Hi Paul, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey guys, thanks for having me. I’ve been doing pretty well, given the wild year we’ve had. The break from touring has allowed me to spend a lot more time in the studio to work on music, which has been super fulfilling.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “WOLF”?
It’s actually my first single as an artist/producer, so it’s truly a special one. I worked on the record, on & off, for almost a year. The journey from the original demo, which was actually a completely different song concept, to where it ended up, taught me some invaluable lessons of how important it is to not rush the process of producing a record.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
During the writing session, I played Romy the original demo of the song which was written by a songwriter I collaborate heavily with – Malcolm Anthony. There was a lyric that stood out to us – “when the wolf cries” – and also a melody that Malcolm hummed in the intro that we turned into the howling sound you hear throughout the song. We ran with the “Wolf” concept from there.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Oh yes…the video will be released soon and is a straight movie. We spent 3 days shooting it all over LA. I think it compliments the song perfectly.
How was the recording and writing process?
I recorded Romy at my studio in Hollywood almost a year ago. After Romy wrote and recorded the song, the goal was to really decorate her vocal with production that complimented the dark, eerie emotions in the lyrics.
What was it like to work with DeathbyRomy and how did that relationship develop?
I actually reached out to Romy’s manager on Instagram to setup some sessions at my studio. This was right around when she dropped her “Monsters” project. The first thing that stood out to me with her music was her incredible timbre, and the cutting edge, tasteful production on all the records. After working on a few songs with her, I was blown away at the level of talent, specifically her songwriting. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of her journey, which I’m sure will continue to blossom into a long, successful career.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I try not to go into any session with a predetermined approach or mindset. Meaning, I just want to make the best music possible and do my part in creating a comfortable and safe environment so ideas can flow freely. Whether the music ends up coming out on my own artist project, or the
artist uses it for theirs, the goal is to just make great music, and figure everything else out after. What role does LA play in your music?
Growing up in LA plays a role in everything I do. I have a deep love and appreciation for my city. It’s instilled values and perspective that are in my core. As a creative, there is no other city that provides a more conducive lifestyle for pursuing your passion. The opportunities and sources of inspiration are endless.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Lots of new material coming…including a full length project with some major collaborations.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Another single or two early next year, with the full-length project coming around Summer 2021.
What else is happening next in DJ Politik’s world?
After touring heavily for many year, not being able to travel and play shows has been a crazy adjustment for me. I’ve been spending a lot more time cooking, reading, meditating, gaming, and just taking advantage of being able to spend more time at home. But mostly just excited to keep rolling out my music along with new mixes and playlists in the coming months. 2020 has definitely been an introspective year for all of us, and I’m excited to bring this fresh perspective into all my upcoming projects.