We had the good fortune of connecting with Johnny Dietsch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johnny, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Producing melodic bass music makes me extremely happy. Ever since I discovered electronic dance music, I fell in love with it.
I started producing music since December of 2019. I launched the ELYS!AN project back in June of 2020. This all took place after I got sober in August of 2019.
Last Heroes and Crystal Skies have been my biggest inspirations. They make big and powerful drops with lush melodies and explosive saw stacks.
The goal with my music is to essentially create “a visceral echo into the vast unknown.” That’s the motto I go by. I specifically produce melodic dubstep and future bass. I like to make tunes that are beautiful in their own way and make people feel “euphoric”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a melodic dubstep and future bass producer under the alias of ELYS!AN.
I’m proud of my determination and never giving up through out this whole process of producing music. I’m really lucky that I found my passion at the age of 22. Sticking to something that you love can be hard sometimes, but I’m glad I make music that is different and unique. It’s easy to make basic music that has no meaning behind it. I’m happy that I didn’t fall into the rabbit hole of being “trendy”.
Hard work and long nights in the studio has gotten me to where I am today. I make sure that I keep on going even on the days I don’t feel motivated. Everyday presents a unique set of challenges. Going out of my comfort zone and connecting with people I’ve never met before has helped me get more exposure and opportunities. Long story short, I’ve realized that I just need to keep on getting better with music production and put out music consistently. It’s easy to focus on all the things you can’t control such as plays with your music, bookings, and shows. The most important thing that I’ve learned is that you never give up. When people recognize you have a passion, it stands out and people respect that. I doubt myself all the time, but the more time you spend on your craft, you gain more confidence. I have to remember…I’m doing this specifically for the passion of making music, not for the money or the fame.
I want the world to know that I make music because I truly love it. My goal is to produce music that makes people feel safe, like they’re in a place of paradise and escape from all the evils in the world. Ideally, if someone can gain some type of positive emotion from my music, that’s all I can ask for. At the end of the day, I want people to love and support each other when listening to my music. I’m all about people caring for one another. ELYS!AN ultimately provides a sonic refuge for people to go to and fully express themselves. I’ve learned a lot through being sober and it’s helped me look at life from an entirely different and positive perspective. Being your true self can be the best thing to do at the end of the day and that’s what I try to do with my music. Staying true to yourself can lead to many wonderful paths in life. This whole process has been mind blowing and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store. If you put your mind to it and work your butt off, anything is possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being from Los Angeles, I always love to go to the beach and enjoy the sun. Jumping in the ocean and riding the waves is always a blast.
Santa Monica has some cool spots to hang out like the Promenade.
As a kid, I’d always go to the movie theatre and watch the latest showing.
Going to a Laker or Dodger game is always a blast.
One of my favorite things to do is to visit the bluffs, which is like a 5 minute walk from my house. It overviews the city and the ocean. It’s a remarkable sight to see and always calms my mind down.
I can’t forget about the amusement parks. There are so many iconic rides to go on and it reminds me of the days when I was younger.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The people that have inspired me through out this whole process of producing music has been my family, close friends, and my producer buddies. Without those people, I wouldn’t be where I am today so I’m really grateful to have a supportive community of people.