Exclusive Interview: Telykast

We recently were able to catch up with the LA based DJ/Producer Telykast as he gave us a glimpse into how he started in the music scene and has been staying an active participant ever since. Opening for acts such as Dannic and touring outside of LA, we noticed Telykast was contributing a lot to the the music we love and had to have an interview.

1. Where are you from?

I was born in Dallas Texas but now reside in Los Angeles California 

2. What made you want to start djing/producing? 

I actually used to play ice hockey full time and had the chance to play on a USA team over in Sweden for an international tournament. The electronic music scene is HUGE over there and that was all the kids were into. I asked many of the Swedish kids where I could buy the CD’s they were listening to and I fell in love. I brought the CD back to Dallas and was hooked. I started making edits and mash-ups on virtual dj and just kept at it. I would make mixes for my hockey team to listen to before games and started really enjoying the creativity of what I was able to do with the music. On my 16th birthday my parents bought me Ableton and Logic and I made it my goal to learn production.

3. Who is your biggest influence(s)?

Probably Hardwell, he works so hard and has accomplished so much at such a young age. I really look up to him and It helps me realize that anything is possible if you keep pursuing it!

4. What’s you’re favorite record of all time?

Swedish House Mafia – Save The World

 5. What can you recall your favorite performance and where it was?

Lizard Lounge in Dallas actually! It was always my goal to perform there as it is the top club in Dallas and to be able to have my family and friends there and to play with Dannic in front of a sold out crowd was absolutely amazing and something I will never forget!

6.  Who do you want to collaborate with?

I would be honored to work with Hardwell. Like I said I respect him so much and love his style. I hope one day to make that happen 🙂

7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you at a show?

Oh man Haha! Actually I was performing at Breakaway Festival in Dallas and was having a great set and all of a sudden the table just collapsed! It was so embarrassing, but the music kept playing and I was able to recover and finish. Good laugh in the end, but definitely quite embarrassing!

8. What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/djing?

I love to go on hikes or go to the beach. It’s so peaceful and really gives me ideas for writing when I get back in the studio.

9. What is your opinion on the current Dance Music scene?

Personally I think the scene is doing incredible! It’s surreal to see how many people are literally obsessed with all these festivals/shows and how much knowledge people truly have when it comes to the artists and the music in general. 

10. What do you think will be the next big thing for Dance Music?

I think performances and sets are going to start including a lot more “live” aspects such as drums and guitars. I feel like we’ve steered away from that side of it, so to see that come back would be very cool I think!

11. Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?

I have a lot of remixes and originals I have ready for release! I’ve really been focusing on getting a bunch of projects done so I can focus more on shows this summer! I just released my DVBBS & Moti – This Is Dirty Remix and have my Paris Blohm & Taylr Renee – Left Behinds Remix coming out soon as well, so stay tuned!

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