An Ole Miss student is mixing up beats in his free time as a D.J.
Pontus Andersson, alternatively known under the stage name “Neveus,” said he has worked as a D.J. since he was about 15.
Andersson specializes in the ever-changing genre known as “dubstep.”
“Dubstep has changed a lot over the past year,” he said. “It’s one of those genres that started off with a lot of metal influences, I would say. But obviously, with an electronic kind of flare on it. But now, it has kind of evolved into a lot of separate things.
“It is hard to classify ‘dubstep’ of four years ago as dubstep now because there are so many subgenres that are resulted from it. . . dubstep now is still characterized by the same 70- or 140-beats- per-minute tempo, but it still has a similar melodic structure with a heavy emphasis on, kind of what everyone knows that is the ‘drop.'”
According to a 2010 NPR article, a “drop” is “the moment in a dance track when tension is released and the beat kicks in.”
Andersson said he mostly plays at house parties, but also played a few larger gigs in the past, such as a charity event hosted by the Boys and Girls club of Jackson that he did with two other good friends who are D.J.’s at Mississippi State.
“We ended up raising around $10,000, I think, and we ended up having around 1,100 people show up for the event,” he said.
Proceeds were used to help buy underprivileged teens tuxedos and prom dresses.
Andersson draws inspirations from many music genres.
“Hip-hop certainly takes the cake as number two, or maybe even as number one,” he said. “It is so diverse in the way that it’s approached by the different artists. It’s easy to pick up and just kind of do freestyles, which myself and a bunch of my friends do on a regular basis, but it is also really easy to get deep and emotional with it, but also go out on an all-out party vibe.”
Andersson said he’s also fond of “trap” music. LA Weekly calls it “the next phase of dubstep.” It features “drops” and moves around 140- beats-per-minute.
“Another genre that does a lot to also get you moving is ‘house,'” he said. “It’s not that big here in the South just because I don’t think people have really discovered it too much. If you go to Europe, you’re not going to find any song that doesn’t have house influences. I mean, that’s all that they play in their clubs.”
Andersson has some advice for those who want to give D.J.-ing a spin.
“The biggest thing is to approach it with an open mind,” he said. “Don’t get yourself set into one particular genre just because that is what is going to make you just like everyone else. You don’t want to be like everyone else.
“You want to kind of move and fluctuate with what is popular, but also what you’re interested in. I very much approach (being a D.J.) with the mindset that it is as much of an educational experience as it is kind of a way of having fun.
“As a D.J., I’m trying to educate, not only myself, but the people who listen to what I spin into something new. That’s what keeps the music industry evolving and keeps us interested in what is going on.”