Questions by Samuel Mo

1. When you were growing up, what made you choose to study music instead of other subjects?

My grandfather was a pretty famous classical pianist. I come from a whole family of musicians. For me, music wasn't really optional, the same way math isn't optional for some kids. It was lucky that I also really loved it!
 
2. What about the influence of your parents? Do they support you to be a musician?
 
My parents were very supportive of my music career. I think it would have been very hard to accomplish what I have without their support. When I moved into the electronic world, they didn't really understand it at first, but they did their best to be as supportive as possible, regardless. I will always appreciate that.
 
3. Why didn’t you stay in the classical field? What made you choose electronic music instead of other genres?
 
From ages 10-14, my family lived in Belgium, and I was exposed to all kinds of 90s electronic music like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Orbital, Daft Punk, etc. My school in Belgium had an electronic music class, and I just repeated it as many times as I could. I was hooked from day-one. When we got back to the US, I started trying to sneak into raves, and I just completely fell in love with the culture of inclusivity, as well as how fearless and underground the music was. I knew immediately I had to learn how to DJ, and the rest is history, as they say.
 
4. People say your songs are lush and the melodies are catchy and that they love your songs so much. So can you tell us how do you come up with an idea for a song? What inspires you?
 
I spent a lot of years studying how to make good arrangements and how to engineer properly, but the melody thing is always something I just had naturally. When I'm starting a new idea for a track, it usually starts with a set of chords or a groove, and I just fiddle away until I have a melody that I don't mind listening to a million times on loop. In my 20s, I spent a lot of time working in recording studios in NYC, learning from watching top hip hop/r&b producers, songwriters, and artists at the very top of their game. I think a lot of what I witnessed in studios early in my career rubbed off on me. I also spent a bunch of years in NYC working as a private engineer/producer/programmer for Pal Waaktaar Savoy of the 80s band A-Ha, and working on his arrangements day-in and day-out had a huge impact on me musically. He wrote the song "Take on Me" so I think you can say he is one of the best songwriters of that era. I will always cherish my time working for him.
 
5. Have there been any difficulties that you have encountered in your musical journey? If yes, how did you get through it?
 
A music career is really hard. There is no getting around the fact that it's an uphill struggle the entire way. There is so much competition, so many other talented artists out there. It can be really discouraging if you spend a lot of time obsessing about that stuff. I definitely lost some years spending more time worrying about how far behind other people I was, instead of just focusing on making the best music I could possibly make. When I realized that I had to just stop worrying about other people and their success was when I started seeing some success of my own.
 
6. Has home quarantine given you more ideas and space for your creations? Do you have any big plans coming up?
 
Home quarantine has been remarkably difficult, but also valuable on a lot of levels. My wife and I welcomed our first child into the world a year ago. Both of us had to keep working from home through the quarantine, and we also had to somehow take care of our 9 month old baby. I'm not exactly sure how, but having less time to work actually resulted in a lot of new material for me. I also got to spend a lot more time with my son than I would have, and watching him grow so fast and learn so many things so quickly was really inspiring. Strangely enough, I think we will cherish those months forever, but it also makes me very sad to think about how many people suffered.
 
7. What would you like to say to people who would like to start on their own musical journeys? 
What's the best advice you could give them?
 
Focus on finding your own unique voice. This usually means you make an insane amount of music nobody will ever hear. Just because it's easy to release music yourself these days doesn't mean that you SHOULD release everything that you make. It's really important to learn to love the process as much as the end-result, because more often than not, nobody will ever hear the thing you made on a given day. I would say I release on average 10 percent of material I make, if that. Making sure that you're only releasing quality, original material is really the key to telling a distinct musical story.

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