When most 90’s kids were 8 years old, they were playing with Action Man figures, Barbie dolls, or hammering away the hours on their Nintendo 64 console. But for Chicago based talent Dee Mash, life as an 8 year old was spent behind the decks. Learning his craft through his childhood, the now-23-year-old skyrocketed as an EDM prodigy, and by the age of 17 he had opened for Kaskade.
Blending his innovative brand of melodic synths & climatic basslines into each piece that he produces, Dee Mash has garnered support from A-list global acts such as Galantis, Adventure Club, Krewella, R3HAB, & more. Crafting songs that are paradoxically paired with chaos and minimalism, yet injected with swathes of beauty, the Chicago-based star is on track to astound the world in 2019.
Here’s what happened when We Rave You caught up with Dee Mash…
How long have you been a producer/DJ for? Tell us about the origin of your music. What inspired you to pursue your career as an artist?
“I was 8 when I saw my first DJ. Simply watching him sit behind a tower of speakers, controlling the energy and emotions of people – it blew my mind. Shortly after that, I found myself trying to learn how to DJ. Later, I jumped into producing – putting out my first track at 14, and playing my first club show at 17 years old, opening for Kaskade.”
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
“Though my music is not parallel to his, Steve Angello always has and will be an inspiration. His humble approach to branding and communicating through his music has always encouraged me to be an organic artist first.”
Congratulations on your new track ‘City Of Dreams’ alongside Lyon Hart. Could you describe the process of making it? What were the inspirations and main idea behind it?
“Thank you! I love guitars, so I had a melody written over the chords to which the whole track was tailored around. I was in LA when I sent it over to Lyon. He asked if I had any particular direction that I wanted it to be about, and I sent back the three words, “City Of Dreams“, which influenced the initial idea and brought it all together.”
Do you have plans to work together again in the future?
“Yes, absolutely. Lyon Hart is a lyrical mastermind and a great artist. We may or may not already have another track finished!”
Hailing from Chicago and holding a residency at the renowned PRYSM Nightclub, from your perspective, how has the scene in the U.S evolved over the past few years, genre-wise?
“PRYSM is home. Music-wise, PRYSM’s sister venue TheMid Chicago just closed its doors after a decade-long run, which helped introduce and expand electronic music as a whole around Chicago. Artists such as Krewella, Flosstradamus, and Kaskade all contributed in growing different genres at theMid, which grew globally in the US.”
Do you have any essential tips for aspiring producers you’d like to share with our fans and readers?
“Yes, educate yourself on the business side of music.”
What does 2019 hold in store? Any hints or clues that we could get about future productions and collaborations? Interesting gigs in the pipeline?
“As of now, I have the pleasure of sharing the stage with 3lau this Saturday, but all in all, more shows and more music. I may have a few surprises up my sleeve that I can’t share just yet.”
Any artists friends that you think we should keep an eye out for?
“Yes! Some of my current favorites are Solstis, Mielo, and Zach Marshall. A close friend of mine, Alex Peterson is also one of the most creative videography artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”
A supreme talent with his whole career ahead of him, Dee Mash displays a maturity far beyond his tender years. His latest track ‘City of Dreams’ is out now, and can be heard below: