In the second half of my music interview with Danu5ik, he and I tried to pin down what exactly it is that gets an artist's creative water wheel spinning. Also, Daniel offers sage advice on how to mine that creativity once it's found. We also discuss his newest project and how EDM is being changed by increased collaborations between DJs.
You were talking about getting hit with this surge of creativity. Could you talk more about how that hits you?
I find it very difficult to sit down in the studio and say I’m going to pump out something. Usually, when I try to do that I end up with tracks that get put on hold for a later date. You can’t really force creativity. Chances are I’ll be sitting in an airport when a concept for a track will come to me and I’ll pull out my laptop and see where I can go with that.
LA was an amazing experience meeting everyone at youbloom. The ideas that were pitched and listening to everyone else's sounds, those things are really inspirational.
Do you have advice for musicians or artists on how to develop that initial stroke of creativity into a fleshed out piece of work?
Yes, go outside. Take a deep breath. Sitting down in front of the keyboard or guitar is one thing but what I've found is if you try to push yourself after that certain time, that creativity just goes down. So do something completely different and then go back to it. What you’ll find is when you go back to that track you’re coming back with a different take but you’re keeping that energy level there.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm about high energy; the enjoyment, the laughter, the happiness. Music to me is an aura, it’s supposed to transition fluently and be able to captivate people in the way starting a conversation with someone new does. You need to be able to just open up your mouth and say “Hello.”
If you missed Danu5ik's newest Single and Music Video in Part 1 of the interview then take a peak. Or just watch it again. It's as good the second time around.Imagine wasn’t created all in one day, it was created over time and it was something I had to listen to over again. Whatever you’ve created you do need to get it reviewed by someone else, either friends or family. Feedback is everything, that’s the only way you can know you’re on the right path.
Yes, I feel like there is this tendency among musicians to hole themselves away until they create something worthwhile but what I hear from you is the opposite.
Yes, if you want to inspire to make something great that goes around the world, than you need to be able to show people that you're not just an artist in the studio not connected to your fans or the world. You need to be able to show them that you can get out there and enjoy life, accept feedback and learn from others. That can only make your music better and that differentiates you from every other artist.
How do you find a space for collaboration in an EDM circle? Do places like youbloom foster that connection?
LA was an amazing experience meeting everyone at youbloom. The ideas that were pitched and listening to everyone else's sounds, those things are really inspirational. For instance, being a part of youbloom I’ve been able to listen to so many other electronica artists and we get to pitch ideas at each other. It’s all about networking and youbloom is fantastic for that being able to connect different artists from different genres because you can never tell where a collaboration may occur.
At youbloom it’s great if you have different artists approach you and say they like your sound and want to come up with something. You can never tell where the next hit will come from. I got collaboration requests from youbloom Dublin and that was fantastic. You get to learn more about other artists and in a sense you’re piggy-backing off of each other in a positive way. The top artists wouldn't be where they are if they hadn't started somewhere similar so for local artists it’s a great opportunity.
What’s your vision as Danu5ik going forward?
At the present moment we are planning a US tour in the new year that takes place from New York to LA and a tour in Canada in 2019. I look forward to it! It gives me a perfect opportunity to connect with fans across the world and visit these different cities and make them a part of the live experience.
Is there a different type of atmosphere when you travel to these places you haven’t played at before?
As a DJ you always have to read the crowd. When I perform in different places where the fan following isn’t that strong it’s always interesting to see how those new fans listen to the music and see how it captivates them or doesn’t. For me, it's always great to take those few moment before performances to connect with fans because I don’t want to be one of those artist who just comes to do the performance and then is out the door. You’re here for the fans so connect with them. It adds more of a one to one with them which is what I set out to achieve and they know I’m always in arms reach or they can take a picture with me or we can grab a drink if it’s a small location.
Its always going to be a challenge to be a local artist.
Never give up on your sound. Know that your sound will evolve.
Do you have any advice for other artists who are trying to make it in this industry right now?
Never give up. I’ve met a lot of artists who always struggle with this. Its always going to be a challenge to be a local artist. Never give up on your sound. Know that your sound will evolve. Keep networking, there are various outlets you can learn from.
It took me going to LA and talking with Andy Gould and he said it quite clearly, the info is there for us artists, it's all laid out. We don’t have to find things difficult because if you want to connect to another artist there are avenues there. In terms of creating new sounds, there is a wide range of tools out there, experts that can give you feedback. Just reach out and never feel like you’re alone because you’re not.
You heard it here folks, Danu5ik has got fresh beats cooking in the oven so follow him at @DDanu5ik to know when those tracks hit. Also, Danu5ik will be at youblomDublin for the 2018 Music Festival & Summit (May 30-June 4) and you should be too. All bands gain free admission to the 5 days of musical performances, workshops, and master classes about navigating the music industry. Apply To Play -Deadlines hit February 19th.