This first quarter of 2013 has brought forth some amazing new talent, at least on our radar over here at The Dankles. Dubvirus is one of those producers whom has jumped out at us over the course of the past few months. Blasting his way through the cosmos on a rocket thruster from another far off galaxy Sacha has come out slinging the big guns folks. His debut ‘DNA EP’ was just been released via Street Ritual a few months back and since then he has been receiving all sorts of love! With the immense sound wrapped up on this EP we’re happy to see that a batch of remixes may also soon be headed our way. On another note I’m happy to say we will be blessed with a set from Dubvirus at this summer’s Sonic Bloom Music & Art Festival out here in CO this June! With this being the case we figured why not make as many of you aware of Dubvirus before you stumble through a set of his this summer and leave dumbfounded. Now get yourself a little more familiar with this up and coming bass producer and don’t forget to double check all those festival lineup’s to see where else you can catch Dubvirus in these next few summer months.
TD: Plain and simple to get things rolling, can you tell us a little about yourselves (Name, age, where you’re from, etc) to familiarize the unknowing viewers out there?
Dubvirus: My name is Sacha Csicsery-Ronay, I’m 28, I was born and raised in Indiana, and I’ve been living in San Francisco since 2008. I’ve been producing music for over a decade but was only able to maintain it as a hobby for a long time. in 2011 I quit working to pursue music full time and the experience has been fantastic.
TD: Being that you’re a fairly fresh face to the music scene how did you get entwined in the industry in the first place?
D: Making the decision to move out to San Francisco was the first step, and getting involved with the West Coast music scene and festival culture has really been what’s allowed me to make the connections that were necessary to get myself noticed. It has taken a lot of networking.
TD: Living in the Bay Area where there’s already a thriving bass scene as it is how did you begin diving in and getting involved with other producers already doing their thing?
D: It’s largely because of the other producers and the thriving scene that I was able to make an impact at all. Before I was known as a producer I would still go out to clubs constantly to meet and talk to all the musicians and promoters that I could. I always try to create lasting relationships, because when it comes down to it, who you know is ultimately one of the most important aspects of participating in a music scene like the Bay Area has. Eventually in the summer of 2011 I got a huge opportunity when my track ‘Music’ was picked up for An-ten-nae’s Acid Crunk Vol. 4 Compilation. Dov from Muti Music saw something in me early on and his support was instrumental in getting out my first EP ‘Tesseract’ shortly after. Those opportunities gave me the breaks I needed in order to pop onto the scene, and Dubvirus has been gaining momentum ever since.
TD: What sort of influences drive you to make the sort of tunes you do to this day?
D: My greatest influence has always been West Coast transformational music festivals. The amazing freedom and authenticity I experience at these events is unlike anything else I’ve witnessed, and it’s all accompanied by a soundtrack of amazing genre-defining electronic music. I think these festivals really get to the heart of what EDM’s role in our world is right now, which is to facilitate experiences of freedom and bring people together in celebration of community. Going to these festivals is what convinced me to dedicate myself to music fully, so now whenever I write music, I’m writing it with festival stages and experiences in mind.
TD: It has become pretty clear to me that you’re a fairly multifaceted and dip your toes in all sorts of glitch hop, bass, hip hop, and crunkstep styles, would you say you have a favorite when it comes down to producing?
D: I believe that variety is extremely important to keep listeners engaged, so I’m always trying to change things up and keep things interesting. I think I’d get incredibly bored if I had a fixed formula for writing and didn’t switch up the moods or tempos of my tracks. I also listen to a lot of different styles of EDM, so when I produce I’m often getting inspiration from whatever I’m listening to at the time. Writing for me is about being in the moment with the music, so in that regard my favorite thing to produce is whatever style is moving me right then.
TD: What would you say is your goal ultimately when churning out these tracks and sharing them with the public?
D: My goal is simply to offer experiences that move people. I want to spread my music as much as possible, just because I know there are always people out there who will get something valuable from hearing it, and as long as I’m making music, there will always be new experiences to share.
TD: This has become a pretty standard question of ours, what kind of equipment do you sit down with to produce in the studio? What about in a live show setting?
D: I have a custom built studio space that I used to have filled with various synths and gear, but now I pretty much only use it for mastering. I’ve converted to a very minimalistic setup using just a Macbook Pro and occasionally a Novation keyboard. I find that having a mobile setup is infinitely better for my productivity because I can move to whatever location inspires me the most in any given moment, and I always have all my tools in the box ready to go. When I perform I still travel light, but I take along a Livid Instruments Ohm 64 RGB Slim controller.
TD: So we just recently saw your debut release, ‘DNA’, on Street Ritual Records, anything you’d like to touch on that we will find in there?
D: I feel that ‘DNA’ represents a more crafted style than some of my earlier releases I think it gives listeners a much better grasp of the particular sound I’m going for. It’s also the first concept release I’ve ever put out. Without going into it too deeply ‘DNA’ (which also stands for ‘Dawn of New Awareness’) at its root represents a spiritual evolution of our time. It begins at celebration, moves into inspiration, reflection, restructure, and ultimately resolves in oneness.
TD: My ears took to noticing you throw in flares of a many different styles throughout each of these tracks, is that something you sought to do so every listener could find a little something that tickled their fancy?
D: Absolutely. I want to attract as many listeners as I can, but I also want to offer people a range of expression to listen to. Even though everyone may not love everything I do, I’d much rather offer a diverse range of music that crosses boundaries than stick to one style. Really I just want to give listeners a spectrum of moods and let them pick what will move them most in the moment. Humans are emotionally diverse beings and I want my music to match that.
TD: This being your first release with Street Ritual, how was it getting on board with them? Has it been a long process getting to this point?
D: It has definitely been a process, just getting to the point where someone was willing to take me on, and I’m really glad that it was Street Ritual. They’ve done so much to help me reach new audiences and I’m really excited about how our collaboration is going to help me level up as a touring performer.
TD: With Spring quickly approaching and summer looming on the horizon what are you plans for the upcoming months?
D: I’m incredibly excited for the release of ‘RNA (DNA Remixed),’ which is coming out this Spring on Street Ritual and has amazing remixes on it by Ill Esha, ChrisB., kLL sMTH, Atomic Reactor, sAuce, MiHKAL, and many more. Beyond that things are looking busy, which is a good thing. I have a number of festivals booked and I’ve got a few new collaborations started that I’m excited to debut soon as well. I’ll continue to focus on production as much as I can, and hopefully I can wrap up some new original music for release in the coming months.
TD: If you had to pick one album to start your day with everyday for the rest of lets say the year, what album would that be?
D: Wow, well, honestly anything I listen to first thing everyday for a year I would end up despising, so I won’t doom any album to that fate. I’m content to start my day with an alarm, I already hate that enough
TD: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, any last words for those people out?
D: Thanks so much to The Dankles for giving me the opportunity to share! I want to say thank you to all listeners and supporters of my music, you are the reason and the drive behind what I do. I encourage everyone to follow me on my Facebook and Soundcloud so you can keep up to date about new shows and releases. There are a lot of exciting things coming in 2013!
Last time you were in the studio:
Last time you attended a show you didn’t play at:
Last Thursday (3/21) – Beat Church
Last time eating something weird:
Some delicious squid ink risotto in Seattle last month.
Last CD/vinyl you bought:
Last CD, absolutely no idea, probably a sample pack
Last Vinyl, probably the Vinyl edition of The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails in 1999
Last track you listened to:
Dubvirus – Untitled (Unreleased)
Last time you were forced into something:
Recently I was forced to wait on an airplane at the gate because bees invaded the jet bridge
Last impressive music video you watched:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop