An Interview With Stryv: The New Generation of Dance Music
Along with the rapid growth of EDM and its spread in popularity has come a wave of new talented young producers. Of all the upcoming artists out there, one in particular has caught my eye, Stryv. Stryv is a current high school junior who produces in his free time. His consistency in quality, and amazing natural talent have amassed him a significant following, and gained some of his tracks to 100k + hits on Youtube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkRedOI8IH4) I’ve been a huge fan for the past two years, and it’s been fantastic hearing his sound evolve to a professional label-worthy level, when in fact they’re just cooked up from his bedroom in Queens, New York. I have had the privilege of interviewing Stryv about his recent Internet success: Where are you from?
The best place in the world after Lewisburg, PA: New York City.
How did you get into production?
I had a friend from middle school who produced underground hiphop music. I asked him about the music software he used and he basically gave me feedback as I started with trap. That was a massive fail but I found my calling with house music during my sophomore year of high school.
How would you describe your signature sound?
My sound has evolved into a more uplifting, almost trance-like version of progressive house. I try to have the melodies and progressions filled with emotion up to the point where your hair is standing on your arms when you’re listening to the song. A lot of the samples I use such as the kick drum and the risers during the buildups have been consistent in all my new releases too.
Who is your favorite artist?
I can’t really give a single answer for this question since there are many talented people out there; I’d have to give some favorite names for different genres.
Progressive House: Arston, Kaaze, Stadiumx, Paris Blohm
Electro House/Big Room: W&W, Martin Garrix, Blasterjaxx
Trap: Slander, Lookas, Party Favor, Ookay
Future House: Tchami, Oliver Heldens
If you could go see any artist live right now, who would it be?
It would have to be Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. They definitely get a lot of hate for their mainstream music style, but they didn’t get the #2 spot on the DJMag Top 100 without doing anything. Their sets are definitely the most entertaining and they do a great job of keeping the crowd interested.
What do you think is in store for the future of dance music?
Dance music has become extremely congested with thousands of artists trying to get their music heard. Everyone is copying the style of a famous artist to get a slice of some fame. Originality is at an all-time low and I believe that more experimental genres will rise up. Artists along the lines of Andru are, in my opinion, the future.
“Storm” was your first song to receive a lot of attention. What do you think stood out about that song compared to your past works?
It was probably my catchiest song with the melodies in there and I basically followed the “formula” for major songs released at the time. They all had a minimal drop with a vocal sample saying something close to “Everybody jump,” and it seemed to work out pretty well. It was also used by famous YouTubers in their videos, which helped too.
What are the best and worst things about production?
The best part is probably when you get to that point in a work-in-progress when you wonder how in the world you just made that. That usually ends up with me listening to the same part over and over again, halting the progress of the track. The worst part is musician’s-block. There are some periods when I sit on my computer for hours, and days go by without the creation of something I’m happy with.
If you could sit in the studio with any artist, who would it be?
It would definitely be Arston. He has just recently released on some major labels and is getting his name out there. With the complexity of his tracks and the amount of feels I get listening to his music, it would be an honor to work with him. He has also been producing for eight years so he probably knows what he’s doing much more than I do.
You recently joined a new production collaboration group called The Upper Limits. Who else is in the group with you, and are you expecting any releases soon?
Yes, I did! It is with three friends from Florida, Connecticut, and Indiana. We’re all around the same age group and have a similar skill level but we all have our own styles. We’re able to incorporate them into the tracks as well. This collaborative group is a bit of a low priority for me, so my input could be a little greater.
What’s your favorite thing to do besides produce?
Studying for future exams and doing homework right when I get home. Just kidding. There probably isn’t anything else.
What advice would you give to those who are interested in becoming producers?
You will NEED to dedicate hours and hours into this to get better. It’s something that can take many people years to become a relatively skillful at. You’ll have to sacrifice a lot of your free time that could have been spent doing things like going out or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.
It’s only a matter of time until Stryv becomes a prominent name in the EDM scene. Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself:
The Upper Limits Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-upper-limits