Minnesota natives Spencer Cain and Andy Hobday, also known as Dream Vision, let us in on everything from their inspiration and aspirations, to keeping up with college life and snap stories.
What inspired both of you to make and perform music? Then how did you decide to make music together
Andy: Some of the most life changing moments of my life have been at electronic music shows and through electronic music. When I hear a new artist or a different type of sound for the first time and I really connect with it, it makes me think and feel in a new way. I can’t imagine anything I would rather do then make music that changes lives and brings people together.
Spencer: I’ve been playing various instruments for my entire life and I’ve always loved dissecting songs, so I thought being able to create every piece myself would be pretty sweet. I got my start in production when I was in a transitional period at school. For a while, I was going to school part time and I had a lot of time on my hands. It was during this phase of my life that I realized how alive music could make me feel even when a given day made me feel like death. It was an amazing realization and music production became an incredible creative and emotional outlet for me.
How did you obtain the skills needed to make music, and how did build relationships to start performing?
A: I started going to shows when I was 16 and completely feel in love with the scene. Later I got involved with the music blog Rowdy Beats, so the electronic music scene in Minneapolis has really been a staple in my life. Naturally, I developed relationships and friendships with others who were involved, simply by being around so much. This, in my mind, is super important, because you have to show others that you care about the scene and that you support what other people have got going on!
Spencer: Like I said before, I’ve been playing various instruments for most of my life. I had a lot of the basics instilled in me at a young age, so that was a great start. Everything that I’ve learned about digital production was through online tutorials and countless hours of trial and error. Andy has played the biggest part in developing relationships in the local scene because I spend a huge part of my time at school in Iowa. He has been the key to getting our music out to a bigger audience.
As current students, outside of making music, how do you balance your commitments at school with growing as performers, and creating new tracks?
We are both full time college students who also work part time jobs and this is definitely one of the greatest obstacles to making music on a consistent basis. It takes a lot of discipline and organization to stay on top of everything.
You guys were both born and raised in Minneapolis. What are your thoughts on the city and its electronic music scene?
We’ve got nothing but love for our city and the people who live here. Minneapolis is at the heart of who we are as people and we would love nothing more than to represent our city and its’ beautiful people all over the globe!
You recently started using the Snapchat “dream.vision” to promote your music. Have you seen a lot of feedback and success from this social media platform?
The Snapchat idea wasn’t that original. GRiZ started doing it a while ago and we realized it could be a cool way to give people track previews and let people get to know us a little more personally. We only started using Snapchat within the past couple weeks, but we’ve got a big handful of people following us already. As we move forward, we think it’ll become an even more valuable tool.
When you are producing a song, what is your creative process and inspiration?
Spencer: The creative process really varies for me. I used to always start tracks with drums; I really love good drums that bang out a swaggy beat. Once I realized that was somewhat of a constraint, I began to work with whatever instrument I was feeling. If I opened my computer and had a melody in my head, I’d go with that, as opposed to forcing out a beat. In reality, the biggest inspiration and key to productivity is knowing your tools. When you have an idea and can translate it quickly and effortlessly into your DAW, that’s when it gets fun. I like to clear my mind of extraneous thoughts, let the creativity spill out into Ableton and work from there.
Andy: It really depends. Sometimes I’ll have a sound in my head and know exactly where I want to go with a track. Other times, it’s just a matter of experimenting with sounds and trying to create something that strikes me as different. When I think to myself “Damn that sounds weird”, I know I’m on the right track.
Unlike most of your songs, the most recent, “Can’t Bring Me Down” features more vocals. How did you start working with the featured local vocalist, Annie Bonello, and do you hope to see more vocal collaborations like this in the future?
Andy: Annie Bonello is actually my cousin. We grew up together and for as long as I can remember she has had one of the most incredible singing voices I’ve ever heard. Once I started producing music, it was only a matter of time before she got involved and she absolutely killed it. We will most definitely be collaborating with other vocalists in the near future!
Spencer: Definitely more vocals to come. We are slowly working on writing more lyrics for our music and trying to find other local talent that can murder the track like Annie did. As a side note, I want to write a song with Dessa from Doomtree so incredibly badly… That woman is incredible and I love her voice.
What music have you listened to throughout your life, and do you think it has an influence on the music you produce today?
Spencer: I love a lot of classic rock. My Dad always had me listening to the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix when I was little. As I grew up, I really got into heavy ass metal. I think some of that really shines through in the way I create the drums and it’s definitely a big part of why I love heavy bass music. I also love the swag and groove that a good hip-hop beat brings, so I try to incorporate that swing into some heavier, metal sounding drum sequences.
Andy: My first introduction to music was through blues Guitar. My mom’s boyfriend used to show me old videos of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton tearing down a bar. The sheer power of the electric guitar really blew me away and made me realize the power that music had. Stevie Ray will always be in the back of my mind and though my medium is different, he’s always pushing me to make music that rocks people’s world.
What major EDM artists would you like to play with most in the future?
Spencer: I’d love to play with the dudes in Big Gigantic. Both Andy and I have met those guys and they are cool cats. Super inspirational. Other than that, I’d love to play alongside GRiZ or Minnesota.
Andy: Bassnectar. Lorin has always been a God among men to me and to share the same stage as him would be surreal.
Where would you like to see your music take you in the future, in other words, what is actually your “Dream Vision?”
The beautiful thing about music and live performance is that it allows people to come together and connect with something bigger than themselves. Making people smile and deeply feel that they are part of a loving environment is all we want and need. The incredible connection we feel with others at electronic music shows is something we want to recreate night after night. To give that life changing experience to others is the Dream Vision, and we just might melt some faces along the way!