Philtered about his music career
Updated: Oct 6
Philtered, Dan Rosado, is an artist from Long Island who has been doing music for three years. He loves making music about love and what lengths people would to to get it. Even if it means losing everything for the one they love. We spoke with Dan Rosado about his music and his latest single, Love Hurts.
What makes you unique?
While most artists focus mainly on the electronic side of EDM, I love using acoustic elements in my songs to make them feel more organic and grounded rather than artificial and industrial-sounding.
What drew you to the music industry?
The only instrument I was taught as a kid was the guitar, and when I saw these musicians and artists making music on a computer just by manipulating sound, it piqued my interest and I wondered what would it take to do what they do.
Who inspired you to make music?
Definitely Gryffin and Avicii. Avicii would always appear on my radio and I was aways in love with the melodies he created, but I didn’t know I wanted to start making music until I heard what Gryffin was putting out. His music made me feel things that I had never felt before. I was in a low place when I was listening to them and it helped me a lot, and I never want anyone to feel what I felt during that time.
Did you always know that you wanted to work in the music industry?
Never in a million years. I always wanted to work with robots and study engineering, which I am doing currently, but even as a little kid, I always loved playing with musical instruments and creating my own songs.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I love making music about love and what lengths people would go to get it, even if it meant losing everything for the one they love. I don’t mainly stick to one genre so I can’t narrow down a specific genre I like to make music in, but I love music that people can relax and be carefree to.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Before I even start work on a song, I make sure the message I want to send in the track is clear and that it can be interpreted in any number of ways, but for me, I always make sure it’s about someone special, whether it be someone I know or love.
Can you explain your creative process for making this EP/track?
I first started with the electric guitar, which was already somber, melodic, and sad. I then moved on to the drumbeat and high hat pattern, which is one of my favorite parts of a production, and then finally, the drop, which I always make sure is the last thing I work on due to it being one of the main focal points of the song and what it all builds up to. Vocals were last and a challenge to find the right vocalist because I wanted the right emotion conveyed through the lyrics.
How would you describe your EP/track?
Love Hurts is an anthem for a breakup and understanding that even though these people may not have gotten along, they still care for each other and know that they are never alone, reminiscing on feelings they had in the past.
What is the reason behind this EP/track?
I started production of this song in the beginning of my senior year in high school. I felt everything was going wrong for me and was getting overwhelmed with the amount of stress being piled onto me at the time, not knowing what to do, I poured my emotions into a song, not knowing if I’d finish the song at all. To my surprise, it was one of the most emotional I had ever heard one of my tracks sounding.
What is the message you want to give to your fans?
I got some BIG plans coming up for the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021. I want to make sure that I know what I’m doing before I start announcing anything, so be on the lookout!
What is next for you?
I am currently finishing my debut album “The Rainbow Connection”, which will be one of the biggest things I have ever worked on in my music career so far.