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Meet Impulse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Impulse.

Hi Impulse, 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?
My music journey started for me while I was young. I used to play the clarinet in the school band when I was in 5th grade, but I wasn’t passionate about it. I then started playing piano when I was 11 years old and fell in love with it. I used to have seasonal performances at my church for years; which I now incorporate my knowledge of piano in my music career today. I first discovered Electronic music when I was 12 years old, Techno specifically. As I got older, a good friend of mine, Tunez from the Crypt, introduced me to House music and eventually, I developed my own unique taste.

I started my Music Production journey almost two years ago now and started DJing six months later. Learning these new skills consisted of me watching countless YouTube videos and asking friends for advice. Eventually, I decided to sign up for one on one production lessons with a producer who I am personally inspired by, Ben Dorman aka BIJOU.

As I excelled, I started getting booked for underground shows with a collective called “Elation Moment” and the biggest underground event company -ran by my close friend Novacane – called “Novacane’s Electric Jungle.” This gave me so much exposure, and still continue to do so currently! So shoutout to Elation and Novacane for seeing my potential and pushing me to always do better.

As I’ve progressed, I began to have biweekly (sometimes weekly) shows at some local clubs/bars such as The Hideaway [Riverside], The Basement in [Pomona], Pattern Bar [DTLA] and more recently, Catch One [DTLA].

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My music journey hasn’t always been a smooth road, for the most obvious reason- IT’S EXPENSIVE! Any artist will agree, music careers are expensive! Regardless of the financial restrictions, I still found my way around it. I would spend my weekends at various friends’ houses, practicing on their equipment and getting production advice from them every single weekend. I wouldn’t be at my experience level today without them. Day after day, I was just trying my best to retain it all in the short periods of time that I had to practice. Honestly, in the beginning, I didn’t really want to DJ, I just wanted to produce…but then I decided to try it out and I absolutely fell in love with mixing! When I had decided to officially start DJing, I spent so much time and effort contemplating on who I wanted to be portrayed as while I’m on stage. What message did I want to send to my audience when they see IMPULSE on stage or when they see my name. I struggled with this for a while, but I came to the conclusion of becoming IMPULSE but made the unorthodox decision for IMPULSE to have a hidden identity.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I DJ and produce Electronic music, with a focus on Tech House, Bass House, and G-House. I am known for playing creative underground songs and remixes with great energy and the most obvious thing I’m known for is well, my image.

My identity as IMPULSE releases a strong presence on stage. I believe that naturally has people drawn to me. Along with the quality of my music selection, mixing the old classics with the new, and an extensive list of underground songs during sets.

Seeing IMPULSE on stage, with my unknown identity, prevents people from developing a biased off my looks, my gender, or who am I as a person. Its all about the music I produce and the music I play in my sets.

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Photographer Jake Valencia

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