Qifi, is taking the internet by storm with his striking, unique sound. DJ-ing for three years, Qifi now hopes to start taking on music festivals. His latest single “Come Up” was released in November 2016 to growing success. We are sharing here our recent interview with Qifi.
Twist Online : Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Qifi : My Real name is Joseph Truelove, but my alias for dj-ing is qifi. Being Twenty-one and also being born and raised in California, I feel that my best place in life right now is music. I found my real truelove which is music ; Electronic Dance Music music to be exact. I enjoy producing specifically in the Future Bass sub-genre. It gives me this uplifting feeling that puts me into a trance; It lets me get away from reality and I’m glad to have others experience it with me as well.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Qifi : My dad inspired me at first, he works at iheartradio and when I was younger I was exposed to a lot of talented artists: Bon Jovi, Peter Frampton, Rick Springfield, and many more. The numerous inspirational quotes I received granted me this will of dedication to pursue in the music industry, so I took a paid internship for my dad and started my career on the soundboard for the on air shows of KFI, however; It didn’t suit my style. I was blasted with the same music everyday and I couldn’t stand it. Now I find/Produce my own music without the help of mainstream media.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recently released single ‘Come Up’?
Qifi : Yeah! So “Come Up” came to me one early morning when I was on Summer Break ( I had been Producing all night) and Simply saw the sun “come up”. No crazy story, just the truth. Its now on Itunes and other mainstream platforms!
Twist Online : You also love playing piano, have you learn it or it’s natural talent?
Qifi : I definitely learned it years ago when I took classes around the ages of 10-12. It really developed a foundation in music and life; it taught me discipline and Working for something that you love will never feel like work.
Twist Online : Tell us a little about your experience as DJ?
Qifi : Well my cousin was a wedding dj and had loads of experience in dj-ing and I became interested when I went to my first rave. He later help start up a deep house nightclub in Newport Beach where I had my start as an opener. Thats where I really learned my experience. With all of the attention on yourself, its hard not to just sit there and hit play. I like to interact with my audience and enjoy the moment. I don’t open anymore, I just produce and mix with my Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus and still learning new techniques.
Twist Online : Are you influenced by any particular music genre?
Qifi : In my early teen years I loved Hardcore Rock, Deathcore and all of the other barbaric heavy metal genres, but after I got out of that stage I turned to Deep house where I digged the “WUBZ” and now I focus On Future House/Bass
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
Qifi : I thought it would be the coolest thing to have my music on Itunes; now I have my music out there I feel like there’s more room for improvement. I honestly want to guest DJ at venues or be a Guest on a festival tour. Sounds like a load of fun!
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Qifi : Yes, I am currently working on a new song called “Yeah You” which is focused mainly on this girl that doesn’t even acknowledge me but I accepted it. I will also be playing an all ages EDM event in Santa Ana in early January and hopes to pick up more serious gigs in the future.