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Gawn Deep


Read the Gawn Deep Interview below and share it on social media.


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


We are Gawn Deep, a collaborative effort between Phil AKA Mobb Dylan from Mt. Maunganui, NZ, Quinn AKA Crowd Patrol from Kaikoura, NZ and Chris AKA Uncle Dabz from Christchurch, NZ. One night, a few years back, Quinn and I were standing on a grassy knoll behind about 10,000 people who were slowly shuffling their way off the dancefloor after just experiencing Goldie, Followed by Noisia, Followed by the Upbeats. I had been producing for a few years, patiently building a skillset on Ableton Live and Quinn had just recently started the journey in digital music production. About as inspired as can be, Quinn turned to me, the moonlight glinting of his perfect front teeth, and said "Bro…. That's it. We are doing Drum and Bass. A few years and we will be on that stage" … and that was it, Gawn Deep was Born. A while later the always glorious Uncle Dabz was feeling the vibes and jumped on board to complete our terrible trio. Together we have been crafting Drum and Bass in a few different styles over the last 3 years. Our aim was to make music which still fit into the Drum and Bass genre, whilst creating our own distinct vibe and sound at the same time. We love halftime, jumpup and neuro, so our music is a combination of all three. Between us we have played support for the likes of Concord Dawn, Amoss, Alix Perez, Rockwell, TC, Optimus Gryme and more.
We currently have releases on Kinetik Records:
https://soundcloud.com/bekinetik/kntknmy003-preview2
…and Mindtech Recordings in colaboration with Transforma:
https://soundcloud.com/mindtech-recordings/transforma-gawn-deep-particular-velocity
Plus a whole bunch of new music on the way…
also Check out our free downloads:
https://soundcloud.com/gawn-deep/gawn-deep-champion-original-mix-clip


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


We like to keep our style fresh and diverse. As we develop our skillset as producers we have gone from making your classic DNB type steez, to merging it with JumpUp and Halftime with a bit of Hip Hop and Ragga influence. We draw inspiration from producers pushing a unique and original sound. Alix Perez, Ivy Lab and Shield to name a few. We also take a lot of inspiration from life itself, and aim to capture the vibe of a good night out and take it home to pour into Ableton live. A lot of our best work has been done at 5am after getting home from the club, and we have spent many early hours dancing enthusiastically by ourselves in a darkened studio. (When you crack that one perfect little sound that sets your whole riddim off and ya just have to get up out your seat and do that special lil dance you only do when you know no one is watching…. all producers know that one) We feel that to make the best DNB is to be on the same vibe in the studio, as you are at a show. Taking note of what gets the crowd amped in a live situation and trying to create our own original version of that moment/sound/atmosphere.


What´s new right now?


We have a whole bunch of new music coming over the next few months. An EP with NZ label Feral Inc Audio and a bunch of singles we are currently finalizing and getting ready for release. We have shows coming up in New Zealand and hopefully Australia over the next few months, plus we are hoping to head over to Europe later in 2018. Pretty much, the goal is to have completely taken over the whole planet by 2020. So be sure to give follow us on Facebook to keep up to the minute with all future dates and releases.

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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?


Bob Marley. Seriously his music is magic. Whenever Bob is on you cant help but be happy!


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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?


Learn Music Theory and Audio Engineering. Arranging is just one part of production. Unless you have a solid understanding of how sound works, and fits together. You are going to come across many challenges. Take some time to learn about all this. There are great tutorials on Youtube.


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



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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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?


Be original. Think outside the box. Take the time to learn all the "Rules" Then smash them.


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


A track is never Finished. Learn when to walk away. It will never be Perfect in your eyes but you have to remember you are listening to the track differently from your audience. You hear and know every single detail intimately, where as your listeners are hearing the track as a whole. Most likely, they aren't going to notice the 15 hours you spent on that one cymbal. In saying that also be careful not to under-produce your track. It is a fine balance.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/gawn-deep

http://www.facebook.com/gawndeep

http://www.twitter.com/gawndeep

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