DJ Spotlight: Garmiani Joins The Dim Mak Fraternity
Starting at a young age, EDM artist Garmiani has always none he had a special relationship with music. A jack of all trades, the Stockholm-based producer has pretty much a hand in everything he puts his name on whether he’s singing a track’s main chorus, spitting out rhymes or working on the tech side of things. Last year in May, he dropped his EP ‘Rumble’ exclusively on VIBE and has since been discovered by Top 100 DJ Steve Aoki who has recruited him into the Dim Mak frat to release Garmiani’s latest single, “Nomad.” Read on to get the inside dish on G’s growing relationship with music, including his first encounter with Dim Mak and future collaboration possibilities:
VIBE: For those not familiar with your sound, how would you describe it?
Garmiani: I’d say the core is electro-house, and then I mix in all the different influences I have from all music. It’s always high-energy and amped-up music. It’s party music and turn up music. But you really have to hear it for yourself, I think it’s hard to define it.
What inspired you to become a producer-DJ in the first place?
From when I was 5-years-old, my favorite toys were my walkman and boombox – I just didnt wanna to let them go. At 10 I started to rebuild my boombox, opening it up and adding speakers. I broke our home stereo soundsystem from scratching too hard when I was 11, and I started rapping when I turned 12. At 14 I got my first music-making software and that changed everything. Since then I’ve been producing, DJing, rapping, singing, promoting clubs and studying audio engineering. Music has always been my number one thing in life and I’ve been influenced by a million people. My dad must have been my first musical influence; he played the setar in the house before I learned to take my first steps. Besides him, my earliest big influences were 2Pac, [Dr.] Dre and Snoop [Dogg]. That Death Row VIBE cover of Snoop, Dre, Pac and Suge Knight is legendary to me.
You had your new track, “Nomad,” come out via Dim Mak. How does the title translate into the music and will it be found on an EP soon?
I made this flute melody in the break that sounds a little oriental, a little kurdish. My ancestors had their land taken from them so they had to flee their homes and keep moving around. Me, I was born in Kurdistan but I grew up in Europe, living in Sweden. So the name ‘Nomad’ popped up in my head and it made sense in so many ways. That’s why the artwork is a highway in the middle of the desert. That’s me, the modern nomad. It probably wont be on an EP since I’m focusing on putting out a string of banger singles. I’m all about banger singles right now.
Did you initially reach out to Dim Mak with your material or did Dim Mak find you? Where did this union come about?
I sent “Dance Motherfucker” to Bryan [Linares] from Dim Mak and he responded saying he liked it. But that was it, no more emails were sent. Two weeks later I’m on vacation in Dubai and I get an email from Steve Aoki. At first I thought it was a Steve Aoki newsletter, because I didnt know him at the time. It turned out it was Steve himself saying how much he loved the track and that he’d love to release it on Dim Mak. That was a good day! Steve is the fucking man.
Now that you have your foot in the door of the industry, which producers would you want to collaborate with in the future? How about any hip-hop artists?
Imagine this: Garmiani x Busta Rhymes. Whoa! Coming from a hip-hop background, there’s a lot of hip-hop artists I’d love to collab with. Like doing something with Snoop would be out of this world. And not just have him spit on one of my productions, but to be in the studio and produce with him, co-write his flow and bring out a new side of him. On the producer side… a collaboration with Steve Aoki is just waiting to happen. I’d also love to do collaborations with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Congorock, Clockwork and Nicky Romero. The guys from the Swedish House Mafia – Axwell, Ingrosso and Steve Angello – are legends I’d love to work with in the future as well.
Being based in Sweden, what would you say is the one quality Swedish DJs have over other nationalities?
Ha, everybody is wondering what makes us so good at this. I dont know what quality we have over other nationalities, but if I had to pick one factor that makes us good at music I’d have to say the shitty weather. The weaher is so cold and boring that we just stay in the studio all day, everyday. Plus, Sweden is like the best country in the world to live in with the healthcare, education and wellfare systems. So we got less to worry about, which leaves us with more time for hobbies (turned into careers) like music.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
First off, I’m really looking forward to do some touring in the U.S. – the crowds there are wild as fuck and I love it. My shows are sick and I can’t wait for everyone to see it. Other than that, I’ve a got bunch of banger singles coming out and I’m working on some big collabos. I got a remix I did for Deorro coming out, and a remix I did for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike with my man Salvatore Ganacci. By the way, shout out to my brother Salvatore Ganacci! Remember that name and remember who told you about him.
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