DJ Forrest Houston Interview
DJ Forrest Houston – Hometown
Beautiful, emotional, and deep, DJ Forrest Houston takes us back to a simpler time of life when we were just kids playing and having fun. Children experience things in a much purer and simpler way than us adults. Adults love to overcomplicate things, but kids have pure joy in the little things they experience.
“Hometown” makes you feel all of those feelings and more. The music is a throwback to some Moby and Chemical brothers tunes. “Hometown” is catchy yet relaxing. I can one day see a hip hop artist using this is a beat for a rap song. Actually, the instrumental EDM song is inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown” which is probably why I feel that way. Except this version is a much bouncier and danceable version compared to the classic that inspired it.
DJ Forrest Houston – Eye In The Sky
“Eye in the Sky” is one of my favorite Alan Parsons Project songs. DJ Forrest Houston does a beautiful rendition that is perfect for dancing or for relaxing in a nice upscale restaurant. The bass is really punched up and the drumming is a lot funkier than the original. Originally “Eye in the Sky” has vocals, but the synth in DJ Forrest Houston’s version is absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing. In my mind, I can picture myself sitting at a laser light show with this song blasting in the background.
DJ Forrest Houston is headed for big things with a talent like his. Dance music is fun and much needed in such a stressful time. We had to reach out to DJ Forrest Houston for an interview because we wanted to get to know more about him and his music.
DJ Forrest Houston Interview with Rock the Hip Hop
What first got you into music?
I’ve been heavily into music as early as I can remember. My first experience was at my aunt’s wedding when the DJ disappointed me by not playing the songs the crowd needed. Even as a child I intuitively knew what crowds needed at a given moment!
Who inspired you to make music?
My first taste of music creation was playing MTV music generator as a kid. When CD burners first came out I used to slow the music down and sell CDs of “screwed” music, a Houston term for slowed down made famous by the late DJ Screw.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I am inspired to create music that I can play for a live dancefloor. Listening to music is great but I’m more interested in creating danceable music for DJs to spin.
What is your creative process like?
I hear songs in my head. They come in and I either hum them into a recorder or write them down. Some songs are inspired by something and completely morph throughout the creative process and other songs like “Hometown” were created in my head as if by magic!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
My first choice would be Ellie Goulding because I’m sitting on a few finished beats that need a powerful female voice to take them over the top. I’ve worked with some greats like Olivia Nicole and Kelsey Edwards but Ellie would be my next choice.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Everything is gonna be alright
What is the most useless talent you have?
Haha, I would say my knowledge of baseball. It was useful back in my childhood when I played but these days not sure how useful it is other than to explain situations to friends.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Not really a singer but I do tend to tap the shower glass to make beats. It has a nice punchy bass sound when hit just right.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Traveling, I have a full schedule of local Houston-based shows that keep me home a majority of the time. When I retire one day you’ll catch me on a beach somewhere.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has actually allowed me to blossom and promotes myself in ways not available when I was growing up. People are able to stream my content and I get a small payment every time my song gets played.
What is your favorite song to perform?
Hometown for sure. It touches my emotions and heartstrings on a different level.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Tiesto, Twenty One Pilots, and Bruno Mars are a few tops of mind but too many to count.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I’ll share this in another interview. Ha!