Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
DS — Hi my name is DiipSilence, I’m a Chinese electronic music artist-producer based in LA. My primary style is Chillstep/Chillout, IDM, Trip-hop etc. I’d like to write dreamy melodies, infusing electronic music elements with world ethnic instruments, I also hybrid my composition with field recordings, Foley and sound effects.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DS — Before jumping to the world of music I was a math major, after graduation from college I decided to change my career path into music, I moved to LA and studied Audio Engineering courses. I’ve been working as a mixing engineer, film post sound designer for three years in Hollywood. While mixing and collaborating with other musicians around the world, I also write down my own tunes and pursue my career as an artist-producer under the name “DiipSillence”.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DS — I’m a big fan of trip-hop music, some of my musical influencers are Coco Rosie, Jay-Jay Johanson, Massive Attack etc. I’d say Coco Rosie inspires me a lot on my sound choices, I learnt from their songs that even toy sounds can be put into music; since then I started to put film sound effects into my work. I also inspired by Tim Exile and Richard Devine, they are not only musicians but also technical geniuses. As a math major, I’m also this type of person. I love music, but I also enjoy to discover the technological world. Their thoughts in balancing the music with techniques are huge inspirations to me.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
DS — I want to write music that can truly express my inner self, it seems an easy dream to achieve. I want to show people what I can feel using my language, to me, music is my truth of the world. I’m not a good talker, but I’m a noisemaker and a quiet dreamer.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DS — I write the songs by myself. Most of my works are written down to tell “the imagery”, I’m trying to describe a scene for people to see what I can see, feel what I can feel. I’d love to use different field recording sounds on location as the source of the song. Such as in the song “Galaxy”, the main idea is using the field sounds I recorded at Joshua Tree National Park to show the beautiful night scene. Some of the instruments are layered with the crack foley sounds, such as I’m breaking dried branches, or stepping on rocks; I also used ambient wind noise recorded from there. I’d say my songs are always about the image, the scenery, and the feelings.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
DS — As an indie artist, I’m really new to promoting my songs, all of my tracks are on Spotify and Bandcamp. Recently I started to shoot some videoes of my own songs and cover songs, I’ll keep putting visual content every two weeks on Instagram and Youtube.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
DS — Buying and downloading music online is both convenient and challenging. Instead of buying the whole album, I prefer to just buy single songs that I like from an album. As a customer I quite like this way coz it saves me money. But on the other hand as an artist, it means a more challenging market to face.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DS — I hope I wrote “Never Grow Old” by The Cranberries. It’s such a simple and moving song, I listened to it when I was 16, it caught me right away. When Dolores sings “hope you never grow old” it hits me, because everybody has a child that lives in their heart. I don’t want to grow old, and I hope you never grow old as well.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
DS — My top 3 are:
Chewing with mouth open
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
DS — One of my quintessential songs “Fury Tail” hits No.1 for three weeks in Kanjian Chinese ING indie music chart. It’s a Trap song combined with Chinese ethnic music style. I wrote the lyrics with ancient Chinese prose, then added some electronic music elements such as trap beats, dub synth etc. To my surprise, they blended very well. I wrote a quiet melody with ancient Chinese instrument Xiao – a traditional Chinese flute that made with Bamboo; I’m also reading my favourite Chinese poem in the song. I’m proud of this song because it genuinely conveys my feelings in the right form.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
DS — I just released my 3-song EP Phrases, here’s a link for this EP. http://hyperurl.co/phrases
Recently I’m working on my new EP titled ” Meteorology IV”. Each song in this EP will describe a type of weather phenomenon. I’ll put lots of ambience recording and foley sounds in this album as well.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DS — I’m planning to have one or two concerts in LA locally in this year. I’ll introduce my unreleased new songs only to the audience at the show, stay tuned for an update!
Band location – Los Angeles California
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