We got the chance to do a little interview with Canadian producer Shèmce. You may know him for the remixes of The Weeknd’s Where You Belong or Ben E. King’s Stand By Me. He’s a rising star on the Tropical and Future House horizon and today you’ll get to know the guy behind the music a little bit better.
Hey David, how are you today?
I’m doing well. Thanks for having me.
We know that you’re from Canada but where are you from exactly? Small town or big city?
I grew up in Toronto but am living in Kingston, Ontario right now. Its small compared to Toronto for sure.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music since I was about 14 years old but professionally, only during the last year and a half.
Any role models or other producers you look up to?
I’m a huge fan of Calvin Harris for a lot of reasons but from a pure production standpoint I admire Skrillex, Odesza and Gryffin amongst others.
Your remix of The Weeknd’s Where You Belong is probably your biggest hit yet. Were you surprised that it took off so rapidly?
I was. Although I’m always surprised when a song does well . . . I love the music I make but by the time I’m done, I get so intimately familiar with the songs I make that my objectivity gets skewed. Its always nice to see how people react to my music. It helps me validate what works and what doesn’t.
What can expect in the upcoming weeks and months from you? Will you go back to your Tropical House or explore darker sounds a little bit more?
I’m definitely going to be exploring a wider range of sounds. I think tropical sounds and rythyms will influence my music somewhat but remain a lot more subtle going forward so that my music will be a little more versatile and club/radio-friendly.
So far we only know you from remixes. Can we expect original songs in the future?
Yes. I actually have about 16 originals (instrumentals) that I had almost completed before making any of these remixes. I’m just working to build my following and find suitable vocalists before I release them.
Any upcoming gigs you want to talk about?
Well I just came back from a couple shows in Puerto Vallarta and opening for R3HAB this week which was really amazing. I’m hope to start touring soon but nothing penned in quite yet.
What has been the highlight of your career in the music business so far?
The highlight for me had to be getting signed to APEX Management Group. They’re a boutique management agency whose support and tireless efforts have opened a lot of doors for me in a short amount of time that I never would have imagined possible. I had been producing before I met them but nothing serious really happened until I met them and I can say that the trajectory of my music career definitely turned a huge corner with their support. I feel like I really have a long way to go still but this was a major turning point for sure.
If you had to set a goal for 2015, what would it be?
I’d love to play bigger shows and score more official remixes. A hypeMachine #1 would be amazing too (I’ve gotten to #3, #5, #6 and #8 so far)
You can name anyone you like for a dream collaboration. Who is it?
Cat or dog person?
Definitely dogs. Cats are selfish.
Your website says that it will launch “soon”. Can you give us a more specific time window?
I’ve been working so much on my music and juggling 2-3 local gigs per week that its taken a lot longer to get it up and running but I’m hoping another 6-8 weeks for it to be ready.
Any shout outs or things you still want to say to your fans and our audience?
Ultimately, me being able to make music relies solely on the support of fans so for all that I have received in plays, likes and words of encouragement, I am truly grateful and owe many sincere thanks. My hope is to reach more people with my music so I can devote even more of myself to it.
Thank your for doing this little Q&A with us today and we look forward to your next songs.