FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: Dee Mash
Chicago based, 24-year-old DJ/EDM prodigy DEE MASH started DJing at 8 years old. By the time he reached 17 years of age, he had opened for Kaskade, one of the largest names in dance music. Dee Mash blends his innovative brand of melodic synths & climatic basslines into each piece that he produces. Dee Mash, with his refined orchestral take on future bass and trap music, has garnered support from A-list global acts such as Galantis, Adventure Club, Krewella, R3HAB, & more. Crafting songs that are paradoxically paired with chaos and minimalism, yet injected with swathes of beauty, this DJ/Producer is on track to astound the world in 2019.
What genre would you describe yourself as? Why?
Future bass/trap. As of now I’m not really singular to one genre, just exploring and making music I like, but most of what I have out would fall within that genre.
What artists influence you/do you look up to? What was the moment you wanted to take the leap in this lifestyle? (artist/event/set/song/etc..)
Anyone that knows me well knows the answer to this question. It always has been and will be Steve Angello lol. He was the first artist whose philosophy I truly understood directly through his music. It embodied the morals I grew up by, Not sure if that’s weird but that was one of the first memories I’ve head with music.
If you could collab with any artist, who would it be and why?
Just want to go on the record of saying this is a very unfair question. BUT If I had to pick one right now it would be ZHU. Since his stuff is so out of my range yet tasteful I want to try it because it would push my boundaries.
What are currently your main challenges as an artist?
As of now my biggest challenge as been putting myself and my music first. It’s something I put pressure on myself everyday. But then that is what I’ve come to learn about patience. So just keep doing my best!
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set? How was playing North Coast Music Festival?
Usually start with what the crowd will be like. The recent NCMF set was one I truly made for myself, with music I’d want to play to enjoy it all to myself. It was actually a risk because I didn’t really prep a backup set if the stage wasn’t slammed. Thankfully I’m blessed to have such a big turn out let alone the crowd be so energetic and into the music.
What’s one thing you learned after playing NCMF?
Play by your heart. It’ll connect to others and find its way. Cheesy I know!
Oh and also, there’s no such thing as over preparation.
What are you top three tracks right now? Why?
1- JJ - Still D.R.E
2- NGHTMRE & ZHU - Man's First Inhibition
3- Tchami - Adieu
What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)?
Hitting over 100K streams on my track City Of Dreams. Also watching my friends sing it at north coast and having the rest of the crowd react to it.
If you had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
If you were stuck in an elevator, what album/record would you have playing to keep you sane?
Steve Angello - Children of wild
What’s your current favorite show (tv/netflix/etc…) worth binging?
What’s your favorite Chicago venue to play at? Why?
Concord. Very engaging vibe!
What’s your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
Chick Fila/Sunda/Tao/T-bell.. Too many to pick from. :(
What was your favorite show that you've played in Chicago?
Hands down North Coast 2019.
What's your favorite thing about this city?
The Drive. It’s moving continuously and it drives you with it.
What is a quote or phrase that you try to live by? Why?
"The only thing I know is that I know nothing.” & a thousand others. Because all quotes apply to all situations.
What’s next for the Dee Mash Project?
A solo bass house track.
Another Feature with Lyon Hart.
And few more up my sleeve! Stay tuned.