[Behind The Beat] Freewavez Shares His Love For Producing With Mix
I’d like to introduce an upcoming DJ and producer coming out of Los Angeles, California, Freewavez. He has performed at a lot of local shows in Los Angeles and San Diego, and he was also was able to attend SXSW to promote his most recent EP Songz4u.Wav:ep.
Here’s my interview with him!
When I first heard about you through your brother, you weren’t producing music yet, but you were DJ-ing. How long have you been in the music industry?
I fell in love with music when I was really young and was always involved in a lot of projects growing up. If I had to pinpoint the time I started being involved in the music industry, I would say it was in 2005-2006. At that time, I was interning at DJ City. They allowed me to watch and be involved with various projects that included artists such as Jezzy, Rihanna, and Nas. Around the same time, I was also building relationships with promoters in Los Angeles. I began regularly DJing parties, cooperate gigs and club events around the city.
How did you come up with your artist name?
Personally, the project and name, FREEWAVEZ represents making something from nothing.
Your first EP Songz4u.Wav:ep was released this year. How did it do?
In terms of numbers, Songz4u did “So So”. I was blessed enough to be able to do a small run of shows in California, meeting and making new fans. I wanted to do videos and really promote the EP which we still might do for fun.
I know you have another EP coming along as well, are you working on putting out an album?
I am always writing music and have lots of projects going on. I’m pretty sure a lot of artists get this way, accumulating several incomplete projects. Whether some of these projects will ever see the light of day is a whole other story. By the end of the year, I do want to have another project out everywhere.
You just had a tour recently, are you thinking about touring again in the near future?
I’m always hitting up promoters and supporting different parties around LA. Being a DJ for so many years and now, a producer, I know my live sets are well put together and unique. I honestly don’t know why I’m not getting booked more often. It’s okay though, patience is key and my time will come. I do have a small round of live dates scheduled for later this year. They’ll be in Los Angeles and San Diego, after my second EP release.
I also saw you went to SXSW this year, how did that go for you?
SXSW was amazing. For those that don’t know SXSW, for a lot of producers and artists, it’s like summer camp. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with some great artists in the community. Shout out $yrup, Edenside, Hush, Great Dane, PLS&TY, Quix, Blvcksheep, and everyone at Jadu Dala.
What genre do you consider yourself?
My music has a variety of influences but I can definitely see myself in the Trap or Future category. I don’t want to lock myself into any genre though.
Which do you prefer, performing or producing?
I think my live sets are definitely on point and I’m more comfortable performing. But don’t get me wrong, I enjoy producing music and expressing myself life through it.
Who are some music producers or DJs that motivate you or that you look up to?
Musical influences are always changing, only because I’m constantly discovering something new or someone interesting. Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, & Ta-Ku have been big influences on me the last 4 years. I’m also loving everything coming from Tsuruda recently!
Based on your social media account, I can see you like to eat out a lot. What is your favorite type of food?
I love to try new restaurants and eats in different cities, especially when we are touring or out on the road. Usually, the first thing I do when I get to the hotel is look up food reviews. As far as favorite food, I would say Japanese ramen and fried chicken.
Outside of the music industry, you also work at a vape shop. How long have you been working there?
I work at the Vapor Spot in Westwood, CA for about 2 years. I appreciate helping people every day to try and stop smoking. It also gives enough time to continuously work on music.
I know you’re also into video games, what are some of your favorites?
Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, and Overwatch.
Make sure to check out his music on SoundCloud and keep a look out for his new EP dropping soon!
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