Behind The Beat | Diamond Pistols Interview
One of the quickest rising names in bass out of the Northwest is without a doubt a homie of mine, Diamond Pistols aka Christian Dold. Christian is only a Freshman at Gonzaga University and has been pumping out massive dubstep tracks over the last year. He was signed to Datsik’s record label, Firepower Records, and has been playing with artists like Datsik, Skism and Killagraham. Not to mention one of his latest remixes, ‘Boom Bam’ by Dirty Monkey already has over 62,000 plays on Dubstep.net and is also on the ‘Hottest Tracks’ category. Also, at the bottom of the interview you can find a brand new mix that Christian uploaded for a free download, and on top of that you can find his newest remix of ‘Get It Gritty’ on Beatport here. With all of that being said, I’m now excited to announce that he gave me the time for an interview, so sit back and understand a little bit more about this 19-year-old bass monsta out of my hometown of Seattle.
OTB: What first interested you into creating EDM?
Diamond Pistols: Its funny actually, about two and a half years ago someone I was friends with on Facebook posted the song “Hammertime” by Rusko and I immediately fell in love with the sound. I wasn’t a fan of electronic music at all at the time and didn’t even know what dubstep was, but I basically became obsessed after hearing that.
OTB: As only a freshman at Gonzaga, how are you managing your time between school and producing/performing?
Diamond Pistols: It’s not easy, whenever I’m not in class or studying, I’m always working on new tunes. I rarely have time to do anything other than school and music, but they keep me busy.
OTB: You have had the opportunity to open up for Datsik and Terravita, and will be playing with artists such as Killagraham in January; what have those experiences been like?
Diamond Pistols: Playing the Firepower Tour in Seattle was incredibly fun, I’d been wanting to play at the Showbox Sodo all my life, so it was a dream come true playing alongside my favorite artists in front of a sold out crowd. Playing with Killagraham in Denver should be a great time too, he is another great artist.
OTB: What show has been your favorite or most memorable show so far?
Diamond Pistols: The most fun show I’ve ever played is definitely one of my first shows, with Trolley Snatcha in Seattle. Zach (Trolley Snatcha) and his manager Gary who runs Dub Police were some of the nicest guys I have ever met and even stayed until later to watch my set. Trolley is someone I’ve always looked up to production-wise so it was awesome to see that he liked my stuff.
OTB: Who are some artists that have help shaped your sound, or who have influenced you over your career?
Diamond Pistols: I wouldn’t say there’s really one specific person or artist who has really inspired me. I take inspiration from a ton of different artists of all genres, which is why a lot of the stuff I make doesn’t necessarily conform to the traditional format of many other dubstep tunes.
OTB: If you could work with any artist, who would it be?
Diamond Pistols: That’s tough, but if I could work with anyone right now it’d probably be Datsik. Troy is an incredibly nice guy and makes some of the most badass and well-produced tunes out there. His song “Hydraulic” is one of my all time favorites.
OTB: What are you listening to on your MP3 right now?
Diamond Pistols: I don’t really dig a lot of the trap stuff coming out, but I have been listening to a lot of Bro Safari’s stuff. Out of all the people making trap, he’s the one doing it right and its always insanely well produced. Other than that, I’ve been into a lot of deeper stuff lately like D-Jahsta, Megalodon, Sub Antix, Trollphace, and all those guys.
OTB: What can we expect from Diamond Pistols in the near future?
Diamond Pistols: In the next couple weeks I have two remixes coming out on beatport, one for Helicopter Showdown and one for Kill City. Also just finished a collab with Inf1n1te which is one of my favorite songs that I’ve done, and of course my EP on Firepower Records early 2013!
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