Techno artist DSTM is committed to racial equality and justice, and he’s getting vocal about it. The Italian artist’s latest record “BLM” is his way of speaking out to the need for a more inclusive climate within the music industry. DSTM explains music’s need to continue playing even in the darkest times as it’s a way of protest. He also explains the vision for the video of “BLM,” and what he hopes to accomplish with his modest contribution to an issue bigger than him.
Thanks for taking time to chat with 6AM, before anything do tell what’s behind “DSTM”?
Thank you so much for this opportunity. The DSTM project is the result of years of work, study and experience in the electronic music industry.
To anyone who hasn’t heard of you yet, how would you describe your sound and style?
My style stems from years of experiments and attempts in different subgenres of techno music resulting in this product, which summarizes what I have learned and perfectly reflects my concept of techno music. High BPMs, distorted sounds and musical influences from the 90s up to the best-known names of the current techno scene are visible in my style.
What artists are inspiring you these days?
An artist who inspired me over the last few years, although his background and style are quite different from the current techno scene, is without any doubt Alec Empire and Atari Teenage Riot. Another inspiring artist is Raffaele Attanasio with whom I have also built a friendly rapport. In my opinion, he is one of the most innovative DJ and producers in the techno scene. [He’s] always keen on new musical experiments.
This track will not be released until all forms of racial discrimination have disappeared.
Techno artist DSTM statement on his latest record “BLM”
How long have you been dedicating yourself as a serious artist, and how did you first come across electronic music?
I was brought up with electronic music. When I was a teenager, my older brothers experimented with electronic music, then I started going to clubs, rave parties and music festivals which inspired me to produce my own music tracks and embark on my music journey.
Was it always a love for techno?
Yes, it surely was. Some of my first techno music memories date back to the early ’90s when my brother used to tell me stories about the techno gigs he used to go to. At that time this genre wasn’t very popular among his friends, who loved other types of electronic music, while he used to tell me how he enjoyed techno and its powerful sound.
2020 continues to test humanity. Not only are we navigating through a pandemic, but and social frustration and unrest has taken a firm grasp around the world with Black Lives Matter (BLM). What do you make of everything?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer that can help solve such a big problem. In Italy, the perception of this situation is smaller than the one you might have in the States. However, I have to say that this issue touches me. I feel the need to give my contribution, as everyone should do all they can to cancel inequality and make the world a peaceful place where different individuals live happily together.
I believe that nothing on earth should “stop the music,” as music is one of the few things in the world able to bring together people of different races, social groups and countries
DSTM on Why the Music Needs to Go On
You’ve taken a strong stance and have been outspoken in supporting BLM. In fact, you’ve recently shared a track titled BLM. Tell us about how this track came to be. What were you thinking and feeling?
What happened to George Floyd has undoubtedly had a strong impact on me, and I believe on most people around the world. The whole situation inspired me to give my modest contribution through music.
This (racial injustice, among many injustices in society) is a steep hill, are you in it for the long haul? How do you plan to stay committed to the long road ahead?
Personally speaking, I carried on playing music even when the whole music industry stopped to support the BLM movement. I believe that nothing on earth should “stop the music.” Music is one of the few things in the world able to bring together people of different races, social groups and countries. It means that I will always continue playing music to fight against any sort of injustice, discrimination, or anything that tries to make the world a worse place.
What story are you trying to tell in the video for your track “BLM”?
The message we tried to get across in the “BLM” music video is the necessity to fight for your ideas and never give up. Obviously, I couldn’t do [this] without the expertise of Ivars Huxly, a young filmmaker who translated my feelings into images.
I tried being normal once. Worst two minutes of my life.
Techno Artist DSTM
The news and social media are full of negative headlines, however, they’re two platforms that help spread awareness. How do you find a healthy balance between consumption and creating?
To be honest I don’t have an answer to this question. I think that if everyone behaved ethically and were more selfless rather than simply follow the rules of the market, everything would be easier.
Many young and aspiring artists have been hit hard in the wake of COVID-19, how do you maintain an optimistic outlook on your journey?
Being a DJ producer helped me a lot because when I went through some tough times and was feeling down in the dumps I locked myself in my recording studio and let the music soothe my mind. That gave me the strength to keep an optimistic outlook on life.
What’s something you’d like to accomplish as an artist this year?
In my case, during the lockdown, I worked a lot and therefore I have many tracks ready to be released. Furthermore, I’d like to continue making videos and then combine them with my music. I believe they can add value to my musical vision.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thanks a lot for your time and for giving me the chance to reach as many people as possible through my music. Long Live Techno! Have a good day.