At just 19 years old, the Haitian native Michael Brun has been pumping out awesome tracks from his Davidson dorm room like its nothing. His recent tracks such as “Dawn” and his “Animal” remix have really proven his maturity as an artist and its clear that he’s only going to get better as he keeps producing.
Michael Brun is one of those artists that’s helping define the next generation of EDM music. Similar to Pierce Fulton, Special Features, FareOh, Brun is under the age of 22, still in college, and starting to take the EDM community by storm! To check out our interview with Michael Brun, continue reading below…
Danglytunes: What’s going on bud?
Micheal Brun: Actually taking a study break for this! Lots of homework and studio time this weekend!
DT: Tell us a little about yourself (how old you are, where you’re from, how you got into music, etc)
MB: I’m 19, from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember, but I started producing EDM and DJing when I was 16.
DT: What was the transition like as you moved from Haiti to the US?
MB: It was pretty different from living in Haiti, but that’s mostly because I went to a military boarding school in Indiana called Culver Military Academy. It was a great experience though and I learned a lot about discipline and determination. I think those are two important traits to have to be successful in life.
DT: Do you think your unique sound is influenced by your Haitian roots / how do you classify your particular style?
MB: My productions don’t sound like traditional Haitian music, but I have definitely been heavily influenced by it. Especially when it comes to percussive elements. I guess if I had to pin down a specific name for the stuff I produce, it would be progressive house, but I don’t ever think about that when I work on tracks. I just try to make good music that I would want to listen to.
DT: How exactly did you find yourself interested in EDM and at what point did you figure out that you can be successful at producing / DJing?
MB: I started going out to clubs in Haiti when I was about 15, and I was always really interested in what the DJs were doing. Then some friends introduced me to EDM, Virtual DJ and Fruity Loops and I just went crazy working on mixes, mashups and eventually my own productions. Since then I’ve been working on Ableton Live and mixing on CDJs or Traktor.
I think the point where I believed that I could be successful at the whole music scene was when Syke N Sugarstarr contacted me to do an official remix for one of their singles. It was a really cool moment and that helped to get me more official work.
DT: How important is the blogosphere to your success?
MB: Absolutely essential. I would have no other way to quickly spread my music to new listeners. Today’s scene is so dependent on blogs for exposure, and it’s almost as if blogs have the power to steer careers towards successful futures by covering specific artists.
DT: What’s a typical weekend like for Michael Brun?
MB: Homework, studio, hanging out with friends and occasionally some sleep.
DT: What has been the most ridiculous experience so far in your musical career?
MB: I think it’s a tie between playing till 8 am alongside AN21 and Max Vangeli in Haiti and seeing the massive support for my single “Dawn” by guys like Dirty South, Thomas Gold, FLG and of course Hardwell himself.
DT: What do you like to do in your spare time?
MB: My roommate and I are pretty into Madmen and Community so I guess watching those shows. Or sleep. That’s good too.
DT: Favorite food?
MB: A Haitian dish called griot with banan peze and rice. I need to learn how to cook soon so I can make it myself!
DT: If Hollywood were to make a movie out of your life, what would they call it?
MB: “Diversity: The Movie”. My mom’s side of the family is from Guyana, but has some Portuguese and Chinese mixes, and my dad’s side is from Haiti with French and a bunch of other stuff too.
DT: Most random fact about you?
MB: Even though I’m really focusing on music now, I eventually want to be a pediatrician and work in Haiti. I’m pre med right now.
DT: Favorite sport and favorite team?
MB: Football, ManU
DT: Top 3 songs currently on your iPod?
MB: Shuffle A Dream – Little Dragon
Drunk (Rudimental Remix) – Ed Sheeran
Stars Come Out (Tim Mason Remix) – Zedd
DT: What can we expect from you in 2012?
MB: Massive new original releases including some collabs, new remixes, and some really cool upcoming gigs in the US. Look out for more info soon.