Who are you and what’s your background?
I’m Gust Moons, I’m from Belgium. I was born into music, with my dad being in a band… but other than that, music just always interested me. I quit school on my 18th birthday and never went back to finish, so I had to discover what I was good at. I decided that I would try to make house music, which started to take off. Then one thing came after another… I started to be really interested in why my tracks were doing so well and how promotion worked. Then I started to promote my own tracks, which also worked before starting a label called Augmented Music. Following that I was hired by other labels as well. I now run promotion for 3 labels: Tasty, Deep Mix Nation and Panthers Groove. All 3 are very different. I also run a tastemaker channel called Nu House.
What does your job consist of on a day to day basis?
I get up at random times. The first thing I do is check on all the Spotify statistics of the tracks I’m working on. Next thing I’ll do is reply to all my messages and emails, which can take quite some time. When it comes to the labels, I’m basically in charge of getting tracks featured on Youtube channels, SoundCloud reposts, playlist support and I get licensing deals as well.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement that I’m official now. Being able to do this full time and have my family and friends see that this is possible, for me personally, that’s my biggest achievement.
Any tips and tricks that you wish you knew when you started?
When I started I wish I knew that DJing wasn’t for me. At the end of the day I got here by doing all the things that I did, so I can’t complain, but I did try DJing first and didn’t really like it.
For the readers looking to pursue a career in your field, do you have any advice for them?
I’d say the main thing you gotta do is try to get experience or insight on a job you want to do. Like I worked for very small Soundcloud labels at the beginning just to learn how it worked. Give yourself a few years time to learn what you need to and always do more than one thing. That’s the best way to grow – to do as much as you can in the industry you want to be in. So you’re constantly busy, constantly talking to people. Networking is the key.
Who are your favourite artists at the moment?
I’ve been really into chilled Hip Hop and chill RNB… Like Joji, Droeloe, Aurora, Mr Fijiwiji, THEY. This next one is weird because I work with mostly EDM stuff but I also love Billie Eilish.
How do you overcome days where you have no motivation?
Those are probably the days that define if you’re going to make it or not. They’re very important actually, maybe more important than your best days. If everything was great all the time, you wouldn’t know what great felt like. Embrace the lows. I gotta say, I’ve had a girlfriend for a year and a month now, and it also helps to have someone who you can talk to.
What do you do when you’re not working (for downtime)?
I’ve been a gamer my entire life so that’s something I do a lot. Also watching Youtube videos, but I guess everyone does that. Other than that I like to go out, go to the cinema (I love horror movies) and just going out with friends.
Any recent announcements and/or upcoming stuff you would like to announce to the readers?
F.O.O.L recently released a track with us on Tasty which did really well and was a teaser for his new EP. He’s now followed it up with the EP, which came out on the 28th of September… It’s like Synth-wave. I’ve listened to it and I really love it. Also, I’ll be going to ADE this year!
Your own personal tips for success (either in music or life in general)?
To provide some context, I was born with a very rare illness called Ehlerdanlos Syndrome (EDS). It’s a rare chronic disease that effects every part of your body; mostly your joints, your skin, your eyes, your teeth. So it messes up all your joints. I had that throughout early high school and it wasn’t until I changed schools and was able to be myself, which made me realise it’s better you accept yourself and stop feeling self pity. I think it actually helped me to have this disease because the way I look at life at life now is completely different. I told myself I have a dream … a chance to go for music right now and if I do that I’ll have so many experiences that I wont have working a 9-5. I also think you have to really work hard, instead of doing what most people do nowadays, which is pretending to work hard. Constantly work and do as many things as you can.