Video: BTS of DJ Dahi on Producing Music That Transcends Genres
After Contributing Several Beats to Dr. Dre’s Compton, the Acclaimed Producer Shares His Creative Inspirations and Passion For Authenticity
DJ Dahi has garnered a reputation as a mutli-genre producer capable of transcending and meshing several styles of music together, creating a refreshing new sound. In an interview for Coors Light’s reFRESHing campaign the Inglewood based DJ states, “my goal from a creative standpoint was to make people connect to the aesthetic of the commercial” and that is certainly true for the #ClreFRESH ad that featured “Drop.” The single premiered by the FADER marks the artist’s debut into electronic music and reveals DJ Dahi’s unorthodox approach switching from electronic to dubstep using intricate, bass heavy synth melodies coupled with high octane drums tracks and claps.” Dahi has a stunning resume of hip-hop collaborations which include Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Vince Staples, and most notably Drake for his hit record “Worst Behavior.”
Following “Drop,” Dahi is joining forces with fellow producer Blood Diamonds, in addition to working on a solo album that will feature several collaborations with artists. DJ Dahi recently worked on Dr. Dre’s latest album Compton: A Soundtrack, adding his experimental production talent’s to the project. In an interview with Pitchfork, rapper/lyricist/producer King Mez, who was also heavily involved in the album’s production, commented on the importance of DJ Dahi, stating he was one of “The people that came in really changed the sound of the album.” Check out the BTS video below and lookout for more new music this year.
Watch The BTS Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miBotzLpqv8
Listen to “Drop”: https://soundcloud.com/dj-dahi-1/dj-dahi-drop
DJ Dahi Background:
DJ Dahi has always forged a unique path for himself. With production credits on tracks from top tier artists including Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Big Sean, the Inglewood, California native has spent the past few years gradually shifting the boundaries of hip-hop, blending sounds from both coasts while blurring the lines between rock, rap and pop. “In order to separate yourself from other people, you have to have some sense of a sound and what you’re doing,” says the 32-year-old, who has also worked with Madonna, Lily Allen and Lupe Fiasco. “I look at music as always being able to capture the moment. You’re creating a world. I think that’s what makes me unique—I really pay attention and try to pick up things.” His ability to consistently buck trends is rooted in his days growing up in Los Angeles, where he was exposed to a multitude of artists across genre lines.
Born Dacoury Dahi Natche, he was raised in a Christian household where gospel and soul reigned and developed his musical skills playing a variety of instruments in jazz band. As a child of the ’90s, he gravitated towards rock music (Oasis, Radiohead) but became infatuated with hip-hop while attending Oakes College where he deejayed and began making beats sampling unconventional records, inspired by producers like DJ Quik and J Dilla. After attending audio engineering school, he began working with red-hot local artists like Pac Div, TiRon & Ayomari, and Fashawn, and through his manager linked with Top Dawg Entertainment to produce “Sexting” on ScHoolboy Q’s breakout mixtape/album Habits & Contradictions in 2012. From there, Dahi became a force to be reckoned with, lauded by Complex magazine as one of the best hip-hop producers at the moment. “I want people to feel like they know where they were when they heard my music,” he says. “Just really connect the music with a memory, and really touch people in ways that other people may not. That’s how I want to be remembered.”