Premiere: Not Your Dope Ft. Oly – What You Do To Me

Not Your Dope started his musical production journey four years ago. Influenced by his then-idol, Skrillex, the German talent is now safely on his way to a successful career in electronic dance music. Still just 18 years of age, his pursuit of fusing sub-genre’s has led to his creation and formulation of hybrid compositions.

In turn providing a broad spectrum of soundscapes, Not Your Dope curates his music for a full variety of listeners pleasure. With a notable remix of Rain Man’s “Bring Back The Summer” gaining millions of plays across all platforms, the young German’s ascendance of the dance music ranks began.

Now carrying the support of The Chainsmokers, Illenium, Steve Aoki, Tritonal and Sam Feldt, Not Your Dope is now boldly taking his live performance skill set to arena’s and club’s around the scene. Holding a unique personality and ample energy-levels, his expanding fan base is sourcing from all over the globe.

Now attacking 2017 with the momentum gathered from the previous year, Not Your Dope brings us his collaborative effort alongside the talents of OLY. Chasing greater fluidity and impact, the track certainly delivers on his promise, carrying an energising atmosphere and addictive after-taste.

Taking the opportunity to learn more about him, We Rave You caught up with Not Your Dope to find out a little more about his plans and opinions.

Tell us about the origin of your music. How did you discover your sound?

I started producing dubstep back in 2012 and got influenced a lot by the general big artists back in the day like Skrillex, Zeds Dead and Flux Pavillion. In 2013 I started changing my sound more into the direction of House music; and after about two years or so of that, I started experimenting with Trap & Future Bass. I fell in love with the freedom and unlimited creative possibilities this kind of music offers, and slowly moved away from House music. At this point I was getting a lot of inspiration from artists like Diplo, Yellow Claw, Jack Ü, Flosstradamus, Slander & NGHTMRE.

Your latest release on Spinnin’ Records, ‘What You Do To Me’, is a really chill release customary to your usual style. How did this record come to life?

After my remix of “Bring Back The Summer” was released, Oly sent me a message on Facebook and asked me if we wanted to work on something together. I absolutely loved the idea and started producing the beat of “What You Do To Me”. We worked a really long time on this one, almost a half year I think; but I really love the song and I think it was worth every minute of our time.

Your remix for Rainman’s ‘Bring Back The Summer’ is your most successful record to date, racking up over 3.6 million streams on SoundCloud. How did the success of this remix feel and how did it inspire your moves after?

It feels absolutely insane. I never thought it’ll reach such high numbers. I actually uploaded it as a free download first but after about a 1 week Dim Mak contacted me and wanted to make the remix official. It inspired my next moves a lot because I got many new opportunities after that like for example my remix of “Lights Down Low” by MAX.

You’ve released your first two singles on two of the most reputable YouTube channels, Trap Nation and Lowly Palace. Tell us more about how these came to life.

My first single “5 A.M” was made a few weeks after the release of “Bring Back The Summer”. I found the vocals on Soundcloud and wanted to do something kind of crazy but fun with them. That’s the way “5 A.M” came to life. “The Fall” actually was a pretty hard song first; but then when I heard Mia’s lead vocals, I loved them so much that I thought they would fit better with a more chill beat.

What are your biggest inspirations in the studio? Any advice you would give to younger up-and-coming producers?

It makes me happy to see so many people around the world enjoying my music and I think that’s the most inspiring thing for me. Probably the best advice I can give to younger up-and-coming producers is to just keep chasing you dreams and believe in yourself; really the best thing you can do for yourself, never give up. Another bit of advice for new producers out there is try recreate well known songs. This way you learn so much about how songs are made while you work on finding your own style.

With dance music as a whole as large as it’s ever been, what are your views on the impact and prospects your generation has had to date?

I think it gives especially the younger and unknown producers big opportunities. With the download gates it’s easier than ever to grow a large audience and there are so many good tutorials on YouTube where you can learn so many new things. When I started producing there were only a few tutorials on how to do the basics but today you can learn almost everything via YouTube tutorials. I also really love how easy it has become to find new and unknown artists who create good and innovative music.

What are some of your plans for 2017? Any follow-ups? Upcoming singles?

I’ve got many plans for 2017 but most of it is top secret right now. I definitely want to keep focusing on producing more original music for my fans and people who don’t know my music yet. I can tell you that I’m currently working on a single with MAX that I’m very excited about. Another plan for 2017 is to start doing live shows.

Expat living in New Zealand with a keen ear for the pure form of progressive house and a passion for the electronic scene in general. Fingers crossed you like this site as much as me!

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