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DJ Dread DROP


Read the DJ Dread DROP Interview below and share it on social media.


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


Hello #DROPnation, This is DJ Dread DROP aka Swage. I have been on this musical journey for a little over 5 years as a DJ. I am the product of a classically Trained Jazz/Rock Musician and DJ put together. I am currently putting together mind blending musical mix experiences for DC/MD/VA/WVA/PA using a variety of genres and multitude of electronic tools in my arsenal. I currently use the Native Instruments: Traktor Pro 2 with a variety of setups for both clubs and festivals. I am in the process of producing tracks in the studio for both DJ Dread DROP and my side project called the "Dirty Bass Pirates" in Drum & Bass and Hybrid Music. I am a resident DJ for the companies called Subsdance(MD/DC/VA/PA/WVA), Good Vibes Promotions(MD/DC), Fun & Bass(VA), and Something Original Productions(MD/VA/WVA/PA).

Here is the first Mix that got some major attention: https://soundcloud.com/djdreaddrop/dubstacks_live

I have many different favorite performances for the locals, This one was for a 4/20 Show!
https://soundcloud.com/djdreaddrop/journeythroughbasstransit

This One was the first festival I ever headlined called the Lunar Eclipse Festival

https://soundcloud.com/djdreaddrop/lunar-eclipse-8222015

Here is Another Creation I did, with more of a darker tone to this mix:
https://soundcloud.com/djdreaddrop/preview-of-dj-dread-drop-presents-dark-dub-drop

Go Check out the Mixcloud and Soundcloud Links Below to hear the rest of the Live Mixes!


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


For my influences as a DJ, I first watched DJ Shiftee, DJ Qbert, and DJ Craze in the Traktor scratch videos which lead to finding that JFB vs Switch Fatboy slim routine. Then seeing Mad Zac and DJ Enferno, all I wanted to do is try to raise the bar in performance Djing in my area. I had been a musician for 25 years prior to wanting to enter the electronic scene. I had known one electronic group before I went into Djing. PLaeground has always been an influence in my DJ career. It was most intriguing to see someone hook up a wii controller to a keyboard and use it to manipulate the sounds through a computer program using all the buttons and movements. After seeing that, I wanted to bend the envelope, be all I can be, but keep the live improvisation, ornamentation, and self-expression alive throughout the set. I have to say even though my influences are mostly scratch Djs, I started out as a controllerist DJ and it lead to the Live Performance Remix style I currently have which is evolving with the music.


What´s new right now?


DJ Dread DROP is currently working on music and routines for the summer but will be announcing new shows as soon as possible.
Be Sure to Follow DJ Dread DROP on all of the social media platforms to stay current with the shows.

Here is the Current DJ Dread DROP site: http://djdreaddrop.wixsite.com/djdreaddrop

Here are the links to my Social Media Accounts:
Soundcloud: Https://www.soundcloud.com/djdreaddrop
Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/DJDreadDROP
Instagram: @djdreaddrop
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DJDreadDROP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJDreadDROP/
Tumblr: http://djdreaddrop.tumblr.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4diyqvfiYEI4Pzd-fDt58A

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


My number 1 tip to improve your music production skills is to always take an ear break, don't try to produce for hours at a time without breaks.


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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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http://djdreaddrop.wixsite.com/djdreaddrop

http://www.soundcloud.com/djdreaddrop

http://www.facebook.com/DJDreadDROP

http://www.twitter.com/DJDreadDROP

https://www.reverbnation.com/djdreaddrop

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