How did you get started? Tell us your story!
My name is Nick Perusse. I've been creating music my whole life. In my younger years, I was in chorus and orchestra. Later on, I went off to college to pursue a degree in civil-engineering. The year of 2012 was when I first discovered I could DJ and make music just using my laptop. I downloaded my first DAW, Reason, and some DJ software as well. At first, this was just a fun hobby to create mixes for my friends at parties and attempt to make my own music as well. This quickly became an obsession of mine. I used to go to concerts all the time and in 2014, while in the crowd of the show, I realized this was my true passion. I knew I HAD to be up on that stage DJing. This is my calling. I knew I wouldn't be genuinely happy if I continued my career path so I decided to drop out of college and pursue music full-time. I started producing every day, DJing multiple times a week, and started to land some local gigs at bars, small clubs, parties, and restaurants. For about 2 years, I was also a resident DJ in a weekly radio show that had an average of 25,000-40,000 listeners. Fast forward to today, I've been producing consistently for 6 years and DJing for 7 years. I own all of my own equipment and I am currently enrolled in SAE Institute to achieve my degree in audio engineering. What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I'm mostly self-taught when it comes to DJing and producing. When I first started in the years of 2012-2014, there wasn't as much information available online as there is today. I tested in thousands of hours of trial and error to achieve the results I wanted. I've spent all of this time learning to DJ, create sound design, produce, write full songs, mix, and master. I've read about 10-15 books on producing and have watched hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of online tutorials and interviews. I'm now enrolled in SAE institute for audio engineering and have learned a lot from my mentors and professors. They've taught me the ins and outs of the real industry as well as advanced techniques on how to create my music. My favorite resource would have to be experienced mentors that can teach me in person. I had a mentor with 15 years of DJing experience teach me the ropes in crowd control and transitions. These moments have resonated with me the most on this journey.
What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
There are so many variables when it comes to this. The main criteria is that I base my playlist off of what would be the vibes of the crowd and what type of show I'm playing at. Each scenario requires different tracks. I like to test the waters by playing a song of a certain genre, and if it resonates well with the crowd I keep going through that genre.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Eminem and Linkin Park. In my teen years, I became a huge fan of Skrillex. Being in the crowd at one of his shows is what inspired me to start this whole journey. Today, I like to listen to Slander, NGHTMRE, Tory Lanez, San Holo, Future, and Excision. I usually bounce between electronic and rap and these have consistently been some of my top artists. Most of these artists are on my current playlist right now. What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry? What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
Some of the biggest obstacles are creating long-lasting relationships within the industry. It's a sticky situation where half of the people I find are two-faced, while the other half are some of the most genuine people I have ever met. My main challenges right now are establishing myself within Atlanta as I just moved here last year from Southwest Florida. While I do love creating my own music, DJing really brings another level of adrenaline and happiness that producing can't do for me, personally. How would you describe your sound and style?
My sound is a mix of various sub-genres of electronic music. I try to create a full experience for my listeners. I have a style that's a mashup of dubstep, future bass, and house all combined together. I love the energetic bass from dubstep, the advanced melody structure of house music, and the mellow, relaxed vibes from future bass. I do my best to use all of these elements combined with my emotional state when I'm creating. I love to pour out as many emotions into my songs as possible. What are some of your goals this year?
My goals this year would be to play more shows, although with the whole lockdown situation that may be tough. I also plan to release a total of 8 songs this year, I already have 3 released and 3 more that are ready to drop over the summer. My final goal would be to make it to 1,000 followers on Instagram.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Crankdat, Carbin, and Nitti Gritti. All 3 are EDM DJ's/Producers. What is your creative process like?
I always meditate, stretch, and do yoga every morning to start my day. I make sure to get some fresh air while I think about new musical ideas. When I sit down to produce, my phone gets turned off and all of my focus is on the session. I time my session to stay creative and efficient. I work for 45 minutes, then take a 15-minute break and repeat. I use the break to stretch my legs, get the blood flowing, get some fresh air, reset my ears, and clear my mind.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
You'll catch me ordering sushi or getting chick-fil-a pretty much every other day. Can't forget that sweet & spicy sriracha sauce.