Jan 03, 2017
Teri Miko Brings "Fukuyo" To WOLV
Teri Miko is an artist fast on the rise after signing to Dyro's WOLV Records. “Fukuyo” shows off her dark and heavy interests and looks to springboard her to a big 2017. Get to know her background, the story behind "Fukuyo" and discover how she connected with Dyro and WOLV Records in her interview.
When you were getting into dance music, were you a DJ or producer first? Can you talk a little bit about the challenges of developing both skill sets simultaneously?
I got into dance music as a hip hop DJ first. The most important thing for a hip hop DJ is the mixing and scratch techniques. I worked hard on scratch and mixing skills in my early years and I am very grateful for that because those skills are what differentiate my live sets. Production came later for me as part of the logical development of an artist.
I do not see it as a challenge, as being a DJ first made me understand what kind of music I would want to produce and the type of audience I would like to reach.
You are already a very established and successful DJ, but what has the journey been like production wise to arrive at your first big release on a major label?
It has been a long journey for me, as I am always doubting my final master. I had a few releases earlier, but was not totally satisfied with them. So I decided to take a long break to find and improve my sound. My first major release “Fukuyo” is a total experiment which got noticed by Dyro and got me signed with WOLV.
What was the inspiration for “Fukuyo”?
“Fukuyo” is a very experimental sound for me. I started it just for fun, but then I realized that it has power! I finished it to prove to myself that I can create something different. And I hope this also proves that an innocent looking girl like me has a heavy, dark side and can play with big boys too!
Can you talk a little about the first sketch you had of “Fukuyo” and the production process in getting to the final track that we hear today?
I hardly work on tracks which are in the range of 120 to 130 BPM, but when I heard “666” by Getter and Ghastly I was thinking, “Damn, this track has so much energy and sounds so different.” So I wanted to produce something experimental for me. I started off creating a powerful drum track incorporating vocal chops and playing around with different percussions. Then I worked on the drop which took a while for me. The most challenging part was the breakdown. I made a couple of versions of it, and I even sent different versions to Jordy (Dyro) to get his feedback. The final sound is what you hear in “Fukuyo” right now.
How have you been using the track in your sets and how has it been going down?
I have been testing this track for a couple of months now with different versions, as an original, and as a mashup with and without a vocal in breakdown. It works in clubs as well as festivals. Isn't this one more reason to check out “Fukuyo”?!
What does having the support of Dyro and releasing on WOLV mean to you?
I am immensely grateful to Dyro for noticing me and my music. For each and every artist, this is one of the biggest and the most important moments – to be appreciated from such a talented and established producer like Dyro.
Looking into your mashups a little bit, how do you approach creating them? Can you highlight one of your favorites?
I believe that with mashups in general, I think that mashups along with your DJ skills make your live sets unique. So sometimes I hear an old tune on the radio and I am like, “Hey, I can play that!” And that’s where techniques for blending tracks helps. My favorite mashup is “Wild Imperial March” where I mixed the legendary Star Wars “Imperial March” with the current trap sound.
2016 saw you play incredible shows across the world sharing the stage with many of today’s biggest artists. Can you highlight a favorite show or two and what made them stand out?
Yes, 2016 was kind to me and opening for Dyro was a game changer. During that show, Dyro heard my sound and asked me to send my stuff to him. And here I am today as part of the WOLV family.
Also a few more memorable gigs – playing with Marshmello, he is a very fancy creature :), and sharing the stage with bass giants like NGHTMRE and Slander.
What does 2017 hold in store for Teri Miko?
2017 is going to be dedicated to my music, as I have a lot of new originals and collabs lined up. So watch out for Teri Miko as I am powering up with no intentions of slowing down!
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