19 Jul DOGMA Interview + New Single Decimation
DOGMA is a name we anticipate to hear more and more of as he continues his inevitable, bass-fueled takeover.
Based out of Chicago, the DJ/producer is surrounded by music and like many of us, it has become his life force. He just recently put out a single on BUYGORE, which follows up a handful of other powerhouse productions. It’s obvious the music path DOGMA is on agrees with him.
Behind the relentless sounds of the DOGMA project, there’s a down to earth guy — Daniel Kelly — which is who we set out to get to know through this interview. He talks his forthcoming “Monstrously Evil” debut EP, playing and making music, future goals, and his closest homie, his dog, Oliver.
So what makes DOGMA tick? Get inside the mind that brought us “Psychlone Cannon,” “Mortals,” “The Fallen” with ELEVATD, and more. He’s only just getting started.
Nightenjin: What inspired you to start the Dogma project?
It’s really pretty simple when I first experienced this music it was the first time I had ever connected with music so deeply. Especially dubstep, it was like the musical representation of what goes on inside my brain every day. Hearing that and seeing the powerful reaction this music elicits from people was the most incredible thing I’d ever experienced. That planted a seed in me that just grew until one day the thought of not trying to chase this dream and looking back on life wondering if I could have done it was the scariest thought in the world. So I took the leap of faith, quit my job, and started DOGMA. Best decision I’ve ever made.
NE: For those out there who aren’t familiar with your music, please describe your style.
Obviously, dubstep is often likened to being the Metal of electronic music, which is spot on. Though beyond that I’d like to think that if you put a chainsaw, Trent Reznor, explosives, and one of the transformers into a blender, DOGMA is what would come out the other side lol
NE: What tools and software do you use to create your music?
Ableton, Kontakt, Serum, Ozone & Fab Filter suites, VPS Avenger, Synplant, Omnisphere, and the whole Kilohearts bundle is great, to name a few. Always looking for and experimenting with new ways to do stuff.
NE: What do you think makes you unique in an industry flooded with talent?
I’m pretty self-deprecating so it’s tough to answer a question that essentially asks me to describe why I think DOGMA is better than the people around me. Though I will say that we use everything as a motivator, now being in the company of the producers we used to, and still look up to, is a massive catalyst to continually improve the quality of everything we do so that fans have the best experience possible.
NE: What are your goals for your music career for the next few years?
I just want to grow this project into the best form of itself that allows us to share music with as many people as we possibly can. Really I’d love to be able to curate a tour with my own ideas for production. I have so many ideas for creating amazing life experiences that we don’t have an outlet for… yet.
Really I'd love to be able to curate a tour with my own ideas for production.
NE: What do you enjoy doing when your not making or playing music?
Mostly hanging out with my dog, Oliver. Also, like most, I am a gamer. League of Legends and Diablo 3 are probably my two favorites. I’m a massive aviation nerd. If it flies I want to learn more about it. There’s an amazing book called “Skunk Works” by Ben Rich about the height of the cold war and how we built some amazing aircraft in total secrecy. Check it out.
NE: If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing instead?
At this point, if I wasn’t producing music I’d love to be a Chef. I think cooking and sharing good food is one of the only comparable and equally therapeutic experiences to sharing good music.
NE: Are there any new projects that we can know about?
Yes, the follow up to this single, Decimation, is coming late next month. A monstrously evil debut EP that I cannot wait to share with everyone. 👿
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Nightenjin: Anything else not mentioned here that you’d like to tell the fans?
Thank you. Honestly from the bottom of my heart thank you. I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do this for people even at this small level and it would be entirely impossible without fans supporting us. From every like, share, and comment to taking time out of your lives to come see DOGMA, this quite literally only happens because of them. I think we live in a world where everyone is so ego-centric that they forget none of us would have the opportunity to be out here doing the amazing things we are without each and every person sitting at home listening to a tune we made, liking or sharing content, telling your friends about us, etc. And for that I love each and every one of you! <3
New Single Decimation
Song? Crazy Maybe – Feed Me & Kill The Noise
Car? Alfa Romeo 4C
Nightenjin? is an Actual Engine