[Direct Exclusive Interview]
Since the release of his single ‘Free My World’ in 2012, Direct has been making quite an impact on the EDM scene. With releases on various Monstercat albums and support from many well known artists, he has become a big name in EDM. Direct has grown through different aliases such as ‘Synth38’ or ‘Animism’, and at 18 years old it is to no surprise that he is making such a hit as he has been improving on his production ever since he was 12. He talked with us about what his plans are for the future and how he got the inspiration for his track ‘Eternity’.
DSD: First, introduce yourself.
Direct: Hello, my name is Direct, I make various genres of electronic music.
DSD: How did you come to form Direct?
Direct: The story of how I found the name is not very exciting. I looked in a thesaurus at a few descriptive words for the style and I came across the name, Direct. Originally, I planned on having a few aliases, Hypersonik, Animism, and Direct. Each would have it’s own style. I released a few remixes under the Direct alias and they gained some popularity so I decided to make that my only alias.
DSD: How did you hook up with Monstercat?
Direct: Over this past summer, a couple, of my then 500 fans, messaged me on Facebook and recommend I try to have a song released on Monstercat. At the time I knew very little about the Label, or the fact that it was a label. I sent them “The Final Battle,” but it was rejected. A few weeks later I sent them “Free My World” and to my surprise it was accepted.
DSD: Your last track “Eternity” was a song that really reached out to all of us. Please tell us more about the inspiration that lead to it.
Direct: In early 2012, I found myself developing a style of Dubstep that had more traditional garage beat, progressive sounds, and swung synths. The first song I made with this style was a remix of Telepopmusik’s Breathe. Eternity was an extension of that style. I had just listened to Culprate’s Hall of Mirrors and was inspired to write a similar melody. I added a soft piano melody every few bars to add an organic sound into the mix.
DSD: What were some of your highlights of 2012?
Direct: Every release is a huge adrenaline rush. Having people tell you how much your music means to them is an amazing feeling, something not many people get to experience. I also really enjoyed being able to talk to my fellow Monstercat artists. Having their input on tracks and being able to discuss production with them is something I was never able to experience before this past year.
DSD: If you could play any venue, in any country in the world, where would that be?
Direct: I would love to play at Coachella one day. Just the thought of playing a show on the same ground as some of the biggest musical legends is very humbling.
DSD: What do you think about the EDM Scene?
Direct: The EDM scene is becoming more popular. Without the current rise I would probably not have a job making music. It would be a hobby for me. A lot of artists curse Skrillex for popularizing Dubstep, but I do quite the opposite. Whether or not you like Skrillex’s music you have to respect him for what he has done. I hope the scene just gets bigger.
DSD: Any forthcoming releases and projects?
Direct: I am working on a collaboration and doing a song with a vocalist (for the first time), and a couple remixes. Stay tuned.
DSD: Any advice for future producers?
Direct: It takes a lot of time to get good, and once you get good it takes 5 times as long to get great. It takes a while to start being happy with your music. I must say, it is totally worth your time. I have never been happier.
DSD: Have you got anything to add?
Direct: 2013 will be a big year for myself and EDM in general. I hope my fans enjoy what I am planning.