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Sebee


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


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


Sebastian de Beer (Sebee) is a South African-born producer and DJ. From a young age I gained interest for electronic music production and ever since then I have been working on my craft. One of my greatest passions is travelling; often going around the world, I use my experiences to try and formulate sounds which can move people, not only bodies, but minds. I find music as a very intellectual art which is precise, however, not limiting at all (as such: audible in my productions). I feel that music is a construct designed to interact with, and understand life. I regard myself as an electronic producer, with a contemporary, minimal influence. Young and versatile, I aim to grow my own sound and style, and to build a following which I can take part in, and share the art I love.
You can purchase my most recent album on most digital stores, and hear it on SoundCloud here (the first track attached):
https://soundcloud.com/sebeedj/01-vapour-ft-taffy-tye
Most of the lyrics in my songs are my original poems, I love writing too!


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


I'd most certainly say that my music taste has ripened over the past few years. Originally, I was pulled by the EDM scene back in 2013, but since then my love for tech house has grown, simply because I feel that it has a more intimate personality, and I love building a story with melodics.
My influences have a wide range: locally, I'd say my inspirations are Kyle Watson and Ryan Murgatroyd. There are a ton of young producers which I look up to as well – particularly David April and Sam Mkhize – to name a few.
Internationally, my inspirations range from artists such as Stimming, Flume, Bonobo, Emancipator, and the likes.
Aside from electronic music, I have a large love for contemporary, jazz and swing music. Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane have most certainly played a large role, alongside many others.
I love music which tells a story, and I too enjoy ambient, atmospheric sounds.


What´s new right now?


What's new?
At the moment, I am finalising my latest single "Blacklight Sun". I haven't decided on a release date, however, it will be up on digital stores in the next one or two months. I have plenty of other completed originals, but they're set for release later on in the year.
Other than that, a good friend of mine (Clayton du Toit) and I have created a new production/DJ duo "Amalga" (formed from the word "amalgamate": to unify and become one) and we aim to really push through with it. It is a collective formed around tech house and we in fact have an upcoming EP with other friends collaborating, such as singers, guitarists, etc.
You can hear our latest released original here:
https://soundcloud.com/amalgamusic/abalone
I hope you enjoy our style. We have a ton of other stuff cooking up.

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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?


I would say Nils Frahm. I learnt how to play the piano about a year/2 years ago and I am just boggled at the stuff he comes up with. I consider him a modern musical genius and, I admit, love putting his records onto my record player and playing along!


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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 unsure of myself is definitely the biggest mistake I made. Don't get me wrong, advice is good and constructive, but use that advice well. I was once told that I must choose a genre and stick to it, however, I feel that playing around and experimenting only makes myself grow. So, my best advice, do what you feel you want to do. Eventually, it will work out.


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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?


I've recently enrolled at a university, and balancing my university life with music production is tough. I'm studying mechatronic engineering! But, I feel that I will be able to have a healthy balance, and get the best of both worlds, with due diligence.


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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?


“Yes! I create playlists on Apple Music, and you can find me at @SebeeMusic. The playlists consist of the music I personally listen to.


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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?


Amalga has grown into a household techno/house music name, and my music has developed more of a lounge sound. I feel that the direction of Sebee is not necessarily mainstream, and I would like to keep it that way.


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https://writtenmusician.wordpress.com

https://soundcloud.com/sebeedj

https://m.facebook.com/sebeemusic/

https://www.instagram.com/s.e.b.e.e/

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