It’s always exciting to watch a young artist grow, and Brett Stogsdill, who goes by the stage name Mielo, has grown tremendously in the past couple years! In just a little over a year, this Melodic Bass up-and-comer has played all over the country, gained over 750,000 plays on individual tracks on Soundcloud, and has even gained recognition from Porter Robinson. We are very excited to have had the opportunity to talk to Mielo before his show with Unlike Pluto at The Loft on Saturday. Get to know this artist a little more below, and make sure to grab tickets for the show here!
SIM: You went to the University of Iowa for a while, but your formal education wasn’t in music. How did you get into DJing and producing, and what did you do to learn all the ropes?
Brett: I got really interested in electronic music the summer going into my freshman year. I bought a traktor DJ controller and started just messing around. I started contacting local bars in Iowa City when school started, and an upperclassman who was an amazing resident DJ at a bar/club called Summit told me to come in and watch him DJ. His name was Billy Vegas, and he basically is the reason I have a solid base in DJ knowledge. I just started shadowing him, and then he started giving me opening slots. I owe a lot to him taking me under his wing. After a while, I felt unsatisfied with just DJing, so I stopped and started just non-stop producing in my bedroom from basic mashups to doing bootleg remixes for the following 6-8 months. I started to figure things out and dropped a few songs here and there, but they weren’t all too good. THEN lol, I had a straight up spiritual experience at Porter’s Worlds show at Aragon Ballroom in the beginning of my sophomore year and knew the direction I wanted to go with music then spent around 8 more months refining my new style and production skills and dropped my first song “Surreal”.
SIM: You’ve had the opportunity to play all around the country, from Chicago to Arizona to Florida and more! Are there any differences with playing in different parts of the country? If so, how do you juggle making an engaging set to new audiences while still highlighting your brand and sound?
Brett: I don’t think there’s too much of a difference other than some genres of music are more popular in certain areas than others. I still need to play around more to have a more firm answer, but that is what I noticed so far. I absolutely love playing in Iowa. It’s one of the coolest growing scenes right now. The dude Dan Green who throws a lot of shows there and 515 Alive Music Festival is leading the way. Also, I really enjoy camping festivals. They always have really appreciative crowds.
SIM: If you could choose any artist to play a b2b set with, who would it be?
Brett: I would have to say Porter Robinson. He’s consistently putting up amazing DJ sets with great song selection.
SIM: You spoke a little about experimenting outside of future stuff in your EDM Chicago interview, and then your Buzzzmix set blended future, heavy dub, and hip hop seamlessly. Do you see this genre blend moving into your productions?
Brett: I think you can experience more of a heavy sound in a few of my upcoming singles, but I really think I’m starting to find a really nice blend of synthy songs meeting some bass. I just really enjoy listening to dub but don’t really ever see myself producing in that realm too much besides a live edit here and there.
SIM: You have a very emotional approach to making music, and it definitely shows in your tracks! (Lowkey I still get chills when listening to “Surreal”.) How do you keep yourself focused on creating something you love even if it’s taking longer than expected?
Brett: I just really try to keep finding art that inspires me. I’m a big believer that inspiration leads to a better outcome in the creation of art. Recently, I’ve been really finding my way through life and finding what makes me happy, and that was always a struggle since I started this music journey. I’m sitting on original music for the first time in my career, and I cannot wait to begin releasing it all starting in a few weeks.
SIM: Not only have you been taking the future bass scene by storm with your productions, but you recently released your first music video. Where did you get inspiration for the video, and what’s it like to see your track move to a visual realm?
Brett: I really enjoy nature, so I wanted the video to be in pretty scenery. It was cool to finally get to see a visual side to my music, [and I] cannot wait to do more videos with these upcoming releases. Expect more on that realm & much more meaning behind the content.
SIM: What can we expect for your set at The Loft on the 15th?
Brett: A “Mielo” DJ set. 🙂 For real though, I’ve been really refining my DJ sets, the type of style that I really think portrays me, and really think it will be a great night. (Plus I have some visuals now!)
SIM: And just out of pure interest, what have you been jamming to recently?
Brett: Basically my Spotify playlist I made lol. You can bump it below!