Dezign [Exclusive Interview]

Dezign has been just one of many artists to recently surge into the local electronic music scene. With last year being his most successful to date, it was only fitting that 2017 would be the beginning of a new chapter in his career.

Every Thursday night at J. Gardella’s Tavern, you can catch Dezign behind the decks alongside some of West Michigan’s greatest talents for his weekly show, Dezigner Thursday’s.

Taking over Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 29th are heavy bass and dubstep artists Figure and Dubloadz. With this being Dezign’s debut performance at The Intersection, we decided to sit down with him to see how he’s handling the excitement.


For those unfamiliar with the style of music you play, how would you describe it to them?

I stack most of my sets with house music or any songs with that Detroit techno vibe, I love to get it groovin’ while I’m out there! I’ve also been experimenting recently with hip-hop and working on instrumentals for buddies of mine. Anybody who knows me knows I also love moombahton, so you know I’m gonna throw at least one or two moombahton tracks to keep the vibes rolling. Right now I don’t have a particular sound, at least not yet. Producing is still relatively new to me. It’s been around a year since I’ve picked it up, so I’m still trying to find where I fit in.


Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to?

It really depends on what I’m doing. If I’m out skateboarding, I love to listen to MRJ or Green Velvet and his label Relief. Lately, I’ve been really getting into the Red Bull Sound Selection guys, like Mr. Carmack. I also listen to Ta-ku, Sango and all those other guys who produce in that experimental space.


How were you introduced to playing and producing electronic music?

Honestly, I was going to Western Michigan back in 2010 and my brother threw this house party. He borrowed his buddy’s turntables so he could DJ the party and I got to play with them that night. From there, it just started to become a hobby really; something to do when I wasn’t busy. I remember liking it a lot, which made it really easy to pick up once I got my own decks. As far as producing goes, one time I was kicking it at my friend’s house back home and I was watching him experiment in FL Studio. He had a MIDI keyboard and he was the first person that showed me how to start structuring everything.


If you could collaborate with any artist today, who would it be and why?

Eats Everything; he’s got releases on two of my favorite labels, Relief and Dirtybird. There’s this raw bass sound to his techno and I would just love to get a little piece of that for sure. Plus, he has this unique way he performs live so I would benefit a lot being in the studio with him.


What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show with Figure? 

Honestly, I just can’t wait to see how hard Figure throws down. I’ve been listening to him since the first Monsters EP came out. He’s just so mental with his sound, it’s absolutely one of a kind and he’s gonna tear the roof off the place! I also just can’t wait to hangout with him and show all of Grand Rapids how Dezign does it!


Tickets for Saturday’s show are still available on The Intersection’s website as well as through locals COOKN and Dezign.

Interested in winning FREE tickets to the Figure show? Stay tuned for contest details!

To read our full interview with Dezign, click here.

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