Interview with Dirty Audio & Maahez
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Dirty Audio: Music has always been my passion for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been obsessed with it. I was never really great at playing instruments, so it changed my life when I found out you can produce on a computer. If it weren’t for music, I’d probably be an entrepreneur or stock trader. Business has always come naturally to me
Maahez: Fate? I don't really see myself doing anything else other than music.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Dirty Audio: Being out and living life is so important because that’s where many of my best ideas and creativity hit me. Being in the studio too long every day can sometimes even hurt creativity or cause burnout. When I'm not producing, I like exercising, playing basketball, driving, and hanging out with friends/family. If I'm not in the studio and I get a cool idea in my head, I write it in my notepad or voice-memos.
Maahez: I'm usually in the studio making music and looking for inspiration to keep the creative juices flowing.
How long have you been making music?
Dirty Audio: I’ve been producing for about a decade! I played guitar, drums, and bass growing up. I also was the bassist in my school’s music class. I started with FL Studio, then eventually switched to Ableton.
Maahez: I've been a musician since I was a kid but professionally for about 9 years.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
Dirty Audio: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I don’t know if i’d be where I am today if it wasn’t for LA. I was exposed to so many different styles of music and concerts from an early age. Also, I met many incredible people here in the music industry who have helped me along the way. It’s also affected my style, fashion, and personality. There are so many different cultures and ethnicities out here.
Maahez: The LA scene definitely influenced my current style, especially collaborating with amazing producers.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
Dirty Audio: EDC, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Being such a big fan of music, those festivals seemed impossible initially. Those are some of the biggest festivals in the world. Performing for so many people and connecting with them through music is an incredible feeling.
Maahez: I'd say EDC Mexico. My biggest crowd yet and the energy was unreal.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Dirty Audio: That is tough, there are so many! Probably Exchange LA. It used to be the LA stock exchange back in the day. Also, the sound and production are outstanding.
Maahez: The Portal / AREA 15 in Las Vegas with the 360 screen. One of my dream venues is to sell out Red Rocks one day.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Dirty Audio: Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Fred Again, Future, Lil Durk, Metro Boomin, 50 Cent, and me!!
Maahez: The homies! Diplo, Hugel, Matroda, Wax Motif & Acraze.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Dirty Audio: Just go for it and do what feels right. Work on completing songs and putting them out. I started uploading my music to Soundcloud and my life changed. Focus on building a community and creating quality music/content. Also, be flexible and allow yourself to evolve. Music is constantly changing.
Maahez: I'd say find ways to innovate what's already trending. Work smart, be extremely strategic and collaborate as much as possible.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Dirty Audio: 'No Limit' with Yellow Claw. Those guys have been a big inspiration to me, so being able to befriend and work with such legends is surreal!
Maahez: "Tequila" with San Pacho because it's the song that started everything for me.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Dirty Audio: “Gettin’ That" with Rickyxsan. That song is like 7 years old and people still tell me how much it means to them. I’ve played it in every set since it was made.
Maahez: All the IDs. But everyone always requests my Bad Bunny remix.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Dirty Audio: I usually get the best results when I already have an idea or theme in my head first. Then I experiment and have fun until I hear something that catches my attention. I listen to middle eastern music and rap for inspiration.
Maahez: For me it's about the culture and the energy. For inspiration I smoke a lot of weed.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music? if so please tell me about them.
Dirty Audio: Be yourself, be confident, and be the best version of yourself possible. Every day is an opportunity to improve at something and to be great. Always pay it forward and help those in need.
Maahez: whatever the message is, it's always gonna be positive
Do you have any new singles, videos, or albums out that you would like to tell me and your fans about?
Dirty Audio: I just dropped my new single ‘Bobo’ with Maahez, which is Latin Tech House. I’ve been having a lot of fun making house music lately. Also, ‘Deep In LA’ is getting a great response! I’m evolving my sound at the moment. I also have another single dropping in March. I’m trying to release at least 1 song a month!
Maahez: "Rompelo" with Sage Armstrong & "Safari" with DLMT. Look out for those 2 coming up next!
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Dirty Audio: I have so much music coming out soon. I’m going to be releasing at least 1 song a month, and planning a tour now.
Maahez: A ton of new music and shows. Excited to meet and connect with fans around the world.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
Dirty Audio: I’m @dirtyaudio on Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud, and Youtube. @djdirtyaudio on Facebook and TikTok. But I'm active on every platform!
Maahez: Of course! ig: @maahez twitter: @maah3z