Catching Up With Darin Epsilon
The last time we talked to Darin Epsilon he’d just played at White Wonderland 2013 (NYE) in Anaheim, CA. It was an amazing experience for all of us as we had the pleasure of accompanying Darin to the event. If you want to take a peek at where Darin’s been, watch this video interview below:
But so much has happen since then, and we thought it would be a good idea to see where Darin is today, and where his music career is headed…
OTB: Hi Darin, great chatting with you again! The last time we spoke was in 2012/2013 at White Wonderland. What have you been up to since then?
DE: Thanks for having me and where do I even begin?! I’ve played 7 major festivals for Insomniac Events to date, headlined in over a dozen new countries, and released a steady stream of music on labels such as Sudbeat, Renaissance, Hope Recordings, Perfecto, Armada, Black Hole, and more.
OTB: Speaking of releases, you just put out 3 huge new tracks. Can you tell us a little bit about your influences and/or production for each of these tracks?
Cid Inc vs. Darin Epsilon “Outliers”
DE: The idea was originally pitched back in 2013. Hard to believe it’s been so long ago. Cid works as the mastering engineer for Perspectives so we bounce emails back and forth every couple weeks.
I believe I started with about 1 minute completed and then passed it over to get his feedback. He really liked what he heard but was facing a severe case of writers’ block at the time. Fast forward a few months later and his father passed away, so we didn’t get a chance to finally wrap things up until mid-2014.
Omid 16B’s “Nu1” (Darin Epsilon Remix)
DE: This was a rather difficult one to work on because the remix pack only contained 3 parts, only 2 of which I brought into my version. Omid’s name is well recognized and respected in the industry so I was definitely feeling the pressure. Fortunately I work well under stress and Omid gave his support right away upon hearing my interpretation.
Darin Epsilon featuring Amber Long “Feel Right”
DE: There’s an interesting story behind this one because it was originally written as an instrumental track for Max Graham’s Cycles 6 compilation. He wasn’t able to work with it at the time so I thought of adding vocals to give the track a stronger and more universal appeal.
Amber and I had never met in person but I was familiar with her collaborations with Kastis Torrau and Kassey Voorn. It turns out her voice was exactly what the song needed. We sent the track to Perfecto and got it signed right away.
OTB: What 5 words best describe your sound today?
DE: Forward-thinking, imaginative, emotional, elegant, underground.
OTB: This year is your first time playing at SXSW. How did your debut there come about and what are you looking forward to most about the event?
DE: Great question! Well, I received a message via Twitter from the promoter while I was in Taiwan last December. He originally asked if I would be interested to play the Perfecto party with Paul Oakenfold.
I found out about the show with Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren from Nick while we were touring together in Mauritius. These guys are my heroes and the DJ’s that I sound most similar to. I brought this up to see if the club would be willing to have me play two nights in a row and thankfully they agreed!
I’m most looking forward to seeing Austin and finding out what makes SXSW one of the most talked about conferences of the year : )
OTB: What are your top 3 tracks of the moment and why?
DE: Kamilo Sanclemente – Galathea… my personal favorite track from Perspectives Digital’s upcoming WMC 2015 Sampler. The sampled speech during the breakdown makes it sound very nostalgic and timeless. I heard this demo while attending Amsterdam Dance Event last October and was blown away.
Dale Middleton – Engage… one of the most underrated guys in the industry dropped a bomb recently! It doesn’t hurt that Pete Tong played it on his Essential Selection Show on BBC Radio 1. This is definitely one of Dale’s best productions to date. So smooth, elegant, and classy.
Tara Brooks – Shaped and Shifted… Tara is a person I’ve known for years and she’s become an active DJ through tons of hard work and dedication to her craft. This song has such a killer bassline and worked beautifully during my recent sets in Argentina. FYI, this is being released on Subtract Music, which is run by my friend Anton Tumas.
OTB: Tell us about your label Perspectives Digital. What was your inspiration for the name and why did you decide to start something on your own?
DE: The label is named after my Perspectives radio show, which has been on the air continuously since 2006. Having my own imprint has allowed me the freedom to release whatever I want, whenever I want. This is something that I feel has become increasingly important for anyone interested in doing music full time.
We’re always on the lookout for fresh and exciting new material, so if you have something that fits our sound, be sure to email [email protected]
OTB: Who do you think is one of the most underrated producers right now?
DE: Kastis Torrau & Arnas D, the guys I collaborated with for my track ‘Triad’. They were the winners of Sasha’s remix contest and collaborated on a track with him in 2012. Andre Sobota deserves a mention as well.
OTB: What do you think is one of the most difficult part of being in this industry?
DE: Maintaining a busy tour schedule and getting a steady amount of gigs each month. Most people don’t realize that the overwhelming majority of a musician’s income comes from playing shows. Music piracy is a huge issue and I urge everyone to educate themselves on its negative effects on the industry.
Many DJ’s I know also struggle with finding the right people to work with and building a strong team behind them.
OTB: What can we expect from Darin Epsilon in 2015?
DE: Several new tracks are on the way and Beatport’s remix contest for my track ‘Outliers’ launches in mid-April. The best place to receive my updates is www.facebook.com/darinepsilonofficial!