Revolutionaire and an Interview with its Creator, Run DMT
Run DMT is a DJ/producer/label owner/and radio host – a combination that is becoming more and more common these days, with the creative musician taking on all aspects of music managements and content distribution.
When I first heard the producers new album, Revolutionaire, I immediately thought of Bassnectar with unique cinematic arrangements carried by heavy bass. This guy is a student of music production, unique percussive elements, and the arrangement game.
This guy has produced for music festivals, with live sets at Electric Daisy Carnival, Camp Bisco, Coachella, Wakarusa, and many more. He has produced official remixes for the likes of Bassnectar, Major Lazer, Diplo, Asking Alexandria, Twenty One Pilots, and The Who. He’s produced for the Mortal Kombat Soundtrack and television commercials for Titanfall and ESPN.
We had the pleasure of interviewing the eclectic artist below. You know the drill, press play on the Soundcloud embed below to listen to his new album, Revolutionaire, and read the full interview below for the FULL Run DMT experience.
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Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?
I am currently Dallas TX, where I am from, but I spent several years living in Austin. It was really cool being around all of that music and art. SXSW was a really cool experience in which to be involved all of those years. It gave me a solid foundation of how the music industry works.
What instruments did you play when you were younger?
I grew up playing a kids drumset and piano. As I got older, I was pushed into learning Bagpipe (my family) and the clarinet as I got older, but on my terms, I learned the guitar and fell in love with it.
Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?
I always wanted to play the violin. I love the sound of it. Any of the bowed strings really. Cello, double bass. I think it would be really cool to play any of those.
Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?
I started messing around on the original Fruity Loops around 2001, around the same time I started learning how to DJ, just making simple beats and rendering them out to mp3 and burning them to CDs. It blew my mind to think that I could do that. Right before I went off to college, I ended up getting a copy of Fruity Loops 3 (The Current version at the time) and really going all in. I met a group of DJs at Baylor University who expanded my understanding of electronic music and DJ culture, and that pushed my desire to realize my ideas on my computer.
What was your favorite studio moment when producing your newest album, Revolutionaire?
I had a lot of fun writing Analogue Noir because I spent a lot of time recording foley stuff in my studio and running it through a reel to reel machine to try to catch some extra texture on the samples. This includes lots of dead record sampling and looking for those perfect moments of white noise, pops, clicks, and organic rhythms. I am starting to move into a place where I am looking outward as much as inward for musical inspiration.
What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?
I love film. When I am not making music, I am either watching movies, or I am working on my video editing and After Effects skills and watching videos about how to be better at said things. It’s just a hobby, but I am very passionate about it.
Who are your musical influences?
As a kid, I was brought up on Queen, Eric Clapton, Van Halen, as well as a slew of one hit wonder 80’s jams. I grew up listening to everything from hip hop to metal to punk, until I saw Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin on MTV2 at about 2am when I was 15. That changed everything for me because I didn’t know music could do that. I had of course heard Crystal Method and Prodigy, but that was still radio music to me. This song proved to me that anything was possible with electronic music. From there, I moved on to artists like John Digweed, John B, Pendulum, onward to stuff like Flying Lotus and Eskmo. I am heavily influenced by Ninja Tune Records material from the 90’s and early 2000’s. I loved DJing that stuff. All of this has sort of molded the music I make now.
Who is one of your favorite acts right now to watch live?
Shpongle Live at Camp Bisco X, bar none best show I have ever seen, and I have seen Eric Clapton at Royal Albert Hall.
What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?
I love playing all types of venues. Its all about the vibe. Most of my favorites have been bought out and changed unfortunately. Barcelona in Austin and Webster Hall in NYC are def two of my favorites. Tons of good memories
Do you have a festival you’re most looking forward to this year?
Well I just played a smaller festival where I got to share the stage with Ivy Lab, LTJ Bukem, Reid Speed, Shpongle, and Noisia, so that was pretty cool.
You’ve had your music contracted for a variety of mediums. Do you like hearing yourself on TV over a big festival or video game? Do you have a preference?
I am just glad that people get to hear the music I make. That is about all I can ask for. If this music is part of my legacy on this earth, its amazing to be able to share it with so many people.
What DAW do you use and why?
FL Studio, because its awesome. I have a saying when it comes to DAWs, “If you are good with a sword, don’t pick up a bow.” Use what is most familiar. I love the EQ and built in plugs as well as the layout.
Do you have a typical music production process? If yes, can you explain it?
Not strictly, but I am prone to working on melodies and vibes first. I typically get ideas at home that I take in to my studio. It is hard for me to force creativity, so when I have off days, I spend time recording foley or synths, making noises.
What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?
Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?
Keep your musical palette wide, Don’t listen to a bunch of Style X, then try to rinse and repeat what you just heard. Try to create something that defines you.
What is your favorite color?
What food do you eat the most?
These days, spinach salads
Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?
Gummy bears, for sure
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
eh, i don’t know. They are all just necessary evils to me.
What is next for RUN DMT?
I am finishing up a big remix with Vorso, as well as releasing a slew of remixes form the Revolutionaire album. Finishing up a few things for my side projects, and running my Kill Your Ego label and podcast network. I am a busy dude 😉
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