Interview with Dj Skyscream
What drew you to the music industry?
I was actually influenced by the game DJ Hero. I thought it was a great concept how everything was put together with the mixes, that I wanted to learn how to DJ in real life
Who are you inspired by?
My influences are artist such as Tory Lanez, The Game, DJ Snake, Bad Bunny, Skrillex, DJ Carnage, The Chainsmokers, G - Eazy, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Logic, Meek Mill, Cozz and many more. Djs such as Alesso, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Borgore, Yellow Claw, Krewella, Afrojack, Marshmellow, Zedd, DVBBS have downloaded my music in the past which is great for me as I continue to grow as an artist since I’ve looked to them in the past
Please explain your creative process
When I create a song I usually start off with the drum rack because the drums to me is something that can make or break a song because its such an important aspect.
What’s an average day like for you?
I wake up, go to the gym then I usually finish up some business such as answering emails and working with promoters. Then I go into the studio and create music for 2-5 hours. On the weekends I’m always djing.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
I make music for music festivals since I’m a DJ/Producer, I’ve been working on R&B, Latin and Dancehall tracks for others to listen to because I want to be very versatile with my music.
Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Yes, I’ve been working with artist from around my city which is Toronto. We work on R&B, Dancehall beats then work on vocals together which I’m hoping to release in the future.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
I usually interact with fans through emails and direct messages whenever they message me. I’ve gotten messages from fans saying that they started making music because of me, some have said to continue what I’m doing because they love my music and believe in me. I also use Instagram live.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
My favourite part of this line of work is growing and meeting new people as an artist especially with the fans while doing what you love. My least favourite part is the stress and anxiety that comes with it because of working 24/7 and not being able to see family and friends as much. I love what I do anyway, to me the music business comes with a price but I always get through it.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
I’ve dealt with it in the past and it isn’t as bad as it was before, I’m able to deal with it and focus on the task. If I even do get anxiety before or during a performance I only get it during the first two tracks just to get me going.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues
I’ve performed around various venues in Toronto such as Cabana Pool Bar, Nathan Phillips Square, Bier Markt venues, and the Landing chain restaurants and lounges.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your
I would say to follow your dreams no matter what, never give up and find a way because thats what winners do. Keep doing your own unique thing and don’t waste anytime on anyone or anything thats bringing you down. Finally, also remember to watch your circle in and out of the music industry