POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #37
PRODUCER/DJ: MARK REDITO
|Photos by: Joe Calixto & Brian Vu|
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Question 1: What got you into making music?
I think it's a desire to connect. I was a pretty shy kid and didn't have tons of friends when I was growing up. Most of the friends I had over the years were through music; either through playing in bands or working on zines or shows. I love how music can be a way to express oneself and also a way to build friendships and community. Those are some of the main driving forces of why I do what I do.
Question 2: What people intrigue you or inspire you to pursue music?
A few people:
Steve Jobs. He's not known as the easiest guy to work with, but the dude had great business acumen. He was a visionary who strived to offer meaning in people's lives through technology and entertainment (via his work with Pixar). That's something that's inspiring to me.
Skrillex. Talented producer/DJ. He has an ear for new, fresh and underground music. He's got a keen sense of what people might enjoy. He also stays authentic to himself while being humble and grounded.
Chance the Rapper. He strikes me as someone who's authentic in his expression of faith and personal narrative through his music. The dude is fiercely independent in ways of sharing his music and doesn't settle for status quo. I love that!
Question 3: How would you define your style of music?
In concept, I'd define it as "fluid and ever evolving". I hope to share where my heart and mind are through my music. I hope that people sense the evolution and progression in every release.
Sonically, it's music made electronically with computers and synthesizers but with the hope of capturing a wide spectrum of listening experiences: from club bangers to headphone jams, a celebration to introspection. I do have a fondness for pop melodies and arrangement. Most people might refer to my music as "electronic/dance pop".
Question 4: What influences your style of work?
A lot of things. The sounds my peers are exploring, the music I'm currently listening to, the sounds I enjoyed growing up and the current pop music landscape. Visual art, experiences, and books also inform the way I produce my songs.
Question 5: What is your favorite track that you have produced so far?
"Getting To Know You" and "Truly" were the quickest to finish but also my personal favorites. When I sat down to make both songs, the ideas came freely. It was a smooth transition from ideas to software. Thankfully both songs have been proven to be fan favorites as well. I'm very happy about that.
Question 6: How far do you plan to take your music, any goals in mind? Who would you like to work with in the future?
Good question. I plan to make music for as long as I can (hopefully until my 60s). I hope to expand ways to provide value in people's lives and contribute to larger society by:
Helping and guiding other emerging artists. I'm hopeful to start a community with that. Working on providing a sustainable way to release my music as well as others'. Working on doing more shows for myself and also spotlight other musicians I believe in. Figuring out ways to share and experience my music via new immersive technology and multimedia.