Sep 10, 2018
DLMT's Exclusive Mix
Daniel Balamut, a.k.a. DLMT, enjoyed a big summer of 2018. Highlighted by massive releases such as his Dave Winnel and Paris & Simo collaborations and DJ sets including closing down We Are Electric Festival, it was a season to remember for the Canadian DJ/ producer. We took a deeper look at all going on in DLMT’s world and how he continues to develop his sound!
Hey Dan, thanks for joining us today! How’d your summer go this year? What were some highlights?
Thanks for having me! This summer was a blast, had the opportunity to close the Future House Music stage at We Are Electric Festival, and released a couple of singles with some amazing artists.
Let’s take a closer look at your Exclusive Mix first. How’d you approach crafting your mix and how does the track selection compare to a live set of yours at the moment?
The mix is actually pretty similar to what I would play during a live set, of course it all depends on the show as it changes based on that. I usually start off the set a bit slower, and build momentum midway through, including some of my favourite tracks at the moment as well as some originals from myself!
Can you highlight three tracks or artist included and what stands out to you about each?
Recently loving all of Jyye's stuff that he's been releasing on AFTR:HRS, super fresh take on the deep house scene.
Calvin Harris's remix of “Alone” is one of my favourite tracks from this year and shows his real true house roots.
Lastly, Anna Lunoe has been killing it lately. I play her most recent track “Badass” in almost every set, amazing energy!
Your collab “Always Feels Like” together with Dave Winnel has been huge!! It’s racked up the Spotify streams, DJ support, and more! How’s the response to the record been through your eyes? What do you personally feel is the biggest indicator of track success nowadays?
The response to this track has been absolutely mental. On 1001Tracklists, we reached the #1 spot on the Top Newcomer Track Chart and #4 on the Overall Track Chart for the month of July – just amazing to see. The track is well over one million Spotify streams in just two months as well and continues to grow! I think if a track is picked up by quite a few artists, consistently played out live and gains quite a few online streams, then it's a pretty good indicator of track success.
Tell us some more about working with Dave and choosing to do a cover of the 80s hit song “Watching Me.”
Dave was phenomenal to work with. I love his sound and style of production and we were able to bounce ideas back and forth without even getting in the studio together to create the track. We actually produced the instrumental and it took quite some time to decide on a vocal, but when the idea came to cover “Watching Me” it stuck with us.
“Let’s Chat” is another huge track of yours, this time together with Paris & Simo on Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS imprint. Do you remember the first time that you heard and/or met Paris & Simo? What was your impression? How’ve you gone from there to working together on this track?
I’ve known of Paris & Simo ever since I got into dance music, so it was pretty cool to be able to do a track with them. We got into contact through a remix I did for a track of theirs on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings label, and we began to develop a relationship from there. I sent them over a couple of ideas and “Let’s Chat” came to be after a couple of studio sessions and bouncing ideas back and forth!
Within your own productions you’ve explored quite a range within the house genre drawing influences from everything from future to deep to bass to tech house. How would you describe your sound? Where are you drawing inspiration from currently? Where do you see your sound and productions headed?
I think that as an artist, you should always be learning, developing and exploring your own sound. My current sound is always evolving and taking inspiration from many other artists and sculpting it into my own unique sound. I think quite a few of my new records will have a deeper tech house vibe to them, catering more to a club scene. I still will always hold on to the sound I started with, but just want to keep exploring the depths of house music.
What has you excited as we look ahead to the fall? Any big plans that you want to share with readers?
My next upcoming single is probably my favourite track that I have produced to date, and I am very, very excited to drop it. There isn’t an exact release date yet, but it will be announced soon! We are currently setting up quite a few fall tour dates and I’m excited to get back on the road!
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