Meet George Bowd, or aka Trailing Zero, a super humble DJ who can spin an amazing electronic dance music set and keep a crowd dancing all night. We last featured Trailing Zero in the Ample Promotion Perpetual Culture Episode 2 mix.
George is from Stroud, England, where music has always been a constant theme in his family.
Getting pulled into DJing by his dad from a very young age and getting his first mixer about 3 years ago, George has since built a music library from the ground up and perfected his DJ skills.
Being heavily influenced by all genres of house music, the majority of Trailing Zero mixes are house based. “I’m not just limited by house, I do love mixing the odd bit of bass heavy music too” he says.
“My biggest ambition is not to play to the biggest stages in the world, like Ultra, but instead to play to crowds who are genuinely there for the music and have an appreciation for it.”
For EDM artists and DJs of inspiration, Trailing Zero admires “DJs like Steve Angello, Nicky Romero and Deadmau5, who release quality, over quantity.”
We got a chance to ask Trailing Zero some questions about mixing, the future of EDM, and plans for 2017.
Trailing Zero Interview
What inspires you to make a good mix?
Personally for me I find the key part to making a good mix is track selection. It’s the biggest thing for me. If I can get excited about a track when I listen to it, I’m so much more likely to do something with it in a mix. If you can’t get excited about the music you’re playing then you need to change it up and try something new, even a different genre. The best advice I can give is to just play what you want to play, the tracks that you really get hyped on. I find a great thing to do is to just freestyle with a bunch of tracks for an hour or so and see what you come up with.
Any tips for upcoming DJs trying to perfect their mixes?
Don’t try to do too many things at once. Over complicating the mix by putting lots of different sounds in can sometimes sound a bit messy. When you come to record the mix, have a clear goal of where you want it to go. For my latest mix, I knew I wanted it to start off slow and mellow, then slowly get bigger, building up the energy. You need to find your signature style of mixing, what feels most natural to you. Don’t try to copy your idols. If your idol is Skrillex there’s no point trying to make your set sound just like his, people will have heard it before and you won’t stand out.
Where do you see electronic dance music in 10 years?
A lot of people talk about “EDM” being dead, and that dance music isn’t what it used to be. I whole heartedly disagree, dance music is very much alive and will be for years to come. If you take a look at how big the DJ market is right now, you can see just how many individuals have the idea of making their own tracks, and that is amazing, there’s so many new sounds yet to come.
Anything big happening in 2017?
So far I have nothing big planned yet, but I’m really looking to start putting myself out for club work. Got to start getting above DJing at parties and birthdays at some point right?
Any original tracks in the making?
This is something I’ve recently started looking into. Been DJing for a few years now, looking to get into producing over the next year.
Anything we missed?
Nothing missed, just thought I’d say it’s a pleasure to have an article wrote about me!