EDM Artist DJ D3C4Y is Dropping Beats and Beating Odds
As a musician, rising to the top of the charts is no small feat. The hard work it requires can often be discouraging for some emerging artists, but Danilo Kyzyk, better known by his alias DJ D3C4Y, is no stranger to overcoming adversities and beating the odds. He is motivated by the challenge–a quality he has held since childhood. At the age of three, D3C4Y (Decay) was diagnosed with a health issue that left him deaf just a year later. His story then takes us somewhere unpredictable. Decay heard an EDM track at the age of eight and immediately saved up money to become a DJ himself. Now in his 20’s, he has over 20K followers, his self-produced tracks receive nearly 100K listens, and he dedicates himself to learning more every day as he continues rising to the top as an EDM artist.
Born in London, England, Decay moved to the States at a young age. He was raised in a Ukrainian household, learning the Ukrainian language. His European-American upbringing gives him an extra edge in the predominantly-American EDM scene.
“My tracks are usually very genre-blended, so someone might say this is house music, and someone else might say it is Progressive House,” Decay says. “I love genre-blending when I make my songs because music is so diverse.”
Decay’s albums, RedRum and Armageddon, testify to his expertise in genre-blending. Synthesized leads and bass drops layered with dance-tracks showcase his ability to innovate and contribute a new style to the scene. A new song, “Jista,” was just released across all music-streaming platforms on February 12.
When Decay heard his first EDM song, “Dota” by Basshunter, he never imagined he would be where he is now. Only a college student, Decay takes every day as a lesson for his future career. His only plan is to continue moving up and up–he hopes to sign with a record label upon graduation from Kean University in a year or two.
“Everyone deserves to listen to music because, at the end of the day, we’re all human, and music gives us feelings that sometimes we can’t put into our mouths,” Decay says.