Our Behind the Beats star for this week is Dr. Fresch. Based in Los Angeles, Dr. Fresch has been steadily working his way up the electronic music ladder. He won the Insomniac Discovery Project for Nocturnal Wonderland in 2013, and has opened for a plethora of artists including Steve Aoki, Diplo, Dillon Francis, and more. Not only is he touring and making his own music, he is also the label head for Prep School Recordings. Get to know more about Dr. Fresch:
When and how did you first decide music was your life?
At some point in elementary school, after a couple years of taking classic piano lessons, I got tired of being force fed classical compositions to play, and asked my piano teacher if I could write and perform my own material. A couple years later I started writing and performing rock songs with my middle school band, and from there knew that I needed to make my music my life, in the creative and business spaces.
Who gave you your biggest break in music and how?
My biggest break definitely came with winning Insomniac's Discovery Project for Nocturnal Wonderland last year. Winning reassured me that I was doing the right thing, and brought me a ton of new opportunities and connections for Dr. Fresch.
What equipment do you use for production? What about DJing?
I produce, mix and master in Ableton right now. I am almost all digital—sometimes I'll use a friend's Moog or my Korg Triton. I love Native Instruments' plugins for production, and Waves and Ozone for mixing/mastering. I DJ with CDJ's and USB drives.
What's the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle and how do you deal with it?
The toughest part of my life at the moment is balancing my artist career with my business career—running Prep School Recordings and managing a few clients through my company Lavender Room Management. I have huge support from my team though, so I've been able to pursue both creative and business. Supporting and growing my artist family is just as important to me as building my own artist career.
How would you describe your process of creating a song from start to finish?
I have to have a concrete vision for a song or remix before I sit down and create it (in regards to instrumentation and arrangement). My production process still involves trial and error, but for some of my biggest releases, I spent more time creating in my head than I did in front of the computer.
Who has been your biggest inspiration musically?
Right now, Flume. I think he's the best example of a contemporary electronic artist who has a clear brand and sound, yet is still incredibly diverse. I love how he flirts with all different BPMs, and how he incorporates hip-hop into his style—I'm definitely looking to bridge the hip-hop and EDM worlds like Flume has with Dr. Fresch.
All time—Pink Floyd. Dark Side of the Moon is the most forward thinking record ever.
What’s the one song you love playing in your set right now?
Destructo "Party Up" is super hot right now. KANT & Tapesh "Ey Yo" is great too. On the more future/trap side, anything by TroyBoi.
Who is your favorite up and coming artist right now?
TroyBoi or Lido. Also loving the homie SNBRN!
What’s the one food you always include in your rider?
I love pizza at shows.
Where do you see electronic music going in the next five years?
That's a broad question. On the surface level, blending with hip-hop through the efforts of acts like Jack U and A$AP Mob, or blending with pop through the efforts of those like Avicii. Below the surface, I think sub-genres will continue to become less defined as more and more new styles will get introduced to the scene, and we'll start to see a lot more artists associating collectives and brands instead of sub-genres. Everyone is branching out more now.