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Mascot


Read the Mascot Interview below and share it on social media.


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


I'm Max and I'm a DJ and Promoter born in London and raised in Cardiff. I've been DJ'ing for a few years under the alias 'Mascot', and started running my own events about 18 months ago. Since then, I've set up my own music label Riddim Records and work regularly alongside many other artists in both producing and DJ'ing.


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


My main influences stem from a lot of old school DJ's. The first raves I ever attended, I was very young and shouldn't really have been allowed into the venue haha! But I remember seeing Ed Rush at the first drum and bass event I went to and it blew my mind. From there I discovered Calyx and Teebee and I believe the first Drum and Bass track I fell in love with was a track by Black Sun Empire. I remember my sister's friend giving me a CD and it was Black Sun Empire's album. I so vividly remember listening to it and it giving me goosebumps. Since then, my sound has evolved into a modern-era of dnb. I still have my routes based in dark-sounding tunes but my sound has progressed into the dnb that we have today.


What´s new right now?


So, for this year I've got quite a bit lined up already. I've just joined a new team called Flyr who are, essentially, an agency but they're very modern and unique in their approach. It's all done online and they take a much smaller cut on the booking fee. In terms of gigs, I've got at least 2 to 3 every month up until July! March is a very busy month for me, between attending raves, running events and preparing for gigs, I have literally no free time. In terms of running events, we as a company (Riddim) have 4 events planned up. Our first is next month with Halogenix, and we've teamed up with an exciting new label 'Terra Firma'. Then the rest are to be released over the next few months. I think the most exciting aspect of this year is going to be our E.P. that drops in February! It's a very busy year.

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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 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?



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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://www.riddimrecords.co.uk

http://www.soundcloud.com/djmascot

http://www.facebook.com/mascotmusic

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