Interview – DJ Diverse

I recently reviewed the track That Love by Texan artist DJ Diverse – I liked his sound, so decided to have a chat with him – read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled That Love, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

This song is a moment captured, it’s those 3AM talks with that one special person you have chemistry going on with. A few texts going back and forth with heavily flirtatious undertones with both people wondering where it’s going to take them next – the lyrics are about what happens next.

This song can be purchased on iTunes but is not currently out in stores physically.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not at all, I feel very lucky to say that. But I am also a smaller artist so most of my time is spent in the studio. I operate my own little private studio so I don’t have to worry about being exposed to anybody else, and I also make my own beats. So there’s always something going on that I’m doing, whether it’s producing, writing or engineering.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I write down snippets and ideas from time to time on my phone but I never write full songs out. Every song that is created starts with a beat. It’s almost like a heartbeat being the first signs of life. How I’m feeling on any particular day usually reflects into the instrumentals that I compose, which I then start transcribing into lyrics that now become part of the song.
I recently brought on a friend to help brainstorm and write down ideas for songs because most of the time two heads are better than one, this friend of mine also brings great energy into the studio that helps us both through the writing process.

Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

I often say I’m creating an album or an EP that I want to release in the future, and me and my other friend that I work with are both liking the idea. However, in the past I’ve said I was creating an album, yet I always take the best songs and just release them as singles.
I really hope this time I release an album as a whole – so far we have about three songs lined up, but we’ll see what happens!

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Definitely, I have a few on the shelf right now but I like to put the best out – sometimes it takes a while, but I’m hoping to release one by next month.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I am from San Antonio, Texas, in the United States. In my particular state, the demographic is more southern rap, Tejano (which is basically Spanish music), and “gangster music”.
It’s a little harder to fit my music into this particular demographic because it is not as popular as it is in other states in the US. But it’s okay, because most of my audience is from other states, which other artists in my hometown have a hard time getting into.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

People are pretty surprised by this answer because I love rock ‘n’ roll music, Pop punk, heavy metal, etc. I also really like a lot of alternative/emo rock, which I feel I get most my influences from. But there are some other influences from the hip-hop community, like Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Chiddy Bang, etc. My every day listening playlist is made up from all genres, I believe I have over 3000 songs, so I play it on shuffle every day.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

At this time I do not, my funds as a small artist are very minimal so that does setback my touring life as an artist. But I will probably start small in my state alone because it’s really huge, then move to other parts of the US and hopefully to other countries.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I have never performed yet, except for being on stage back in high school in orchestra. I’ve been putting off performing because when I hit the stage, I want it to be the best experience people can witness and the biggest bang they can get for their buck.

Any last words for the fans?

I appreciate every single one of you guys who listens because it really does help support me as an artist. And if you listen to my music and you genuinely enjoy it, I would appreciate it if you could give it a share – that way I can reach other listeners and give them the same experience you had!