We’ve been supporting Don Winsley and his rise to the top for a while now. We first introduced his remixes, here, in anticipation of his debut full-length LP “Rise Of The Weasel King“, here. Today we’re back with some highlights off the record and interview. Let’s go.
DE (HOUDINI): Tell us about Don Winsley the project and who you are as an individual. What’s a day in the life like?
Don Winsley: Don Winsley is the alias I have been making and releasing music under for the past two years. When Don Winsley plays live its as a two-piece with a drummer. We try to make our shows as visceral, and high energy as possible. People have said it feels at times like heavy metal with a dance beat, and I’m continually blown away by how overwhelmingly positive the response from the crowd seems to be. Although I feel like I dont get enough credit for having invented dubstep all those years ago under my other alias, benga.
As for a day in the life, I live in a big mansion with a bunch of bros. I sleep in the attic, but lately it seems like I’m away much more then I am. I guess im just your average Weasel-Core DJ when you get down to it.
Who are your biggest influences as an artist?
Food and small animals. Also 80′s movies and classical music.
What’s it like being a musician on the grind in North Carolina?
Its kind of weird being in a state where the electronic scene is still developing and not really established yet. Especially when the music you make doesn’t exactly conform to a specific genre. But it is what you make of it; I’ve met so many amazing people and artists here and I love the barbecue.
What’s the next step for you? More releases? Touring? Videos?
Oh man, there are so many things going on right now. First off im running for the position of Buncombe county district comptroller, we are also releasing the official remixes for Rise Of The Weasel King, and there is a new EP in the works.
Definitely trying to do some more video content, as well. I went to college for video/animation and somtimes I catch myself thinking of my music like a score for a movie.
What’s the craziest show you’ve played? Tell us about some of the weirdest, coolest, funniest things you’ve seen in the business.
One time, back before I was really taking this whole DJ thing very seriously, we broke into my friends neighborhood pool and threw a guerilla-style show. The cops came and we had to scramble over the fence. As far as legitimate shows go, we have had some really crazy shows in Asheville. The energy at our last show there was awesome; I’m a BIG fan of energetic crowds.