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October 27, 2020

Fight your fears…with Dennis Sheperd!

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Right after the release of his second artist album called “Fight your fears” it’s time to meet up with one of my favorite trance artist and ask him a few things….


J: When did you start making music and why?

D: I started producing music as a hobby in 2004. My uncle had this amateur software called Dance eJay and back in the days the productions done with this software sounded really amazing to me. I played with it for a few months until I changed to a more professional software called Propellerheads Reason. And this is when the ball started rolling. In 2006 I had my first professional releases.

J: What is your feeling about edm these days?

D: I like some of the productions. Some other productions I don’t like. In the end, it’s all subjective anyway. If I only played this kind of stuff in a club though, I would more feel like a Pop DJ and I wouldn’t really like that.

J: What kind of music do you like to listen in your free time ?

D: All kinds of stuff. Rock music, piano compositions by Ludovico Einaudi too or sets by Bryan Kearney (for running) and Gaia (for lifting).

J: Who are your fave rising producers at the moment?

D: My favorite producer this year must be Nhato. He has done amazing productions this year. Great guy too!

J: Which changes in the music scene have you noticed since the time you were starting?

D: Well, with Trance at the moment, there’s a huge gap between the more Bigroom sound and the Uplifting & Psy sound. Somehow for that gap there is not much music at the moment. But honestly that’s exactly the stuff I love and play. The stuff we used to call “Progressive Trance”. I’m really missing the Rank 1, Nic Chagall, Kyau & Albert but also Mikkas kind of stuff. Rank 1 is still releasing this stuff but way too rarely! Kyau & Albert changed their sound to a more commercial one and Nic Chagall is not really releasing stuff anymore. Too bad! But I will strictly stick to this style as this is what brought me into the scene and what I really love!

J: How important is it for a dj making music ?

D: I started producing music first and later on became a DJ when there was some public interest. Either way, I think it’s very important to do both. It’s good as a DJ to have deep production understanding and the other way around, it really helps in the studio to know what the crowd will demand in the club. So both skills benefit from each other!


Thanks Dennis for the nice chat and see you in Italy in a couple of months 🙂

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