Hi DJ Scandalous, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
– I’ve been wonderful! Thank you for asking and thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to interview me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Move On”?
– “Move On” is a song about my ex girlfriend and is the first single from a studio album I’m currently working on. The music video will be released this Friday, August 10th and I’m looking forward to the world watching it! It’s been a long process and I’ve put a lot of work into, not only the track itself, but also putting all the cars together to get this train moving.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
– My ex girlfriend broke up with me. Six months later, she decided she wanted to get back together. I’m not here for anyone else’s convenience. I only have one life to live and I’m not going to spend it chasing someone who doesn’t want to be caught. I told her I wasn’t interested but she couldn’t take ‘no” for an answer. So this song is to let her and the world know, the answer is “NO”. Move on. Plus, I was binge watching “Scandal” with my current girlfriend and trust me, you hear “move on” at least twice an episode. That, too, was inspiring.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
– I had a lot of fun! The video was filmed by Mark Weimers of 24Frames in St. Louis, Missouri over the span of one day. I tried to teach the two actors the current dances, but you’ll see how that turned out, haha. Everyone had a blast! I’ve been a part of more than six music videos and I’d have to say, the ones shot with 24Frames have been the most enjoyable.
How was the recording and writing process?
– Frustrating. When you’re an independent solo artist, it’s difficult to get everything to the level you want it at since everything you want isn’t at your disposal. Writing was a piece of cake. That’s never the problem. I originally wanted Rita Ora to sing the song, but I couldn’t get her to. The backing music wasn’t to my liking during the demo phase, so I reached out to Kenny Barto of the Grammy Award winning producers, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League to replay the verses since I didn’t have the sound in my library I wanted. I had the song mixed several times because it wasn’t to my liking. It was a long and tough process, but I’m happy with the results.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
– The music in Chicago is extremely diverse. It’s everything from the history making gospel choirs of some of the churches and the live blues music that’s still common in the city, to the internationally acclaimed festival scene that included Pitchfork, Lollapalooza and Spring Awaking, among many others.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
– I’m releasing an instrumental mixtape album called, “When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Singers…” and I’ll be releasing the official album at the end of October.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
– “When You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Great Singers…” (late August / early September) – “I Don’t Care Anymore” (late October)
Any plans to hit the road?
– Yes, once the official album is released, I’ll be announcing tour dates.
What else is happening next in DJ Scandalous’ world?
– The instrumental mixtape album is already completed and I’m working on another one as we speak. I’ll be releasing that sometime early next year. In the meantime, I’ll be traveling to Europe in November. Otherwise, I’ll be doing what I usually do when I’m not working on music; traveling, searching for cool graffiti art, spending time with family and dog and either reading biographies or binge watching some drama series.