DEADBEATS INTERVIEW: DNMO

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If you’re an avid follower of Deadbeats, then there is no doubt that you know about DNMO.  A Deadbeats OG, this talented producer can’t stop releasing bangers - from his early works of ‘Broken’ with Sub Urban, to his latest ‘Rogue’ - there is no denying that 16 year old Aiden Morgan makes beautiful music that hits you right in the feels.  Coming all the way from the UK, DNMO is about to make his USA debut - at the legendary Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater at the fifth anniversary of DeadRocks! Being labeled as one of the “Artists to Watch in 2018” by multiple outlets including SoundCloud, Your EDM and Run The Trap comes as no surprise to us.  With so much success already, DNMO’s career is just getting started and we can’t wait to show you what the future has in store!


You just started your first international tour!  What can you tell us about your experiences so far?

DNMO: it's been incredible. the first few shows have been really surreal, I'm  extremely excited for the rest of the tour! Meeting the fans has been the best feeling too.


What is the biggest challenge of being a young producer? What reaction do you normally get when people find out your age?

DNMO: I think my biggest challenge is people within and outside of the industry not taking me as seriously as someone in their 20s or 30s. I get that I'm young and have a LOT to learn but I really believe that age, in most cases, doesn't define a person's work ethic or creativity.

You work with a lot of vocalists - how do you decide who to feature on your songs?  If you could collab with any vocalist dead or alive who would you choose?

DNMO: I could just be going through Soundcloud or Spotify one day and find something really dope, and then hit them up to send ideas back and forth. Other times vocalists will reach out to me. It really doesn't matter, if I hear a sound I like and it clicks I'm gonna roll with it. also that's a really tough question, right now I'd love to say Jorja Smith, Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice or Sarah Barthel from Phantogram.

What is your creative process when writing a song?

DNMO: Oh man it always changes. Lately I've been really incorporating guitar into my work so I've been building out song structures that way first, then I start filling in the blanks electronically. More often than not only a small amount of guitar gets used because there's so many sounds at a producers disposal now that it kinda takes over, which is really fun and definitely gives a fresh take on songwriting. If I'm ever feeling stuck for ideas I'll put on my private Spotify playlist which is 50+ hours long really loudly from my studio while I'm taking a shower and just hum melodies over the top, until I get an idea that's Ableton worthy, jump out and nearly slip over with excitement (you'd be surprised this is now almost routine).

What is the best candy/junk food in the UK?

DNMO: Never really been a fan of candy but ice cream is very popular here, I live in South West England right on the coast so ice cream is kinda your go-to most days in the summer. However being on tour I don't get to eat pasties which is like pastry stuffed with cheese and onion. It's one of my favourite foods in the world.


What can we expect from your US debut at DeadRocks V this summer?

DNMO: New music, live edits of my originals, and some old classics.

See DNMO’s USA debut on July 2nd, 2018 at DeadRocks.

www.deadrocks.net

 

Deadbeats Interview: LICK

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In anticipation of his debut Deadbeats show, we got a chance to catch up with LICK in an exclusive interview.  Hailing from Arizona, LICK was noticed by Zeds Dead for his intense, bass-heavy tunes and dark energy. Following his first Deadbeats release, PUSH, he recently released his edgy two-track REVOLT EP which truly showcases his talent.  Keep reading to get to know LICK!

What was the first song you heard that got you interested in making music?

LICK: Yo DEADBEATS! Thanks for having me on this interview. So excited for this upcoming tour! My roots bring me back to drum and bass. Pendulum to be exact. It was not the genre I started with, but it fuelled my creativity. I may be working on a DNB project right now. :P


Congrats on the REVOLT EP! What is your relationship with CUBED? What was the inspiration behind the EP art and the visuals for 11PM?

LICK: Thanks! The support on REVOLT has been incredible. I had the pleasure of having my friend Cubed on this EP. We’ve been homies for a while and talked about collaborating for a couple of years but never came around to it, but it finally happened and now its on DEADBEATS! The inspiration behind 11PM was infusing raw electronic sounds with a cinematic twist. Time still runs its course in our darkest hours in our life, and 11PM is a perfect representation of the tracks vision.

If you could produce music for any video game, which would you choose? What video game has the best soundtrack in your opinion?

LICK: If i could make music for any video game it would have to be God of War. The suspense, emotion, and anger poured out from the character KRATOS could lead to multiple styles of production. My favorite video game soundtrack is from Call of Duty: MODERN WARFARE 2. Hans Zimmer is one of the most talented composers of our time and has been a huge inspiration to me.

What is your favorite drink?

LICK: it starts with T and ends with equila. Also... Taro Boba. I need to add that to the rider.


Where is somewhere in your hometown you think everyone should visit?

LICK: If we were to do something, I would probably take you on a hike and go to Antelope Canyon. It’s one of the most mesmerising landmarks I’ve seen. Also I would take you for ramen. Specifically at SUSHI ROKU. Shoutout to them for taking all my money.


Deadbeats SLC is right around the corner! What can we expect from your set? Is there anyone you are looking forward to seeing or meeting on your Deadbeats Tour dates?

LICK: SLC DEADBEATS means so much to me. To be apart of the tour within 6 months with the label is something I hold closely to my heart. Setting foot on the Deadbeats stage will be something I will remember for life. I am stoked to hang out with the deadbeats family and fans. Expect a ton of new ID’s and collabs and remixes during my set. Be prepared. This is just the beginning…


Catch LICK this Saturday, June 9th at Deadbeats SLC.

Tickets are available here http://bit.ly/DB_SaltLakeCity