We are stoked to announce our next artist collab, Dabin! The Dabin bracelet drops Friday, August 2 at 10AM PST. Proceeds from this bracelet will go to our Greater Good Fund. Read more about the Greater Good Fund at the bottom of the page.
We got a chance to sit down with Dabin to get some insights into her life and career. Read on!
1. What is the meaning behind the name Dabin? What/who was your main inspiration when you were developing the project?
Honestly, a lot of people don’t know this but Dabin is just my first name. In the beginning I really had no intention of releasing music. I was just a kid quietly learning how to produce in my basement. When one of my demos got signed to Kannibalen Records, I had to come with a moniker and I just thought going by my first name would be the easiest and most authentic thing to do. Although my inspirations have changed a lot over the years, when I started the project my biggest inspirations were Nero, Gemini, and Madeon.
2. Is there anything you do as part of your daily life or creative process that is unique to you or that others would be surprised to know?
I try to play and write music with the guitar as much as I can. Most of my songs actually derive from my fiddling around on the guitar. I’ve been playing guitar much longer than I’ve been a producer so it’s become something that has become a part of my daily routine.
3. What made you decide to include so many different instruments into your live shows? Out of all of the instruments that you learned play, which one is your favorite?
It’s just how I was brought up. My mother enrolled me into so many music classes growing up and even went so far as to put me into art school, so playing instruments is something I’ve grown up with. It’s really become a part of me. By far, the guitar is my favorite instrument. Maybe because it was something my mother actually didn’t force me to do and I picked up myself haha.
4. What is your favorite piece of music that you’ve written? What makes it standout compared to everything else you’ve produced?
I think as of now, my song “Alive”. Giving a vocalist something to write on is one thing, but writing something when a producer and vocalist are in a similar emotional headspace is an entirely different, and beautiful experience. When I first sent the instrumental to RUNN, I described to her the feelings that inspired the song and she told me that she was going through something similar and was excited to write her feelings down onto paper. The whole experience was very cathartic for both of us and is one of my proudest works yet.
5. Why did you decide to collaborate with Electric Family?
I first heard of Electric family through their charitable works via their artist bracelets. I absolutely loved how they were using their platform to spread a message of positivity and compassion. I knew when the time came, I had to reach out to do a bracelet of my own. At the end of day, music is a symbiotic language that transcends all demographic barriers and whether it’s through music or apparel, I believe in spreading that positivity and compassion and that’s why I wanted to collaborate with them.
6. One last remark: Your set is over and you can flash one more message on the stage’s LED screens that everyone in the crowd will read. What does it say?
KIND REGARDS. Kind Regards has sort of become an inside joke with my fan base but to me it also represents the simple act of being kind to one another. I think that it’s amazing that musicians have people from such a wide array of demographic backgrounds coming together to celebrate their love for your music. It’s such a synergetic, cathartic, and pure experience. So why not display a little bit of kindness while you’re all together? If you see someone at a show having a hard time, help them out. If you see some litter on the ground, help throw it out. These little individual acts of kindness, come together to form a big difference and i think that’s a message worth spreading.
About the Greater Good Fund
The Greater Good Fund is a pool of all the money raised from Electric Family sales which is evenly distributed to our Greater Good partner charities on a quarterly basis. Our Greater Good partner charities are:
Pencils for Promise
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Tim Ferriss: Treatment of Major Depression through Johns Hopkins University of Medicine