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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
Hello! I am Dino Ben Tovim, I go by the artist name BEN TOV. I am an electronic music producer and DJ from Cape Town, South Africa.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
I have been influenced by music my whole life. I started playing violin at a young age and later in my teen years started playing the drums. As a teenager in the nineties and 2000s, I would listen to a lot of Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and house tracks of that time. Later in my twenties I got more involved in Electronic Music and decided I wanted to learn how to produce electronic music. When I first started producing, I was more interested in Electro House but over the years I have been more influenced by Melodic House and Melodic Techno music. I think that over time electronic music has developed and every year there are new innovations which are very interesting to listen to and which influence my sound.
What´s new right now?
My next release is on Deeplomatic Recordings, which is new and exciting for me. I also want to focus on a specific sound that I feel I have developed. It is a mixture of ethereal techno written with a blues scale. I was recently in Germany and played a few festivals and gigs in cities such as Berlin and Nuremberg.
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 think the biggest mistake in the beginning was waiting for things to happen and that things would just work out if I made good music. I learned over time that no one is waiting for me and that I need to get out there and start hustling and making things happen, sometimes even sacrifice my time and vision to slowly get to where I want to be.
How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
I think the best way to get gigs is getting to personally know people in clubs and events, bars etc . It is always good seeing how you can offer something to someone instead of just asking for favours from people for e.g if you know a DJ from another country or city and you can get them a gig at a club in the future that DJ will want to return the favor. Or if you speak to a club promoter or manager and show him that you are doing your best to bring people to the club when you play your gig, this will help gain respect and understanding.
Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?
I think having a good social media presence is important. What I think is more important in the beginning is to do a lot of leg-work, go out meet people in clubs, make friends with people who are in the industry, be respectful and nice. I believe that in the end people buy into you first as a person, if someone likes you then you are more likely to be given an opportunity.
Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?
I think SoundCloud as a platform has changed several times and we need to adapt. I tend to follow people and comment on there music that I like, this usually leads to more SoundCloud followers. Another tip I could say would be to post links of DJ sets at events you have played at or through Facebook groups and blogs that you thing will support your style of music.
What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
I think the hardest challenge in my music journey is to keep believing in what I am doing, sometimes the road gets tough. You need to take risks, after every small victory, it gives me fuel to keep on going along an endless life journey I am pursuing.
How do you personally discover new music?
I tend to always be aware of music that is played around me whether at a club, a bar, at a friends house, if I hear something I like I ask or find out the name and artist. I also spend time on Beatport, Traxsourse and Soundcloud, furthermore I enjoy discovering music that is unreleased or unheard before.
What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?
I think constantly learning and also sometimes taking a step back and listening, asking other people who understand with experience what their opinion is. Constructive criticism can always help develop your sound. I think improving your music knowledge, maybe start learning an instrument or taking music theory lessons.
What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?
I think that if you start a track and don’t finish it you never will. It is an attitude like finishing a race or quitting in the middle. Sometimes you need to see it as finishing a race or getting on top of the mountain. Think of the relief that it can give you when it´s finished and you can play it to a crowd or your friends and enjoy listening to it. What also helps me is having an intention and clear direction, then you won’t get lost figuring out what you want it to sound like and you will have a good workflow.