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Constantine


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


My name is Constantine, I am a DJ and producer from Grand Rapids Michigan. Recently I moved to Astoria Queens NY to pursue a career in music. All my life I have been Immersed in music. From a young age I grew up listening to all types of music and would always love to collect records. I started as a DJ in high school going by the name DJKOUKS. Kind of a weird name but back then spinning was more of a hobby. I just loved to mix and mash up songs and see what went well together. It wasn't until in College at Central Michigan University where I discovered how to actually produce music.

I was a major in Broadcasting and focused on audio production. I started spinning more and making my own original tracks using Ableton Live. From there I was blessed with the opportunity to open for some amazing artists such as NGHTMRE, Snails and Ookay. Those shows changed my life. I finally had that feeling that I could do this for the rest of my life. By the time college was done music became apart of my life. Its something that has grown far beyond a hobby for me.

I came up with the name Constantine from my real name. I figured why create an altar ego when I can be myself. My music is a depiction of me, my life and stories I can tell from that. The name Constantine goes way back. I was named after my Grandfather who was an immigrant from Greece. He is what helped me make the idea for the Constantine brand and story. He showed me what it meant to work hard for your success. After coming to this country not knowing the language with 20 dollars in his wallet he managed to raise a family and own 3 successful restaurants. His story showed me I can do whatever I want in my life no matter what anyone says.

This past year has been crazy. I have won one remix contest and placed 5th for one on splice for Rainman and MAX's "Do You Still Feel." I feel so blessed to have the success I have had so far and cant wait for what is to come. In the future I cant wait to see my sound develop. You can check out my soundcloud link bellow to listen to my latest remix of Keys N Krates & KRANE – Right Here.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I feel like I have so many crazy musical influences. As a kid I grew up listening to a lot of hip hop and classic rock. Some of my biggest influences in music came from Earth Wind and Fire, Depeche Mode, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, and Notorious BIG. obviously those artists come from an array of genres. I love all music. I don't limit myself to just listening to EDM.

When I started spinning I was really into big room house, as was anyone in 2008. That changed drastically as the whole trap and dub movement exploded. I became absolutely obsessed with those types of sounds. Now bass music is my favorite genre to play and make. So much energy and the opportunities of mixing those types of tracks are endless with what you can do.


What´s new right now?


For my fans they can expect amazing new music every month. Right now I am focussing on releasing high quality tunes at an efficient rate for people to look forward to. Im always looking to play more shows so if anyone knows of great places to play DM me on Soundcloud. I am excited to spread the love and positivity of the Constantine Brand.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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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?



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



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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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 personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/constantine_music

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