We sat down with Mike Danglez ahead of his upcoming GMM debut. Get to know the newest artist to join our family:
Why don't you start by telling us about yourself, who you are, where you’re from, and how long you’ve been producing.
Born in Montreal, and raised in Gatineau, I’m a Quebec kid through and through. The real name is Zach Lynch. Mike Danglez stems from a nickname that a couple of my buddies gave me back in college. It was my party alter-ego and it kind of just stuck.
Outside of music I’m a full-time Dad to a hilarious two-year old, a soon-to-be husband to my wonderful fiancé, and I work a 9 to 5 to pay the bills. With all this going on in my life, my producing time is usually limited to about 7 - 15 hours a week. I first bought Logic Pro X and started playing around in October 2016 and I always make sure to put my “music time” near the top of my priority list!
How did you first get into music?
Music has been in my life as long as I can remember. Both my parents love all genres of music, and had a great influence on my musical taste from a young age. They used to brag about the fact that when I was a toddler I was singing Bob Marley and Bob Dylan tunes rather than nursery rhymes. My mom put me in piano lessons when I was five, and my love for music just grew from there! I played piano until I was 12, and then picked up the guitar. The next year, I joined the school band and picked up the saxophone and drums. Around the end of high school and beginning of college, I played in a couple bands, but other commitments kind of took over and we found it hard to find time to meet up. Then came the switch to electronic music.
September 2014, I left for Germany on a 4 month semester abroad. Before them, I had always been into heavier music like Bring me the Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria (Back when they were all metalcore bands) so the only real taste of electronic music I had was what my younger cousin, Will used to show me. Around 2011, I used to listen to a little bit of Flux Pavillion, and Doctor P and Zeds Dead, but other than that, never really dove into it all that much. During my time abroad, I was convinced by a few newly acquainted American friends to hit up Amsterdam Dance Event with them. So my first electronic show/rave/whatever you want to call it was a stacked lineup of Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Deorro, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, and Wildstylez. That was the show that changed my perception on electronic music. The atmosphere, the energy, everything was mind blowing. I got back to my dorm room in Germany a couple nights later, and instantly ordered myself a beginner level DJ controller (It was the Hercules Instinct or something like that). Sorry for the novel, but that’s the long version of how I got into electronic music.
What makes you want to produce music, what's your inspiration?
Plain and simple, producing makes me happy. Creating/playing music isn’t something I want to do; it’s something I need to do. If people like what I make, that’s even better! Music has always been an outlet for me. If I can turn my own outlet into somebody else’s, it just gives me that much more motivation to keep on working at what I’m doing.
When you sit down to make a track, what's your thought process like?
Typically I have two modes.
1) “Lets make something to rage/party to”
2) “Lets make something that mom will actually want to listen to”.
For those that have listened to my unreleased tracks (and to some extent my released ones), you’ll notice a pretty significant contrast between some of the music that I make.
From there, my thought process typically goes like this:
1) What BPM is this track going to be. 9/10 it ends up being between 145 and 155.
2) Play some piano and make chord progression that I like.
3) Think about how I’m going to make this track different from the last one
4) From there I work in a pretty linear fashion. Intro -> Build -> Drop -> etc
5) When the first version is done, I usually look back at it and think about how I can beef it up, or make it more catchy/exciting.
6) Think about where I might put it in a DJ set, and fine tune it based on that
What do you want listeners to experience when they hear your music?
I don’t think there’s a specific emotion that I’m aiming for, some of my songs are smooth and calm, and others are explosive and hectic… But basically, if listening to one of my songs makes a listener's day better in any way at all, I’m happy with that! Firstly, I hope people just have a good time listening to them. However, with this being said, As I mentioned above, music has been an outlet for me for a long time. There are so many songs that I tie to specific memories throughout my lifetime, it’s almost like they act as time capsules. Example: Illenium remix of Don’t Let me Down instantly brings me right back to being at Ilesoniq 2016 in Montreal. Silvio – Bob Dylan, immediately brings me back to jamming out with my dad as a kid in his old ’95 Subaru Outback. I guess that’s what I want people to experience. I hope people have an easier time holding onto memories by having my music tied to them.
What are your goals for the next year?
My goals for 2019 include releasing an EP, playing a big festival, and just continuing to make music that I enjoy.
Is there anything you want to say to the fans ahead of this release?
Thank you to anyone who’s taken the time to support me. Whether it’s taking a minute to listen to my tracks, buying a ticket to a show, sharing my posts on social media, etc, I appreciate you.
Also… Make sure to have the contact information of a good massage therapist; your neck will thank you.