CallumDr

Tell us about yourself.

I have lived in Wolverhampton since birth and have always had a strong interest in music (due to my family, especially my mom). I’m 24 years old and studied music performance at school. I then went on to study music technology at university which is where I began creating electronic music. I listen to so much music I don’t really have a preference on what genre I like to listen to but Hip/Hop R&B I go to a lot.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I took music performance in sixth form where I was originally a singer. It really brought me out of my shell and gave me a lot of confidence going forward so thank you to Mrs Christie. During this time I was primarily singing on acoustic tracks and rock tracks from artists such as Velvet Revolver, Mumford and Sons, Bombay Bicycle Club and Enter Shikari. Being in a band with such talented people is always a big help. I have to give a shout out to them all for starting off what I have become now. Richard Wilson and Sean Collins were incredible guitarist and singers. Ben Jogee was an amazing drummer and still continues to be with his band in Dante’s Eclipse; Jess Obrien was a pleasure to sing with as well as Carly Dixon. One person who I have continued to work with after school is Tehilla Henry. She’s such an incredibly talented musician and vocalist. My very first produced track was with Tehilla and was an acoustic track. Going to study music technology at university was where I fully started making music in my own name and music I was passionate about and interested in. CallumDr is literally just my first name with the first 2 letters of my last name so no crazy story about my name.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

I always thought I would continue to make acoustic music but when I started my music tech course and heard all the music everyone was producing I was really eager to give electronic a go. I suddenly had the tools and knowledge I needed to make music from the comfort of my home on my laptop. I would say I prominently make Tropical house or Future house. I want 2018 to be a changing point for what I make. I listen to a lot of Chill-Hop and artists like Gyvus and Guggenz have inspired me to give it a go. I would also like to get back into singing after hearing Joji- “Will He” (amazing track) but I don’t know how likely this is to happen.

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Tell us about the instrumentation.

“Together” is primarily made up of old school electronic pianos and 80s bass. The drums have the trip hop vibe I’m going for and just a typical 808. The vocal samples are from Splice, which is a very good website to grab samples from which are royalty free. I’d be sure to recommend it to any artist looking to get some inspiration or a starting point.

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

I think one of the biggest issues facing all musicians is getting exposure and being different. It’s so easy to get a laptop and make music now that the competition to come out on top is so much more difficult, even just to be recognized for what you make is hard. Never give up and just be yourself is what I would say.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

Everything is recorded within Logic Pro X. I use Massive a lot because of the amount of different things you can do within it. I always find that tweaking a sound is best in Massive; it has a very good interface. I play the drums in with the drum pads on my keyboard starting with the kick and then building it up. I’m not the best with Chords on a keyboard I always find the Logic Pro X app that is available on IPhone and IPad is very useful. I can programme it to play the chords I’m after. The tracks itself took about 2 weeks until I found the right mix.

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

Dancing Astronaut

Music You Wanna Listen To

Poule D’or

Meska Music

Beatjolt

Music Is My Life

Casablanca Sunset

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

I’ve been actively using Soundcloud now for 3 years, creating electronic music. I have worked with a range of singers from around the world. Tasha Turner from Australia, Dupree Sauve from New Jersey and Beatrice Johansson from Copenhagen. I have done live shows with the school band I was in in the local area and these were always a lot of fun. For my future goals I just want to keep on creating music people will listen to and enjoy but also experiment with my own sound.

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

My family are a big inspiration to start music especially from my mom, I always remember her playing Organ in the house when I was growing up, it’s always been something I’ve wanted to get involved in. My family and friends are always the ones who hear the songs first because they will give me an honest opinion and these are the people who I want to enjoy my music the most. My music will always have a story to tell from my experiences growing up and from recent experiences of love and love lost.

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

In today’s music I just think it needs to be catchy to be a hit, whether that’s on a commercial or underground level.

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

Never give up on the sound you are interested in even if it’s not gaining the support you want. There will be that one track that pulls people into your style. Use websites like Submit hub to get real feedback from blogs about your tracks. Collaborate is something I would recommend too. You learn so much from people’s different ways of working and thinking.

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

As already mentioned I began with an acoustic track for my first ever release with Tehilla Henry. I was then really interested in doing more electronic music. I produced “Minutes Of Midnight” which is my first electronic Tropical house track. I loved the instrumental and found a singer (Beatrice Johansson) using a website called Twine.fm. Having a fully completed track with vocals took about 3 months but it was such a rewarding experience. From then on I have just produced tracks a similar way to this. My most popular tracks are “Ukiyo” and “Majime”. These tracks are really inspired by japan and its culture, from big drums to small plucking sounds.

I’m pretty new to making music so I don’t really have a long career of music. At the end of 2017 I released two 5-track projects of compilations of my work throughout the past 3 years. One is titled “Heartbreak” and follows my solo tracks and probably my most popular work with my two Chinese titled tracks “Ukiyo” and “Majime”. My second project is titled “Lifetime”. This consists of all my tracks with features and some of my most personal tracks.

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

I don’t write any of the lyrics to my songs with features they are all written by the vocalists. I usually just send the track off with a title and a short description of what the track is about, all the singers I have worked with are incredibly talented with making the lyrics perfect for the track. All my music is created at home on my laptop using my keyboard and drum machine. Once I have the vocals sent back on email I just put them in the track and mix them to the instrumental.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

There’s so many incredible artists around I would work with anyone to be honest. If I could work with somebody famous it would definitely be Pharrell. He’s such a talented musician and producer. But who would turn down a feature with Drake as well. There are too many to list.

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

All my tracks are free to listen to and some have free download links below

https://soundcloud.com/callumd4815

https://www.instagram.com/callumdrummond94/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Such a difficult question because I’ve had so many amazing experiences and I’m a generally happy person, and it takes a lot to make me feel sad.

My saddest day is probably easier but the person who made it the saddest day doesn’t deserve a mention.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would move my family and friends into a nice house in a warm country with a big pool to relax at.  Maybe do some traveling as well. I’ve probably spent more than a million with this answer.

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Tell us about your song.

“Together” is the start of a new set of tracks I will be releasing throughout the start of 2018 and hopefully the start of some more chill-hop tracks. It’s a 80s inspired track that you could sit in a whiskey lounge and listen to. It’s also the first track from my third project which is currently untitled.

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

Being able to create music on my laptop is great because any free time I have I can just work on tracks, so it’s pretty easy to balance my life.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Michael Jackson (Of Course)

Justin Timberlake

Drake

Brockhampton (Getting there)

Kendrick Lamar

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I hope to be able to release a full album on streaming services such as Apple music and Spotify. Maybe 2019.

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

Music is moving in such a different direction especially in R&B and Hip Hop. It seems to be moving away from how lyrically good people are and how catchy a beat is, I mean look at artists like Lil Pump and Lil Yachty. I enjoy both but there’s never a lot to their songs. Someone like Kendrick Lamar is still proving that lyrical artists have a part to play. Electronically there’s a lot going on in the underground scene with some really strange sounds being used. It’s difficult for musicians to be original and be popular now because it’s just not what people will listen to in their free time or what radios will play. The way someone looks seems to have a bigger influence now.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

My family is the biggest reason.

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

I love both old school and new school. It seems like a lot of 80s references are coming back into electronic dance music at the moment. As new musicians, listening to old music really gives fresh ideas to add to what’s currently going on and bring new trends around.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

I always remember playing a show on the waters front in Baden Baden in Germany with the school band. It was a crazy experience to be in another country playing the music we loved.

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

Oh wow I can barely get myself out of bed in the morning. I would make sure we all get episodes of Stranger Things and The Walking Dead faster.

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