Can you start off by giving us an overview of the Div Eadie project so far? How and why did you first get into production and DJing?
I have been DJing for sixteen years and producing/studying music for around ten. I always went under my own name of David Eadie but it wasn't until late 2016 I changed it to Div Eadie with rebranding and releasing music under that name. I have always loved music from a young age, so I guess it felt like a natural progression starting to learn turntables, mixing software, writing and I've never looked back.
What is your creative process like for starting and finalizing tracks?
I start by listening to some music from any genre and see if that sparks any emotion or ideas. Then I start writing a topline, melody or bassline and add notes to taste so the idea is pretty solid in terms of the writing/melodic part. I feel this is important to have the idea already there so you can focus on each part of building the track. Next I choose what elements I am using for each layer. I think it's best getting sounds to fit really well and compliment each other so with this in mind it is less work to do later on.
You frequently highlight the importance of mental health in your social media posts so we were hoping you could give some insight into your own personal struggles and what you do to pick yourself up.
Everyone has their own struggles in life. I know it is hard when you try not to overthink about them or worry about them, but having some stability and focus or a goal to look forward to helps keep you on the right track. If I am ever feeling down or feeling pressured about music or anything else, I just take a break or speak to someone about how I feel. Opening up about how you feel is better than keeping things all bottled up because that is when the self destruct button is hit. I have been there at many points during this journey where I have felt like "Fuck this, I've had enough." That's when I take a step back, re-adjust myself, stay positive, surround myself with positive people, cut the negativity out, set some goals for the year and just crack on with it. Because at the end of the day - I love music and I love being able to express how I feel through it. I am sure every DJ/Producer has had these kind of moments in their career. It is important to look after yourself as well. A clear mind equals better music!
How was your experience at ADE this year?
ADE was amazing! It was great to meet so many people from around the world that I speak to. It is just a great experience to share with the people of the music community, all coming together for the same love. I was really excited to be asked to play at the Hardwell Presents Revealed Pop-Up Store, that is something I have always dreamed about - being involved with Revealed Recordings and being part of the family. Now that I have came back from ADE, it has given me so much more motivation, drive and focus to push on with music and work harder than ever!
What goals have you set for yourself heading into 2020 and beyond?
For heading into next year, my goal is to keep working and pushing on with my music. I have some already finished but, I don't want to send out anything until I feel the track is finished or is ready to release, better doing that than sending something out when you aren't too sure about it yet or need to make more changes. I have a lot of tracks in the works right now so I'm keeping busy!
Thanks to Div Eadie for taking the time to answer our questions! Be sure to follow him using the links below!
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Chris W. Lao
Label Manager, Writer, DJ, and Student.
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