Dubvirus *Artist of the Week* Dubvirus

With Dubvirus’ debut DNA EP off Street Ritual Records, it’s hard not to be infected by the catchy melodies and pumping bass in this producer’s viral sounds. The glitchy-swag sounds Dubvirus brings fills you with life as he reminds you to “Breathe” on his first track off the EP. DNA takes you on a journey of epic proportions; the sweet symphonic sounds lift you up and then drop you in a river of funked out bass when you’re ready to take a dip. Learn more about this rising star below, check out his newest EP, and get ready to become infected by his West Coast grooves.

How would you describe your infectious sound(s)?

It’s difficult for me to describe my own music, but generally I like big encompassing sound and epic melodies. I want my compositions to affect people on a core level, and make them feel the music rather than simply listen to it. I strive to write riffs and hooks that get stuck in peoples’ heads, so If I don’t get a track stuck in my head while I’m writing it, it’s not worth finishing.

DNA is your debut glitch-tastic EP. How long have you been producing for? Have you produced in the EDM scene under any other monikers?

I’ve been producing and experimenting with electronic music in some form or another for around 14 years, but primarily as a hobby. Only recently was I able to finally dedicate myself entirely to music, and Dubvirus is the product of that.

Why choose the name Dubvirus?

I’ve always been fascinated by viruses. They are living beings, but operate with purely mechanistic behaviors. To me, they seem to represent a fundamental link between organism and machine, and I feel that relationship very strongly when I’m writing electronic music on a computer, it’s almost symbiotic. I also think that good music affects people and spreads in a very viral way. The name itself comes from the world of author Jeff Noon’s books ‘Vurt’ and ‘Pollen,’ where the Dubvirus is a “disease” that infects DJs, causing music to course through them from alternate dimensions. I often feel the compulsion to create music as if it is some force being channeled through me from some external realm, so the imagery resonates strongly with me.

At what age did you first start getting interested in music? Are there any instruments you played growing up?

I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember. My parents had me take violin lessons when I was very young, which I hated at the time. Eventually they let me quit, with the requirement that I choose a different instrument to learn. Thinking it was the coolest instrument I could possibly pick, I chose the Alto Sax, and studied that for about 6 years. I played around on Guitar and Bass as well, but when I found out I could make music on computers, I became obsessed, and that obsession continues today.

Where do you hail from?

I grew up and went to college in the midwest, and lived for a few years in Washington DC. In 2008 I moved to San Francisco, in large part to try to start a career in music, and it feels very much like home now.

How did it feel hitting the number one spot on Addictech with your DNA EP recently?

It feels amazing. Hitting number one really just affirms that I’m giving listeners what they want, and that’s what makes me happiest. 

Although your DNA EP has a lot of glitch and dubstep sounds in it, I can still sense some soul in your work. What influences do you pull from while producing your tracks? Any other producers that inspire you?

The last thing I would ever want to do is create music that was deemed ‘soulless.’ Soul is what music is about for me. I usually try to avoid referencing genres at all when I talk about my music, since everyone has their own idea of what certain labels mean. A huge part of my inspiration comes straight from the West Coast transformational festival circuit, and the musicians associated with it. These festivals continually provide me with some of the most powerful and enlightening experiences of my life. Rather than being simply about getting wasted, these events are about deep personal exploration through collaboration, art, and celebration. Experiencing the unbridled creative spirit at these festivals provides the greatest inspiration I can imagine. As far as individual producers go, some of my biggest inspirations are West Coast prodigies like ChrisB, Goldrush, and NitGrit, to name a few. I have a lot of love for some of the harder East Coast sounds also, and I try to incorporate that into my music as well.

What can fans expect at one of your shows?

Fans can expect to get down, and to have an emotional experience while doing so. I believe that variety in performance is of the utmost importance, and my goal is to take listeners through a constantly evolving journey that moves from sexy driving bass lines to epic uplifting bangers and hits everything in-between.

If your music could transform into anything what would it become? Would it turn into a virus?

My music is a virus already. It infects people and they spread it on to one another. The only purpose is to affect as many people as possible and have a positive affect on them.

What’s next for Dubvirus?

Whatever the Universe has in store for me, I can’t say, but for right now I am going to continue to pour myself into making music and reaching as many people as possible. This is only the beginning…

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