FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: Ross Dunn
Ross Dunn is one of Chicago's hottest rising talents, already making a name for himself as a heavy-hitter in the genre of House and Hardstyle music. This rising star discovered his love for music as a young child listening to early 90's electronica. Dunn replaced his piano for a guitar, then to drums, and then his drums for turntables, and evolved into a hard hitting DJ, gracing the decks at just about every Chi hotspot. After refining his turntable skills, Ross’s musical style transitioned once again – this time strictly to all sub genres of House. He quickly gained notoriety as he became one of the most upfront house DJs, known for his sexy, underground style of house music. This is the one guy that tells a story with his music selection. It's hard to find a talent like his, anymore.
What genre would you describe yourself as? Why?
Progressive house, because it may take some time to get to know me, but once you do, you’ll see I’m the life of the party and bring people together.
Tell us something that you’re doing now and are excited about.
I’m finally on a label (Careless Records) that is for the artists and by the artists. It really made me feel like I was joining a family, and not just another label.
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
A few artists that give me a lot of influence are Alesso, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Robert Miles, Darude, The Prodigy, and Tiesto. All of them played a major role in my life and I believe it shows, in my music.
What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)
My proudest moment has yet to happen. I believe when I can create the music that moves the world or changes a life like many of these other artists, I’d finally feel a proud moment. My goal isn’t to change my life with the music, but the lives of others.
What DAW do you use?
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
Nexus is my #1. Next I’d have to say Sylenth and Massive.
What is something you cannot leave home without (besides keys, phone, wallet)?
My fathers wedding ring. I often wear it as a pinky ring, since he passed away in 2017. It means a lot to me...
Long days and nights in entertainment can take quite a toll on your body. How do you stay healthy?
Making sure to still get enough sleep, find time to eat, and a balance of time with friends and family.
If you had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
I actually do! I run a car club with a friend of mine, where we throw car meets, events, and cruises. We have over 300 members.
What was your favorite show that you've played?
I’d have to say a rave I played at, in Arizona. There were over 10,000 people and it was in the middle of the desert. Their combined vibes and love for the entirety of the event really made it an amazing experience. They truly loved the music and appreciated the artists all being there.
What’s your current favorite show (tv/Netflix/etc…) worth binging?
Brooklyn 99!! If you don’t know?...Now you know.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while DJing?
I was performing at a music festival and the power got cut off. Generators went out and the entire festival went dark for about ten minutes.
What is something that makes you stand out as an artist?
I’m not too sure about this one. I guess I wouldn’t see my difference much from others. I believe everyone is their own individual and brings special things to the table, in their own way.
What is a quote or phrase that you try to live by? Why?
Live, Laugh, Love. Because you’re only here once, and you need to enjoy the ride. There will always be issues with the world, but it doesn’t mean you should let those issues control you. Happiness really is important and I hope everyone can find it in one way or another.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I really appreciate you for taking the time to do this! A lot of artists have so much to say, but not enough people are willing to listen.