Dance music producer Your Evil Boyfriend blends jaded super saws with distorted pianos and big sound system drums. Born in Peru but heavily marinated by his maple syrup passport, he started his musical journey while being stuck in the silver mines of the Sonora Dessert. As his old moniker “Nu Be”, he was featured on TheHouse.FM’s Shady Sessions Show hosted by Rachel Sehl. He was also featured on The EDM Show Canada on CJSF (90.1FM) doing a live guest mix.
He won the Soulgood DJ competition and got to open for Terravita and Jrabbit at Gossip Nightclub. He also won a few rounds in the Miller Light DJ competition Canada. “I didn’t come up with my artist name, a girl gave it to me. I’ve come to embrace the good in my dark side so that’s translated in my music. “
Listen to ‘Back to the Start’ Ft. Brunetti on Spotify!
1. Tell us about the first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
I started learning how to DJ during my summer job in the silver mines of the Sonora desert, Mexico. There wasn’t much to do after work, since I was basically in the middle of nowhere. I bought a controller and practiced every night and harassed my friends to listen to my mixtape. Hahaha. When I got back to Vancouver, Canada, my friend got me a gig at a bar and I opened for a crowd of 5 people. One of the people in the audience was a promoter at another club and she offered me some gigs at that club that she worked at, then I entered some DJ competitions and I started to get my name out there. Eventually I got to open for some cool artists like Terravita, Felix Cartal and Botnek. The first song that I released on a label under my old moniker “Nu Be” was “She Said” on Wolfrage Records. It’s a deep house song with a big room kick.
2. Tell us about your latest project ‘Back to the Start’ feat Brunetti
This year has been very dynamic, so I was feeling a lot of emotions. I wrote the instrumental around the whole idea of fear of the unknown and a bit of hope for the future. I sent it off to Brunetti with my ideas and she came with a really amazing hook. Brunetti is a super talented lyric writer and her voice is amazing. Her vocal performance really captured the emotion of fragility, and how sometimes things can change drastically either in love or in life. The architecture of this future bass song blends sad boy vibes, supported by distorted pianos, an ever-present triumphant kick with jaded super saws, along with a gritty dubstep bass.
3. Tell us something we wouldn’t normally find out about you?
I really like cat merch but I don’t like being around actual cats (allergies)
4. What single night out has been most memorable for you as a dj and producer?
Probably opening for Felix Cartal and Botnek at SFU. It was a really big stage and I had my first DJ rider.
5. Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
Steve Angello – Knas
6. Dream collaboration and why?
Chris Brown, because I really like his voice and I have always been a big fan of his.
7. If you could play any festival, which would it be?
8. How do you get a track started? tell us about your production process
I usually have to be really hungry so I can trigger an emotional response in my brain. Then I’d either start with a piano chord progression or a drum pattern. Once I have the right emotion set then I start to look for weird sounds on splice.
9. Latest project? What are you currently working on?
I just finished a house/electro collab with my friend in Reno, as well as 2 originals. I’m currently working on a collab with my friend in Florida, we are making a big room trap song. I jump around genres quite a bit.
10. The relationship between a dj and the audience is crucial, and yet is seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
I’m a big believer that if you can get girls to sing along and fill the dance floor, then the men will come after. I really like mashups for this, since you can hook the audience with a known song and then change the vibe with a drop of another genre/style. Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, Drake and Future are artists I use often in my mashups to draw in the crowd.
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