RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW GERMAN ARTIST TONYC
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I was curious about Electronic Music since I was a child, I really loved the possibilities of it compared to older types of music and got into DJing with classmates back in high school. Quickly after I was wondering how this music gets created so I fell into the rabbit hole of music production and never came out haha.
Introduce us to you and your musical history!
So, I started DJing back in 2012. I played my first gigs on our high school partys organized by us students. The partys were a blast and the feedback was incredible. People digged my taste in music and I was very curious about the musicality in DJing, things like harmonic mixing, mashups. So, starting to produce on my own was the logical consequence which I began late 2012. Since then, I did both parallelly. I played at clubs, and private events like birthdays and also worked consistently to improve my production skills with each song and remix I produced. Since the electronic music spectrum is so broad, so is my interest and desire to try out different genres. While I started out with Dubstep and Trap Remixes, very bass heavy and often with a classical touch as I love Strings and organic instruments in combination with electronic elements, I came to create tracks in the House tempo range with music you could tag with genres like Deep House, Techno, Bass until I also discovered the greatness of my love for faster genres like Psy-Trance and Drum & Bass.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Since I am doing what I love, and I do that mainly for myself, I am not in a hurry to reach certain numbers or fame. If people like what I do of course that’s a plus and makes me happy and I would say I already was surprised about the steady growth of listeners and the accomplishments I had in the past but honestly even do it just for myself haha. But to answer your question I think I’m doing pretty good; I can feel that I get better with every release and people start to notice that more and more. So, I would say I’m on a good path.
How have your composition and music production skills developed over time?
I would say composition-wise the creativity was there since day 1. My arrangement skills as well as my production skills definitely improved steadily and keep improving and it’s awesome to experience this, which is in return making it even more addictive to keep on doing this haha. I even tried out a professional mixing and mastering engineer for my Single “Unreal” but I’ve come to realise that I liked my own mix/master more than what he sent me hahaha.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
Definitely stay aware, make sure that we create a safe environment for all, watch out for potential predators and step in if we notice something. Sometimes girls would come to me while DJing and ask if they could stay at the DJ booth for a bit because of some people harassing them. So, it is important to react and initiate consequences for potential threats to the good spirit of the night even as a DJ which definitely I do when necessary.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Well, probably nothing surprising to say here but to get people to share your work, be it on playlists at streaming platforms like Spotify or on social media. But stay aware that the scene is full of predators who offer close to no value for what they ask.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Nope, as a computer scientist, I’m pretty good at doing my research and also, I would say I have better things to do with my life than to make some stupid conspiracy the center of my life. I think people forget to put these things into perspective given our short time in this world.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Well depends on your definition of need, but I would say no haha.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Oh well, I would say a blue screen in the middle of a gig back when I worked with Windows. That was definitely embarrassing and unpleasant.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
Well, I would say since I am very interested in philosophy and eastern wisdom like people like Alan Watts introduced, people might be surprised that I’m on the good way to becoming a philosopher myself.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I have a very personal approach to music production. I keep in mind the traditional rules of music genres, but I follow the rule that rules are there to be broken, which often leads to new, fresh ideas and more interesting results. Since I am on the more emotional side of the spectrum, I like to make the listener feel the strong feelings I feel with my music.
I hear you release a new Single this Friday 16th of December called ‘Trauma’. What can you tell us about it?
Yes indeed. So, I got inspired to make this song while I was on a 30.000 peeps 1-week Psy-Trance festival in Hungary called O.Z.O.R.A. It was amazing and I thought I want to make music like this. I am also fascinated by the topic of mental health and so I was watching this documentary about Trauma called ‘The Wisdom of Trauma’. I was already thinking that I might make a song with vocal bits from the documentary so while I was watching it I was noting if some parts would be good to use in a song. Later I recorded a lot of parts and started playing and selecting until ‘Trauma’ was created.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Well out of the top of my head right now I would say this: You only have one life. Enjoy it to the fullest. When you’re not happy with it either alter your perspective or change it. Find what you love, and do what you love. Try to learn as much as possible and be open to new perspectives. Nothing has to be the way it is. Life is change, be change.