Episode 025 : Dalfin
Friday, August 20th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Dalfin?
Dalfin: It was a random nickname I would hear from friends for years, so when rebranding I was trying to figure out a name that was easy to connect with my own name, but also had potential for brand building with design and art. I figured picking an animal would open a lot of doors as well as an ocean and aquatic aesthetic I could easily incorporate with the moniker.
C: How has Oakland influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
D: It has had a huge influence on my personal taste and sound to be honest. I moved to the Bay Area about 5 years ago and start going to Wormhole Wednesday’s almost every
week for multiple years. The vast amount of styles and experiences they provided really opened up the doors for me creatively and helped shape my new sound with my previous styles when my main project was more dubstep and future bass.
C: What initially inspired you to produce original music?
D: After years of DJing I felt like I hit a wall and it lost its luster. I felt as if I wasn’t really pushing myself and saw a handful of friends working their way up the scene and asked myself “Why am I not doing this?” I come from a background of touring metal and punk bands and play guitar, bass, and drums, so I figured learning a DAW and how to produce is the next big step. I’ve been incorporating my own playing and singing in my production since the start and it has definitely helped me cross a lot of bridges easier than if I didn’t have a musical background.
C: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
D: Stylistically, I’m pretty all over the place. I try not to make one specific style too much and explore other genres as much as I can, but if I was to generalize more I’d say Trap and Dubstep with strong neuro and hip hop/trap influence.
C: Tell us about the bass duo you are a part of, RaidBoss. How did that crew come together?
D: It originally started with me sending in my personal music for mastering. After a few tracks Cody asked me to collaborate with him on one, and then from there asked me to make a duo since he had been wanting to start one for a while. It has been more of an internet project then a touring act, but we have a few shows and festivals under our belts in the past few years. We’ve been quiet the past year, but we have a lot of new music I’m excited to start releasing soon!
C: What is your preferred DAW and why?
D: Ableton, no doubt. The workflow and speed at which you can crank out a song is unmatched from other DAWs I’ve used, especially when collaborating with people because it seems to be what everyone else uses as well.
C: How do you approach creating a mix for a streaming service such as SoundCloud vs. playing live in front of some sort of crowd?
D: I never prepare any set I play live, I get together 60-80 tracks and do free from mixing. This way no matter what when someone sees a set of mine, it is always new and unique. Prepared sets for streaming I will typically string them together in Ableton to make sure there are no errors in the mix itself.
C: What has been your favorite live performance to date?
D: Burning Man 2019 at Camp Questionmark is still my biggest highlight I feel. To play a legendary camp where some of the greats got their big start and to also play in front of thousands is a feeling I will never forget.
C: You have really been making waves in the scene as of late. What advice would you give to up and coming artists who don’t want to hop on trends and want to create their own lane like you have?
D: I always tell people if you want to be a part of the scene you have to go out in the scene. Making friends with promoters and other artists is super crucial for growth I feel because they are the ones that have the pull and power to get you on that stage. When I moved to the bay I didn’t know anyone in the scene. I went to shows by myself all the time and did as much networking as possible. Organization and goal planning is super important as well.
Being disciplined and having a set amount of goals to accomplish daily, weekly, monthly, yearly are all important to keep yourself in check regularly. Having discipline is very important to me as well. Your brain is going to tell you 50 different things to do other than make it work so you have to force yourself to open that DAW and get cooking.
C: What are some goals you have for the rest of 2021?
D: Finish up a ton of this music I’ve been sitting on for too long, and hopefully lock in some solid label placements for them as well.