Video: DJ Dahi – “Drop”
After Contributing to Dr. Dre’s Compton and entering the world of EDM, the Acclaimed Producer Releases a Fencing-centric Visual for “Drop” via Complex
Sweat. Competition. Anger. Victory. DJ Dahi‘s visual for his electronic music debut “Drop,” premiered via Complex, eloquently reflects the three and a half minute track that demonstrates his virtuosic production chops. “As the track changes and shifts so does the emotion of the video. I decided to focus on bringing out emotion visually that mirrors the feeling I felt in the studio while helping make this track,” noted DJ Dahi on the premise of the video. Following an elite fencing champion training to vanquish his Persian Immortal donning opponent, every moment of the of the video perfectly accentuates DJ Dahi’s arrangement of dubstep drops, heavy synths, and upbeat time signatures. DJ Dahi adds, “I wanted to create something that caught the eye of the music lover.” The producer’s high octane EDM instrumental was recently picked up by Coors Light for their #CLReFRESH campaign.
DJ Dahi recently contributed to several tracks on Dr. Dre’s Compton: A Soundtrack album in addition to a collaboration with Blood Diamonds on five tracks for Madonna. DJ Dahi has “a firm hold on the Hip-Hop scene,” said Complex in their premiere of “Drop.” The producer’s resume also includes collaborations with Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Vince Staples, and most notably Drake for his hit record “Worst Behavior.” Following all of these collaborations, the prolific multi-genre producer intends to release a solo album and is currently making music with Mac Miller, Kali Uchis and Travis Scott.
Watch “Drop”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZqjcFmJiQ0
Listen to “Drop”: https://soundcloud.com/dj-dahi-1/dj-dahi-drop
Check out the Complex premiere: http://www.complex.com/music/2015/08/dj-dahi-new-video-premiere-drop
DJ Dahi Background:
DJ Dahi has always forged a unique path for himself. With production credits on tracks from top tier artists including Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Big Sean, the Inglewood, California native has spent the past few years gradually shifting the boundaries of hip-hop, blending sounds from both coasts while blurring the lines between rock, rap and pop. “In order to separate yourself from other people, you have to have some sense of a sound and what you’re doing,” says the 32-year-old, who has also worked with Madonna, Lily Allen and Lupe Fiasco. “I look at music as always being able to capture the moment. You’re creating a world. I think that’s what makes me unique—I really pay attention and try to pick up things.” His ability to consistently buck trends is rooted in his days growing up in Los Angeles, where he was exposed to a multitude of artists across genre lines.
Born Dacoury Dahi Natche, he was raised in a Christian household where gospel and soul reigned and developed his musical skills playing a variety of instruments in jazz band. As a child of the ’90s, he gravitated towards rock music (Oasis, Radiohead) but became infatuated with hip-hop while attending Oakes College where he deejayed and began making beats sampling unconventional records, inspired by producers like DJ Quik and J Dilla. After attending audio engineering school, he began working with red-hot local artists like Pac Div, TiRon & Ayomari, and Fashawn, and through his manager linked with Top Dawg Entertainment to produce “Sexting” on ScHoolboy Q’s breakout mixtape/album Habits & Contradictions in 2012. From there, Dahi became a force to be reckoned with, lauded by Complex magazine as one of the best hip-hop producers at the moment. “I want people to feel like they know where they were when they heard my music,” he says. “Just really connect the music with a memory, and really touch people in ways that other people may not. That’s how I want to be remembered.”