A man like David Berrie needs no introduction, from remixing the sickest tracks in your iTunes library to producing the biggest house anthems your ears have ever had the pleasure to hear. He's 24, creative, ambitious, and has been tearing your favorite clubs down since he was 16. I would like to thank David Berrie for taking the time out of his schedule to answer these questions for us.
RD: I know you grew up in New Jersey, very close to New York, is there a
favorite club in New York you like to throw down at?
DB: Today, it's Good Units in the basement of the Hudson Hotel. Back when I was growing up my favorite spot was APT on 13th Street.
RD: You hold residencies at a couple of clubs (Liv Miami, Pacha NY, Playhouse LA) which one is most appealing to you and why?
DB: I love Pacha NY because that venue is strictly about the music.
RD: On November 26th you spun at Santos Party House for Electric Beach, how was that? What can you say about Zaken?
DB: Zaken did a great job opening up which led to a great party overall. That party has been getting better and better.
RD: Is there a city you would like to play in that you haven’t gotten the chance to already?
RD: What role has music played in your life and how has it shaped your daily routine?
DB: It's my breakfest lunch and dinner to put it short. And for better or worst has always been the focus around my life.
RD: Do your passions or motivations ever become overwhelming? How do you cope with it? What do you do on your spare time?
DB: Good question. Passion and motivations can and do most definitely become overwhelming. Especially when your in the studio, you could completely detach yourself from normal life/hours. I can most definitely say if your ever considering about becoming a serious producer first sacrifice you need to give up is your social life!
RD: What is biggest source of motivation towards achieving your goals?
DB: Biggest motivation is seeing people react and enjoy something you made completely on your own. It's addicting.
RD: When and why did you start producing?
DB: I started about 3 years ago and I did it to be able to express what I really love, outside what you can do in a DJ set.
RD: You’ve had releases on Ultra Records and Nervous Records, any productions we should keep an eye out for?
DB: Yes, this December have another release on Ultra and Nervous Records. As well as some underground tech house releases with one of my favorite labels at the moment, Monique Musique.
RD: What kind of equipment (hardware/software) do you use to produce?
DB: I use Ableton Live with a lot of third party plugins and no hardware at the moment. I have hardware but it's such a pain and I always find myself getting the placebo effect when I use it.
RD: Who is your favorite artist that you have already collaborated with?
DB: Dzeko and Torres are ones to watch out for from Toronto. It's fun to video chat and pickup weird Canadian slang lol.
RD: If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
DB: There is a million answers to that question, but I’d have to say I’m a huge fan of Martin Buttrich's work. Would love learning some studio techniques from that guy.
RD: How do you continue to be innovative with your productions/collaborations?
DB: Always experimenting and most importantly putting in the time.
RD: Any big collaborations coming out soon?
DB: Have a new single coming out early December on Ultra Records with my buddy Carlos Cid and Collin Mchoughlin on the vocals. Excited for that to come out finally!
RD: I really like your remix of David Guetta’s Titanium, is there a remix we should keep an eye out for?
DB: Thanks! Yes, 2 new remixes done and finished. You can preview on my Soundcloud. Foster The People and Beyonce.
RD: Who are your biggest musical influences?
DB: Cliche to say but true nonetheless, Daft punk. As for today there are too many to list.
RD: I attended Dayglow in New York City at Webster Hall last year, you shut it down! What was your best show of all time?
DB: One of my best/favorite shows of all time had to be Palladium in Acapulco. Still one of my favorite clubs in the world.
RD: I’m sure your excited for all your shows, any upcoming shows in particular that you are looking forward to?
DB: Looking forward to playing at BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen after New years.
RD: What is your favorite track you like to have in your set at the moment?
DB: Right now a big bomb for me is a new untitled track that I did with Dzeko and Torres which I bootlegged with Calvin Harris' 'Feel So Close' acapella. Be sure to stay tuned for that release with an original vocal!
RD: Any advice for upcoming musicians?
DB: Youtube and Google are your best friend. Put in the time and the results will come.
RD: What is the # 1 gift on your holiday list?
DB: 12-core Macpro! I’m on the verge of just going for it.
RD: What is your favorite T-shirt brand?
DB: "Ever" Almost every time they come out with a shirt I buy one, just because it's always a perfect fit and it's super comfortable.
RD: Favorite movies of all time?
DB: City of God/Heavyweights
RD: I noticed your “Listen” tattoo on your right arm, is that your only one?
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