Inspired by dance music greats, Maurya Sevak aims to make his own impact [Q&A]

Inspired by some of the big names in electronic music, Maurya Sevak is on a mission to make his own impact on the genre.

Hailing from Toronto, the up-and-coming dance music DJ and producer recently released his latest single, “Horizon.” Blending progressive house with elements of trance, the electrifying track emanates from Sevak’s love for the music of artists like David Guetta and Armin van Buuren.

He says he was “completely mesmerized” by these dance music pioneers, especially their performances at the iconic Tomorrowland festival in Belgium. And with their music serving as a catalyst, the young beatsmith works diligently to carve out his own sound.

We caught up with Sevak to discuss his direction, his favorite music production tools and more. Tell us about your latest album, “Horizon.” Is there a story behind the creation of this piece?

Maurya Sevak: I could see the vision of a beautiful view full of nature from a beach somewhere in the Mediterranean, similar to the artwork of the song. The thought of the view itself inspired me to create a thrilling melody with a big room pinch and combine it with some strings and a powerful drop. What went into the composition of “Horizon”? Did you have any favorite studio equipment or software that you used on this track that you would like to highlight?

Maurya Sevak: I composed “Horizon” in two different parts: the first is the catchy intro of the great piece and the drops, and the second is the enigmatic distribution of the orchestral strings. My favorite software to use on this track was Native Instruments Kontakt 6 | Komplete violin library, which I used for the violin solo in the breakdown. It sounds so beautiful and realistic, it feels like a real violinist is performing in front of an audience.

Scroll to continue How does “Horizon” compare to your previous releases, “Desert Rose” (a Sting cover), “Liar” and “X”?

Maurya Sevak: “Horizon” is a very different track from “Desert Rose”, “Liar” and “X”. Instead of being a progressive house or future rave track, “Horizon” is pure big-piece power with a touch of floating emotions and catchy melodies.

Being an instrumental over the previous three vocal tracks, “Horizon” is made for EDM fans who want to hear only the soaring sound of the music without having to divert their attention to the lyrics. Talk about “Liar” and what went into creating this track.

Maurya Sevak: “Liar” was a track made to bring out the emotions of the listener and touch the strings of the listener’s soul. It’s a powerhouse of the rave future! The track began with a lead melody arpeggiated over a future rave synth patch. I had the beat down and started looking for a euphoric, dreamy melody. Towards the end, I added an Acid 303 sound with Serum, playing on the offbeat. You seem very energetic when you perform. What concerts have you attended and which have influenced you the most? Is there a specific artist or performance that made you want to become a producer and DJ yourself?

Maurya Sevak: As my age (I was born in 2005) doesn’t allow me to attend 18+ live concerts, I attended deadmau5’s drive-in Cityview concert in Toronto and the Tomorrowland virtual festivals. I idolize David Guetta and Armin van Buuren, and they inspired me to become a DJ-producer myself.

It was their Tomorrowland 2018 sets that did. The music they were playing was so haunting and energetic that I was instantly hooked and started imagining myself playing up there on stage and entertaining the crowd.

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