Today we’d like to introduce you to Dimitry Rozental and Andrew Knopf of Deep Tribe DJ duo.
Dimitry and Andrew, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We first met back in 2012 on the rooftop of a hotel in downtown Los Angeles during a Sunday afternoon day party. We were introduced to one another by an acquaintance whom we had in common.
Right off the bat, we began talking about music, which particular styles and artists we were into, what we had each been working on previously, the things we had accomplished as well as the personal goals we each had for the future regarding a career in music. It didn’t take long for us to realize that we were both in similar situations and that we were both looking for a means to the same end.
Each of us had previously come to the conclusion that perhaps trying to do everything all by oneself might not be the best approach. Deep down we were both looking for someone to collaborate with. Not just musically speaking, but even more so in the sense of a full-on, multifaceted, goal-oriented partnership. We arranged a day to meet up during the following week, to sit down with an open mind and no expectations. Just the simple goal of creating music. Our intuitions told us it would work, so it would be crazy to not at least give it a shot.
That first day, we sat down in a makeshift bedroom studio and over the course of that afternoon, we created what would actually end up being our first officially released record. We called the finished production “Easy Lee” due to the vocal sample we used throughout the record. Within a few weeks of its creation, the record got signed to a small label in Canada and was released on Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, and all of the major online music streaming and download stores. The fact that it all came together so well and not to mention so quickly and easily, basically acted as a sort of confirmation to us that we had made a good decision and that we should stick with this partnership and see what else we could make happen. A few months passed by after the release of “Easy Lee.”
We continued working on more original productions, we set up our online social media presence and website, booked some small but very fun local DJ gigs, and put together some hour-long mixes as well. Six months after meeting each other and kicking things off, we got booked to headline at Primary Nightclub in Chicago. We had both been professionally working musicians for most of our lives at that point so as a result, we were both well aware of just how rare and wonderful it was to be flown out to Chicago to headline a well-known nightclub, only six months after the launch of any band or musical project. It was at that point that we really knew we had made the right decision to work with each other. We had taken this thought, this shared idea, and had turned it into real life, functioning music project. With a renewed sense of inspiration, we set forth into the future with pure joy, excitement, and a love of music that got us to where we are today.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. Of course, there are plenty of challenges and obstacles along the way, no matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish. That just part of life. One of the biggest obstacles we have faced along the path is one that most likely 99% of all career musicians/producers and DJ’s face, and that is the challenge of getting your name out there. Getting your music to the masses.
Trying to figure out how to make sure that your voice is heard over all of the ‘static’ that exists today. It’s a very exciting time to be a musician, or an artist of any kind really, because of the existence of the internet. In many ways, the internet has leveled the playing field. Anybody with the talent and ability to create music has the opportunity to make a career for themselves. The internet has given everyone a voice. This sounds completely amazing. Miraculous really… and that’s true. It is!
However, because everyone and their mothers now have a voice, it has created a whole lot of “noise”, for lack of a better word. While it’s certainly much easier for the average Joe or Jill to establish themselves, this “noise” is a new barrier that artists must learn to break through. There are what seems to be an almost endless amount of people trying to do the exact same thing as you. So, the goal has now become, make sure that you stand out above the crowd. But also, it’s important that while doing what you can to stand out, simultaneously endeavor to stay original and stand out in a way that is still authentic to you and who you are. That would actually be the advice that I would give to anybody who is just starting their journey on the path to becoming a musician as well. Stay true to yourself.
We can all sense when somebody is being authentic and when they’re just faking the funk. If you maintain being your real, authentic self, it will show and the whole world will respect you for it.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about DEEP TRIBE – what should we know?
We are a Los Angeles based DJ and electronic music production partnership. We specialize in creating our own unique blend of house music that contains influences from techno and other genres. The production of our own original music is the air that we breathe, but at the same time, we are also known for our energetic DJ sets. These sets are more like live performances and we use the opportunities in front of the crowd to showcase not only original compositions but also our stand-out taste in music.
Without that musical taste, one simply cannot evoke in the crowd the visceral reactions of joy and elation that we experience while we’re playing. It’s not uncommon while we are performing to hear people shouting out sounds of pure release and excitement, very similar to what you hear when you’re riding on a roller-coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain! In fact, one of the things we’re most proud of in what we’re doing is that we can elicit that reaction from complete strangers. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that you’re making someone feel like that, and when they’re screaming out with all that emotion and it just so happens to be on the original records that you just made last month… well, it really doesn’t get any better than that.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Networking is obviously extremely important in the music industry. However, you just need to be careful about how you do it. You want to make sure that you’re being respectful when dealing with others. Try not to hound people or to be too pushy. There’s a fine line between making your presence known and invading someone’s space… that goes for people’s mental space as well. If you are just starting out, take every opportunity that’s available to you. Go into every door that opens. Those situations will help you get your name out there and at the same time, will provide you with the opportunities to meet people. If you can, network in person.
It’s really the best way because while emailing people and communicating online and through social media is important and sometimes works, it really is very impersonal. People are way more likely to blow you off or forget about you completely. If they see a message come through in their DM’s, you’re just another name on the screen to them. It’s easy to not associate that name on the screen with a real human being. Another thing to keep in mind is that nobody can do this on their own. At some point, we all need the help of someone else. Try and find a community of like-minded people, make friends, roll up your sleeves and jump in. By that I just mean, participate. By actually participating in the community and spending some time helping and supporting others, in turn, others will be there to help and support you when you need it. It’s way easier for people to successfully achieve their goals when there is a whole group of them working towards those goals. Just look at Wu-Tang Clan!! Hahaha!
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Originally published on: http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-trailblazer-deep-tribe/
Re-Published by Deep Tribe