Exclusive Q&A With DJ Trotsky
After the release of "Strange Beautiful Dream" from DJ Trotsky, we had to sit down and talk with him for a exclusive #BuzzMusic interview! Get to know the man behind the music, while we learn about the inspiration behind "Strange Beautiful Dream" and what's upcoming from DJ Trotsky!
Listen to "Strange Beautiful Dream".
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Gladly. I’m DJ Trotsky, Los Angeles based songwriter, producer, singer and bassist. I’m creating music in several genres that bring my favorite musical elements to life. I grew up listening to rock and funk, and now l’m creating electronic danceable pop. Thanks for giving my music a listen and review!
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
When I lived in New York I was playing bass and producing rock bands. I produced Rap, Heavy Metal, Funk and all sorts of great acts. (I also got a Grammy nomination for some music videos that I produced, but we lost to David Bowie!) I put music on hold for a time while I focused on other things but I have gotten totally inspired by the Pop Electronic thing. I do play bass and guitar and program drums and my time working with bands is bringing an ease to the current environment of computer based collaboration and DIY workflow. I’m finding myself in one of the most creative times in my career and am thrilled to be empowered to release and promote online and through my DJ sets!
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
When I was in high school I discovered that Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary, his real name was Davidovich Bronstein. (My name is David Brownstein.) When I was thinking about a cool DJ name I wanted to do a shout out to my Russian Jewish roots and borrow his alias. Thanks Trotsky!
Who are your current music influences?
I’m so inspired by Robyn’s Body Talk album from years ago and I can’t wait to hear her new album. Body Talk was one of the first electronic pop albums that showed a range from totally artsy alternative to totally commercial. Her lyrics, melody’s and grooves are amazing. I’m also a huge fan of Halsey, Tove Lo, and Lana Del Rey. They are my dream collaborators to someday write and collaborate with. I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe the past few years and love the electronic sounds I’m hearing over there. I love Deep House and Drum + Bass and want to find ways to combine those sounds with traditional songwriting and great melodies, lyrics and stories. I also can’t stop listening to Janelle Monae, Leon Bridges and the band Dawes. Go figure.
We’re really into your new song Strange Beautiful Dream! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Glad you like it. A couple of years ago I had a dream about seeing my father who had died a few years back. In the dream we got to spend some time together and when I woke up I wrote down the dream, in a journal entry. I knew it would come out as a song eventually, and it began to take shape in song form. This summer I was (literally) living in a friend’s recording studio in London, sleeping on a fold-away bed in the vocal booth, and this song told me it was ready to be sung and shared. Somehow being in London, after traveling in Europe for a few months, the house and dance sounds were in my blood. I tried to give the track that feel but still leave room for the intimate vocal and acoustic guitar over the driving rhythms. I told a Tech-House DJ friend I thought I had written a tech house song. She said it sounded like a country song. I don’t agree, but I’m glad this song hits many genre’s. And I know my Dad would approve.
What’s next for you?
I’m finishing up some collaborations with a variety of co-writers and artists. Working on some remixes of my tracks and other artist's tracks. And about to travel to Bali and Thailand in search of new sounds, more time to develop my DJ set and the search for the perfect sunset.
Connect with DJ Trotsky on social media:
Instagram: instagram.com/djtrotsky -- @djtrotsky
Twitter: twitter.com/djtrotsky -- @djtrotsky