An Exclusive Interview With Dress Code

Dress Code is a dance music project featuring writer/performer Derek Holley with a style that combines EDM with rock and funk influences.  Dress Code’s new EP Underground is available now on major streaming and downloading platforms.

Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?

Ans: It’s exciting to me when I start recording.  I’d be more stressed out if I didn’t have any ideas to record.

Q:  How do you shut things out?

Ans: Headphones!  I put on the headphones and turn the tracks up when I’m recording.

Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?

Ans : Songs come to me in parts.  I can get a good idea for a chorus, but not know what to do for a verse section that would fit.  Sometimes the musical ideas come first and the lyrics will come later on.

Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Ans: Funky rocktronic dance music groove.

Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the proccess?

ANS: Inspriation just happens from living in the moment and whatever experience I’m having at the time.  My favorite part is when it all fits together.  The words all rhyme and flow with each other and the song tells a story.

Q:When and why did you start playing?

ANS: I started playing at an early age (about 10, I think).  It was just fun to me.

Q:  Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?

Ans: I do play live at clubs sometimes.

Q:  How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Ans: I handle a mistake by acting like it wasn’t a mistake!  The thing is to not let the audience know you messed up and to keep the show moving like it never happened.

 Q:  Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Ans: A little bit, but it goes away once the show starts and it’s fun after that.

Thanks for taking time out of your day:)