Gone Deville is a Canadian music producer and DJ who works across multiple genres including deep house, afro tech, afrobeat, and hip-hop. His music has been released by leading electronic labels such as Toolroom, Madorasindahouse, Mile End Records and Disques Nuits d'Afrique, while in the studio he has worked with a wide variety of international artists such as Martin Roth, Wu-Tang Clan, Kizaba, Pierre Kwenders, Shah Frank and many more.
The first iteration of Park Bench landed several years ago and was an unexpected hit on Soundcloud, clocking up close to 100,000 plays. This new version, Park Bench (Rework) maintains the groggy, dreamlike atmosphere of the original recording, but takes more direct aim at the dance floor, slightly increasing the tempo and adding cascading synth lines to create a deep, melodic house cut. touching serving perfectly. bed for the intoxicating voice of Sean Sable.
Gone Deville first honed his skills behind the decks and as a turntable, teaching himself to juggle and scratch and participating in DJ competitions from the age of 17. Millennium Dome, battling the likes of A-trak, Craze and the best of the best. Hip-hop at heart, he found his love for electronic music watching Sasha, John Digweed and Paul Van Dyk, and has never looked back.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your early musical experiences?
I actually started off as a scratch DJ, a turntablist. I represented Canada at the DMC Team championship in London. We battled against A-Trak, Craze and other incredible DJs. They tore us up lol, but we had a good run. Pretty amazing to represent Canada in front of the greats. Was one of the most amazing experiences to live at such a young age.. I think I was 21 years old. I didn’t want to just DJ and play songs, I had to create something while doing it. Which is probably why I gravitated very quickly towards music production.
How do you hope that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I guess timelessness is key. If you want a lasting impact, you have to be able to play the song 10-20 years later and still get chills. Not all songs age well. So I guess I try to make things that will last through time.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your latest single....
Initially, it was meant to be an indie electronic song. Not at all oriented to dance floors and parties. I was listening to a lot of Jon Hopkins, Jungle, Friendly Fires and other indie bands. I wanted to make an electronic song with a lot of organic sounds..
Do you feel that your sound has evolved over the years?
Without a doubt. I don’t how it couldn’t. I try to stay up to date and discover new artists as much as possible. It’s important. I hate 90’s parties lol. Don’t get me wrong, throwbacks are cool, and the 90’s were great, but I love to hear new music, push new ideas. It helps me keep growing as a music producer.
Do you feel consistency is important in creating music? Or is it ok to experiment with different styles and sounds?
Consistency in releasing music is key. Consistency in creating as well. I struggle with that last one though. As much as I love to make deep house, deep techno and afro tech, I also love to produce afrobeat and hip hop. It’s hard to give any of those up. When I produce under my name ‘’Gone Deville’’, I do try to stick with electronic music. When I produce afrobeat or hip hop, I usually produce FOR the artist. So it’s not really under my name, so I can explore a little bit more.
In the end, you don’t want to be all over the place. But at the same time, I don’t see myself only composing one genre of music
How do you see the next few years or your career panning out, in an ideal world?
Touring all over the world with Kizaba (the Congolese artist I work with regularly), performing onstage with him, and playing clubs/festivals after our shows
What's the most important piece of advice anyone's given to you so far? Good question. I’ve been given a lot of great advice in the last decade. I’ve been getting a lot of social media advice.. best practices, do’s and don’t’s. But creating content for social media, putting yourself out there, it doesn’t come as naturally to me. But it’s so important nowadays. Consistency with your marketing is crucial. I do my best.
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