It’s time for lucky number seven of our series with Digitally Imported, The Digitally Imported Dial, where we highlight some of the best channels and shows available on the web’s premier electronic music streaming radio platform. Every channel is curated by hand, so we’ll hear from the men and women behind the scenes how they bring us the music we love.
This time we’re taking a closer look at the DI Trap channel through the eyes of Rob Analyze, the channel director. Rob is involved in every aspect of the music creation process, from production and A&R to distribution and programming, which gives him a keen insight as to where the ever-changing sound of trap is headed next. Learn more about how his many hats play into his curation process below.
Rob is a man of many talents, both in music creation and business:
Back to the good old days I fell in love with music as a first-chair trumpet player; I marched in high school, then I marched right out of that into producing & DJing at a skating rink called Roller Barn. From there I opened up my own record store in Ocala, FL called Rolling Records and little by little I got very involved with the music industry. Aside from my DI curation duties, I run my own label, Bombeatz Music, which releases up-and-coming artists and some of the best electronic bands in the scene, and I work with the famous Trap & Bass YouTube channel.
Rob’s deep connections to trap producers and curators give him insight as to where the genre is headed before anyone else:
Trap music has always been around–it was just a matter of time before the genre expanded. I love seeing what it has become today and I do not see it fading away in the near future. I follow a lot of blogs, always checking out new releases at all the shops, not just the features, because some of the best tunes get overlooked when they are not featured. So many demos come in daily for the DI Trap channel, we can pick through and hear the changes coming before they hit the stores. When selecting content for the channel, it comes down to good music and active artists. I pay close attention to who’s releasing new music, touring, on the move–the ones who grind get played. DI really likes to recognize underrated talent that produces good music and works to get it out to fans.
Supporting underrated and up-and-coming talent is very important:
Aero Chord, GTA, Grandtheft, Dirty Audio, Keys N Krates, HPNTK, Grabbitz, Jackal, Hucci, and DJ Structure tracks just hit the low end of what I look for. Also, be on the look out for Boxheavy–that guy is thumpin’ the bass!
Rob also has a penchant for the DI Deep House and DI Breaks channels:
As much as I love trap, I’m a deep house and breaks lover on the side, too. The DI Deep House channel by Mike Louth is one of my favorites. I have listened to all the DI channels and the whole team of directors do a great job. If you’re looking to hear new genres and music, I would suggest to anyone to take some time and check them all out. Bump our DI app in your car, at work, at the gym, or during whatever it is you’re doing. Our channels will get you in the mood for it all!
Rob also works with famous YouTube channel Trap & Bass, which will be launching a collaborative show on DI later in 2015:
We are gearing up for a weekly mix show tied in with Trap & Bass called Colton & Aaron. From there we are shooting to become one of the #1 channels on DI.