Today’s post features up and coming Chicago DJ DEE MASH. The twenty-three year old has been making music since he was a teenager and has accumulated over 10,000 followers on Soundcloud in addition to 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. DEE MASH’s orchestral song writing approach gives his upbeat songs a powerful, infectious-melody filled sound that will put your mind in the middle of a night club. We did a quick Q&A (below) with DEE last week and gave he us an inside look on his style and plans for 2019. Be sure to check out his latest single “City of Dreams” and follow him on all his socials, you won’t be able to stop listening I promise!
Interview with DEE MASH
Q: What does making music mean to you?
A: It's become a core part of me, so anything and everything I do revolves around music and making music. I would say it's not just "everything," it's my thought process, my personality, norms, etc. It's just been around so long that it's what I've made my friends through, created a work life around, what I've networked with people through.
Q: Can you explain your approach to writing a song and performing?
A: Writing a song has never really had a organic rule book for me, which is actually my favorite part about the process. It could be one sound or sample that could inspire a whole track, or the opposite could be said. Performing has always been the fun and rewarding part, the preparation process usually includes organizing my music (which I'm horrible at), but it's also the process that creates the impatient excitement part. My usual approach on performing consists of playing my current favorites along with some tracks that will forever remain in my set list.
Q: What is your favorite place to perform?
A: PRYSM NIGHTCLUB CHICAGO. Hands down!
Q: What do you have planned for 2019?
A: I'm going to be putting out more music, as well as explore myself as an artist and grow alongside many talented artists such as Lyon Hart.
Q: What sets you apart from other artists?
A: I think what sets me apart is the fact that whenever I write, I find myself looking for a structure that comes with chaotic or mellow surprises. Not even in the sense of a drop, but creating a pinnacle peak of feelings of excitement, rage, and/or euphoria. Whether it's in elements such as brass horns, choirs, or synth stacks that come in with a surprise, I focus more on the aspect of an emotional reaction than on build-ups and drops.