The Winehouse Mag

DJ Skyscream talks about his latest EP, Aries. 

“It’s exciting to watch my audience and fans grow,” says DJ Skyscream from his home in Toronto. The ambitious young producer has been steadily building a Toronto music profile, which is starting to pay off and his enthusiasm is palpable. “I’m excited to be releasing my [new] EP, and working on new music—dancehall, rap, and hip hop–with a few other Toronto artists.”

Making music was destined for Skyscream (aka. David Singh). Raised in a family that boasts DJ’s and musicians, and a father who worked as a sound assistant, Skyscream began deejaying at the age of 12, which eventually led to producing at 17 years old. Inspired by his love of the video game “DJ Hero,” in 2012 he started playing around with Virtual DJ, a DJ software. Playing around soon morphed into in his album “The Rise” in April of 2017.

Many can claim to be “bedroom music producers,” but Singh’s talent was undeniable, and his family recognized it. Seeing how seriously his music was becoming, they threw their support behind him.

“My family took [my deejaying] as nothing at first. But as I started to take it seriously and get more attention and recognition from blogs, magazines, radio stations and even major record labels, they all supported me.”

Though creating his own intense, eclectic and cutting edge music, Skyscream’s musical influences are extensive: Skrillex, Diplo, DJ Snake, DJ Carnage, Flosstradamus, Justin Timberlake, Tory Lanez, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, G-Eazy, Logic, J Cole, Sampha, Macklemore, Dvbbs, Martin Garrix.

And while his influences are expansive, the attention he’s starting to get is as well. “Alien Forces” has been downloaded by artists such as Steve Aoki, Krewella, Borgore, and the Chainsmokers,” he explains, amazed at the attention his work is receiving.  

Aries, his latest 6-track EP, draws from trap and electronic elements to create something that is signature Skyscream.  Currently supporting his independent release with gigs around the city, he may end the year with a major record label deal. “I’m currently trying to work out a deal with Def Jam Recordings,” he explains.

In the meantime, he’s looking towards the future, particularly future collaborations with some of his biggest influences from DJ’s to producers and rappers.

“I’d really like to work with all the artist that have influenced me,” he concludes. “It’ll help me branch out to new genres and help me grow as an artist. 

What’s in A Name: DJ Skyscream explains the practical way he created his stage name:
 “I honestly have no back story on the name Skyscream, I just sat down and came up with it while thinking about a song I was putting together. I searched up the name Skyscream on Google and no one had it. So it stuck with me.”

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