DEADBEATS INTERVIEW: DNMO
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.