Canadian Dad Of The Year releases his 4-track release. Dad Of The Year that kind of artists who do not stitch without thread, who know what they are doing at all times and leave nothing to chance, although sometimes their decisions may seem unusual or out of place.
Unearthly can and should be heard as a piece of timeless music, which conveys a positive idea in times of conflict, and its aesthetic appeals to the most basic, deep and receptive of the spirit. Dad Of The Year, in short, designs a wide and fragile sound to listen and feel from the deepest.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
How would you present your work to someone that don’t know you?
Hi Miami!…. well, It’s very hard to present our own work, I prefer the music to speak for itself. Although I have more than 20 years of Djing behind me, my producing is really at its humble beginnings. But I hope people feel that experience and perceive what I do as thoughtful, emotional, complex and outside the box. I want to provide music that works both as a listening experience and club material.
And your last work? Where is it born? And where do you want to go?
The “Unearthly” EP on Leveldva is really me finding my sound, committing to it, and let people see the full emotional spectrum of what I like to cover. I am very very happy with the track selection of this release as it shows exactly where I am going and my way of understanding musical storytelling. I don’t want to do replicate a “genre”, I want to have my own voice.
Which message would you like to transmit to the public?
The beauty of electronic music is that it doesn’t tell you what to feel with lyrics. It lets you find your own message.
I know what I want to trigger in people, what is the purpose of the track. Why it should be played, and when. But the message itself is really up to the listener.
That’s why I like to cover dark and light. My music is sometimes dark and trippy, sometimes bright and melodic. It goes to very dark places but to better come out at the end as hopeful and blissful. That’s the soundtrack of emotions I want you to go through. The message is whatever is your interpretation of it according to your life experience.
About your last Project, How did it born?
This EP was greatly influenced by Holy Other. I love, love how he works with haunting vocals and make you feel all those deep emotions. I was just in a very deep state of mind and wanted to test myself, can I go there? When I was done, I went “this is me. This is my sound. I know what my place is now”.
About your Studio , what do you have inside?
Ha ha! Are you ready? NOTHING. Not even speakers. I am in that weird situation where I work on the corner of the kitchen counter. My house will get built in the next year, and I will have this amazing outside music studio done in Bali. It’s insane! But meanwhile, I work how I can. My back hurts, I have 3 different headphones and a Subpac to test because I can’t play music out loud. Some of my gear and instruments is still in Canada. Very much in transition and doing my best with what I have.
That instrument that you will never sell whatever happens?
I’m not really attached to gear, but I do regret selling my turntables and Rane mixer.
Last record shop that you visited was? And what did you get there?
Been a very long time. I always was looking forward. I was even ordering my vinyls online. So last time was when I decided to let go Vinyl and go CDJs. I was one of the first locally to play with my computer gear and remote controllers. So again, never been attached to the gear. But I do really miss the feeling of going through hard covers looking for a track while playing. It was very dynamic.
Do you have hope in the music future? And what would you like to be the future of it?
Of course! Why wouldn’t I? Music is intemporal. It will always find ways to evolve and reinvent itself. It’s limitless. That’s why I love electronic music. It’s the music of the future. So, it’s up to us to always tap into that novelty and see ahead of the curve.
Of course, there is much more music available today. So maybe there’s a feeling that there is LOT of crappy music, but it also means that there is more good music. Good music, just like good movies, will always find the way to reach its audience. Maybe it’s just a bit more work navigating your way through the system to get there.
Could you tell us about any future projects?
I wrapped up “Lord of the Flies” that will come out on EXPmental Records on October 28th. “Enter the Void” that will come out soon on Random Collective. And i’m doing the finishing touches on about 8 tracks that will come out beginning 2023.
What makes you happy?
Music. My family, My 3 dogs.
I once said to my wife that when I die, I when to be in an eternal loop of sound with limitless possibilities and creativity. So yeah, music makes me happy.
What bothers you?
Interesting that you ask me that. Not a lot of people know.
I can’t stand somebody that his “mental” and not “present”. You know these people that have all their talking points ready, barely look at you, caught in the theatrics of their “persona” or even care to have a real conversation with you? Drives me crazy. I move on. I’m too old for that ha ha
Thank you for your time Miami!
Written by: Alejandro Serrano
Nacido en Argentina, y con mas de 30 años de carrera como DJ, Mike Grey nos presenta cada semana: “Carnival” un viaje por los sonidos del Progressive House mundial. Explorando diferentes texturas, que gravitan entre los sonidos Deep y Melodic, con algunas pinceladas de Organic, Mike nos invita a viajar durante 60 minutos a los más profundo de una experiencia musical que estimulará tus sentidos. At the same time, along more than 30 years up to now, He did more than 2.300 events like a Dj. His favourites musical styles are: Progressive House and Deep House, but, like a real fan of Rock and Roll, He made a fusion between it, and electronic music. This characteristic put his sets in a different level, surprising the crowd with a remixed rock classic, or with a musician playing live during the set. He shared DJ booth with different artists like Matias Chilano, Lucas Rossi, Emi Galvan and many more. Nowadays, you can tune his music trough different digital plattforms like: Mixcloud, I Tunes or SoundCloud. He hosts a Radio Show named "The Carnival", wich is played once a week.close