Imortal Zomby

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

Hey everyone! My name is Imortal Zomby from San Francisco, California and I am a EDM producer/DJ. I mainly focus on Dubstep and Riddim side of EDM but I have played with other sub genres like Trap and Bass House.

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

I have many many influences that have helped shape the kind of music I make today. But my main influence that made me even begin a musical career would have to be Sid Wilson or better known as DJ Starscream of Slipknot when I discovered who Slipknot even was in my sophomore year of high school. Me and my friend had a dream to make a band like Slipknot because we were obsessed with them at the time and I loved what the guy with the robot mask that was doing with all those weird sounds and scratching sounds. Soon enough I began searching where I could learn to DJ and I discovered a San Francisco legend that goes by the name DJ Quest. He's been my friend and mentor for the past seven years or so and through him I began to know a lot more San Francisco legends like DJ Q-Bert, DJ Mista B and many more! I learned how to scratch and DJ with vinyl records and turntables and soon I began DJing small shows with Quest and soon he gifted me a copy of FL Studio to begin producing my own beats. Now I have a huge library of people who have influenced my music and to narrow it down some would include Excision, my main influence in wanting to produce dubstep. Other like Getter, and Datsik have been a huge influence for what I do. I could go on and on about who has influenced me but looking back, those three are my top three and the first ones I discovered when getting into the EDM world.

Over the years my tastes have changed a little bit but not much. I still love making EDM and I love making mixes. I still use my technics 1200 mk2 turntables.

What´s new right now?

I put out an album about two months ago called "Helminth" and I would say that it has been received rather well. I am putting together a small four track EP together which is almost done that will be out before the year ends hopefully, and I might be doing something live soon but details are still in the down low. You can follow me on my facebook page or on my Instagram where I am more active on.

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?

Excision will have to be my superfan mention! I love everything that he does! From what I can say I have seen him play live about five or six times. Getter too! Awesome dude! And recently my dude SVDDEN DEATH! He is absolutely killing it right now!

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?

Loud is not always better. It took me a while to learn to mix my track and I am still learning to do so. I would recommend finding a good tutorial on youtube about mixing and mastering and soon enough you will learn how to do it.

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

Don't be scared to share your music with labels. I read once that said Don't be scared of submitting to a big label first. If they didn't accept it that just means its not what they are looking for.

Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?

I promote myself by using social media. I also buy promotion from instagram and facebook to try and get what I am trying to promote out to the world. Don't be scared to spend a little bit of money on your product. If you want to make it out to the world you will need to do so.

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

Don't be scared to share your music with labels. I read once that said Don't be scared of submitting to a big label first. If they didn't accept it that just means its not what they are looking for.

How do you personally discover new music?

I follow many of my favorite producers on soundcloud and whatever they repost I give it a listen and if I like what I hear I will give it a like and a repost. I do this about every other day until I see a song I liked/reposted from a few days ago again and there are a lot of song uploaded and shared by all these people I follow on the daily so I am never short on discovering new music.

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

"Absolutely! Everyone that makes music wants their stuff heard by fans and friends of those fans and friends of friends and so on! I always share a fire track that I discovered with my friends whether they listen to it or not. And if I can I will include it in my next mix and give it more exposure!

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

When im out and about I sometimes hum to myself melodies or a drop pattern I would like to get down on so I will either record myself humming or write down what I would think the sound I am hearing would look like.

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

I have this problem with some of my unfinished tracks and to be honest I deleted them very recently. How my thought process went for this is if I haven't worked on this in say three months or so just delete it because you will not go back to it. If its just a few bars of music you wrote then its not worth saving. But on the other hand if you made something that sounds cool just copy that and put it in something your currently working on.

We meet again in one year. What has changed?

Hopefully I will be doing shows and have more support from various labels.

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