How did you get started? Tell us everything!
My name is Andrew Ziegler. I was born in Guatemala City and came to Georgia. I have been here for all 22 years of my life! Growing up I was sort of a popular loner. I had different pools of friends but really enjoyed kicking it with myself. In my free time, I listened to hip hop and I guess some “pop” as most people do. I eventually came across electronic music and had never heard anything like it.
Artists like Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, and Virtual Riot really blew my mind as they were essentially some of the pioneers of the dubstep scene. I started making music about two years ago. I went to my first live EDM show about 3 years ago and it really moved me! The energy you get from the DJ, the lights and visuals, and the people at the show made me feel safe and at home! I actually started djing before I ever touched a DAW. Fun fact: I made my first “track” on my phone in GarageBand. I began to take production seriously because I wanted to tell a story and express my thoughts and emotions through sound. One big accomplishment of mine would have to be landing a job at Cymatics, a music production company!
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.)?
As far as my experience goes, I’m a self-taught musician/producer with a bit of natural talent. I wanted to take that to the next level! I am a very visual learner, so resources like YouTube helped a lot! I would say I graduated from YouTube University. That was a huge resource for me because I could find anything I wanted to learn. Not only that but I could easily rewatch/take notes as many times as necessary! Plus, finding Cymatics, their plethora of sounds and resources on not only music production, but marketing strategies for building a personal brand. Not to mention for free!
What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criterion other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
To be honest, most of my sets are freestyle. That way it’s different each time! As introverted as I am, I also can flip the switch in the right setting. Music and DJing make for an easy outlet. With that being said, I usually enjoy high energy tracks! Dubstep and riddim especially. Not only that but blending those, hip hop, and future bass tracks really make for a great show!
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?
Aside from the previously mentioned, I listened to the more chill side of the spectrum! Guys like Seven Lions, Slander, and Boombox Cartel! A lot of producers on my playlist now are Charles the First, Of the Trees, and Clozee. They have such a unique sound and it’s really inspiring!
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 obstacles at the moment would be trying to get booked, whether it’s for just a house party or an opening slot, it’s tough with everything going on in the world. At the same time, it has given me time to reassess my brand and focus more on my production skills! Mixing music is interesting to me because of how seamlessly you can mix multiple genres at a time.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I take a lot of inspiration from future bass, dubstep, and Freeform bass music! I would say it’s a unique blend of the three, but it’s constantly growing and changing. The main idea behind my tracks is to tell stories!
What are some of your goals this year?
I would like to be more comfortable in front of the camera because that’s one of the main keys to building a personal brand. But as an introvert it sometimes gets discouraging. I’m working on it though! Not only that but hitting 1,000 followers by the one-year mark of starting my IG page would be dope!
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Some of the producers I would be stoked to link with in general would be KAIVON, Charles the First, and Moonboy. All three are amazing producers, as well as killer DJs!
What is your creative process like?
I usually start with the chords or a nice vocal chop. I feel like you can catch a vibe and envision where you want the track to do when you start from there. Next comes the drums and bass line/808. The beat of the track has to be thumping before I move the arrangement. Finally, I’ll add some ear candy and movement!
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
I would have to say a bacon cheddar ranch Burger, side of fries, with a Sprite from your local Taco Mac!