When and why did you start singing and performing?
Hi my name is DiipSilence, I’m a Chinese artist-producer based in Los Angeles. I started singing about four years ago under the artist name “DiipSilence” because my original name in Chinese means deep and silent. About eight years ago I came to the U.S. to learn math, but I changed my career path after graduation. I went to LA to study audio engineering, and since then I worked as a mixing engineer and film post sound editor. While working in the studio to mix others’ songs, I also collaborate with different artists and writing my songs under the name “DiipSilence”.
Where did you get your influence from or what made you pursue your style of music?
I’m quite into trip-hop music since I was in high school, I’m a big fan of Coco Rosie, Jay-Jay Johanson, Massive Attack etc. I’d say Coco Rosie inspires me a lot on my sound choices, I learn from them even toy sounds can be put into music which shapes my sound choices in composing. I started to put film sound effects in my music. I am also inspired by Tim Exile and Richard Devine, they are not only musicians but also technical geniuses. As a math major, I’m also this type of person. I love music, but I also enjoy to discover the technological world. Their thoughts in balancing the music with techniques are huge inspirations to me.
How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?
Well I have to make this seriously myself first, to me music is the only truth of my world. I’m not a good talker, it seems the only way that I can adequately express my emotion is through music, it’s a placebo to me. To get people to take my music seriously, I think it’s my honesty, to put my genuine feelings through the tunes. Actually, the only thing I can do is to express the true-self of me sincerely, and how I feel of the world. I want to make the audience see what I can see and feel what I can feel. If someone can take it seriously or if my anyone can resonate with my music, it’s such a lucky moment in my life, and I’m really grateful for it.
What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
The importance of connections I make is while learning Audio Engineering in Los Angeles I started to intern for different companies. In the internship program, I met many good musicians that I can collaborate. I began to help people mixing, mastering, eventually end up with writing songs with them. Concerning utilizing, I don’t consider them much as collaborators, but more as a friend to talk and work with. I feel the community here in Los Angeles is like a study group, we all learn and digest our own world, and communicate with others in a musical language.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Do the best you can, and always be grateful.
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
Absolutely. I won’t do anything differently.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
I performed in university concerts almost 10 years ago since I was a math major freshman till now. But for now, my main job is in a studio as a producer/mixing engineer/artist manager, I wish I’ll have more time to practice and play live. As a compromise, I’ll record videos and put my live performance online, please check my YouTube Channel.
I’ll have several small gigs locally in LA, either as a performer or live engineer, hope I’ll see you guys soon.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
Yes and no, I can see I’m a bit nervous but most of all I’m very passionate. I feel I can “talk” to the audience, but I’m not talking. Every live performance opportunity to me means “excited” more than nervous.
Have any of your songs been published? (If so, by whom?)
Yes I’m self-released several songs in China, you can find all of my music on Spotify, YouTube and other music platforms.
Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? (Why?)
Yes. I really want to be a pure artist rather than doing all the other jobs. But in today, it seems every artist needs to know how to market themselves, which push the artists to manage themselves. After working with other artists who focus on their singer-songwriter career, I kind of admire them. I wish I can do the same thing, just focusing on writing and production, with the help of a music label.
What live performance experience have you had? (Any industry showcases?)
I’m on several small shows in Los Angeles, usually brought by the bands that I’m working with, which means I’m a supporting role more than an artist. I also DJ’ed at New York bars for about 10 times, but I soon moved to LA, I can say they were in the industry, but not industry showcases. I will have it shortly, and I’m planning to join more shows on the year 2019, not as a supportive DJ or player, but under my artist name “DiipSilence”.
What is next for you?
My next EP “Metereology IV” is coming out soon, in this EP every song is describing one kind of weather phenomena. I’m using lots of foley sounds, and location ambience that recorded by myself while I’m travelling around the US. I’ve been through notorious wind, felt glacier ice dropped into the ocean on a cruise, walking in the forest with birds always singing, slept inside a log cabin with stove fire cracks. They are all “music” to me. Everything can be music, and I want to make music with anything I can. Hope you’ll give it a listen when it’s released.
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