DJ, producer and label boss of Axiom Records, DJ Phonon has had an incredible year this year with releases such as “Nobody” and “Karma.” DJ Phonon is known for his beautiful melodies and crisp musical arrangements, he chats to us below about his most recent release “Rain In The Summer.”
What was the inspiration behind “Rain In The Summer?”
DJ Phonon: I think spending a lot time in the South Pacific really helped with creating the vibe of this track. I’d describe it as something tropical but trying to blend in some western influences too.
You’ve had some great releases this year, which one has been your favorite?
DJ Phonon: This is hard question, as I’m really happy with a lot of them. I love the feel of “Karma,” the creative elements of “Rain In The Summer”and the quality of “Nobody.” If I had to pick one, I think it would be ‘Nobody’ for the sound quality and the production. I feel this is my most professional sounding track I have. I also love the vocals and melody!
Who influenced you and your music growing up?
DJ Phonon: I was a teen in the 90’s, so Grunge, Rock, Hip Hop, Reggae and Indie played a huge part especially in the early 90’s. Artists like the Charlatans, Nirvana, The Chilli’’s, The Fugees and Bob Marley.
How long did it take you to create this track?
DJ Phonon: It all came together quite quickly, I think within two months this track was completed.
Where do you get your ideas from for new tracks?
DJ Phonon: I have been listening to a lot of LA Pop producers and watching a lot of music biographies. I find this really helps to stimulate new ideas.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
DJ Phonon: This is a tough question! There are so many good artists and producers out there. I think it would have to be Dua Lipa I absolutely love her voice.
What’s your creative process when you’re in the studio making new music?
DJ Phonon: I try to lay down 4 or 5 ideas in an afternoon, 2 or 3 simple loops for each idea that can be arranged in to a simple song format. Then, the next day I go through them and see if any of them have potential.
Do you have any top production tips?
DJ Phonon: I find listening to my productions at low volumes really helps give me a more realistic feel for my track. I also like to keep laying my composition. Build it up and then go through it and strip it down, I listen and listen and listen to my tracks a million times.
From a label perspective, whom’s music have really impressed you this year?
DJ Phonon: Alex da Kid with his imagine dragons productions although that was released in 2017, I didn’t hear it till this year!
Have you got anything else exciting planned for this year?
DJ Phonon: I do have a few more tracks ready for release but I haven’t decided the date yet. I’m hoping to release at least one of them before the New Year.