Should more DJs learn the music theory, or doesn’t it matter that much when it comes to dance music?
I think learning music theory is the key to separating yourself as a producer from everyone else by creating quality music based on chord structure and memorable melodic lines. But then again everything is accessible nowadays online learning how to play chords from YouTube and listening to songs from the classics, kind of gives you more the edge on what was popular and how they made it the way these legendary musicians wanted to.
Name a highlight from last year.
My biggest highlight of 2016 was performing beautiful life with Jaclyn Walker in front of many of the producers and executives that I had known about for a long time and to show them what I was capable of with creating my original along with the extraordinary Gentleman. And it felt awesome.
What gives you the inspiration to make music?
Going in my studio and playing on my keyboard along with my other instruments gives me inspiration as well as listening to a lot of music of all genres and categories
Describe the best moment from your career til now.
The best moment of my career was achieving goals in all aspects of my life that I thought couldn’t be possible due to a lot of struggles going on with personal issues and business issues. Building my studio to where I wanted it to be was the biggest and best moment for me. It was something that I wanted to achieve for a long time and now that it is where I want it to be it is where I spend the best moments creating my music.
Tell us more about your latest release.
My latest release “Beautiful Life” Feat Jaclyn Walker hit #5 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts – Top 50 on the Mediabase Dance Radio Charts and top 100 on the Japan Shazam Charts. I also have 2 new Remix’s coming out soon. One with CharleXCX and one with Vassy, so look out for them. I feel like most of my inspiration has come from listening to a lot of different styles of music. World percussion has always been my Strong suit in any shape or form of music. Strong cord structures were as well but I felt like percussion had to be more of an important role in my music to bring out the music in ways most couldn’t understand.
The most inspiring moment from your life?
What inspired me was always going to the DJ Expo every year, knowing full well of what to expect when being there, and coming out of it, every single time, wanting to be more than what I am. There would never be a glass ceiling above that I couldn’t break, because if there was ever one in my life, it would have to be my own. That’s where my limit comes from that I would always break that limit and go beyond what’s expected of myself. The DJ expo has a tendency to do that for me.
Does your mother enjoy listening to your music?
Yes. She is my biggest fan and she loves listening to everything that I create. I think just the fact that I didn’t stop what I was doing since I was 6 made her clearly realize that this wasn’t going to go away. That making music was going to be what I do for the rest of my life. She believed in me because of my music that I would show her in the progression of my career. I am very fortunate to have her in my life she has really been a mentor and one of the few people in the world who really wanted me to follow my passion that most parents wouldn’t really want for their kids and I get that. I just couldn’t see myself doing anything else in life and not giving up and continuing to do what I do best every day, was what made her proud.
You are known to blend styles together ranging from _____ Is there any other particular style you would like to experiment with?
I kinda blend a rhythmic Latin style in my music. I’ve gone into territories of tribal music and combining it with dance and ethnic sounds cinematic sounds as well. So I’m very experimental. As a producer, you get to be like a mad scientist mixing formulas of which you have no idea what the outcome will be. But when you here the final product you realize that they blend well together.
How do you like dubstep and other forms of bass music? Do you see yourself producing such styles of music in the future?
I love it. Bass house and trapstep have always been somewhat of a challenge for me and that is where the true art is. Knowing that I would have to learn new inventions on these genres, in order to make them by thinking outside the box and charter into new territories. I like feeling that way in music. So we shall see what the future holds.
Who has been your biggest influence when it comes to your career as an artist and why?
That’s a good question. I would have to say most of my influence in music comes from different artists. For example;
In film scoring my favorite composer would be Hans Zimmer.
In Latin music Tito Puente Jr. always comes to mind.
I kinda have many different influences from various artists, that got their points across in what they did in music.
But the truest influential artist, in how I look at it, is me one year ago. I know, you’re going to think that sounds arrogant and cocky, but hear me out:
We all are something or other from the accomplishments that we have achieved in our past that made us the person we were. So in actuality, last year, which was 2016, I was a different Gozzi, accomplishing different goals in my life that gave me a new reason on why this year (2017), I would write a new chapter in the saga. The person of last year would always be admired of the accomplishments he’s had, but in order to get better at the craft, I am going to have to do different things that will separate me from others. That in itself, gives me the influence i need to be better in my career and to be able learn new things.
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