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Constantine


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


My name is Constantine, I am electronic music producer and DJ based out of Queens, NY. I Have been a producer for over 2 years now and a DJ for over 6. My music ranges from all different sub genres in EDM such as Dubstep, Trap, Future Bass, and even some pop music. My most successful track has been a hybrid trap song called, "Got Dat." It has over 5,000 plays from all over the world and has been released on soundcloud and Spotify. https://soundcloud.com/constantine_music/got-dat

The name "Constantine," comes from my actual name. I was named after my grandfather who was a Greek immigrant that came to the United States when he was just 20 years old. He is my biggest inspiration. He taught me how to work hard from nothing and to never give up on my dreams. Constantine is more than just a name to me its the way I live my life, and how I want people to perceive me. It is who I really am, and my music comes from that idealism.



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? ?


As a kid I was a huge hip hop nerd. It wasn't until I was 14 when I first listened to electronic music. I remember hearing the Deadmau5 4X4 record and I absolutely fell in love with electronic music. I had never heard sounds like that before, it intrigued me. I wanted to discover how someone could make these sounds. Over time new artists became more mainstream like Skrillex, Knife Party, and bassnectar. Those were guys that sort of brought me to the bass music world. In my senior year of high school I had discovered so many new electronic artists because that was all I did. I just researched new music, it was my hobby. I started DJ-ing as well when I was just 16 years old. I wanted to learn how to mashup these songs and make remixes of my favorite electronic music. From there the rest was history.




What´s new right now?


The biggest thing happening right now is this huge remix contest I participated in on Splice.com. Its for the Artist "Rainman," and his new track "Do You Still Feel." I think this is something completely different then what I have done in the past. It is a very happy, energetic remix full of bouncy drops and feel good choruses. I am currently sitting at 5th in the contest and could use all of the love and support on it to hopefully win. If Rainman decides he liked my remix the most it will be released on Dim Mak records, which would be the biggest accomplishment in my career yet. No matter what I am really excited to release this to the public once the contest is over. You can check out the track right here: https://splice.com/Ckouk10/rain-man–max-do-you-still-feel-constantine-remix


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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?


I used to start new songs and never finish them. HORRIBLE IDEA. Even if you think your song sucks, finish it and then start a new one. I know this sounds crazy but the more you do that the better you get. I have songs saved from when I started and It just shows how much I have grown over time. Remember you do not have to release everything you make. I have plenty of songs I do not release because I do not think they are on par with others. Just remember to finish your tracks and keep moving forward. You will progress way faster.


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


I used to do a lot of promotion for local venues which helped get me opening spots for artist such as NGHTMRE, Snails and Ookay. I recently took a break from shows to work more on my craft and releasing high quality music. I would say make great music first, the shows will come if your work is at a professional level.


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


Making hit records. I know it sounds kind of dumb, but making a high quality hit record is hard. There is so many elements that come into play. Sound design needs to be at a top level, your arrangement needs to be creative and entertaining, and your mixdown needs to be next level and on par with the pro's. Being able to be consistent and at this top level in all these categories has been tough. This is why I took a break from shows. I needed to really focus on my craft to be taken seriously.


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


Utilizing fan gates is something that is great for getting your music heard by the masses. I usually create a fan gate that gives people a free download if they repost my track. This just helps more people hear it. Also sending demos to collectives and blogs helps a ton. Usually before I release a track I have a marketing strategy targeting certain blogs and collectives that would probably pick my track up. Also having a strong online network is great. I have like 1,000 fb friends that are all music producers. Some are very successful and tour, this is just great networking and another good way to share your music.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


In one year I want to have my first EP under my belt. You can expect something very emotional and personal to me. It will still be in the bass music EDM scene, but I want to have some songs that are personal to me. I plan on playing more shows this year as well. I want to start spreading my new music to the masses so hopefully getting booked in some new venues on the East Coast will help.


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https://www.facebook.com/Constantine100pmusic/?ref=bookmarks




https://www.facebook.com/Constantine100pmusic/?ref=bookmarks


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