Determined to bring a brand of sound the mainstream market has never heard before, Iloilo-based producer DIMAS is taking the local music scene by storm. Having worked with labels like Beats 4 DJs (US, Japan), Insync (UK), and Emoji Records (Philippines), he is a living proof that passion and hardwork goes a long way.
With his hard, heavy-hitting EDM and Bass music, we at UNCOVR.CO just had to find out what DIMAS is all about.
Of all the sub-genres of electronic music, why did you decide to pursue dubstep?
Dubstep was something that I got hooked into back in 2011, and ever since, I decided to stick with it. A few friends in the UK told me about it, and I instantly fell in love with the sub-genre. UKF Dubstep started it all for me, to be honest. The aggression to be found in its elements, as well as the occasional slips of melodies really catered to my personal tastes and I’ve just been doing the best I can to excel in this particular style of music.
Who are some local and international producers you look up to?
MECHA is definitely one of them. Apart from his excellent skills in music production, he’s also quite the innovator in the field, making use of different types of production and live performance hardware to hone his craft and put on a good show every time. Another local producer who is high up on my list is Theo Martel, who is able to delve into any sub-genre of electronic dance music that he wants to and put out an impressive product every single time. In terms of international producers, my inspirations and influences include Skrillex, Spag Heddy, Zomboy, MUST DIE! and Getter. I’ve been recently getting into riddim dubstep, so we can include Cookie Monsta, Dr. Ozi and Ponicz in that list.
What was the biggest festival you’ve ever played in and how did the crowd respond to your music?
Dinagyang Invasion 2017 is certainly the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of, a staggering 5,000. The high you get in playing for that many people is undoubtedly different from a club setting. Your anxiety sets in, and when you start doing your thing, it all just feels right. Knowing the setting and the people that were in attendance, I tried to keep it balanced by playing some of my personal faves along with a few edits and remixes of music that they were already familiar with.
Personally, I’d say that it still takes a bit of getting used to for them to ever vibe with dubstep, though trap is definitely something they’re looking forward to already in music festivals and even in the club that I’m a resident DJ at, STOCKROOM. From what I’ve observed, my fellow performers and those in the know of dubstep enjoyed my set, but from a layman’s perspecive , it’s still in the midst of getting the appreciation it’s already had in other parts of the world.
People in the industry know you as one of the hardest working people, what advice can you give to other producers?
Just keep doing what you do. Honestly, there are times wherein I feel like the stuff I put out goes unappreciated, considering that we’re in a country where commercial music is much more viable for the regular Joe compared to heavy dubstep and trap, but that’s not the end goal. What producers would want to do is extend beyond the reach of their shores and attract people outside the country to what they can offer. I’ve been fortunate enough to be included as an artist for both Emoji Records as well as Insync Records UK with a number of releases, so it’s not impossible for fellow local producers to achieve the same goals.
When it comes to criticism, you might come across a comment or an actual negative review of your track on a website or publication, but it ain’t the end of the world, is it? No need to go on the attack and take it personally; instead, use it as a means to improve in your craft and enhance your knowledge of all things technical and artistic. You can’t please everyone, after all, but that’s not reason for you to give up. Keep hustling and grinding, for you’ll eventually be heard on a much wider scale.
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