THE BIRDHOUSE 147: Steve Darko Interview

For show 147 of THE BIRDHOUSE, we have brand new Dirtybird artist Steve Darko taking over guest mix duties. Steve just released debuted on the label in May with his Fried and Fertilized EP. After continually hearing his music in our demo submission, I knew Steve's music was a perfect fit for Dirtybird. I played his track during Miami Music Week, and it was the biggest record of my set. 

Although he's an up and coming artist, Steve has already had a string of great releases on Box of Cats, Perfect Driver and Audiophile XXL. His productions skills set him apart and his music continually stands out amongst the noise. Check out his guest mix below and read on for Steve Darko's BIRDHOUSE questionnaire. Also, make sure to check him out on my upcoming world tour. Steve will me joining me as support for the US leg of the tour.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

My music career really started to pick up over the past month or so after releasing my “Fried or Fertilized” EP on Dirtybird.  It’s opened up a lot of doors for me in the music world and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Boston, which has inspired me to crank out 15 different Dropkick Murphys house remixes… not really.  We do have a very tight-knit community of producers here though, and we all feed off of each other and influence each other in different ways.  It’s not New York or LA, but the house music scene here is still pretty tight.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Zero so far.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

I’m going to still consider this part of my career “early on” and say that the Moog Sub37 is the most influential piece of gear I own.  I use it on most of my tunes.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

When I first started making electronic music I was trying to emulate dudes like the Crystal Method and The Chemical Brothers.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I drink a 128 oz. Harpoon IPA, eat 8 tacos and wake up feeling inspired again.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

At home in my studio between the hours or 12 and 4 am.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I write audio/music software for my day job.

THE REST

1. Favorite and least favorite colors?

Fav: green

Least fav: brown

Favorite and least favorite words?

Fav: eels

Least fav: dongle

Favorite animal?

Seabound land eel

Favorite board game?

Quoridor

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

All chips (chip salad)

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

“Call Me Maybe”– Carly Rae Jepsen

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Warehouse

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflix