A Day In The Life Of: Schwartzvegas
Talented DJ and producer Schwartzvegas is quickly becoming one of the hottest young sensations within the current Dance music scene. Daniel Schwartz, the man behind the Schwartzvegas moniker, has had a very busy 2015, putting his name on top notch productions like: ‘Victorious’ and ‘Last Hope’.
Boasting a unique sonic palette, characterised by highly-original Progressive, Melbourne and Future House infused flavours, Schwartzvegas has been able to put together the influences he’s collected from living in three different cities by the age of 20 – Miami, New York and his hometown Toronto.
Whilst setting up an exciting 2016, we’ve had a chat with Schwartzvegas to get to know him a little better and go through his daily routine as a DJ and producer. Here is a Day In the Life Of: Schwartzvegas!
Hey, thanks for having us. First of all, at what time do you wake up?
If I said noon, would that be weird? I was never really into early mornings, and I think that I am most productive in the afternoon.
Give us an overview of your first activities in the morning?
I usually check the news, check my social media and eat. Nothing fancy, although I like to maximize my sleep time. Who doesn’t love sleep?
At what time do you usually head to the studio?
That depends. I usually have more time on the weekends, which can sometimes be a late afternoon that quickly turns into an early morning.
Do you have a ritual of things you do before getting started on actual production?
Not really. I just have to have the right mindset. I have to have showered, eaten and be ready to make music is all.
What do you drink when you’re working in the studio?
A bit too much Red Bull.
Do you take walks, have snack breaks etc. to help you get inspired or restore energy levels?
Yes, breaks are key actually. They can last a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. It is tempting to work for hours on end, but that is not always how you maximize your production.
Do you like to switch off your mobile phone and other electronic devices whilst working on a track or do you prefer to stay connected?
I have to stay connected. Knowing that my phone is with me gives me a better mind set, knowing that I can contact whoever I need, whenever.
On the day of a big gig, how do you prepare?
Sleep is very important, as is eating and staying active throughout the day. Energy drinks play a big part of my day, although I’m sure that is the case for many producers.
What’s the very first thing you do when entering the venue before the show?
I usually meet with the manager and staff briefly and have a look at the setup for the night. It’s nice to be able to be one of the first ones in the club, ahead of the line.
What’s lunch/dinner like before an important gig?
That depends. If I’m travelling, then I try to eat something culturally significant, as a symbol if nothing else, of my good fortune to be able to perform in a diverse collection of places.
Do you head straight home after a show or do you like to hang out?
I like to hang out. Most of my friends know that I’m a pretty big partier, so I don’t pass up the opportunity to party post-party
How do you spend your days off?
Sleeping, eating, exploring. My wanderlust is alive both in and outside the studio.
Anything you’d like to add?
While on the topic of food, eat foods that you like! It might sound funny of me to say this, but food is extremely important!! (And hopefully delicious.)