Daniel Kelly, is Chicago native DJ/Producer better know as his artist name DOGMA. He has shared the stage with acts like Snails, Zomboy, Svdden Death, Funtcase just to name a few. DOGMA has gained huge amount of support from artists like Borgore, Subtronics, 12th Planet and more! Whether the setting is a music festival or small “underground” venue DOGMA always delivers a riveting performance that will leave even the most discerning crowd asking for more. He sold out his first hard ticket solo headline show at The Intersection!
Hi Dogma! How are you doing?
Hi! I am as good as can be expected right now haha!
Tell us how it all began, how did you get into producing?
It’s a pretty crazy story. I wasn’t a part of this scene in any way, not a fan, not a creator, in fact I kind of had a stereotype of the people who were because I was just totally uninitiated at the time. I was working in finance managing money at a major wirehouse and spent a lot of time in NYC where I have a lot of family and some of my dearest friends. A couple of them started to DJ and throw little parties in their Manhattan apartment. I figured what the hell I’ll go party with friends and see what it’s about, fully expecting to hate the music. Turns out it was like flipping a light switch. I’ll never forget sitting in that apartment listening to “Feed Me – Whiskers” and just having the realization that dubstep was basically my missing link. It is the musical representation of what goes on inside my head 24 hours a day and it hit me like a freight train. From that moment, I knew music had to be a major part of my life and started by learning to DJ. Then I just kind of got to a point where I was so immersed and in love with this that I knew it had to be my sole focus. I got to a point where the scariest thought in the world to me was looking back on life wondering if I could have actually done that one thing I really loved doing. So I decided to take a leap of faith, gave up my career and everything I’d worked for and said come hell or high water, I am going to do what I love to do. Create this crazy form of art to share with other people that love it as much as I do, and here we are…
For those who aren’t familiar with your music, could you describe your personal sound?
That depends on the day. It’s a mix of Tearout, Brostep, Electro, the list goes on. I can say that I am heavily influenced by some of the OG’s to this scene like Trollphace, 12th Planet, and Downlink. I have to give mention to some other maniacs who are making insanely high quality stuff that inspires me to get better like Trampa, Hi I’m Ghost, Barely Alive, and Antiserum. In fact I wouldn’t be making what I am right now without the help and advice of those first three people. Especially Trollphace, he was the first person who really opened the gates to me and took me under his wing. He listened to endless hours of my shitty WIPs on skype calls when I had no idea what I was doing and worked with me to pass on a skillset that otherwise would have taken years longer to learn. I forever owe him a debt for that friendship and mentorship.
You released an EP called “False Idols” through “Uplink Audio” label. Could you share the creative process behind EP?
At Lost Lands last year I had an amazing moment on stage with Downlink where he played my collab with ELEVATD “Decimation” and after the performance while talking he suggested I work up an EP for his label. The chance at which I absolutely jumped at. It’s kind of hard to describe the creative process for forming the EP as for me at least there’s not really a formula that I follow. I had a pretty deep well of potential tunes to choose from but these 3 just felt right together. As far as the overarching theme of the EP “False Idols” comes from a philosophy I have of not using other people to be the catalyst for your own inspiration. Don’t look at someone and say I want what they have or I want to do what they do. You can be inspired by people without question, but at the end of the day you need to find the inspiration to create something and chase a dream from within yourself, not from the accolades of others.
How did you end up into the collaboration with Blaqout?
I wish I had a better story to regale you with here. He and I have known each other for a while and have always bounced back and forth talking about doing a tune. We exchanged some WIPs but nothing ever really clicked. Then I sent him the precursor to our tune and it just felt right for both of us. Once you get that inspirational energy things can come together really quickly. That tune went from conception to completion in maybe a week once we both felt the vibe and really came together well. It was a pleasure to do it together and he’s a phenomenal human, make sure you check out the rest of his work!
And the collaboration with Evilnoiz?
We got introduced through Buygore after I did my first few releases with them. They sent me a few crazy tunes and I knew we had to put something wild together. Those boys have a crazy amount of talent that just makes me wish I’d found this path at their age. Definitely watch out for them, they’re going to be a name you see a lot more of!
What is your favorite song from the EP?
This is like asking a parent which kid is their favorite. Of course they have one, but you’ll never know! 😉
We are nearing to the end of our interview but I would like to give you the change to share something with your fans & new listeners. What to wait from you during 2020?
Yes! First and foremost I want to thank every single person who has ever come out to a show, streamed a tune, shared a post or anything else to support me and this crazy dream of mine. I love each and every one of you for it eternally!
For what to look forward to… MUSIC! Tons of it. At least another EP this year and probably a single a month to go with it. I feel like I’ve finally hit a stride with writing and just want to create as much as I can to share with as many people as I can. We’re also working on a ton of new merch and a sick website to go with it so we can have one central place for all things DOGMA that we hope to have up and running in the next month. So if you fuck with the sound and you want more, stay tuned. Because I am locked and loaded right now to deliver the heat throughout the rest of the year.
In closing, I know we are in a crazy unprecedented time where shows are all but completely off the calendar worldwide. It hurts my soul to see so many people inside and out of this scene suffering. But music for me has always been one thing that brings me together with people. It’s the one universal language that any two people from any race, religion, nationality, or walk of life can share an experience though. While it might seem bleak right now, hang in there and focus on yourself and the people around you because we will get through this! And remember, the music is always there for you, even if you can’t be at a show for it.