Dnte is a producer who mix electronic music, hip-hop, soul, funk, wonky and many other styles. His EP Moments will be released 24th May by Mad-Hop Records label. It will be available in digital and limited vinyl version. Upcoming premiere is a good opportunity to ask Dnte about few things.
musicis.pl: DNTE, DNte, Dnte, dnte – I’ve seen few versions. Which one is correct? What does it mean exactly?
Dnte: I found my name on the internet in many different versions too, but the correct one is Dnte. My name comes from the words Dante Alighieri and Andet. I used d a n t e andif you sort the letters in a good way, you’ll get a n d e t. I eliminated letter a from my name so that’s why it’s Dnte nowadays. What does Dnte mean exacty? It’s an alter ego under which I show a piece of myself.
musicis.pl: How did your adventure with music start?
Dnte: My adventure started with sample oriented hip-hop music. But before music I wrote lyrics as an MC. I had made many instrumentals for hip-hop bands before I started to create my own songs. I started to focus on the piano and real instruments. I learnt to play the piano and music theory. My debut Wake Me Up EP was much more unconventional comparing to the hip-hop music we are used to know, and it exceeded the borders in many ways. It contains elements of wonky, soul, funk, electro and hip-hop music, and balances them my way.
musicis.pl: You mix electronic music, hip-hop, soul, funk, wonky and many other styles – where do you find an inspiration?
Dnte: My roots come from classical music and jazz, but many things inspire me, such as a beautiful picture, moments of life (river ripples, birds fly) and love. I really liked punk music, there was a band called Junkies, and I enjoyed the earlier period of their music when I was really young. I have the soul and funk influence from my mom’s side. Nowadays I mostly listen to classical music because it can clean up the daily mess from my mind, like a meditation, what I often do as well. If you are open-minded enough you can realize that inspiration just comes from everywhere.
musicis.pl: What artists/kind of music do you listen to?
Dnte: I mostly listen to the classical music but I really like Clark, Dimlite, Robot Koch, fLako, just a few names of my favorites.
musicis.pl: How do you create your music? Do you use only computer?
Dnte: I work with Ableton Live with tons of VSTs, MIDI keyboard and if I have opportunity then I use analog stuff such as Moog, Juno too. Sometimes I start the process of creating music with drums, or melody, it depends on the song. I don’t have an exact way. I think recording a real instruments, noises is always a nice thing to do.
musicis.pl: What makes your tracks so atmospheric?
Dnte: We should ask my listeners instead of me (laugh).
musicis.pl: 24th May is the date of your EP Moments release. What can we expect from it?
Dnte: The Moments EP is like a bunch of songs where every song have their own unique world in their own universe. These are five moments. Whether the audience can get it or not, it depends on them. That’s why I gave the Moments title to it. I had no concept when I was making the EP.
musicis.pl: What is more important to you – listeners’ opinion or your own satisfaction? Are you satisfied with your music?
Dnte: If I said that I don’t care about the listeners’ opinion, I would tell you a lie. I am satisfied with my new stuff.
musicis.pl: Do you plan cooperation with any artists? Who would it be?
Dnte: Yeah, I have many plans for my LP, but those can’t be announced yet.
musicis.pl: What are you doing when not creating music?
Dnte: I’m hanging out with my friends, do some meditations…
Es ist immer wieder ein interessantes Erlebnis, wenn ein ruhiger und sympathischer junger Mann sich schließlich nach einem Gespräch hinter seine Geräte und Apparaturen stellt, um einen Live-Auftritt zu spielen. Ohne Worte entfacht dieser Beatmaker ein unglaubliches Kribbeln beim Zuschauer. Energie durchströmt den Körper, der Wunsch, sich zu bewegen, wird unkontrollierbar. Der Rausch beginnt…Einer, der diesen Zauber bewirken kann, ist Dnte.
Der Name Dnte sollte dem informierten Instrumental-Hörer ein Begriff sein – sollte, aber die Flut an Beats über bandcamp und soundcloud bombardiert einen ja mit Namen und Musikeindrücken…
Der gebürtige Ungar ist nun in Berlin zuhause. Sein erster ReleaseWake Me Up wurde über die Leipziger Formation Resistant Mindzveröffentlicht. Sein zweiter Streich ist die Mystic EP – leider muss man deutlich sagen “nur zwei Songs”, die uns aber bis zu seinem nächsten größeren Release bei Laune halten und die sein Talent untermauern. Eher klassische Instrumente vermischen sich mit neumodischem elektronischen Synthies – mit Dnte bewegt man sich in eine fantastische Klangwelt, aufregend, geheimnisvoll, gefangen nehmend.
What do you use normally to make music?
I use my equipments which are my laptop, some synthesizers, percussions, live instruments, my brain and soul.
About software I use the ableton live.
What do you want to express with your music?
Moments, feelings and thoughts on my own way.
How would you describe the music scene in your area?
Here in Berlin I can say freedom, abstract, astronaut, future.
How important is it for you, to play live shows?
Hmmm, its a quiet important, because the live show works as a link between audience and musician.
Some of my favourite artists’ performance gave me something plus beyond the music.
Ein sehr sinnliches Video liefert uns der Song Could We dance, der ein paar Tanzeinlagen passend unterlegt:
I gave a short interview , here we go
1st question : What is your background and your next projects ?
I started with lyrics writing and then I realized music is the perfect language for me to explain my feelings and thoughts. I was enchanted by the colorful depth of the language that music transfers. Music could do what other languages can’t. I also learnt playing the piano and music theory as well.
I will have some new releases soon, like one song on Cascade Records and Resistant Mindz “Closed Expansion” double vinyl on the 4th of June. The Mono Massive – Staletights feat. Mosch ( Dnte remix ) will be available for free download at the end of May or beginning of June by Duzzdownsan Records and recently I have finished a song for Saturaterecords.
Of course I’m working on my new Dnte release too, these 2 songs will be released on 7″ Vynil.
2nd question : What kind of stuff do you use to make music ?
I use a lot of tools, but usually i work with PC+midi+instruments.
3rd question : What is your working method ?
I can’t name an exact working method. At first usually I have a strong rhythm or melody, bassline and I build up my music around these sections. I try to keep the feelings of the moment, and create those in the music according to my point of view.
4th question : What is the best song ever for you ?
It’s hard to say which is the best song ever for me . But i can say John Lennon – Love
This song is so simple and so powerful. And the lyrics…is perfect.
5th question : Do you like lemonade ?
Of course with double ice