The creative mind of DjCybo

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My music background is rooted in hardcore and old school punk. It wasn’t until I really got into design that I began listening to any ambient or electronic music…

DJCybo (pronounced syb-o) hails from Brooklyn, New York. I first learned about her music on Myspace around 2007. Not only did I enjoy the music, but I was really impressed by her DIY talents. She was making her own music, playing her own instruments and recording her own tracks. On top of that, her photography showed the beauty of New York that most never see.

To add to her music and photography, she has a natural aptitude for art as well as design. All of this combined visually with her music has given DJCybo’s work its own personality and presentation.

She describes her music as Visual – Ambient – Industrial – Trip Hop – Esoteric. Even her most diverse tracks bear her signature of being very emotional and dream like.

Working daily as a 3D Animator, her music is a hobby. However, some would beg to differ… her music has become much more than just a hobby.

Thanks again to DJCybo for taking the time to do this interview. And if you’re under deadline and don’t have time to read, put your headphones on, push play on the tracks below and enjoy.

…now on with the interview, introducing DJCybo:

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For those that might not be familiar, in your own words: Who is djcybo?

For those who don’t know me… I’d say I’m your typical nerd girl… and I say that with much pride. I’m the one who’s mind is elsewhere standing in a crowd of chaos… wandering off and in most cases it’s because I always try to see how visuals can become my newest creation when surrounded by the congestion fumed all around NYC.

From a timeline view – where did it all start, how did you get to where you are today?

I started at the very end of 2005 but didn’t really get much of my work up until early 2006.

Myspace was very big at the time and just like every other musician I put my tracks “up”… mostly for my friends and family who befriended my music page. I was creating instrumentals, yet I had written so many lyrics. At this point I had never sang before and figured what do I have to loose. I wasn’t comfortable with my voice at all, regardless, I was making music for me and not for one to criticize. Production wise I was an amateur… but I didn’t care, I knew I would learn my way, learn my sound… nobody is perfect, and everyone needs to start somewhere.

You come from a family of artists. Did you ever see yourself doing what you do today?

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Artistically yes, almost all of my family is an artist of some type… painter, illustrator, graphic designer. I went to school for 3D animation and Interactive Media. I was so fond of 3D gaming, creating and meshing 3D models. Computers and Art had been my passion for so long. I would actually build my own gaming PC from scratch to be sure I had the best of the best. Mind you I was not at all recording any type of music at this point all I had was a guitar and drum machine that I picked up and played daily after my work was done.

A musician, an artist, a photographer and a 3D animator; what inspired you to follow such an eclectic group of creative interests? Do you tend to dabble or dive in head first?

I do a little of both. I really don’t know what got into me. But I always wanted to be able to do everything when it came to creating. I think creating was the key word for me. The Jack of All Trades.

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For example I didn’t want to know how to just play piano, I wanted to play guitar, I wanted to play drums. I didn’t want to buy my computer all hooked up, I wanted to build it from scratch. I was so inspired to learn everything on my own to a sense where I didn’t need to be dependent on someone. Although a good portion of the way I am is because I am always eager to learn… take what you can because it’s a great feeling to be able to pass it on.

With everything you are involved with, how do you manage your time and keep everything organized?

It may seem like I am organized, but I am not at all. But also I think because I have such a passion for each it just fits.

Do ideas from so many creative outlets tend to blend over into the other?

That they do… and I find it all very comforting. For example when I first found my sound… I wanted it to be memorable… and what better way to share that then creating some sort of visual…photography or video wise… that’s where it comes hand in hand. I live in NYC and I know it’s chaotic, dirty, loud and gritty and when I post my photography around my area… people see the beauty in NYC… as I quoted myself:

“Calm night….. I hear the rain hit the streets hard…… and there is something mysterious about it all….people are rushing..running and everything around me becomes one huge blur…until I focus on something, someone, somewhere… another moment…….”

…and suddenly everything becomes beautiful…

Have you always been this ambitious and productive?

When it comes to art, yes. There’s nothing more beautiful then creating and sharing it with other like artists and individuals.

You have played all of your own instruments and mixed all of your own tracks since the beginning. Have you had any formal training musically, instrumentally or vocally?

No training or lessons of any type what so ever. I can’t read any notes, I play everything by ear. Although I’m learning along the way. Unfortunately, I’ve always passed up lessons. I was always one to want to do everything on my own. I was very independent and determined.

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Dreamwave Circuit Distortion 2 by djcybo

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As far as vocals, I had mentioned on a previous interview that I had written so many instrumentals with lyrics to be sung. I knew I couldn’t sing… I had never sang other then your typical jam out session alone in the car. But again, I didn’t want to be dependent on finding a singer/friend that would be available. So out I came with my voice. Such an uncomfortable feeling, but as time progressed and I sang more… I was becoming more comfortable with my singing. I’m still very shy about it, but if you never try anything there’s no way of knowing if you’d ever be good at it. :)

You have mentioned before that you write your lyrics after the music is created. Describe your creative process when creating your music.

I always felt that sound evokes very strong emotions and can make you feel things that were locked away, happy or sad. All these feelings for me hit a climax and down on paper they go. Music writes the lyrics. That’s always been my motto.

Your music captures a lot of moods and emotions. Is this something that you try to incorporate or is it a result of just letting the music be a release?

That’s exactly it… I’m not very good at releasing my feelings verbally… I’m very passive when it comes to my work… and to have this outlet as a source of communicating my feelings… it held a very positive outlet for me when things tend to get rough. Everyone always needs a release.

Can you elaborate on “This is my life recorded in a dream…”

Surely! About 95% of my music derives from the unconscious dreams I’ve had… I’ve always been so curious about these visuals. Each dream is different and I try to remember what I can of it… the next morning I take these visuals and turn them into music… here is my life recorded in a dream… It may explain why a good portion of my music remains ethereal.

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Fear of failure is one thing that tends to hold people back . When you put your music out there what do you think about?

That is true, but when you love doing what you do so much, fear is non existent. I never wanted to put music up and “make” people listen or become a fan. I enjoy it so much I get overly excited to post it. If I had just one person to listen and like my track, I was happy because that was more then I could ever ask for. It’s a great feeling to know that others are listening and really enjoying what you do. When I first put up my tracks, I had no fear, even with my “track” I had first put vocals on, I posted it with pride even as embarrassing as it was, but I myself admire people who continue to show their work. You should never hide your work especially with music… you made it to be heard.

From Myspace to Facebook to Twitter, how has the internet and social media played a role with your music?

It’s played a huge role. I’m not one for promoting, so word of mouth from one listener to another has really played a huge part in where I am today.

Are there any new endeavors coming down the pipeline for your music?

After my “Echoespond” and “Saegmeh” release I had planned to hold off on any new Cybo material. Right now I am actually in a project with a good friend called “Halceon“; it’s a very moody type of sound. I like to describe it as a dream wave. That currently will be my main focus along with a few collabs and remixes.

You posted some time-lapse sketches on your website. How much has traditional art influenced your digital work?

I’ve grown up with such a passion for traditional art. There’s nothing more gratifying then seeing pure art without the use of digital effects. These days everything is so digitally enhanced, I feel a good majority of our generation strays from such natural art; hand drawn sketches and oil paints. Sketching is another release for me and it’s fascinating to the eye to see a blank page transforming into a work or art. That’s where my time-lapses come in and they seem to coincide with my musical creations quite well.

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What advice do you have for people wanting to go after their creative dreams?

My advice is to keep creating. Don’t be afraid to share your work. Nobody likes constructive criticism, but it helps a great deal in shaping your future works. You can take it and leave it or you can take it and learn from it.

Where can people pick up your music?

All my music is available on www.djcybo.com and iTunes as well.

Links to check out:

DjCybo.com
soundcloud.com/djcybo
myspace.com/djcybo
last.fm/music/cybo
twitter.com/djcybo
reverbnation.com/cybo
youtube

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Dreamwave Circuit Distortion by djcybo

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