Cory Enemy: “I Believed In Dillon The Most Over Everything Because Of His Passion And Drive”
While many recent listeners and fans may know Cory Enemy for his smooth tunes like “Go Deep” and “When It Comes To You,” he also produced a good bit of trap and other bass oriented music with the likes of Brillz, as well Cory’s padawan Dillon Francis.
In Part 2 our our interview with Cory, he talks about these collaborations, trap music in general, future plans, and how he came to mentor Dillon Francis.
You’ve worked with a lot of trap producers in the past, notably, of course, Brillz and his Twonk crew. What are your current views on the movement?
Obviously I’ve been collaborating with a lot of these trap dudes, and they’re my homies, but I’m definitely shooting much higher than trap. I don’t want to trap myself in trap (laughs). I feel like there’s definitely the potential for somebody to take trap to the next level as far as making it a little more radio friendly, but ultimately, I want to focus on as many different sounds as possible.
I just had this conversation with Brillz, because I want these trap guys that are really starting to make some noise right now to expand their horizons and elevate their minds. What needs to happen now is the people that are capable of doing it need to start incorporating next level shit. Diplo is doing it right, you know? Yeah he’s making car alarm music with the bubbles and everything, but he’s incorporating real songs on them. So it actually makes it stand out in a way that five years from now people will remember those songs.
People in five years from now aren’t going to be like “remember that one song that went “pew pew pew” and have any idea what you’re talking about. But if you’re like “remember that song that’s like TURN DOWN FOR WHAT,” people will always remember. Even the production in that song sounds like a million other songs, but we will remember that song because of that one phrase. It’s a lyric that people are identifying with.
You released “Go Deep” as a free download on your Soundcloud recently, what do you have up your sleeve next?
Robins [Entertainment] put my collaboration with Adam F “When It comes To You” out a few months ago for the US with no real push behind it, it was like a pretty small release. So me and Adam just pushed it ourselves and sent it out to peeps. Then Annie Mac and Diplo played it on Radio 1, then it got serviced to radio, and now it’s on like 30 different radio stations in the US. All that got it noticed by Polydor. So Polydor just bought it in February and is going to re-push it worldwide and with a music video. We also got Branchez, Brillz and Alex Metric to do remixes for it.
I’ve also been writing and producing Brooke Candy’s album with her. I’ve been developing for like a year and a half now. We just got her signed to Sony and she’s like the highest priority new artist. She’s this like white girl rapper.
I also got this EP that I’m working with Dillon. The reason we made the Ultra EP is how I was teaching him how to produce. Over the two years that he was interning for me I was like “once your production chops get good enough, let’s start making music.” And that’s going to be the best way for him to learn, is if we’re sitting there making songs together. So those were just kind of the result of us two in the studio fusing around.
I remember having this conversation with Dillon and saying like “yo, it’s all about vocal hooks,” and over the last year or so as he’s been putting together his album, he’s done a lot of work to incorporate really good vocal hooks and working with great songwriters and vocalists. So I was talking to Dillon the other day and we decided a good thing to push on this EP is we’re gonna put a lot of emphasis on the fact that I was his original mentor.
In regards to you mentoring Dillon Francis: You mentioned there was a lack of a community, family feel in the electronic music scene back in 2006. Did you share your views on this with Dillon at the time, or offer him advice on how to proceed in the electronic scene?
In 2006 I actually hadn’t become disillusioned about the EDM world yet. It was still very small and clicky back then, and has a very very exciting energy to be around because we all had a sense of being a part of something special and small that we all had a feeling was about to explode.
But how big it was going to explode was something none of us could have imagined at the time. While I was mentoring Dillion I had no idea of the darker sides of the industry yet and we both were very excited and eager to be apart of it. I actually didn’t have very much advice to offer Dillion at the time in the way of getting into the dance music industry beyond telling him to “get a manager” or “do a lot remixes” or “try and get on a label,” as the EDM scene was kind of still just starting to make some noise in LA at the time compared to where it is now.
I think we were all just trying to figure it out how to stand out. My mentoring Dillon was mostly on the musical technical side of production and song writing. It was later as we both started to progress more into the EDM industry and the industry itself started to form that I was met with some situations that ultimately turned me off to that scene and caused me to back out of it a little. I think I just didn’t have the stomach for it. Maybe I was a bit too naive at the time, a lot of vultures out there.
What did you see in Dillon that gave you confidence that he would be successful?
When I met Dillion I immediately got the sense that this kid was a hard working dedicated fuck that was not going to stop until he was the biggest DJ in the world. And even the super, super rough beats he was starting to put together very early on were clearly filled with allot of potential from my perspective.
But maybe I just have an ear for these things. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they sounded like most other producers that are just starting out, but I would notice little things here and there in his early early music that made me realize that we heard music in almost the same way.
His approach was clever and smart, so I just tried to help him on the execution. We both were always super drawn to making things super melodic. Back then I always loved to make lots of super crazy intricate counter melodies over happy chord progressions and Dillon was always drawn to that too. Which you can now see in his music as a very signature part of what he does. We always joke that we are the best at making “Asian melodies” (laughs).
I believed in Dillon the most over everything because of his passion and drive. He was super persistent just in trying to get me to teach him. Before I had really heard anything from him I was convinced I wanted to help him just based on how hard I could see he was willing to work and how badly he wanted it. I knew having his drive around would actually help drive me. We could keep each other driven.
How did you come about mentoring Dillon in the first place?
I think at the time his parents were very skeptical of him perusing music as opposed to continuing with school. I think that may have added some extra urgency to him wanting to prove himself and work extra hard. I actually had to meet his parents before they would agree to let him work under me and convince them that he actually had a real shot at it. I already had a record deal at a major label at the time and had started to make some real income from music so I think my support and belief in dill meant something to his mom and dad.
Even though I also think I may have scared them a little too. I looked a bit crazy, and I think Dills mom blames me for him getting his first tattoo (laughs). She was a little mad. Oops, Sorry. Either way standing back at this point and being able to see all that he has accomplished since those days is amazing. I feel like a proud dad. I don’t know why Dill is always looking for his dad, I’m right here! I’m the dad Dillon (laughs)!!
Honesty though, he deserves everything he has accomplished. And now the tables have turned and he is helping me out and giving me support. Just to see what he has done with the little help I gave to him has been a true inspiration for me and now I am getting that sense of family or community I always wanted through people like dill. We are making that community ourselves now, and it’s pretty freaking awesome!
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