Storm Report By: Garth Jones
There is so much to love about Daunter‘s new track addition titled “Vigilante” to the 4/20-themed annual compilation BLAZECVLT III via the BASSCVLT record label.
Daunter does an exceptional job at drawing in the listener with the intro’s captivating ability to build a foundation for the rest of the track. Then, without notice a pre-drop vocal hits and a large outburst of bass develops into a mean drop.
Fans of heavy dubstep, stadium-sized builds and drops, nasty basslines, and sample usage that resonate with listeners, then this track is for you. Keep your necks ready and primed because this is the release that is going to break it for you. Get ready to headbang!
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He tells us in the interview below where the tracks inspiration, source material, and motivations behind the track and its creative process. Be sure to keep scrolling to read the interview. He also opens up about his origin as a musician, goals as an artist, and plans for the rest of the year.
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Q1: Welcome to our storm, Daunter! Tell us about your origin in dance music and how it led you to where you are today.
Daunter: Hello there! Thank you so much for having me! My origin in dance music started when I would listen to trance CDs that I would save up money for and just have it on repeat for days. Another origin was listening to a lot of Jose Amnesia, Talla 2XLC, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Alice DeeJay, and the list goes on. I eventually found my love for bass music when I went to EDC 2018 and visualized myself being up there at Cosmic Meadow and Circuit Grounds. I felt at that moment that I wanted to pursue music and make my dreams a reality. As I got more into bass music, I began finding artists like Sullivan King, Ghastly, Kayzo, Excision, Space Laces, and Must Die! and started honing into my craft of producing.
Although I started as a house music artist at first, my true home and calling was bass music. I started taking my production more seriously in March 2020 when the world pretty much was shut down, and couldn’t go anywhere. I enrolled into an online school of sorts known as Defyre Society and began submitting my music weekly, and taking 1 on 1 lessons with instructors. Taking the feedback seriously led me to meet many people along my journey and receiving advice that I needed to become a better producer.
I genuinely have to thank my mentors TWERL, OMAS, Birthdayy Partyy, Gladez, Jay Dunham, Heimanu, and Felmax for believing in my project and always pushing me to become a better producer. Without any of their guidance, I feel it would have taken me years longer to get where I am today.
I also want to give shout-outs to my local scene and friends Lonely Han, Two Dirty, Dakuya, Barl, UNI, Scythe, DJ LNDN, Chango, Jewlzcezar, Irie Mike, ASix, Seso Kaiba and the rest of 916 for believing in me and always inspiring me to become the best version of myself. If not for them, I probably wouldn’t be as social and outgoing
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Q2: Your new track “Vigilante” is OUT NOW on BASSCVLT’s Annual BLAZECVLT III Compilation. Talk to me about the creative process, inspiration, and motivation behind the track.
Daunter: This is a fun one! Vigilante started off as a really slow head banging track and I finished the idea within a day. However after some consideration and thinking, I wanted to take Vigilante to another level. So I rewrote the track and took it to feedback streams to get as much advice as I could to make it as powerful as possible.
Also, the vocal I used is one of my mentors during one of my lessons with him and we were talking about the recent The Batman movie that came out. My mentor did an impersonation of Colin Farrel’s Penguin saying “How do you know!? He could be a suspect! He’s a god**** Vigilante!”.
I took the vocal and processed it, layered it, and wanted to build a theme around that idea. The track is one of my favorites that I wrote and it comes from a genuine place. I feel with ideas like Vigilante and having fun with it makes the process faster and more genuine.
A lot of the atmosphere is from my previous tracks that I continue to use in my production. Adding atmosphere into your tracks is one of the most important elements to have in a track, especially if you’re trying to tell a story.
I hope everyone enjoys Vigilante as much as I did when I wrote it, it’s definitely a head banging track!
Q3: What are some goals you have as an artist?
Daunter: I would love to eventually play festivals of course, but I know that is going to take a lot of time and dedication to my craft as well as putting in the work.
I want to start playing more local shows due to the fact I started off producing first and then learn how to DJ. I feel Sacramento has a lot of great producers and the Bass scene is getting more exposure and popularity thanks to the group known as Xhale Ghost who runs Subphonic Events.
I eventually want to start creating sample packs and producing other genres of music for artists such as pop, punk rock, and hip-hop.
A long term goal of mine is to be able to play at EDC as it would be a huge full circle moment for me because that’s where my journey all started, at EDC.
Overall, as an artist I want to tell my story that it’s never too late to chase your dreams and make it a reality.
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Q4: What’s next for Daunter this year? What more can we expect?
Daunter: I am going to be releasing some edits/flips that I have made over the last few months. I have been working on my sound design and creating a folder for it. I have several tunes lined up that are finished and ready to be sent off to labels. I have been considering doing some self releases, which wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. I also have a few collaborations that I have with some of my friends that are in the works such as Glazzglow, and SWTCH.
I would eventually love to collaborate more with other artists because it’s always interesting to see different artists’ mindset and approach when they produce a track. In return, everyone learns a technique or shortcut, or a new way to produce during collaborations!
I’m sitting on some really heavy bass tracks that have been getting support from bigger artists, and one of them was downloaded by Excision himself!
So that definitely motivated me to keep producing and reassured me I am going into the right direction with my production and the Daunter project. Towards the end of the year, I want to start taking on students and give them the tools and ideas that they need to get started on production and help them build a catalog of music as well as teaching them everything I have learned over the last four years.
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