It is rare now in a music scene of tiring trends for an artist to break the mold and make a statement creatively that people can connect to. However, based in Los Angeles, Drezo challenges the mainstream standard by staying true to his own powerful underground sound of house music. Through his compositions and remixes, the 24 year old aims to represent the darker and more imaginative side of EDM. With releases on OWSLA & Mad Decent, Drezo has proven that his haunting surge of originality is being accepted by the masses. Constantly devoting time in the studio has helped him evolve and innovate towards a sound that is now being widely recognized by the likes of Diplo, Destructo, Porter Robinson, Tchami, Zedd, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis and more, solidifying Drezo’s placement among the world’s top tier dance producers.
I’ve never been one to talk about myself. I’m not a big fan of explaining myself, or my actions, to people. Music however, has given me the opportunity to get up in front of my peers to try and communicate a story that relates to me. The DJ booth is my comfort zone.
Home Town: I was born in Las Vegas, but I grew up in Phoenix, AZ most of my life
Currently Living: Los Angeles
Origin Of Name: My name is Andre, and a lot of my friends call me Dre, so I tried to think of an alias resembling that. Hence, Drezo.
Weapon of Choice: Jameson whiskey
Source of Power: My family and friends. They always keep my motivated and level headed.
Tell me about your most memorable night out.
When I first started DJing, I got asked by a friend’s older brother to spin a birthday party. I got to the place and spun for about three hours before everyone got real liquored up. I was set up in the backyard, and I remember just seeing this 60-year-old man randomly get butt naked and jump in the pool. I was really confused, but then everyone followed suit. I asked someone still clothed what the hell was going on. Apparently it was an orgy as well as a birthday party. I think I played one more song and packed up.
Are you impulsive with your work or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
I’m probably too impulsive for my own good. In the studio I come up with many ideas and I get bored very quickly. It’s so monotonous hearing the same shit for hours. Same goes for when I’m playing live. I can’t stand those sets where 12 songs are played over an hour span. I try to mix a ton of tunes and keep it interesting for the audience.
How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process?
It has everything to do with my creative process. I’m constantly inspired everyday by the wide variety of music I listen to. Anything from a piano melody to a big funky drop will trigger my creative mentality. I love listening to music and trying to decipher how it’s made. And I think it had to have been Botnek’s recent remix of DallasK’s “Alienz.” Monster track.
How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
I think that’s one of the glories of production. There’s literally an infinite amount of possibilities. I mean just in that fact, why would you not take risks and experiment? Failure is a common and natural part of producing. No one starts out sounding like Porter Robinson.
If we pressed Shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
Probably Coldplay or something. I’m a sucker for sad songs.
What sound or noise do you love?
Babies crying on airplanes.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Everything and everyone. People talk way too much.
What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
The amount of upcoming talented producers and DJs. There are so many brilliant artists out there that need more recognition. The general public needs to stop the hyped up animosity towards the “mainstream” if we ever want to progress as a scene.
What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far?
People are in it for themselves, but that’s life.
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Be creative—be different. Originality will catch people’s attention, especially nowadays in this ever-expanding market.