Singularity Highlights The “M” In “EDM”
Life after playing Electric Daisy Carnival has been really crazy for Fountain Valley native Kyle Trewartha, better known by his producer/DJ alias Singularity. At 20 years old, he was one of the EDC Discovery Project winners whose Facebook fans went from about 1,000 to 13,000 practically overnight. He won his first remix competition for Martin Solveig’s “Hello,” which was released on Big Beat Records. He also placed first in a remix contest for Lucky Date, allowing him to release tracks on labels such as Big Fish and Alliance. As a part of the DJ roster at INTO THE AM, his dance card is full of shows across the U.S., opening for Steve Aoki, 12th Planet, Mord Fustang and R3hab, among others.
We caught up with Singularity after his set at Dim Mak Studios in Hollywood, where he opened for Swedish sisterly duo Rebecca & Fiona. “Honestly, I’ve just been spending all my time working on music and playing shows,” he says. “I don’t really have a life outside of that.”
This is pretty exciting for a young lad who stopped going to college to focus on his music career. You can bet there are plenty of mixed emotions swirling in his brain over his instant notoriety. “On one hand, it’s reassuring because I can see the hard work is paying off,” he explains, “and on the other hand, I know how volatile the industry is, and I can’t ever really let my guard down.”
Despite his issues with the limelight, balancing genres seems far more effortless. He opened his Dim Mak set with an hour-long salvo of everything from glitch hop to moombahton to electro house, even dubstep. “I think of music in terms of what sounds good,” says Singularity. “I don’t really look at what the genre is called. I just play what I like and feel it comes across pretty well.”
It was clear he was enjoying himself as he played his original tracks spliced with some of the season’s favorites. The onetime Fountain Valley High School student/heavy-metal band member is currently working on his first EP, which, he explains, will be four original tracks of various genres with one or two remixes.
“I realized that most people start off the wrong way,” he says. “They start off as DJs, and then go into production. I kind of saw through the façade of the whole DJ thing and realized how easy it would be to pick that up and started the other way around.” In similar fashion to Porter Robinson (who is now headlining his own tour after two years in the business), Singularity gets the importance of producing music. “With electronic music you can get such a higher production value, so naturally, I was drawn to it,” he says.
“People will start to realize where the real talent lays and start opening their horizons when it comes to different tempos and different styles,” he adds. These different styles are what the younger producers and DJ pioneers bring to the music scene as they join an evolving industry.
“Right now, it’s called EDM, but I don’t know how much longer it will be called that,” he says. “I just make M—music. If I want to put a violin in there and make it really chill and relaxing, I’ll do that. I’m not going to worry if it’s dance-y or electronic.”