New York-based DJ/producer, Dzill, recently released his new single titled, “Mind Like Symphony”. Influenced by artists such as Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt, and Deadmau5, dzill’s approach to creating music revolves around elements of EDM and disco. “Mind Like Symphony” is a mixture of sounds from both genres and is a very club-friendly track that’s bouncy and tough at the same time.
The track starts with a hard-hitting, punchy kick and for some reason, it sounds like it’s a continuation of another song – mainly because of the way the verse is composed, but maybe that’s just me. Rolling hi-hats, thick basslines, and powerful drums are present throughout this electronic record along with a bunch of effects that are blended in wonderfully. I liked how the kick and bass complement each other and push the song to a more danceable state!
There’s a distinct change in the dynamics after many sections in this track – something that’s not heard in EDM records similar to this. Most artists for a while now have been making their tracks sound louder than usual so they hit harder, but Dzill prefers dynamics over volume and that’s the variation we need to hear in music like this! There are multiple vocal hooks in this track in different sections featuring a plethora of synthesizer arpeggios and leads that sound groovy all together – a great blend of electronic sounds.
I think Dzill has applied a lot of what’s he’s learned by listening to jazz and disco to his electronic music endeavors. His experience as a DJ has helped him understand what sounds go well with one another, and this track is a great example of his progress! He has a very chill way of making sounds work well and goes with the flow!
I had the opportunity to have an interview with Dzill and here’s what he had to say about “Mind Like Symphony”!
1 – It looks like you have beenmaking techno and club music for a while, what advicewould you give to beginners?
Listen to all different genres of music. Take and copy aspects of records that really inspire you. Write and create for
2 – How did you get into disco? Which track made you fall in love with the genre?
I’ve always loved Chic, Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Diana Ross and Jamiroquai to name a few, but I’d say I got into disco via jazz and soul because so much of disco comes from jazz. Disco always has an amazing cohesive blend of genres with grooves that make you get up and wanna dance, what’s not to like?
3 – Who are your biggest club music influences?
Disclosure, Purple Disco Machine, Camelphat, Bicep, DJ Koze, Dimitri From Paris, Kaytranada…the list is too long.
4 – What is your music-making process? Do you follow any rules while producing a record?
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5 – What have you planned to do ahead in your career?
I’ve been djing most weekends in New York spinning open format, so I hope to get more gigs in different genres while I continue to release music.
6 – You have quite a lot of people hearing your record, what do you feel about it and how has it influenced your music?
I’m grateful and fortunate if even just one person listens and enjoys my music.
7 – Which record of yours did you enjoy the most while making it?
Every record has been a different journey, but I really enjoyed working on the Sedona EP, because I felt captured the emotions I was feeling at the time, and put them together in a single connected body of work.
8 – What record has been your favorite to perform for a crowd?
I usually slip my track ‘Bad Habits’ into most sets. People think it is Kygo and then realize it isn’t lol.
9 – Whichartist would you love working with the most?
At the moment, Bad Bunny: what an incredible artist right now.