One on One With Steven Spence

One on One With Steven Spence

Hailing from Miami, FL EDM DJ and Producer Steven Spence grew up playing guitar and piano, which he taught himself to play by ear. He was mentored by his uncle who played the keyboard with The Wailers. Spence was touring the world as a drummer and keyboardist in the heavy metal band Black Tide when many others his age were trying to to fall asleep in their high school history class.
Spence knew that there was going to be more to his career than simply drumming for a successful band. He followed his heart, left the band, taught himself music production, and began songwriting for various major label artists. Spence’s work has been featured on TV shows such as the MTV VMA’s, “So You Think You Can Dance” and many more.
Check out our one-on-one interview with this very talented musician, Steven Spence.
How did you get into the music industry?
When I was 18 my band got signed to Interscope Records. I was the drummer and one of the songwriters. We got to record in some amazing studios and perform all over the world. That was my first taste of officially becoming a professional musician in the industry.
Every great DJ/producer has a muse who/what inspires you?

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 Steven-spence-edm-djother 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?

Watching the AYOL video is very fulfilling for me! Every time I do, I’m reminded that it all really happened! Haha- so many things had to align in order for the video to turn out the way it did. I had a specific vision but none of it would have been possible without my friend Stro that directed it and turned it into the visual candy that it is today. The video features Janet Jackson’s 12 year old dancer Taylor Hatala along with her little 9 year old sister Reese playing me as a DJ. You can’t see me but I was actually hidden behind the DJ booth tucked down blasting the Co2 jets and throwing confetti in the air during the shoot.
Watch it here

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 neversteven-spence-krewella 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?

Practice practice practice!!! The more you practice the more comfortable you’ll feel and in turn, the more comfortable you’ll look on stage. If you master the technical side of what you’re doing up there, you’ll be able to relax and smile. Practice what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it, what you’re going to say, and when you’re going to say it. It will come across as effortless and that will resonate with people.
Why do you think Ghost producing has such a bad stigma on it in the industry? What do you tell people to change their way of thinking about it?

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?

Haha I like old cartoon Disney movies. The jungle book, Alladin, the lion king, beauty and the beast, Mulan… They had some really amazing musicians/songwriters
Do you have a favorite quote?
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?

I’d like to thank my mom for giving birth to me