From the moment DVRKO first appeared on music platforms, the EDM world began to wonder about him, his story, and what was concealed beneath his mask. He has been the subject of numerous profiles in which the newsmakers attempt to define him, to unravel him, or simply to explain him. The only thing they discover for certain, however, is uncertainty. Perhaps because he does not live up to the mainstream expectations, he has been described as mystical or enigmatic. In his view, however, he is simply… honest.
His art is clearly meant to stimulate not only the senses, but the mind itself. DVRKO admits as much, stating that he could create art in any medium – if not music, he would beguile us through another form, perhaps visual, perhaps not – we can only say that it would be of the highest order. “If I was deaf, it would be visual art, or it would be movement. It is all from the same center. Or maybe assistant prostitute🤷🏻♂️.”
Some would argue with the latter, but art indisputably turns up in unexpected places and takes unexpected forms. Perhaps not surprisingly, even his cat projects a psyche: “Everything is an expression. I like to let my cat express herself by keyboard … She’s brilliant.” And here, for good order’s sake, is what the kitty wants us to know:
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Perhaps, while striving to define the guide and discover his anticipated role in this universe, one shouldn’t overlook the fundamental aspect – what he guides us through. And for every listener, that will be a unique journey.
Photo Credit: Kavan The Kid
The talented music producer appreciates art, adores animals, and spews riddles – since we know so little, we describe him through his accomplishments. DVRKO began releasing music in 2020, just as the pandemic was gaining steam. Since then, the rising star has produced a slew of EPs and singles, including “Deeper” feat. MVXMILLI, “This Is How” feat. Sarah de Warren, “I Want More” feat RUNN, and the latest banger “Mean Something” feat. Forbes. So, taking a niche in the ever-burgeoning EDM landscape, DVRKO produces melodic tech-house with predominantly female vocals.
DVRKO, who seldom makes public appearances, had the opportunity to perform at EDC Las Vegas this year, making it his debut live performance. He is tight-lipped on future gigs, but rumor has it the artist will be seen in LA and perhaps other California venues in 2022. Judging from his current work, we can only hope to see more of this talented and creative performer.
DVRKO x Respect My Region Exclusive Interview
RMR: Why did you choose to specialize in EDM in particular? Aside from your favorite electronic music or your least preferred polka, there are plenty of other music genres that make people “get up and move.”
DVRKO: I was built and grown in Detroit under masters of all formats, working underage in studios with A-list names today. Warehouses and a true underground scene were my nights, days with major artists from Motown to gun filled productions and bullet proof vests. That world is sewn into my soul and behind a mask I can weave it back into the compressed future of a moving room. The rest of that was in jest, which I rarely make comments in regard of.
“Music is a binding force of beauty and hope. The story of DVRKO is the story of united hope with an underlying pulse. A pulse strong enough to hold.”
RMR: As discovered from earlier interviews, you have a somewhat bleak and pessimistic outlook on humanity’s destiny. Has anything changed since then? Or do you still hold that opinion?
DVRKO: It’s not bleak, it’s not pessimistic, it’s about the beauty of how a world is reborn. Music is a binding force of beauty and hope. The story of DVRKO is the story of united hope with an underlying pulse. A pulse strong enough to hold.
RMR: EDM, as a culture, associates with cheerful feelings – it advocates for Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. So, where does the “PLUR” culture meet with your gloomy outlook on the world, and how can they possibly be compatible?
DVRKO: All of those are part of any recovery as the world has seen in the last year, and the focus of DVKRO is in absolute alignment with that. A faceless force that can be any of us moving forward finally again. Possibly wearing spanx.
RMR: You have a distinct communication style and a strong point of view on a variety of issues in this world. So, have you attempted to write about it yourself- perhaps partially include it in your music’s lyrics?
DVRKO: Never literally has anything found its way into music, but it’s all sourced from the same creative underbelly. Inspiration and analogues.
RMR: Is there a ‘big mission’ you want to pursue with your art?
DVRKO: Finding the missing parts of music like a lost limb or a beat forgotten, making it artful and seamless to ears everywhere.
RMR: Tell us about your recent collaboration single with Forbes, “Mean Something.” Did you devote the song to anything in particular?
DVRKO: The void of modern dating, the emptiness it brings in generation tinder, wanting a human again in a society where an emotional amnesia permeates everything. Wanting it to mean something truly. We all need more of that.
This was written by Bad Luck, and Forbes is actually being signed to L3V3L also as our newest producer. He’s progressing well on his animal training.
RMR: In the previous interviews, you stated that you consult a parrot when making music. Is the music you create highly influenced by your consultant’s opinion? Will you seek advice from a parrot for your next single?
DVRKO: Well, I will have to now; their reading comprehension skills have been progressing since I purchased the dolphins. I am not sure if I am solving anything here… but animal intelligence is definitely underrated.
“…animals of flight are always watching…”
RMR: The quarantine is now over. Have you had the chance to attend any concerts or festivals? If so, where did you go?
DVRKO: In order of importance. EDM tribute at a sizzler. An ice cream truck, unsanctioned. Also EDC where I performed Saturday at the absolute apex of EDC with the fireworks and a ton of literal fire. It was justifiable, sunglasses at night.
RMR: How did you find the experience at EDC’s 25th anniversary?
DVRKO: It’s an iconic event, and there is nothing like it. I seriously came in by helicopter, but he was unable to land on stage. Words were exchanged. Next year smaller helicopter. Possibly drone-attached shoes.
RMR: Have you had the chance to talk to the parrot since EDC? If so, what impressions have you shared?
DVRKO: Angry letters. Several Home Alone style traps mostly involving bird seeds, it’s a path to navigate like any arranged bird marriage. There are seriously now two parrots. Neither were there but their stout criticism has been invaluable if not repetitive. Stereo used to be something I appreciated.
RMR: How do you think your first public appearance set at EDC compares to fighting and making friends with a parrot as a career highlight?
DVRKO: They continue to be embattled. But animals of flight are always watching, so any response is made under seedy duress.
RMR: Have you ever thought about how you would respond if your fans discovered anything about you that they shouldn’t know? If so, what would you do if it happened?
DVRKO: Full embrace. No secret that can be revealed deserves to be a secret. The world needs more honesty and light always helps with that.