Producers MATT DOE, DRAGOS, Fools of Wisdom, Mike Danglez and REMETI have joined forces to produce the collaborative mega single 'Mirage', which will be released on Friday, June 11.
"Mirage" marks a turning point for Subtle But True. As a burgeoning force in the electronic music industry, "Mirage" demonstrates the firepower of Subtle But True's arsenal. With more and more releases on the horizon, the five artists on SBT's chart are undoubtedly poised for years of breakup. "Mirage" is the consolidation of a trajectory marked by the need to express your emotions through each of your pores. This last job lands this season and he does so marking a turning point in his career.
We have had the pleasure of talking to them about their latest release.
Can you tell us a little about your career? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
DRAGOS: I was born in Bucharest, Romania. I actually grew up there and moved to Canada right before I turned 11. My cousin who was already living here with his family had a small electric piano which he didn’t use much. He gave it to me as a gift and I started learning easy songs from Youtube and freestyling and that’s when I really fell in love with music. Not long after that, I started producing electro house as a pass time. I was younger then and there wasn’t much to do since my family didn’t have a lot of money and although I had some friends, I wasn’t very outgoing which led to me spending a lot of time indoors. I eventually fell in love with the idea of being able to create anything that my mind could imagine and decided to pursue my love for music. Fools Of
Wisdom: We are two Fools (Alexis & Julien) from Gatineau, Quebec and we started our career in the music industry about 6 years ago. We started off by hosting and performing at our own events in our small town and later on (about 3 years ago) we started producing as well.
MATT DOE: Hi my name is Matt and I'm from a little town called Aylmer just 20 minutes away from Ottawa (Canada's Capital). I actually got into music at a very young age. My parents made me take private piano classes at the age of 4. I wasn't a fan at first lol, but music grew on me and producing/composing became one of my fave hobbies around the age of 16.
Mike Danglez : Born in Montreal, Raised in Gatineau, QC, music piqued my interest at a very young age and was always valued in my house growing up. My parents have always been extremely supportive and encouraging when it comes to music, signing me up for piano lessons at the age of 5, guitar lessons at the age of 12, and just overall encouraging me to learn new instruments, genres, etc. I've always known I wanted music to be a major part of my life. I spent the majority of my teen/early adult years playing in rock/metal bands with my friends, and my favorite place in the world was Warped Tour. I've always been open to new music, so I listened to a little bit of Dubstep back in 2011-13 but it wasn't until my friends dragged me to Amsterdam Music Festival in 2014 where Electronic music really grabbed my attention.
From there, it wasn't long before I gravitated over to the Bass music scene, and that's why I'm here today!
REMETI: I'm from Montreal & I've been djing since I was around 15 years old. I started prodding seriously a couple of years ago now & honestly it's been a ride! I got into music because my dad used to be a disco dj for fun back in the day & we would spend hours listening to music when I was a kid, mainly electronic music.
How do you feel your music influences or impacts your listeners?
DRAGOS: I always aim to promote the whole “make whatever makes you happy and fuck anyone who tells you you shouldn’t” ideology. I make any genre I feel like making at the time I'm making it and I don’t try to impress anyone other than myself and my close circle with whom I’ve grown and keep growing with both professionally and personally.
It’s hard to say how my music influences my listeners but I sure hope it is in an empowering way.
Fools Of Wisdom : We hope that our music can be an escape from the stressors of people’s day-to-day lives and bring people a sense of joy! We also hope our music can bring people together and allow people to express happiness in their own way!
MATT DOE: I'd like to think that my music is quite different from others, I don't know why but I feel like every track I make really sounds like me lol. I also feel like my listeners can really enjoy my flow and groove and can picture a story behind most of the records that I make.
Mike Danglez : My goal when making music is to make the listener feel SOMETHING. It doesn't matter what that thing is, but if I can make a song, an album or a live set that captures the listeners attention enough to let everything else go, and just feel the music, then I've succeeded in my goal.
Whether that feeling is Energetic, Peaceful, Euphoric, or anything else at all. That's up to the listener's interpretation.
REMETI: I can't really say how my music impacts or influences others, but I do hope it's in a positive way!
Tell us about your new collaborative single 'Mirage'? How did this collab happen?
DRAGOS: To be honest, Mirage started as an idea we all had. We all agreed that it would be really cool for everyone to hop on a mutual project. We didn’t really put it into action until later when our manager Steph found a crazy opportunity for it. It was initially supposed to be released as part of another project but due to circumstances out of our control, that opportunity didn’t materialize. We were really lucky to have some great people help us with this release. Needless to say that we are all very grateful and happy with the outcome.
Fools Of Wisdom : The idea was in our heads for a couple of months. Steph had originally planned for this track to be part of another project which unfortunately didn’t work out, but we kept pushing as a team and we made it happen in our own way! It was not an easy task, but it was a super fun project to make and we are so proud of the final result because it truly represents each and every single member of the SBTFAM!
MATT DOE: We had been talking a lot about making this project happen during the pandemic. The team and I all had extra time on our schedule and we knew that our fans would appreciate this type of project. We rarely see anyone team up like this but we knew it'd be fun.
Mike Danglez : We've been a team for quite a while now, and most of us have been friends for longer than SBT has been around. We often talked about how fun it would be to make something together, but it honestly wouldn't have ever happened if Steph didn't push us to actually plan it out and make it happen. I'm pretty sure it started with Matt and Fools coming up with an idea, and we just kept passing the stems around until it was done!
REMETI: If I'm going to be honest I don't remember whose idea it was for the mega collab but it was superrrr fun to be able to work with everyone. I had never really made dubstep before so it was a refreshing & challenging (in a good way) experience.
What do you hope to convey with this track?
DRAGOS: This track is a statement of what Subtle But True is all about. Hard work, problem solving, friendship and a huge mutual love for music. We all hope this track will make some noise in the industry and that people enjoy it and share it with their friends. Also, now that shows are slowly starting to happen again, we definitely hope that other artists get to rinse it and hype up people around the globe with it.
Fools Of Wisdom :Honestly, we wanted to show the World what we can accomplish as a team!
MATT DOE: I hope this track can inspire others to try collabs like ours, even if they aren't an easy task. You always learn a bunch of cool stuff in the process and I feel like it can bring everyone closer.
Mike Danglez : I think this track truly encapsulates a little piece of every member from the SBT team. It’s been a pleasure growing as artists with this team, and after growing alongside one another, it’s nice to have a collaborative project to celebrate together. I think the point of this Mega-Collab was to reiterate that SBT isn't just a collection of artists, we really do live with a family mentality.
REMETI: As with any of the songs I've produced & worked on, I just hope it makes people happy.
What are your goals with your music?
DRAGOS: Personally, one of my goals is to be able to travel and share my music with as many people as possible. I would definitely love to be able to do this full time and support my family through my achievements. I also want to slowly incorporate more house in my sets and in my production as well.
Fools Of Wisdom : To travel the World, meet new people and make a living from the thing that we love the most... music.
MATT DOE: My goal is to inspire the next generation of music producers and let them know that nothing is impossible.
Mike Danglez : I've already accomplished so many of the goals that I've set out for myself, and I honestly see everything else as a bonus at this point. I guess my biggest goal at this point is to go on tour.
REMETI: My goal with music is to just have a good time, inspire others & hopefully provide people with an escape from the stresses of everyday life when they need it. Whether it be by listening to my music or coming to a show, the goal is for everyone to relax, let go, & have fun!
How is your sound evolving?
DRAGOS: I mean, one awesome thing about music is that trends are always changing. New styles and new artists are constantly switching up the scene. I always take inspiration from the “current” trends and try to spice up my own music with it. I feel like my sound is always changing simply because I make every genre I want to make, when I want to make it. Nothing is ever the same.
Fools Of Wisdom : With every release we are more and more proud of ourselves and the music we are making. We feel like we are really finding our identity through music and finding “our sound”. Also, gaining more support from big artists and labels in the industry makes us feel like we are on the right path and will continue to evolve in the upcoming years!
MATT DOE: My sound is definitely cleaner; I switched my monitors set-up for yamaha hs8 last year and it really taught me some stuff. But I'm buying a pair of krk rockit10's this summer, I want to get back on my 2018 bass bullshii lol
Mike Danglez : I've been spending a lot more time writing whatever comes naturally. I try my best to avoid forcing myself into a box, and just creating, releasing, and playing out whatever is flowing naturally. I've always had a soft spot for melody driven bass music, and I think going forward, people will be hearing a lot more of that in my future releases.
REMETI: My sound is evolving as I explore new genres. I've released beats, leftfield bass, pop & some other styles. Now when I'm in the studio the focus is house music, since it is my first love! I also have an unreleased dnb track that I'm super excited to release in the future, because who doesn't love dnb?
What makes you happy?
DRAGOS: What makes me happy is achieving goals, my family, my girlfriend and our 2 cats and my friends. I also express a great amount of joy and gratitude whenever the above mentioned people achieve goals that are important to them.
Fools Of Wisdom : Just seeing our music traveling around the World in more than 91 countries and having it be played by some big artists really makes us happy.
MATT DOE: Family/love, friend/laughs, amazing food and live dubstep shows, that's all I can think of atm.
Mike Danglez : Family. Friends. Music.
REMETI: These are some deep questions lmao what makes me happy is spending time with the people I love, being in nature, studying what I'm passionate about (I'm finishing my BSc in environment) & of course music. I also love to just chill sometimes & play video games.
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
DRAGOS: It’s always you vs. you.
Fools Of Wisdom : Team work makes the dream work!
MATT DOE: Eat well, sleep well, take your vitamins, work out from time to time and enjoy life as much as you can because at any moment anything can happen.
Mike Danglez : Be authentic, and stay true to yourself.
The music industry is a full-out grind, and there are lots of people that aren't here to make friends. They're just out networking for the sake of networking.
Be honest about your intentions, and natural in your interactions and you'll probably end up happier, with more friends and more success than someone who just sees other people as stepping stones to their end goal.
REMETI: Some words of wisdom from me would be to just take a couple of moments everyday & think of things you are grateful for. I even write them down. My life changed for the better when I started doing that & on bad days looking back on what I wrote makes me feel happier. So, if you're reading this, it's definitely worth a try!