Today we’d like to introduce you to SUBMERSIVE.
We’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was always drawn to music, especially styles that emphasized rhythmic elements. I began playing drums when I was ten years old, in my school band. I was a huge fan of classic rock and idolized drummers like John Bonham, Keith Moon, and Mitch Mitchell. In high school, I attended as many concerts as I could in any style: Rock, Blues, Hip Hop, Screamo, Country, Reggae, basically anything I could get tickets to see. Although, I was always an avid consumer of “Techno,” I didn’t attend an electronic music event until I was a freshman in college (’09). One night, my friends invited me to go see Bassnectar (whom I was slightly familiar with at the time). I had no idea that night would shape the rest of my life.
Dance music became my escape from a life I wasn’t really happy with. Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina, I had to make a choice to pursue a career in Finance, or chase a crazy dream. I knew I’d never bee happy sitting behind a desk crunching numbers (now I sit at a desk crunching sound waves, much better), so I moved to Los Angeles. I attended Icon Collective Music Production School at the suggestion of a friend from North Carolina who was already established in the dance music world. It was the best decision I ever made. After finishing the one year program, I essentially locked myself in my North Hollywood studio for an additional year honing my production skills. I began releasing tracks as SUBMERSIVE in January of 2017 but didn’t start accepting DJ performance offers until last November, and it has been a wild ride ever since.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
I make a type of electronic dance music called Psychedelic Trance, or “PsyTrance.” In general, it kind of sounds like aliens battling each other over a pulsating beat. The idea is to create a somewhat dissociative experience, teleporting the listener to a strange foreign universe. My songs range from completely inhuman sonic journeys that feel like the listener is exploring a playground of sound, to melodic pieces featuring beautiful performances by extremely talented vocalists and huge EDM-style drops designed to demolish festival crowds.
I do most of my music production through a program called Ableton Live. The instruments I use in my music come from a variety of sources; from recorded organic sounds (human voices, cars on the street, wind, etc.) to completely synthesized sounds, from real physical instruments to analog and digital synthesizers. Once inside my digital audio workspace (usually Ableton), I use various techniques of audio manipulation to mangle the sounds into something that pleases my ears and makes me want to dance. Beyond this, I’m honestly not sure how I create my music. I tend to enter a state where my brain doesn’t really record what is going on while I’m producing a track.
Most simply, I make music because I like to make people happy. Nothing makes me happier than making other people happy, so I found a way to dedicate my life to making thousands of people happy at the same time. The goal of my life and music is to spread as much positive energy as I possibly can in this universe while I’m alive and as long after as possible. My art is not too serious. I don’t think life should be either. Have fun, crack a smile, enjoy things, embrace moments, let go of negativity in your life, help others get the most out of their lives too. That’s the message of my music.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I don’t think the role of the artist has changed, however, I do think the political responsibility (of not only artists, but all individuals with the ability to influence change) is deemphasized and neglected in our contemporary culture. Artists are happy to take a paycheck as an entertainer and accept no responsibility to influence the people that look up to them. With great power comes great responsibility; and many have chosen to neglect that responsibility, I personally will use every bit of social influence, I obtain to push the world in a more positive and loving direction, and I hope to encourage others to do the same.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My music is available on all streaming platforms.
You can keep up with my life, releases, and upcoming performances here:
- Website: submersivemusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or for bookings: email@example.com
- Instagram: @submersivemusic
- Facebook: facebook.com/submersivemusic
- Twitter: twitter.com/submersivemusic