Intro: Welcome to HNT Radio’s interview series. We are excited to be in company with DJ Divulgence today and thank DJ Divulgence for giving us the time for this interview.
DJ Divulgence calls Toronto home and has been a DJ on HNT Radio since 2019.
You can tune in to DJ Divulgence’s Divulgence Radio on his regular time slot which is Sundays at 8PM EST.
1. How did you first get interested in electronic music?
Well there may be multiple points, in the 90s I was really into Eurodance as a child. Then in the early 2000s I used to hang out with friends at the local ski hills, one of them had a Honda Civic with a decent sound system, we use to take that car out for rides to get lunch and almost every time we’d go, “Phat Planet” by Leftfield on CD would be playing on the stereo, there was something special about hearing that album and speeding down the back roads. Further more, around 2008/9 when I first started going out clubbing, there were two songs I can distinctly remember that were incredibly influential to me, Steve Angelo and Laidback Luke’s “Be” and “Shake and Pop” by Green Velvet, there was something magical about those songs when they came on a big sound system.
2. Who are you biggest influences in the electronic music industry?
There are many, probably too many to list, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d say Toolroom Records boss Mark Knight. Toolroom is one of those labels that almost never disappoints on their releases and I really respect Mark Knight for sticking to his roots and style in the past few years, he’s a talented producer and could have easily sold out and made the big room/festival EDM when that whole craze took over the dance scene.
3. What is your favorite genre of electronic music?
Tech House is what i play most on Divulgence Radio so probably that, although it’s a sub genre of house, so i guess house could be the answer as well.
4. What DJ equipment do you use and why?
At home I have a Pioneer DDJ SX3 and Serato, I use it because it’s cost effective and gets the job done. I like Serato because I started many years back on turntables and it was the go-to DVS system for many, then and now.
5. If you were to do a warm up set for any artist who would it be?
That’s a tough question, there are many, probably Mark Knight or Eli Brown.
6. Where do you see yourself in DJ’ing 5 years from now?
Producing music and still making Divulgence Radio shows weekly, hopefully touring around Europe, North America and ideally an Ibiza residency.
7. How has your experience been as a DJ with HNT Radio?
Great, Gary is a hard-worker and puts a lot of love into making HNT a great thing.
8. What is the origin of you DJ name?
Divulge means to make private or sensitive information public, divulgence is the act of doing so. I feel like music is a great way to divulge a lot about yourself as person so it fit well. I also like cryptography and cryptic messages and may do so in some of my music(or have I already?).
9. Have you ever been known as another DJ name?
Yes multiple, I took a break from 2015-2019 and was reborn as DJ Diviulgence, I have a side project under another name at the moment but that’s an anonymous project so I won’t mention it here.
10. What inspired you to become a DJ?
DJ AM, the way he was able to blend such a wide variety of music into his sets and make it sound flawless was something i thought was amazing.
11. Do you have any tracks in the works? Record label?
Too many to count, I’ve spent the last year making music non-stop, I could release a full-length album many times over now but most will be released as singles and EPs. I am talking with a few labels at the moment as well. I plan on starting my own label VERY shortly too.
12. Where have you performed? What venues?
As DJ Divulgence, no where yet. I want to get a catalogue of music behind my name before I push for shows or tours, I don’t want to be a local DJ so acquiring a local residency is very low on my priority list at the moment. I’d rather be in my home studio producing music.
13. Do You have any upcoming live shows?
No, thanks to Corona Virus I don’t think anyone does. I may do a few live streams on my “Divulge” YouTube channel.
14. Do you think you style/genre will change in the future?
Yes and No. My love will always be for electronic music like House and Techno so I don’t see myself changing genres other than flipping in between sub-genres. Yes in the sense that music is ever evolving so the overall sound may change a bit, but the roots will always stay the same. My skills and tools available as a producer will grow over the years so that may cause some change/growth overall.
15. Do you have a set time in the week when you practice?
Yes, every Wednesday I record Divulgence Radio, which in itself is a practice session for me, and I usually stay on the decks for an hour or two after recording it, to test new mix techniques.
16. How do you choose the music for your DJ Session?
For Divulgence Radio; I usually go through the music from the past week first, pick the best of those songs and then form some sort of set list to work with. If I need more songs I will then go within the past month, or even search to my archives for something that fits. For a normal set, I don’t have a specific way to chose songs other than pick what fits the current moment best, having organized crates of music in Serato helps this a lot.
17. How can your perspective fans learn more about you?
DJDivulgence.com and @DJDivulgence on social media
18. Is there anyone you would like to mention who has supported you in you DJ career?
Shout out to Google, YouTube and all the various tutorials I’ve learned from.
19. Do you have any new release information you’d like to share?
Nothing other than I have lots of good music primed and ready to go, I’ve teased some in my Divulgence Radio sets.
20. When Did you first become interested in music?
When I was like 4 or 5 maybe? I don’t remember the exact age but I do remember hearing The Jackson 5’s “ABC” on movies and TV and being absolutely in love with it.
21. What else do you do for fun besides DJ’ing?
Snowboarding, hiking with my dogs, watching conspiracy theory videos, reading, and learning.
22. Why did you choose to play electronic music?
Because it’s still fairly underground once you move past the EDM scene. Which means it still has a lot of soul left in it and hasn’t been sucked dry of all it’s soul and replaced by a formula type of sound like most Top 40 music has nowadays.
23. How would you rate the music scene in you home city?
Great, Toronto has a lot of good clubs and quite a few awesome music producers come from here.
24. Do you have any formal music education?
Other than learning the basics of music theory, not really.
Thanks you from all of us here at HNT Radio for giving us the time to speak with us today.
You can check out DJ Divulgence’s Divulgence Radio show during his regular time slot which is 8PM EST on Sundays.
Thanks! House Music to Soothe the Soul.