Interviews

DOMBRESKY

After receiving support by notable artists and relocating to the US, French DJ/producer Dombresky has been able to bring his danceable house music on international headlining gigs. With a quick chat in Boston near the beginning of his Trust The Process Tour, he touched on festival vs. club gigs, his goal of touring South America, and best advice for aspiring producers.

You were just in Salt Lake City.
■ Yes last night was the third gig of my tour. It was really good, really cold.

Colder than here?
■ That’s a good question. I think it’s colder here.

I just saw you post a recap video from Vancouver. This is still the beginning of your tour, and you also recently played Holy Ship. For you, what’s the biggest difference between something like a concert/club show and a festival gig? Or is there one you prefer over the other?
Holy Ship was in Punta Cana this time — not on a boat — but I’ve done the boat before. Holy Ship is super fun. It’s really cozy and everybody is close so it’s really cool and I love it. Then there are big festivals; I recently did Coachella and Ultra, which are really big so it’s a cool vibe. I prefer the day in the festival, but I prefer the club because you can really bring the vibe you want. I love the club.

Is this tour your your biggest focus for 2020?
I don’t know if I can talk about some things but I’m going to start touring Europe and South America. That’s important for me; South America was one of my goals. I’m going to try to focus on the Europe, the whole country.

South America was your goal?
■ Yes, Brazil, Argentina. The house scene is really good over there so I really wanted to go there.

When you go back to France, does everyone know who you are?
■ I stay cool. I can wear shorts and go buy some bread, no problem.

A-Trak picked you up not that long ago.
2015-2016. I signed my first EP on his label, Fools Gold, and we were together on Holy Ship. Super cool guy.

Was there a specific moment you knew this was going to be what you’ll do?
Music was always part of my life. I was a drummer before; music was always there. I don’t know what else to do. I can just do music.

What’s your best advice for an aspiring producer? Once they have their music all set, what should they do with it?
Work a lot. Even if you don’t make a good song, you have to make a lot of demos, a lot of songs. If you have 30 demos, you’re gonna have one good song. That’s what I do — I have a lot of demos and I just take one track of all of them. Try to have your own sound — don’t copy, try to produce something new. That’s really important.

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