Whether developing trancey, layered, electronic instrumentals or full-blown bangers, Drell has developed a signature sound for himself that any producer in their early twenties should be proud of. Adventurous rhythm sections lay down sonic mosaics that are taken to the next level with hard-hitting bass. Drell has been releasing powerful “future bass” tracks for three years and has only just begun. Make sure to listen to his most recent release, “Not Okay” ft. Paniik, where he experiments with the mix of pop, electric guitar, and his traditional electronic style to create an atmosphere that’s only fair to jump to. This week we met with Drell to learn about his journey into production and what he has planned for the future. Here’s what we found out.
Hey Drell, thanks for meeting with us this week. Let’s just start off by learning about how you came into artistry – when did you begin producing and how has the journey been so far?
I first got into producing when I was 14. After years of learning and practice, I started releasing music in 2018. It’s really exciting to put my music out there and watch people engage with it.
Have you had any other career paths or passions that clashed with music?
Not necessarily. I am still in college and school does oftentimes take time away from music. I find that I’m able to balance the two of them because of my motivation for school and my motivation for music comes from different places.
What are some of the major lessons you’ve learned from producing your own music?
Most importantly, this isn’t a game about speed. I used to have this dream of becoming a famous DJ by like 18 because that’s when a lot of the people that inspired me, like Avicii and Martin Garrix, had their breakout moment. As I matured I realized that I needed to channel this ambition towards building a brand and uniqueness as an artist.
Out of all of your released music do you have a favorite? If so, why is that one your favorite?
Of all my released tracks, hands down it would be “Beautiful Things Await You.” Even as I listen to this track two years later I still think to myself “dang this slaps.” I can still remember making the track; I was just in this groove where everything I wrote sounded like it fit nicely together.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a musician for you?
By far, the most rewarding part about being a musician is when someone DMs me or tells me they really like one of my songs. I put a lot of work into my music and everything I do is very calculated and meticulous. A lot of time I doubt if any of it is worthwhile but when someone compliments my work, it is all the encouragement I need to keep going.
Who or what are your biggest musical influences?
I’m really inspired by some of Porter Robinson’s tracks off his album “Nurture.” Another artist that is constantly on my radar is Madnap. He consistently pushing the boundaries of electronic music with his sound.
Who would be your dream to collaborate with?
Madnap, that track would be so cool. I think we both bring a lot to the table and have very unique approaches to production.
As an artist, what are some of your major goals in the next five years?
I really want to play more shows. I had my first taste of it this year and it would be a dream if I could tour at least once. Another thing I really want to do is start selling merch.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Do you have any new music or live shows coming soon?
I’ve been working for several months on my debut project. It is going to be everything I have ever wanted to share with music. I’m not exactly sure when it will be ready for release but I promise it will be worth the wait.