Exclusive Download: “Breath” by EDC Discovery Project Winner, Singularity—Plus Interview
Have you been on the search for some new electronic music? Music from names other than the usual EDM culture suspects like Avicii, David Guetta, Dillon Francis and all the other high-profile headliners that seem to consume most of the bandwidth these days. We have and we’ve got someone you should know about. Meet emerging DJ/producer, Singularity. If you’re not already familiar, now is the perfect time as we’ve got his newest EP, “Breathe” available here for free—all the songs before anyone else. Enjoy the EDM download.
In celebration of the release, we caught up with Singularity and asked him a few questions about his career to date. First thing first, the definition of his name, I assumed, meant what Google has defined as “A peculiarity or odd trait,” Singularity had a different meaning, a more fitting meaning to his style and DJ name.
“Actually, the Singularity that I’m referring to is the technological singularity. To be put simply, it’s basically a point in the near future where computers wake up, and are able to improve themselves far faster than we ever could. I’ve always been really fascinated by the speed at which technology evolves, so I knew my music had to represent that in some way.”
Technology does evolve very fast, we agree. We agreed so much that we wanted to see how a young talented producer felt about deadmau5’s statement about just “pushing play.”
“I think Deadmau5 pointed out something that was completely true about the modern ‘DJ,’ and some people wanted it to stay a secret. Here’s the way that I have always looked at it: I equate the shift to EDM with the shift from plays to movies. Before movies, people would act out scenes live on stage, but this was very limited. There was only so much you could do, and you could only make a performance as complex as you could act out live. The advent of movies made it possible to work on the film months in advance, but now instead of acting it out live, the director ‘presses play.’ That doesn’t mean there is less skill involved. Most movies take more time and effort than a play ever would. All it means it that due to the complexity of what they are creating, it is impossible to make it on the spot. The second people realize this, we can finally move on from this whole debate and focus about what matters: the music.”
What an educated response from a rookie in the game. But rookie is kind of degrading, I mean Singularity was a winner of the EDC Discovery Project which was probably one of the biggest turning points in his career. Before then he had a much different schedule.
“I had been living in San Francisco for two years before EDC, and the EDM scene out there is not nearly as big as it is in SoCal. I would play the occasional show here and there, but I mostly focused on getting my production skills to be where I wanted. I didn’t really know any other producers up there, so I pretty much had to figure everything out on my own.”
However, he was discovered and is no longer in his own bedroom producing. He has been picked up by a management company and is listed on a multi-stop tour because of it, thanks to Into the AM. Singularity explains the importance of having a strong relationship with his management co.
“The whole Into The AM team has treated me like family since the day I joined. Everyone does what they can to support each other, and we put on some of the best shows I’ve ever been to. I think one of the best parts is that it allows me to focus on production and DJing, and everything else is taken care of. It’s really nice to know that there are other people who have your same interests in mind, you know?”
We know exactly what you are talking about, sounds like our team at Magnetic. Back to business though, I asked him what is different with this EP in comparison to his other work.
“Before I even began making the tracks, I knew that I wanted each one to be a different genre/tempo. I feel like so many producers get locked in to one tempo, so I wanted to see how far I could take it in the other direction. I decided early on that my four genres would be moombahton, dubstep, electro, and glitch hop. Every time I start something new, my first priority is raising the production value. I went through all of my drum samples, and refined every single one to make sure they were as powerful as they could be. Once I was happy with that, I started working on synthesis. I’m a firm believer in the power of contrast, so I worked on making some really nasty sounds to balance out the relaxing melodic side. Overall, I’m really happy with the way it turned out.”
We are big fans of Singularity’s work and wish him the best luck on his upcoming EP release and tour.
I was able to ask about what we should look forward to in the end of 2012 and into 2013 from Singularity. His answer has raising eyebrows.
“I’m gonna be working on music a bunch on the road. I can’t really say much more at the moment, but let’s just say there are big things on the way.”
If you are interested in the reading more about Singularity or the remainder of the interview see below. Enjoy.
Into the Am put together a nice little showcase tour of emerging talent, other than exposure what are looking to get out of this tour?
I am so beyond excited for this tour. I would say one of the best parts is gonna be visiting all these new places that I’ve never been to. I’ve pretty much only stayed on the West Coast, so it should be really interesting to meet people who live completely different lives than I do. Also, I’m really stoked that I get to play so many shows with my good friends Candyland and MitiS. We all get along really well, so it should be a blast.
Who would you want to work with most in the future as a producer?
My top two would have to be Kill The Noise and Feed Me. They are both ridiculously talented musicians, and every new track they make pushes me to be better at my craft.
It seems you are very active on Facebook and Twitter, how do you feel about EDM and engaging with the community of fans through social media?
I think it’s one of the best things that has happened to music in the last decade. People love to feel connected with the artists that they listen to on a daily basis. It adds a personal element that is essential for creating a relationship with your fans. The more that people can empathize with you, the more weight your art will carry. I think that’s true for anything, really.
How do you feel about the new technology being created like the new CDJ 2000 Nexus with beat sync and Wi-Fi capability?
I think it’s great. The easier that it is to play music live, the better. I don’t think it should take “skill” to showcase your music. All the hard work takes place in the studio; the live show should be your way of showing off what you’ve been slaving away at for months.
What is your live set-up?
I use an APC-40 midi controller along with my laptop running Ableton Live.
When you DJ, are you partying as well? Or do you keep it pretty much straight Red Bull while performing?
I usually like to have a beer or two before I go on stage, just to loosen up a little. Other than that, I try to stay focused on my set before I go on.