I had a chance to email with DiipSilence this past week. They write and record electronic music. In their words, they are a “chill music producer”. DiipSilence forms beats from every day objects, rather than employing traditional musical instruments.
My interview touched on several subjects. DiipSilence highlighted some exciting news about an upcoming project and musical influences.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
I’m a big Trip-Hop music fan, songs from Massive Attack, Jon Hopkins, Coco Rosie are some of my biggest musical influences. I also inspired by some sound design and modular synth genius like Richard Devine, Tim Exile etc.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I love Japanese Anime, and I enjoy listening to Vocaloid singer Hatsune Miku’s songs, I hope to go to her virtual reality live concert in the future.
- What’s next for the band?
I will release at least one single under DiipSilence each month, recently I started to make some videos on sound design and music production, you can find me [on YouTube].
Also, in the next month, my new four songs EP collaborating with singer-songwriter S.Lee will be out, we will release it under DSSL which means DiipSilence and S.Lee. This EP will have four Alternative/Trip-hop songs, each of them will be in memory of a writer that we both like, stay tuned!
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It changes my career a lot, streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are mostly song/playlist focused, it’s easier for me because I’m releasing one new single every month. Streaming services give me the chance to release songs as an independent startup artist and consistently surprise my audience.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Before getting into music industry I actually learnt six years of math in college, which shaped me thinking that everything can be linked to math. The way of assuming everything is connected to each other inspired me to believe “everything can be made into music.” I write music with unconventional instruments, such as making water drops into mallets, tearing papers as extra layers of drums etc. Most of my sound designs are coming from foleys and field recordings of our everyday life.
- Can you describe your sound?
Organic and unexpected. I believe “everything can be music”, my sounds are usually coming from non-traditional sounds, I don’t use instruments a lot. I’ll use daily based sounds to create my own instruments, recently I made a track that only made from “one sound”, here is the link:
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I listen to some Chillstep and Future Bass tunes lately, some artists recommend: Jacoo, Said the Sky, Electus.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
The moment that I realize I can’t stop writing music. When I was in college, I went to New York to learn music production, mixing and mastering, DJ during each summer vacation. At the very beginning, I just want to get sharp on my hobbies, but the more I learn, the more I want to give it a shot in the music industry, besides, music and math always bond together, I never feel like I left the math world while playing music.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
I’m a solo-artist, yeah sure I collaborate a lot on writing songs, but for my own music, I’m more of a one-person band which I do all the composition, lyrics, singing, production, mixing etc.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Coco Rosie’s Grey Oceans, this is my favorite album so far, it inspires me a lot on my sound choices. After listening to this album, I started to put sound effects in my songs too.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Massive Attack is my dream, I would desperately love to tour with them no matter what I do.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
As talked before, I tend to release more single rather than an album, I feel this can keep my fans interested. Also, it’s always a two-sided sword, putting a great record will definitely have a much bigger impact on the audience, the style and concept can be expressed more clearly. To me I still on the side of releasing singles and try out different styles, this can give me more flexibility in writing and publishing.