I broke free from my Metal phase and throughout high school I went back to having a pretty wide variety of music that I love and would listen to on a daily basis and to this day that’s exactly how I am. One minute I could be listening to the filthiest Dubstep record out at the moment, the next I may be listening to a Sublime song and from there I might throw on some Miles Davis, haha. To sum it all up, I have big ears and if I didn’t, I don’t think my music would sound in any way, the way that it does today.”

Planet Mondo:Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

TNLTTRWRD “My biggest musical influences? Hhmmm, it’s tough to say, but if I had to narrow it down and pick a few, Steely Dan would definitely have to be very high on that list. From there, on the production side of things…Hip-Hop/Rap- wise anyway…I would say everybody from J. Dilla, to FKi 1st, TM88, 9th Wonder, Ant (from Atmosphere) Metro Boomin and Zaytoven have all been very influential to me in one way, or another and some of those guys are relatively new in their own right, so that’s pretty cool.
In terms of electronic music production I would have to say that artists like Herobust, Flying Lotus, Hippie Sabotage, Cookie Monsta, DVBBS, Datsik, RL Grime and Zomboy have all made a pretty big impact on me in one way, or another as far as influence goes.”

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

TNLTTRWRD “Currently I’ve been listening to Post Malone’s debut album, “Stoney” on repeat actually, haha. Other than that I’ve been getting into a producer by the name of P Buddy who is pretty sweet and other than that it’s been just my usual mix of Classic Rock, Reggae and Hip-Hop/Rap.”

Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

TNLTTRWRD “At the moment, I don’t have any real projects that I’m working on. I did release my debut studio album, “Situational”, not long ago though and even more recently I put out a Hip-Hop/Rap instrumental EP titled, “For What They Know Not”.

I do have a couple of pretty big remixes coming out within the next month, or two here, so definitely keep an eye out for those! Both of those projects that I talked about above can be found in their entirety on my SoundCloud account, so definitely go check them out.”

Planet Mondo: Your coolest experiences so far (recording or performing)

TNLTTRWRD “I’ve had a handful of pretty cool experiences so far throughout this musical journey that I’m on, but by far the coolest happened when I was living out in Los Angeles for a little while. I was able to meet and hang out with (on a number of different occasions) legendary songwriter, producer and a plethora of other things, Jerry Goldstein.

Just being around somebody who has been in and made such a monumental impact on the industry for as long as he has and listening to the stories/soaking up the knowledge that he shared was an incredible experience for me.”

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Planet Mondo Interview: Dj View

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With the holidays around the corner, there are plenty of parties on tap to keep your head bouncing and your body moving. We recently sat down with Dj View and discussed a number of topics in this exclusive interview.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique

 

Dj View: When I envision my music as subject matter, something concrete, I see a machine yielding a machete stomping through the jungle hacking at all that’s in its way.  Some could say underwater robots/aliens for the drops but I like to base my introductory and break elements off of feelings from past experiences, mostly in dark wooded areas.  When I was young I would put on my headphones and walk through the woods at night all alone.  There was something overwhelming about it that I really enjoyed and looked forward to throughout the day.
It was like a drug; very intense at first but after a little bit I was in my comfort zone.  I always try to replicate that intensity that I felt in the intro/break/outros of my compositions.



Planet Mondo: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Dj View: As of right now the artists that have my attention are Kadaver, Sudden Death, Ecraze, Graphyt, Emoxx, Samplifire, MurDa, Evilwave, and Oolacile.  These dudes are taking over the scene with their next level sound design and brilliant arrangements.

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

 

Dj View: So I produce so often that I tend to get sick of hearing all these loud wubs.  When I take a break from production to work in my painting studio, I tend to go back to my roots and listen to a lot of DNB and hip-hop.  DNB artists such as Black Sun Empire, State of Mind, Calyx & TeeBee and as for hip-hop artists I am a huge fan Gucci Mane and Pouya been on the come up as well, I’ve had his UU album on repeat for 3 weeks now.”



Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

 

Dj View: “Yes of course!  I try my best to always stay busy.  If you are on your grind you have a chance to shine, without the grind you’re literally taking away any chance to grow as an artist.  Music wise, being an independent dubstep producer is competitive, you literally have to be one of the best to get any kind of recognition so I always try to reach out to relatively newer producers that I see are trying their best because I know we can make a great track together and that’s all I ever wanted when coming into the scene was to make good music and enjoy the process with other like-minded producers.


I currently have works in progress with Antima (Italy), DWARV (Wisconsin), Novice (Minneapolis), ORBiTE (Sweden), Kasework (Michigan), Calladore (Ohio), Bootyswag (Pennsylvania), and I’ve recently reached out to Kill OG and Pandemic after having a good time with them at a recent show.  I love collaborations but I also like to work on my own productions as well.  As of right now I have 13 unreleased dubstep productions compiled in a folder; currently in the demo process.


Being brought up listening to Dr. Dre and Ludacris, I have an undying love for phat 808s.  I am also a hip-hop producer for Cleveland based record label and marketing, Associate Records.  I work with artists, Mopacino, Corey Bapes, Layzie Bone, and Denise Monroe.  I have produced over 30 songs that are all unreleased for Corey Bapes and have 8 productions coming out on Mopacinos’ album which should be released first quarter of 2017.


Music aside, I am a geometric abstraction painter; some would call me an Op Artist.  I fell in love with painting not too long ago, during my undergraduate program at Kent State University.  I used to draw a lot in charcoal but once I was taught how to work with color correctly, I begun to see the limitless possibilities and started my endeavor as an abstract painter.  Over the past 2 1/2 years I have been exploring different ways to create optical effects with color.  The process is long yet meditative and through my system of application, my imagery yields unexpected results.  I have visions of what I want to create but through my process my ideas become dissected.


A good friend of mine and I have been working towards creating sound activated animations of my paintings that can then be projected onto stage setups during my live shows.  You can check out some of my paintings here”:  http://alexjesko.com/paintings/)


Planet Mondo: Your Coolest Experience Thus Far (Recording or Performing) ?


Dj View: “Recording the albums with the crew at Associate Records was a blast.  It was great to meet the engineer and just have a good time doing studio tings.  Performance wise, I’d say my favorite show I’ve been a part of is one I did with Trollphace and Boogie T.  Those dudes are real chill, Brock got the best sense of humor for real that dude is hilarious + they killed their sets!

Performance with Squnto was dope too!  Not surprisingly, he was the one that got me into chopping during my sets.


Pre show, we were watching Shiverz chopping the f*ck outta his sets in Montreal and it really got me thinking of ways to introduce new compositions to create new experiences for the audience during live performances.”

You can check out Dj View‘s music on his official Planet Mondo artist page right here.

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