OUT THERE SPOTLIGHT: ‘DEEP TRIBE’
We sat down with http://themusickla.com for some Q&A!
The resulting interview has tons of fun facts about us, and our opinion on music industry:), the world of DJing and many other topics.
DJ/Producer duo, Deep Tribe will be bringing some funky dance worthy grooves to Out There Musick Festival this Sunday. Get to know the guys Dimitry and Andrew, along with some premiere releases of some amazing new tracks!!
musickLA: Where are you from?
Dimitry: I’m originally from a cosmopolitan city in Ukraine called Odessa, a city they refer to as pearl of the black sea. When I was 18 we moved to Chicago with my family, I went to college there, and then went to DePaul Acting School. After graduating from the acting conservatory I’ve spent most of my time DJing in Chicago’s underground circles, and in 2011 decided to move to Los Angeles in order to pursue my multiple artistic endeavors.
Andrew: Originally I’m from a small town just outside of Fresno, CA. I moved to Los Angeles in about 2001 and lived in the North Hollywood area for the majority of the time. About a year ago I relocated to Long Beach and I love it! Long Beach is so mellow, affordable, and weather is always nice. I also love how bicycle friendly the city is.
musickLA: What are each of your individual music backgrounds?
Dimitry: I started DJ’ing when I was about 12, or so — very young age! I submersed myself in music and it became an addiction that I’ve never been able to really kick.
Andrew: I used to sit in front of my TV when I was a kid and watch MTV (back when they actually played music). I would keep a blank VHS tape by the VCR and whenever a song I loved would come on, I would run over and hit record. Basically I was making my own VHS mix tapes. At about 12 or 13 I decided I wanted to learn how to play music, not just listen, so I started playing guitar. Within a couple of years I began writing my own songs and playing in bands with friends from school. Over time I began learning a lot about recording music. I had my first 4 track cassette recorder when I was 16 or 17. As I got older, I spent a lot of time in various studios with all of the different bands I was in. That’s how I eventually came to learn ProTools. At a certain point I decided I wanted to make electronic music because I enjoyed the freedom that came with sitting alone at the computer writing, arranging, creating, just whatever pops into your mind. It’s all there right at your fingertips. I would go to various underground parties here in Los Angeles and then go home and try and re-create that feeling and vibe that I had felt at the party, but with my own music.
musickLA: What brought you towards the sound that you have together now?
Andrew: I suppose we arrived at our current sound just simply through personal taste and preference of the things we like. For the most part, Dimitry and I understand music in the same way. It’s rare that he likes something that I don’t like, and vice versa. Also, the sound that we have together now is not the sound we had together a year ago, and likely will not be the sound we have together in a year from now. We are always changing and evolving together, and as individuals.
musickLA: What would you describe your sound as?
Dimitry: We always try and make sure our music sounds innovative. I really feel that our sound is (basically) just a reflection of our external world/society.
Andrew: An ever changing, constant evolution. Some of our original music is deep, dark, and passionate with a lot of serious/moody vibes (tracks like ‘Two Soft Tacos’, ‘Easy Lee’, and ‘Summer High’). At the same time, we have other tracks that are big which can be played during a peak hour set (songs like ‘Ghost Dance’ and ‘Do Your Thing’). We believe that variety is the spice of life, so we really try and make songs that are unique from one another. Another thing we like to do to make sure things don’t get stale is to create “live edits”/remixes of our original songs for when we play live. As a matter of fact, we have made one of those “live edits” of our previously released track, “Ghost Dance”, available as an exclusive free download for The muSICK LA.
musickLA: How do you feel about the term Deep House?
Dimitry: I feel that its a musical term that can change and evolve. It’s a broad description and as music evolves and society evolves, the term evolves with it. Therefore, at different times in history it will mean different things. This is just the way it is, and people shouldn’t be arguing about it.
Andrew: Exactly what Dimitry said. I’ll just add that obviously genre labeling serves a purpose. We all know that if you go to beatport and look for deep house tracks, you will find a wide range of music that sounds completely different than what you would have found a few years ago. It’s a very strange phenomenon, the fact that a genre label or term can take on a whole new meaning in a matter of years. I love early progressive house music, but now if I search progressive house I can’t even stand to listen to what beatport spits back at me. However, this phenomenon is not something new, in fact its been happening with all forms of music for a very very long time. Go find “metal” bands now, and go find “metal” bands from the 80’s and you will hear two very different styles of music, but they’re both equally “metal”. Society changes, people change, and music changes with them.
musickLA: What do you hope to bring people with your music?
Dimitry: The hope is, to bring them a desire to move, a feeling of positivity, and a release. We always want to bring them to our level of understanding of what we find to be interesting and intriguing (sound wise). Our goal is to entice them with new, exciting, and forward-thinking music. Not for the sake of educating people, but with the goal of widening their musical horizons.
Andrew: I just want them to have a great time! We want our tracks to be fun and different. We want people to connect with us through the music, to let go of all the bullshit and stress of their day to day grind. Music is an art form that heals and unites people, and we feel blessed to be a part of it all.
musickLA: What are your favorite crowds to perform for?
Dimitry: Chicago stands at the top of the list. Detroit as well. Both of these places always bring great crowds because of their dedication and understanding of the music. Of course we love performing in Los Angeles as well because it’s home to us, and we love our community here.
Andrew: Whiskey drunk men in their late 50’s that sit at the bar with their backs to you (preferably in a dark dive bar somewhere in east Hollywood haha). In all seriousness though, I love performing for people that are truly appreciating what you’re doing. When you can see and feel their excitement, it’s so exhilarating. When they’re feeling it, you start feeling it more, which makes them feel it even more, and so on. It’s a cyclical exchange of energy, and that’s the best high ever.
musickLA: What inspires your creative process the most?
Dimitry: We are inspired by the desire to constantly outdo ourselves. Every track we make, we want it to be better than the previous one. The same goes for our live shows. We strive to do things that will not only surprise the audience, but ourselves as well.
Andrew: Inspiration can come from many different places. It might come from seeing a particular film, hearing something in another artist’s track that you really love and want to build off of, sometimes it comes from just everyday life. As Dimitry said, the desire to constantly outdo ourselves. No matter what the initial source of inspiration was, that desire to make this track better than the last track ALWAYS comes into play.
musickLA: What is the best part of having a partner to collaborate with?
Dimitry: Having someone you trust to make decisions with. Collaborating to choose which direction we want a track to go in, especially when we are operating on the same wavelength…it’s like magic. It’s nice for playing live as well. For example, if one of has to run to the restroom, your partner is there to take care of things while you’re away haha!
Andrew: The two of us have different strengths and weaknesses. Some of the things that I really suck at, Dimitry is amazing at. Some of the things that he finds to be difficult are a breeze for me. The fact that we can support one another and bounce ideas off of each other makes Deep Tribe more well rounded. It also helps to keep the momentum of the project going. We just have the same understanding of what we want to do, and what we love to listen to.
themusickLA: What is the most fulfilling part about creating music and performing it live for your audiences?
Andrew: The most fulfilling part about creating music is making something that you yourself would like to hear. Taking inspiration from within, and using it to make something real and tangible that you can send out into the world to be enjoyed by others. Performing it live for an audience gives you the satisfaction of seeing peoples’ reactions to your music, up close and personal. It’s like an added bonus!
musickLA: What should we look forward to in the future?
Dimitry: We have a track in the works called “Inside My Love” that we will be releasing on Wülfpack. We have a video that we are working on for that track as well, and it’s almost at the end of production (currently in the editing phase). We also have a remix that we have done for Disco Aliens that should be coming out soon. You can visit www.deeptribe.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deeptribe to receive updates for all upcoming material!
Andrew: We are sitting on a ton of material, so if you follow us via social media you can stay up to date on our newest stuff. I can tell you, we just finished up about 4 new tracks so there’s no shortage of new material. We’re super excited about “Inside My Love”. We feel it’s going to be a huge release and we have some very special people working on remixes for it; Randy Seidman, Soul Trader, Brett Rubin, SAAND, and Dustin Nantais. I suggest you look all of these guys up as they are all incredibly talented DJ’s/Producers. As a way of saying “thank you” to you and your readers, we have decided to make available an exclusive full length preview of Brett Rubin’s remix of “Inside My Love”. We hope you dig it!
Originally published by THE MUSICKLA
DEEP TRIBE (Deep, Tech, House)
Electronic Music Duo from Los Angeles, CA
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