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Feelings and Lyrics with THE Artist DCPA...

What are your favorite lyrics from your latest single?

Referencing an upcoming track “I Feel It Too”, my favorite line isI know you were trying so hard, we’ve got to save the world”. I found this one on Splice in the Jovani Occomy Vocal Sessions collection and thought it fit perfectly with a melody I was already working on. It carries a strong message that could represent the resumption or continuation of a story between two souls.

What kind of pull did you feel about making the single?

The pull felt stronger than normal when writing the song “I Feel It Too”, as if it had come from a cosmic energy. Interestingly, we had one of those lunar eclipses causing a ‘blood moon’ that night. The song ultimately represents a universal connection. I felt a connection which pulled me into writing the song. The vibe of the track culminated from this feeling, as I reflected on my own past. Perhaps the song could represent an entirely new connection, something yet to come. Intuitively, I came up with the track name “I Feel It Too”.

Are all your writing sessions collaborative or do you go off on your own? Do you have a preference?

I usually go off on my own, aggregating many individual track elements. Because I don’t sing, vocal tracks are always from a collaborator, or I get them from sample packs online. While I’m off on my own producing the instrumental and fitting in the vocals, collaborative effort takes place over email, and phone calls with my production team based in Amsterdam. A track typically starts from melodies I write on my own or is built around an existing vocal track. I enjoy starting with vocals, it’s a unique experience and challenge. You have to create something melodic and rhythmic which fits the lyrics and the connects with the vocalist’s purpose.

Do you ever compare the work you bring to the table?

I have a production team, Nimble Agency, who helps validate my ideas and suggests improvements. They are always great at helping identify current trends while sticking to fundamentals. Ever since my early productions, we have achieved greater success in connecting with fans as well as improving on the music. There is a balance between art and production in music. It is important to bring the same quality of the biggest artists that people listen to, but to differentiate at the same time. It’s overwhelming how many artists you can find online and compare yourself to these days. You have to take note of everything from branding to the sounds they use and artwork style, to see how the most successful musicians have packaged it all together.

What is standard practice when it comes to if the song is really finished?

After I get a track mostly completed, the next step is to see whether a handful of experienced professionals, including the collaborators/vocalists, and close fans, would agree. There are always subtle ways to improve as we pass a few versions around. At a certain point, the track can be listened to start to finish with nothing left to be desired. During the process of finishing a song, it must be referenced on many sound systems, as this ensures it translates well in any environment. Cars, headphones, club systems, and home stereos can reveal a lot of things about the sound of the track which go unnoticed in the studio. The song is compared to a ‘reference track’ which should be something popular or at least well produced by a notable artist. If the track fits in with a playlist of similar songs and doesn’t give the listener the urge to hit ‘skip’, you have a greater chance of success with the track.

What was the goal for making the latest track?

The goal is for the listener to feel intuitive energy and to reflect on an existing or potential connection. It is to help the listener feel attachment to another soul. As artists, our music becomes the aggregation of our past influences, life experiences, the fans, and intuitive thinking. I believe by listening to a lot of music over time, people develop greater existential understanding.

Challenges to the new music that no one would know about?

Having my own brand as DCPA in the electronic music scene while simultaneously doing ‘open format’ DJ work (weddings, bars, private parties) presents a unique challenge. It has gotten easier to find a place for my music in the commercial scene, but sometimes when playing at the club, new music even my own music is not always a fit for the situation, and it’s important to remain dynamic as of DJ and producer because your role as a musician takes on many different forms. Keeping up with popular music as a DJ while staying true to your native sound can be frustrating and time-consuming, but it results in rewarding nights and happy crowds. Often-times, I’m playing for 4 or more hours at a commercial bar. As a DJ you must be able to quickly identify songs that will add value to your sets, relate them to similar music, and ultimately move the audience to enjoy and remember your style of mixing. I think a lot of upcoming bands are in the same situation, often spending time doing cover gigs and rehearsing,

Favorite memory in the making of this music?

My first EP, “The Dog House EP” Is comprised of three original instrumental progressive house tracks. I knew a little bit about music production software from my high school days dating back to 2007. After going to the a few big electronic dance music festivals in the US, by 2016 I was motivated to pick up where I left off so many years prior with making my own music. After about 6 months of working on the music, I knew my three instrumental songs for the EP were not “release ready”, but I did not know where else to go, and I was anxious to get the EP done - professionally. I wanted so badly to see “DCPA” on the big streaming platforms. One thing I learned during my accounting career is that overcoming obstacles is often simple as asking the right people for help. I discovered that there were studios who could offer mixing and production work to me online, and these producers were working behind the scenes with some of the biggest artists in the world. This was a much different process than I was used to, having studied music in the early 2000’s. I learned music during the initial age of the internet and there was hardly an opportunity to work with other artists and producers around the world. My favorite memory is seeing my ideas truly come to life for the first time, and how much I learned just working with a studio overseas on finishing my first few songs. That experience has allowed me to go off on my own and do 100% of my production now.

Is there anything off the table when it comes to bringing yourselves into your music?

I do make the music for myself first before drawing in external influence, but I’m always open to new ideas. I start with a positive or empowering message and melodic elements, but often I’m trapped into re-looping the melodies of the song, without realizing how to commercialize it for the listener. The only thing off the table in my productions is negative messaging. I try to convert negative feelings or bad memories into empowering music.

Leave us on a high note! And share some good news!

Thanks for having me on! Good news is that “I Feel It Too” is coming soon! I’m about to release several new projects over the back half of 2022 that I think the fans will love.

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