Q&A with Dream Emulator
Where did you grow up and where do you call home today??
I grew up in Umeå, a city in northern Sweden where I still live today.
How long have you been making music?
Since I was kid I have been playing piano and synthesizers. My father is a musician so I grew up with access to musical instruments. I got into production and songwriting when I was 14. I'm 22 years old now so I have been making music for 8 years.
Do you make music by yourself, or collaborate with other musicians?
I play bass in my rock/stoner band Från Mars and I work on a lot of music outside of the band with the different band members. I try to work with as many different people as possible. It is a great way to learn new things and improve as a musician.
Who would you like to collaborate with the most?
Brian Eno. I think the music he makes is really interesting, it is minimal and very rich at the same time.
What is your creative process like?
I usually start with writing some chords on the piano and record it. After that I add other instruments to find a sound I like. Then I solo over it until I have some melodies I like. After that I arrange the track and finish it.
What genre would you categorize your music as?
That is a hard question. I often get bored with one genre so I like to try out different styles. I would say that my main influences comes from hip-hop and electronic music. My debut album Flow was inspired by all the lofi hip-hop beats I was listening to at the time. The music I'm working on right now is more influenced by pop music. I really enjoy working with good vocalists, and because the pop formula is pretty simple I can spend more time on making cool sounds and writing good melodies.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
I had pretty bad performance anxiety the first few gigs I played. The way I got over it was starting with stand-up comedy. I booked in my first stand-up gig on an open mic a few days after a gig I had with my band. That helped with the anxiety when we played because I was dreading the stand-up gig. Doing stand-up has been a way for me to get more comfortable on stage. It is way scarier than playing with a band because you can't hide behind your instrument.
What is one of your favorite albums?
Endless Summer by The Midnight. It is a great synthwave/pop album. I often listen to it at night when I'm out biking or running.
What is the best advice you've been given?
A friend of mine who makes a living from his art told me that the most important thing to succeed at something is just to keep working on it every day. So I made it my goal with my music to just keep making music. I think it's a good mindset so you don't get distracted by expensive gear that you think you need, or feeling down when you lose big opportunities that would be good for your career.
What's next for you?
I have a new album that I have been working on for over a year. Other projects have been distracting me but now I'm almost done. The album is called Orbit and has a lot of samples from vinyl records and field recordings on it. I'm very exited to get it out and share it with everyone