Featured Musician: Dennis Gagliardotto

Dennis Gagliardotto AKA LyonHart is young trance DJ and producer from North Carolina. He is highly influenced by the captivating sounds as well as the composition of Film Scores and hopes to inspire others through his passion for music.

TH: At what age did you know you wanted to start making music?
Dennis: I began making music at the age of 16. I had just gotten into Electronic Dance Music about a year or so prior, at the time more specifically Hardstyle. It was the first genre I had ever heard that was related to Dance music. At a time when all I did was listen to Metal, it was the perfect transition into it because it delivered that same dark, intense, adrenaline induced atmosphere that Metal is known for. I watched videos among videos on YouTube of festivals such as Decibel, Sensation Black, Qlimax, Qontinent, and other Q-Dance events watching artists such as Technoboy, Headhunterz, Showtek, Luna, Pavo, Alpha Twins, and Tatanka just rip it up. Since then I had ventured out to other styles of Electronic Dance Music. I also found a new love, Trance. This overwhelming feeling of emotion and beauty was exactly what spoke to me. I remember watching Tiesto’s Elements of Life in Copenhagen DVD and after it was all over I realized right there and then, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Be able to play sets that are emotive and connect with others. I want others to feel the same feeling and just view life in a positive matter as Trance has helped me so much through the years. Trance isn’t just something I listen to and produce. It is something I will perpetually breathe, live, and have a passion for. I want to be able to give back to that community. That’s all that I want. To love, to give, and to inspire. Music is love and love is music.

TH: Who or what inspires your music?
Dennis: My music is inspired by a lot of things. As far as what, I like to be able to fuse things together. Do something a bit unorthodox. If you listen to enough of every genre you start to realize a pattern at how music is made. Granted, this is all just music theory and you can’t escape a certain way that notes flow into each other and what not but I like to be able to manipulate that. I don’t like boundaries and I want to be able to push pass those and bring a unique sound to the table. I’m a huge fan of film scores so I always like to give that type of epic atmosphere in my music through the beauty of strings. As far as who inspires me, there are lots but most notably BT, Armin van Buuren, Serj Tankian of System of a Down. These are guys that have passion beyond comprehension, are always willing to explore new meaning not only in music but in life itself and incorporate the unthinkable and do so in a very humble manner. They don’t show it off or brag or anything. They just illuminate with, and through, the music and I admire that more than anything. Nothing is taken for granted.

TH: What is the first album you ever bought (and will admit to)?
Dennis: Haha I like this question. First album I ever bought was Eminem’s “The Eminem Show”. I practically grew up listening to Eminem and he will always be one of my favorite artists. If you haven’t noticed my musical taste is very diverse haha. You should see my CD collection. None of it makes sense.

TH: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be, and what would be the nature of the project?
Dennis: You know, I’ve always asked myself this question. It’s always centered around the same people but I can never really bring myself to choose one. Some I don’t even know if I could even work with because of the fact that I just don’t find myself remotely on their skill level to even associate with them. It’d be an honor if that they ever came. I suppose I would love to work with Evanescence. The whole band. Their music, as far as feelings, atmosphere, and interests go, is relatively similar to mine. I love Amy Lee’s voice beyond comprehension and I think would really sound amazing with Trance. Not to mention her ability to play piano beautifully as well as the rest of the band being able to execute their instrument to the best of their potential in their own respects. Our genres are different but musically we are similar and I think we could definitely make something work. I’ve been listening to them since I was in 6th grade and I have a special connection with their music. 

Don’t limit yourself. Do what you can with what you’ve got.

TH: What does creativity mean to you?
Dennis: Creativity to me I think just simply means do what you want from the heart. I’ve heard stuff locally that artists have recorded that didn’t have the fancy studios that sound a hell of a lot better than some stuff I’ve heard professionally. Just because you have a massive studio with a million gadgets doesn’t mean your stuff is going to sound good. If you have talent, you have talent. If you don’t, you don’t. Not everyone is a musician. Some artistic paths just aren’t for some people. Also, Armin van Buuren has a quote in his Mirage album that will forever stay with me: “Don’t be a prisoner of your own style”. You shouldn’t limit yourself to what you do. Think outside the box and explore the realm of sound, as long as you stay true to who you are.

TH: How is the music scene where you live? What do you love/dislike about it?
Dennis: The music scene, in general, is fairly populated, but as far as people who listen to electronic music on a daily basis and know what they’re talking about go, it’s very scarce. It’s extremely unfortunate. However, I’m fortunate enough to have a group of friends that respect and admire it on the same level as I do. Other than them whenever I tell someone I do Trance music they just give me this look like they’ve just seen a ghost or I told them I kill babies for a living… -_-‘

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