We had a chance to get to know player dave , and you can too! Check out the interview below, after hearing his track ‘Neptune’.
phuture: . What’s good Player? Glad to have you on board for SPACE! Why don’t you introduce yourself to those of us who may know the game but not the “Player” (I’m going to hell for that joke, I know).
player dave: Fun fact: my name isn’t Dave… I’m Charlie Sahm, 18 years old currently living in Los Angeles. I’m from a small town up near Lake Tahoe California originally, but in LA cause the music scene is always poppin here. I’ve been playing guitar my whole life, but in a small town, minimal friends, a band wasn’t an option. Learned about logic pro x about a year and half ago and everything took off from there. I’m now working in ableton.
phuture: Let’s talk about Neptune for a moment. This track sounds like Wall-E and a transformer took a couple hits of something special and started vibing with EVE and Cortana. (look at my pop culture reference swag). Can you tell us about what it was like making this track and what it means to you?
player dave: If I had to think of one word to summarize this track, the word would be spontaneous. I just destroyed audio into the weirdest noises possible until it had some rhythm, then the rest flowed from there. Also recorded my voice saying watch it and made that sound pretty abstract. I really didn’t give a fuck about any rules or boundaries, and executed what I was hearing in my head pretty perfectly. I don’t know what to call this music though hahaha
phuture: While we’re on the topic of the creative process, what are some of your studio rituals in order to get into the right head space for productivity?
player dave: Usually do a form of meditation, and recite mantras and sutras to get in a good head space. This really puts me in the present moment, I can then manifest the sound I want a lot easier.
phuture: Can you recall one of the strangest sources for a sample you’ve ever used?
player dave: The last release I had on The Human Network, “Playa”, in the second drop I used a minion sample from Despicable Me lol it’s my favorite movie! Also sampled an Asian girl crying in my track “lo mein”
phuture: How do you feel you’ve progressed as an artist from the time you first started making electronic music? What has stayed consistent and what has changed?
player dave: I’ve only been producing a little over a year. I feel that my sound design and “engineering” has definitely progressed the most. The rhythmic ideas I have in my head though are very innate and come from within. Those rhythmic ideas have always stayed the same, along with my source of inspiration. Source of inspiration being this multidimensional universe we live in, and knowing it has no limits. I’ve also switched from logic to ableton which was a game changer.
phuture: What are your thoughts on the music industry/scene that (for better or worse) you’re a part of? What do you feel needs to be changed/addressed right now?
player dave: In the small soundcloud community I’m slowly becoming a part of, it’s perfect. There is so much originality it’s insane, it’s what the music industry should be. Yet the music industry is nothing but the opposite. Major labels are forcing artists to make “what people want”, then all of them start sounding the same. That’s why we resort to soundcloud, where bedroom producers are turning there inexplicable emotions into songs, it’s truly magnificent. THAT is what people want to hear, they just have never heard it heard before and don’t know it exists. The industry really needs to move in that direction so music can really change peoples lives and mindsets for the better, versus making kids want to turn up.
phuture: Name 5 artists you feel aren’t getting the love you feel they deserve.
player dave: My best pal sumthin sumthin, zotti, otxhello, cosmic quest, and my boy roswell carter
phuture: Have you ever written a love song and if so, can you share it with us?
player dave: Well the strongest feelings and attitudes we know as humans derive from love. I’d say love is embedded in all my music, but I wouldnt say I’ve written a song for a special someone 🙂 pondering existence was distinctly derived from love, but not love towards another human, love from within. https://soundcloud.
phuture: What’s on your bucket list when it comes to music and/or performance?
player dave: Playing live sets at spiritual gatherings such as symbiosis, shambhala, emissions, and lightning in a bottle. Also working with Rihanna, hahaha it sounds cliché but I’m too obsessed with her vocal tone
phuture: What can we look forward to from you in the future? (I’m resisting a pun so hard right now)
player dave: Pushing the envelope even further. And lots of releases on as many platforms as I can get my hands on, keep your eyes peeled 🙂
Interview conducted by Erik N/Bandapears, who you can check out here
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