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DJ DUBL A


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


My name is Aaron Bright. I also go by DJ DUBL A, because I have two A's together in my name. It kind of refers to the Key & Peele skit where they say, "You done messed up A-A-Ron!" I currently DJ local areas and have started getting more serious about finishing tracks on Ableton. I'm building a rave set up to throw parties for people who would like to have a good time they won't forget. I work full time currently as a pharmacy technician to pay for my things. It's been a rough journey getting started trying to balance friendships, time off, keeping an income, and focusing on music seriously but I feel like things are picking up the more I keep pursuing goals and building relationships.


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


I was raised in a very musical family. Both my parents like music and went to concerts growing up. My dad has attempted to play guitar, banjo, and bass guitar in his life time, but hasn't felt very successful. Regardless, when he saw I was interested in playing instruments at a young age he always provided something for me. My parents also own a very large selection of music. I remember listening to classic rock and blues from the 60's to the 90's on CD's and cassette tapes in the car, pop on the radio, and finding old disco CD's they didn't listen to much anymore. I liked the different styles and how they influenced my mood. Later I was introduced to rap and metal in middle school which other students listened to currently. I had an iHome speaker and mp3 player I would walk around town and school with playing music no one knew. I was always kind of an outcast, but it didn't really bother me. When a new student and his sister moved to town in 8th grade, I met him through playing percussion in band. He went on to become my best friend in high school. His parents were college professors and had taught all around the world. He introduced me to EDM which he had picked up in the UK. I mostly remember deadmau5 and the very repetitive beat. I didn't enjoy it and wondered what the attraction was to something that all sounded the same. But as the kick drum beat into my head I picked up on the other elements of his progressive style. Soon all I was listening to was deadmau5. I found all his music he had ever made through internet sites and it became most of my music library besides all the oldies from middle school. I also got into Tiesto's compilation albums, Don Diablo, Skrillex, Oliver Heldens, Zeds Dead and more when dubstep and trap were big. I played concert band and jazz band in school, so I have influences of classical and jazz as well. I also enjoy chill beats and ambient meditation music. Sometimes soundtracks to movies and video games. We always had a rave at band camp and our Junior year it was our turn to host it. From their we threw several parties in and out of school under the name "Spinnin' DJ's". We'd play mostly hip-hop and well known songs with our own bits of EDM. After graduation he went on to school in South Carolina and I've been pursuing music alone on my own experimenting with different styles of music, Djing a couple gigs, meeting other local artists, and continuing to create music on my computer.


What´s new right now?


Currently, I'm trying to spread my name locally and on the internet. I believe I've been discovered in the industry which excites me, but I have a lot of work and practice to perfect before I'll be contacted by major artists. deadmau5 actually hosted a new artist competition for a chance to sign to his label with a song created by a student of his Masterclass course on making EDM bangers. I entered but didn't win. I posted that song to my SoundCloud if you'd like to hear it. A radio station in London has reached out to me asking for a song audition, so I sent another one to them. I haven't heard back so I might just post that myself. I'm working on putting out my first album this year too. It will be electronic genre. Other than that I'm just working on finishing my rave set up to start throwing parties again since I haven't been as serious as I should have the past 2 years but this is the year. Stay tuned!

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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?


Yes, either the person themself or their music really moved me. I get feelings from their music or my thinking is changed by their point of view.


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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?


Being all over the place, I can get very random and abstract in style and it confuses people.


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


Usually I enter "Open Deck" events and other time's I'm either asked to play or rent a space and do it myself.


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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?


I've always just been myself. And some people love me and some despise me. But with my bombastic personality and unpredictability, I think it helps. My moods are ridiculous too. So sometimes I'm being serious about life, trolling, or just being dumb. And they never know which has been quite entertaining sometimes. Lol


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


I just started using SoundCloud. I'm not really concerned with numbers because I think once people find something, word of mouth will work for itself. But that's for time to tell. I could probably advertise a bit more, but some help from other websites helps! But a lot of them want money which is limited…


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


Finding where to put my time and who to work with. I only have so much time and I'm not sure whether to be making music or perfecting my DJing. And as far as what to do with that, like host local weddings or open for shows at the club? And who to work with, can I trust them, do others like them and how will that rub onto my reputation? Probably the biggest challenge is deciding whether to stay myself (which pisses people off sometimes) or be fake to win people (which pisses me off and sometimes others if they read through it). Ugh


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How do you personally discover new music?


I find an artists name either on websites, through friends, or randomly then go to their Spotify or SoundCloud.


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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 musical. So many songs are so cookie-cutter and it drives me nuts. But I believe that's something that you either have or not. And the opinion is in the ear of the listener so who am I to say.


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


Survival of the fittest. If you can't do it, someone else will.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


I bought an SUV to fit my equipment into and I'm throwing parties for personal events and college parties. And making some money from it. Building a fan base too.


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http://www.soundcloud.com/djdubla

http://www.facebook.com/djdubla/

http://www.twitter.com/ABright96

https://www.instagram.com/djdubla/

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