One on One With Steven Spence
I’m inspired by outliers that take their talent to the top level. Michael Jordan/ Bruce Lee / Max Martin / Tony Royster Jr.
What sets you apart from other DJs out there?
My goal isn’t to be different, I’m just being myself. I like writing poppy catchy songs for no reason other than just needing to get them out of my head. In a world where a lot of DJs don’t even mix or produce their own music, I like doing just the opposite. I write my lyrics, produce and mix the music, and I actually also sing on most of my songs. It’s taken me a while to develop my ear for mixing/production but it was worth the effort and time spent. Good vibes!
Tell us about your latest track ‘All of Your Love” what do you want your fans to take away from it?
AOYL is a “shape up or ship out” relationship vibe. I wrote it as if I was singing it to a guy from a girl’s perspective. It’s a fun anthemic female empowerment song that caters towards calling out people that are only “half in” in their relationship. Be ALL IN or ALL OUT!!
What was it like filming the music video?
I saw you were just in the studio with the very talented Krewella. What was it like to work with them?
Since moving to LA I’ve been extremely fortunate and I’ve been getting asked to write, produce, and collaborate for and with other artists. It’s always fun working with people that I respect. I never really know what to expect going into a session with new artists and I’m always prepared for anything. The Krew girls are awesome. They are really talented and they both bring something different and necessary to the table. On top of that they’re pretty darn hilarious! them
You have traveled all around the world. First as a drummer and songwriter for Black Tide and now as a DJ/Producer. What is one piece of advice you would give upcoming talent they want to be sure have with them on the road?
I actually see both sides. Ghost producing isn’t something new. It’s been the standard in pop music forever. Britney Spears didn’t write or produce “Hit me” and none of her fans care. Although the music is what got her there, as an artist she’s more than music. However, the lines are blurred when it comes to ghost producing in the DJ world because the music is essentially ALL most DJs offer. If a DJ has nothing to do with making his or her music, but music is all he or she has to offer by being a DJ, it’s almost a bit deceptive to consumers.
What is one track/song that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it? Any genre
I could listen to the full albums “Enema of the state” and “take off your pants and jacket” by Blink anytime and they never get old haha. Haha I grew up watching TRL in the 90’s and early 2000’s.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I ran a full 26.2 mile marathon a couple weeks ago without training for it. I’ve never even done a 5k before. I don’t even like running. Sometimes I just like to test my will power and push myself to the limit.
Craziest thing that has happened while on tour?
What happens on tour stays on tour…
Everyone has one, what is your guiltiest pleasure?
There’s no shortcut to anywhere worth going.
What are you most excited about for 2016?
Planning on shooting more music videos and performance content to release and I’m excited to get it all out!!
Please tell everyone where they can follow you.
All my socials are @iAmStevenSpence
Do you have any shout-out’s or thank you’s?