Watching the rapid rise of DNMO has been quite an exciting treat since his debut just a few years ago. The young UK prodigy has been making serious waves in bass music recently: he performed at EDC Las Vegas last month and released his debut Definition Forbidden EP back in April via Deadbeats. We just had to get him in for a MiniMix this week to find out what’s good to his ear these days and to check out his latest heat. We also caught up with DNMO to find out about that drum and bass EP he teased, what it was like to release his debut EP, and how he stays grounded while on the road.
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Just a couple months ago, you released your first EP — congratulations! What did you learn throughout the process of creating a body of work like this?
Thanks! It was my first time putting together a project instead of just releasing singles so it was an interesting process for sure. I learnt a lot in terms of how to develop my workflow to be faster and more efficient — to not hold onto records for too long and overcomplicating things. The best advice I received around that time was to think of creating music like you would a painting. You can’t really change one singular thing once the initial idea is down and it’s all about just trusting your judgment and not second-guessing yourself.
I heard you’re making a drum and bass EP and it’s almost done. What inspired you to do this? When can we expect more details?
Haha yes! Some of the first electronic music I ever heard was DNB, it’s always been a huge part of my life and I wanted to go back to my roots and try something new. I’m adding the final touches to the EP right now and everything is really coming together — can’t share much more than that right now but it’s a project I’m super proud of and excited to put out.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the internet lately?
There’s nothing too specific off the top of my head but my sister sends me at least 10+ top tier memes on the daily without fail.
What are some of your tips for staying grounded and motivated while on tour?
For me, a big thing is calling my family/friends, if I’m ever not feeling myself or struggling on the road — it’s really refreshing to just talk about normal things sometimes. Talking with other artists/crew members is also important because touring is hard to relate to if you haven’t before and it can get tough for everyone. Eating clean, drinking a ton of water, and getting decent sleep will really determine your experience too.
What’s a hidden talent of yours we don’t know about?
I can watch every Harry Potter movie in a day, any day of the week and I actually do this probably every three to six months.
If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, living or dead, who would it be?
I’d love to work with The Beatles in 2019. The way music technology has advanced over the last decade or two, it would be so wild. On a slightly more realistic note, I’d LOVE to score a movie with Hans Zimmer. His compositions are incredible and bring over the world of sound design to that would be really interesting.
La Roux – In For The Kill (DNMO Remix)
Zeds Dead – Coffee Break
Vincent – Jinx
Future – Fuck Up Some Commas
Stuca – Split
What So Not – Lone (Slow Hours Remix) w/ Post Malone – Congratulations (Acapella)
Halder – Sippin
Jack U x Ekali x Gravez – Mind (Karol Tip Edit)
Point Point – All This
Taska Black & Sem – All I Know
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Tera Kòrá Remix)
JKuch – Sky’s The Limit
Memba – XILLA
Hoax – Be The Music
Toronto Is Broken – Aum
Teddy Killaz – Outer Space
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour (Noisia Remix)
Netsky – 911
Barely Alive – Warrior
RL Grime x Reaper – Tommy Valhalla (Four Color Zack Edit)
A$AP ROCKY – Wild For The Night
Macky Gee – Tour
Dan Dakota – Glow
Delta Heavy – White Flag VIP
Madeon – Icarus (Fred V & Grafix Remix)
Zeds Dead x DNMO – We Could Be Kings
Major Lazer – Get Free (Andy C Remix)
Zeds Dead x DNMO – We Could Be Kings (VIP)