Get to Know SLOVES, A Success Story in The Making.
Dean “@SLOVESofficial” may be new to the EDM scene, but his arrival has been fast and furious. From starting off in Reno playing at college parties for his fraternity brothers, in just two short years he has quickly made a name for himself as a DJ. He has been traveling up and down the West Coast to play shows and open up for big name artist, all while obtaining his degree in Finance at The University of Nevada, Reno . I had the opportunity to chat with SLOVES to learn about this success story in the making.
What was the breakthrough moment when you felt like you could actually make a living out of being a DJ?
I don’t really have a true “breakthrough moment” in my opinion, but I did start taking it seriously when I got to open a show for Life In Color with @TheChainsmokers. I got to see what these guys do on an every day basis and the more artists I met, I realized they’re all just normal people. I think that’s when I said, “Okay, let’s get to work and see what happens.” I got a moment of relief when I doubted myself after my first remix trending on sound cloud got 300,000 plays in a month. That felt really good.
Do you have a mentor and what influence have they had on you?
I have several mentors to say the least. @PartyThieves and @JayKode have been really good homies as of late. Anytime I need advice or feedback, I’ll shoot it to them. It’s a really nice privilege to casually connect with artists at their level. Also, my current roommates are huge influence on me (@DrydenBrown_ & @TELYKast.) They push me to work harder and sometimes I need that.
What genre would you say your music falls under and who in the industry would you compare your style or sound to?
I would say I’m future bass at the moment, but I really don’t want to be viewed as a one genre artist. I produce hip hop for a couple of guys, and I’m going to release other styles of music too, I just wanna write good shit, you know? I would say currently my sound reminds me a bit of @JayKode, a bit of @flumemusic, and @marshmellowmusic. I’m trying to develop that signature sound though so I don’t sound like anyone eventually.
What’s one of the craziest party stories you have since you started to DJ?
I would say one of the most memorable stories (or I guess one I can remember) is my 21st birthday. Since I work for @PartyThieves, I was with him for his set at Escape Wonderland and I was turning 21 at midnight. @CRIZZLY just got done with his set and Jared (Party Thieves) was telling him how I was turning 21, so we went back to their tour bus and they got me absolutely hammered and we put on power ranger suits and started mosh pitting in the crowd. I had the worst hangover of my life, but it was an awesome time. I also had another crazy night in Las Vegas with @LOUDPVCK and @CVKEDUP , but that might be too crazy for this website.
What are some of your short and long term goals?
So a couple of short term goals for me are to hit 20,000 SoundCloud followers by the end of 2016, play a music festival, and sign a track with @ElysianRecords (shout out they’re dope). My goal for the next 2-3 years is to headline a US tour and be signed to @redlightmgmt. They’re my dream management; they really care about the artists. On top of that, I just want to push myself to make some dope music that evokes some sort of emotion. It could be happiness, sorrow, or turning up, but I want people to feel something.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My biggest supporters are for sure my dad and my brother, of course my fraternity brothers (shout out to Alpha Tau Omega) and friends. Also, shouts to anyone who follows me on SoundCloud because that’s just as important to me.
Who is the most famous person you’ve met through this DJ ride?
I’ve met almost anyone you can think of at this point. @diplo, @G_Eazy, @djkhaled, @THECHAINSMOKERS, @FLOSSTRADAMUS, @DJmustard, and many more I can’t think of off top. I still haven’t met @justinbieber yet though, I’ll see if I can work up to that.
Has there been any negative feedback?
Yeah of course, anytime you try and do something you’re passionate about you’ll be criticized. People love to hate on anyone that’s trying to be good at something that isn’t a normal career path. I remember A$AP Rocky summing it up like “ since when is it not cool to try?” I got some hate on YIK- YAK at my college campus a year and a half ago, but I just ignored it. I’m doing this because it makes me happy. If it makes you happy then I’m pumped and glad to have you on the ride, if it’s not for you that’s fine too.
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