NAS 10 Questions with DVous Music
This time, we get to know DVous Music, AKA Daniel Vincent (Composer & Producer), Ashley Toman (Songwriter & Vocalist) A Pro musician, producer, & composer. EDM, Pop, Techno, DubStep, LoFi, Trance, Jazz, Classical, Reggae, Disco. Open to sync & movie scoring project from Delaware.
The track "When I Loved You" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
I live in Bethany Beach, Delaware and I'm originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
I began taking keyboard lessons at the age of six as a way to help cure my dyslexia through hand-eye coordination. Eventually, I was inspired by an eight-track tape of "Switched on Bach" because it was Classical music created on a Moog synthesizer. A family friend brought a mix tape of music to our house that contained Pat Metheny's album, "As Falls Wichita, As Falls Wichita Falls," and some selections by Jean Michel-Jarre and Mannheim Steamroller. That really started it for me.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
During the pandemic, I personally got to know Chick Corea through his daily public practice sessions. He has been a huge influence along with Pat Metheny, Jean-Michel Jarre, Keith Jarrett, Mannheim Steamroller, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Prince, and Alan Parsons.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
It would be great to get into movie and TV show scoring. I love making all types of music, and I hope people around the world get to listen to it. It's always a goal to help others as well.
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
A lot of alone time is important. I usually start with a clean slate and let my mind flow. I gravitate toward a rhythm and groove first. Then everything else begins to reveal itself. I let things unfold. Other times, I sit down and just play keyboards and record different ideas that come out, and some of those become something. I do all of my own mixing and mastering. In the case of "When I Loved You," it was my first.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
September Fifteenth (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays). It is the most beautifully crafted song from the writing to the performance of guitar and piano.
7. What is the best advice you have either given or received in terms of music?
Have no fear when creating or playing. It leads to great improvisation. I got this from my college jazz ensemble director when we were about to take the stage to perform at a national competition. I didn't know chords, and the music we were given to sight-read had no notes for the piano—just chords. The director told me to relax and just play the root note, and play with it from there.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
Composing, producing, and publishing my first album (Intensity Project) in 2021 was something I hadn't planned. It was the result of the music I had in my head for a few years. It has been well-received.
9. Just for fun! What's been your most embarrassing moment so far?
I failed to advance to the state spelling bee by misspelling "symptom." The previous word was "sphygmomanometer," which—of course, I spelled correctly. Life is full of these crazy moments.
𝟭0. Tell us about your lowest and highest points in music so far.
My lowest point was Sep. 2022 just before I was prepared to release my greatest song to this point, "When I Loved You." My Facebook account was stolen by hackers, and I was not able to market the song on Facebook or Instagram. My highest point has been meeting so many great independent artists and getting to know some of my heroes.
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