Interview with Canadian Underground DJ & Music Producer Joe Mesmar
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Joe Mesmar is a Canadian Underground DJ & Music Producer who has toured throughout the world doing shows in dozens of countries, including France, Italy, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States, among others.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Mesmar has been recognized by his fellow artists as one of the hottest rising talents in the industry, earning praise from such names as Josh Wink, Richie Hawtin, Stacy Pullen, Sam Paganini, Nicole Moudaber and Mark Knight.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I was obsessed with music from an early age, and by 14, I had picked up the sticks and began teaching myself the drums. My passion shined through my playing style, and I eventually progressed to learning more about music theory and branched out into the digital side of music.
I became enthusiastic about creating instrumentals, and this led me to venture into becoming a DJ/Producer in 2013 before taking it more seriously the following year.
What’re your future plans with your Label Minds Of Sin?
My plans are to work on showcasing the label all around Europe, North America, & South America. It’s Go big or go home kind of situation. Also, we’re planning ADE 2020, stay tuned on our Instagram page 🙂
What does your approach look like – from selecting the material and preparing for, opening and then building a set?
Before all, I always check if the event organizers want me to stick to a specific sound. Some are picky, some aren’t. It actually makes it easier for me to build my set.
I tend to merge up different vibes/style when there are no limitations on me. I mainly play melodics/vocals, so I have to be creative. Sometimes I blend dark’ ish tech house into my sets.
Lots of musicians find it hard to produce music, what’s your say on this?
You’ll find anything hard in life if you believe it’s hard. Before I start doing a complex task, I always speak out “It’s easy” with confidence. Patience and dedication play a big role.
Do you enjoy playing extended sets?
Hell yes! Love em! Call me crazy but I hate playing 2 hours sets. I started loving them the day I played 7 hours set in Monte Carlo.
What are your plans for the near future?
Many plans in progress. Right now I’m working daily and hard to get the label showcasing all around the world. but I will not reveille anything yet But rest assured that it will be worth it and super exciting!
Also here’s Joe’s social media
● Minds Of Sin Records: www.facebook.com/MindsOfSinRecords
● Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/artist/joe-mesmar/366736
● Twitter: www.twitter.com/JoeMesmar
● Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/JoeMesmar
You can check out Joe’s label, Minds Of Sin Records on Instagram!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Yes, I’d like to thank God for all the blessings, strength & motivation he gave me. I am super happy and grateful for where I am right now.
Of course, I wanna give a shoot out to a few artists that also helped me in my career. Josh Wink is one of them, I entered a Beatport Remix Contest back in 2013, and he picked me to be one of the winners! This boosted my Motivation in pursuing my career more. He’s the reason why I switched my music hobby, into a career.
And of course, a big shootout to Mark Knight, the owner of the great Toolroom Records, for supporting all my releases on his label.
How can fans find you?
They can find me anywhere on Social Media! If they want to stream my music, they can follow me on Spotify. To keep up with me, follow me on Instagram 🙂
What suggestions do you have for other artists who are starting in the Music field?
Towards Producing, one of the biggest mistakes I used to involve other people’s opinions about my unfinished music. Way too much feedback will leave you no choice but to keep you stuck and un-decisive.
You’ll never know when to finish the track, and then you’re just focusing on perfecting it at all times. My advice is to be YOU. Produce what you want, and do not ask anyone’s advice. Learn from yourself, from your mistakes, and that’s how you grow.
Another one, When preparing your tracklist, always over-add extra music in case the crowd doesn’t react much with the music you’re playing. This way you’ll switch things up from Negative to Positive. Be in control. It’s a challenge, and it’s not hard. It’s only hard when you think it’s hard.
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