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Hi! My name is Dan and I go by the artist name "Cemoa". I am an electronic music producer based out of Cleveland, Ohio (USA). Genre-wise I have been producing a bit more bass-heavy music as of late, but I am always a fan of the melodic, more emotional stuff as well! I've been producing for about 9 or so years now, self-taught (gotta love YouTube!), and have been involved in music from a very young age. My family has always been very musical, so I have picked up a lot of my ear for music from them!

How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years? Do you feel that changing tastes over years as artistic growth? ?

In terms of electronic music, my first real taste was of the older, 2000's trance. Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk; basically the stuff that you could find in the more mainstream record stores. This was right around 2006-2007, back when I was still in high school. From there I just spiraled into the various sub-genres of trance and progressive house. Used to love listening to the different stations on, just getting a feel for all the different styles. A lot of my early, early originals were trance/progressive in fact. Over time I began to get into a bit of the harder, more bass heavy styles. Electro-house and complextro were a big influence for me for awhile. Fast-forward to now, where I am really into the weirder dubstep/trap music that is coming out now. Hydraulix is a personal favorite of mine, along with the stuff PhaseOne is putting out as well. That being said, however, I still find myself listening to a lot of the Anjuna and Silk artists when I have some chill time!

As for new artists, I love to scroll through different Spotify playlists while I am at work. I feel like it is a great platform for promoting new talent, as it is very simple to find new playlists (plus there are so many of them!). I still use Soundcloud quite frequently as well. Locally, I've met a few producers from playing shows in my area, which is always cool! I love sitting down and talking music, sharing different production tips, etc as you always end up gaining a new perspective on things.

What´s new right now?

Right now I have some local shows coming up and I am working on my next independent release. Feel free to follow me on my social media at the links below! There you'll be able to find more details about new music and shows coming up!

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?

The biggest mistake I made? Hmmm. I would have to say one of the larger ones was focusing way too much on the overall "rules" that I had read on internet forums and saw in videos, ESPECIALLY for mixing down tracks. You don't always need a compressor just because. Or cutting the lows out of EVERY instrument that isn't your sub or kick. These types of "rules" are more just guidelines. Instead, focus on learning what each plugin does, and the concept behind certain mixing techniques such as compression or EQ. If you can train your ear to recognize when something needs compression, EQ, distortion, etc, then you will be able to recognize when it doesn't. I am a firm believer in the "less is more" mantra.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?

I started getting gigs when a local producer/DJ was given some of my music by a friend of mine. They were throwing a show in the upcoming month and wanted me to fill a slot. Fast-forward to now and we are still playing shows, and more importantly, throwing parties at local venues as well. I would say the biggest tip is to just get out there and network. Go to shows in your area, find out who is promoting these events, and try and get a word in with them throughout the night. Don't just go straight in asking for a show, though. Just connect with them. Appreciate the scene and just try and get a good conversation. Build these connections so that when you do feel you are ready to get out there and play a show, you can ask them as a friend, and not just some random person DM'ing them through Facebook.


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


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