Day Bit

Tell us about yourself.

20 year old self-produced artist from Long Island, New York currently studying at the university in Florida.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I’ve been making music in my room since middle school. I get inspired by random genres, and once I find something that gets me hype I have to dissect and recreate it until there’s nothing left to learn.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

I love catchy melodies and simple beats. I’m drawn to sounds from the 80’s and modern pop. There are still lots of elements from tons of genres I’ve yet to explore.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

“Gone.” was written back in April for a class where students would form a band with fellow classmates and perform a show at the end of the semester. The show was coming up and I needed to write something quickly, so I followed a thread of a thought without overthinking it. At the time I was dating someone but did not consciously write the song about her. Fast forward a couple months, we broke up. That same week my buddy and I created the majority of the track. I sang the lyrics of “Gone.” over it and it fit perfectly. At first I wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted to use, but then I realized the lyrics described the exact scenario of our break up. It was kind of a jaw drop moment. I knew I had to use it.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

I’m fairly new to songwriting, so I’m still getting a hand on structure, arrangements and so forth.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

My buddy and I had been meaning to create music for a while. One night we finally got together; I have a couple 808 drum loops ready to trigger on my midi through Ableton while my friend and I were jamming on guitar and bass respectively. I recorded us playing for about 15 minutes and afterwards we went through and found the parts we considered good enough. We created a scratch arrangement and re-tracked the parts while laying down the vocal after. There were a lot of changes to the arrangement and overall sonic character in post-production. I spent my entire thanksgiving break locked in my room working on it.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

SimLiveRadio

On Beat Management

Eternity Network

BroadTube.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

Coming out of high school two years ago I put out a song titled “Us” on Soundcloud. I couldn’t write anything I deemed worthwhile. Just recently I’ve decided to put out releases consistently. So at the moment I’m focused on putting out singles regularly.

At school I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible local songwriters as part of a collective. Recording, producing and playing live with them has pushed me to get better at my craft.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I write out of what moves, bothers or breaks me. Creating a work that articulates a feeling gives worth to it. It’s like taking a photograph of a feeling; being able to hold it in your hand, move on and later look back to reflect on it. It almost gives the heartache purpose. Once it has a purpose, I feel at peace about it.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Catchy melodies, good arrangements, and the extent to which a feeling is conveyed.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Do your thing and people will catch up eventually. Heard Jack Antonoff say that in an interview and it’s really stuck with me.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My music career is just getting started; apart from playing talent shows in high school, a few acoustic/larger scale sets in college, there’s not too much to discuss, haha.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Rarely do I start a session with a song written. I usually create a whole track and write after the fact, altering the structure as it seems fit. Lyrically I try to say what’s on my mind without it being too obvious. Lines that make you go “what is he/she talking about?” I tend to write just; shy of saying exactly what’s on my mind. I think “gone.” and what I have coming up are exceptions to that, though. They’re pretty different from how I’ve written before.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

I’d love to work with No Rome, Shallou or even Gus Dapperton.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/dayb1t

Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/dayb1t

Stream on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/track/0KlEzggeuwVqdSz5kPfq2y?si=cmVW4wsITfeyu6Qr4_p7ig

Or Apple Music

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gone/1323361532?i=1323362140

Soundcloud

Soundcloud.com/day_bit/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day was when my dad surprised me with a PlayStation 2 and Kingdom Hearts 2 after hearing me talk nonstop about it. Even as a kid I understood we didn’t have all the money in the world, yet my dad still went out and got it. That meant so much to me, plus it started my love for the franchise.

My saddest day would be losing my hard drive in early middle school; I had just started to work on music. In hindsight there was nothing special on that drive but at the time I was completely devastated.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d fly to New York and surprise my parents with a check to pay off our house. Then I’d pay off school and invest the rest. That or blow it all. Who really knows?

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Tell us about your song.

It’s a modern touch of The Cure, Day Wave & The Church infused with anthemic pop and electronic influences.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

I do school online and work in the afternoon through the evening so that I have time to create music during late nights. I usually sit in my room and work on stuff from 12am to 6am.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Jacob Collier

1975

Bleachers

Mura Masa

Drake

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

Right now I want to consistently release singles. I just want to put out as I create.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

“Steal Like An Artist” is a great read on this topic. There’s little to none to innovate, so embrace your influences and roll with it; what you end up creating will be an expression of your taste and a representation of yourself as long as what you’re creating moves you.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

Might sound weird, but I know it’s what I’m meant to do. I’m really not the best musician or producer out there, I just love music and feel a responsibility to share what I have to bring to the table, whether people dig it or not.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

There is no new without the old. I never really listened to much old school before these past couple years. Once I did, I realized how much of new school cycles so much from old school.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

I created tracks for music collective at my university. During a sizeable live performance, my track blasted alongside the band and everyone went crazy. Being in the crowd knowing I helped to facilitate; the energy was a really great moment.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

Free pizza for all.

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