Living in the moment in Cape Town with Desmond John aka DJ

Living in the moment in Cape Town with Desmond John aka DJ

Written on 01/20/2020
Julian Von Plato

When I make music it’s very important to capture that moment in time cause it can’t be re done, and I’m super impulsive so things are rarely planned out in the studio.



 

Marie:  Desmond, how did you start out as an artist - how and when did it begin?

 

Desmond: People have just being releasing a bunch of trash music so I decided to step in and help out a little..

 

Marie: Tell me a bit more about the 3 songs you have filmed for us?

 

Desmond:  So “sad I know you” is pretty straight forward, it’s about a person who used to mean a lot to me and now they’re just a memory contributing to my writing process.

“Patronizing Pat” is a song about characters I’ve created in my head to represent negative people who I don’t like very much.

“Up to something (draft 1)” is an ode to all the people asking me where I’ve been... let a poor man hibernate in peace.

 


Marie: Is your writing process a stream of consciousness type writing or more planned and thought out? Is there an underlining theme in your music? 

 

Desmond: It’s definitely whatever happens in that moment is what goes. When I make music it’s very important to capture that moment in time cause it can’t be re done, and I’m super impulsive so things are rarely planned out in the studio.

 

Marie: Pick one of the songs and tell me, where was it written?  How does place and time influence you and your writing process?

 

Desmond: “Cold like Tuesdays” would be a good example, because as I mentioned earlier, it’s about a cold Tuesday morning and it was written at my moms piano actually at my old family house (Before they kicked my ass out).

But I actually really enjoy writing at the piano because it just gives a different feel than a MiDi keyboard ever could and I think that benefits the melodies and the lyrical content.


Marie: Were you listening or watching anything in particular quite a bit during the recording and writing process? 

Desmond: Not really. No specific routine, probably just cartoons and David Bowie.

 

Marie:  Do you think there is a perfect time and place to listen to your music, does it lend itself to a particular listening experience?

 

Desmond: I definitely think it’s music to listen to with headphones on and some time to be with yourself, or whenever you’re needing a little comfort from someone saying “don’t worry I also think this Shit all sucks”.


Marie: What would you wish your music inspired people to do?

 

Desmond: I hope it inspires people to just honestly be relaxed with who they are and to the ability to say fuck it.

 

Marie: Are you hoping to achieve a certain sound or theme on your new release? 

 

Desmond: I want my music to be live sounding as opposed to over produced. What ever is captured in that moment is what ends up on the record. I want it to be as honest as we can get it. 

 

Marie: Tell me more about you and your successes as an artist? 

 

Desmond: Not too many successes as of yet (except if you count my family and friends as hyping me up as success) but I was lucky enough to a do a 20 show UK Tour last year and got a decent amount of streams from people all around the world on some of my first music so thank you for that guys!! 

 

Marie: Last but not least, what are your hobbies/interests outside of music? Anything else I should know about you?

 

Desmond: I like clothes and movies and cereal and stuff like that.. yeah 

 

Thank you for having me guys!