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Life & Work with Danny Mejia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Mejia.

Hi Danny, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I first started experimenting with producing around 2013-2014. I was inspired by a lot of the music I was listening to at the time from everyone like Rustie, an Electronic music producer from Scotland, to artists in my city like Dom Kennedy & Casey Veggies. During the first few years, I was like everyone else getting into music production, producing whatever I felt like making. I would try to make an electronic beat & switch to making hip hop right after, trying to re-create the feeling of some of my favorite songs at the time. Eventually, & with a lot of hours put in, I started to learn new production techniques, meet more like-minded creatives & started to take production more seriously as a career. I am now at a point in producing like I was when I first started out, having no limit to what genre I can produce but now using my skills & creative direction to make an artist’s vision come to life.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
One of the biggest struggles in my journey has been putting the right pieces together to create the career I want. It’s been a road that has taken a lot of patience, but I am starting to see my vision come to life every day. The vision of my career is inspired by one of my favorite producers, DJ Dahi. His place in the music industry inspires me because not only is he versatile as a producer, but he’s also been a part of a lot of timeless music even though he’s remained behind the scenes. Also, one piece of my vision that was tough to break through at first was getting artists to trust in my taste & creative direction. It was difficult because at the time of when I first started out, I had no work to show so they didn’t have a point of reference, but now with more projects I’m starting to get involved in, I just let the work speak for itself.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
What I’ve learned that is something I specialize in is lending my ear to whatever new music an artist plays for me & providing feedback to help them reach their vision with either a song or project. With the years I’ve put into music production & studying how some of my favorite songs were made, I’ve come to realize that producing is not only making a beat but more about knowing what pieces are needed to make a song or project come to life. So far, I’m most proud of all the skills I’ve improved on & gained through hours of experimenting & really being a student of the game.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
If my journey has taught me anything, it’s that success is not a one size fits all. Everyone wants different parts of the music industry, some want fame, others want money, & only a few really want to be a part of it to push music forward & put out the best music they can.

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