Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
The Galvanization name was derived from an offhand conversation that took place that day at a close friend's house between that friend (Pabs), another close friend (Mike) and myself. Fully aware of my then recent dabbling in the electronic music realm, they were joking and toying with the idea that when someone heard my music, they'd become "Galvanized" (since my last name is Galvan). They described it as the process of being overwhelmed with powerful sounds (contrary to the true definition of the galvanization process). Since I provide these sounds, they found it fitting that I be called DJ Galvanization. They also coined the phrase, "You've just been Galvanized". It sounded catchy and they pushed me to the name so I went with it.
Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Darude, Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, and many classical/orchestral pieces I'd heard over the years. I didn't necessarily pick up sounds from them, not beats, but rather techniques and ideas for making the music more "professional" sounding. They were my teachers even though they don't even know it yet.
I'm gonna have to say Moment of Lucidity. That song started it all. It was the gateway and catalyst to all the songs that came after it so it will always have special meaning for me. Without that song, there would be no other songs to speak of.
Prior to you becoming DJ Galvanization, you were part of the short-lived rock group Five Days From Friday. Did your time there affect you in any way as DJ Galvanization?
Yes, sadly 5DFF was short-lived and I loved being a part of it. Of course it affected me! I learned a lot on my own before joining 5DFF but I picked up a few things while involved with the band. First of all, I had a blast. But I also learned the importance of synchronization since other people are dependent on your timing when striking keys so that taught me an entire discipline. I couldn't randomly change tempo as I saw fit anymore (unless it was planned) so that was a very good thing to learn and employ later on. Also, by watching our drummer, I picked up visually how different sounds were generated with different pieces throughout the drum set. This helped me develop the drum loops for my music more accurately. I learn from everyone and everything everywhere I go and from the strangest circumstances. A simple bird chirping instigated a song idea for me one time, so you never know.
Have any commercial ventures or clubs been interested in hiring you? Are there plans for you to play at any venue in the near future?
Well, back when I was in high school, I was invited to play at several local clubs but I was underage and the parents didn't agree with the club scene exposure just yet. I've played at several parties and events in the past. As of now, there are no plans for playing at any venue since I'm concentrating on college. But if a good opportunity presents itself, I just might take it!
You're known for equating this world with chaos and music. Could you explain a little bit more about this philosophical equation and how it relates to your music?
The equation goes: