What first drew you into music production and dubstep production in particular?
A childhood friend of mine had been producing in Ableton for about 2 years and introduced me to the program. We had the same guitar teacher in high school so he figured I would be interested in trying to produce music electronically. He was so right. I instantly fell in love with the program. It completely took over my life and I’ve never looked back. As for the dubstep aspect, a few years back, Skrillex had a remix of La Roux’s “In for the Kill” that I instantly fell in love with, and ever since, I have been a huge dubstep fan, both in and out of the studio.
Coming from Los angles do you have any favorite clubbing spots?
I don’t go out much. My kind of night is hanging with my girlfriend and friends; good conversation with good people.
Dubstep is known to be one of the most complex genres to produce, how did you manage to develop such great mixing skills in such a short time? Also, what is your studio setup like?
I think mixing skills are something that grows with time to be honest. The more time I spend producing, the more I can get songs to a place where I want them to be sonically. That is how I feel about a lot of my music. I think the mixing could be better, but I always write with something that gives me emotion. That is what makes me want to put music out. When the song becomes a part of me, and I become a part of the song. Every song I have, or ever will put out, I have written with an emotion attached. As for my studio setup, one of my roommates has a pretty amazing studio space so I use his. Aside from that, I am mostly in headphones or on my laptop speakers, since that is what most people will be listening to my music on.
Your latest remix of “there x2” is your best track in our opinion! From its artwork to the Incredibly powerful sound we absolutely love it. Could you tell us more about the story behind this track? Also, what is your creative processes like?
The story behind the remix follows a lot of what I said above. I was listening to music a couple weeks ago after getting some very disappointing news. I was in a terrible mood and was just angrily searching for new music when I stumbled upon Slushii & Marshmello’s “There x2.” I loved how happy and simple the vocal and melody line was and I wanted to play off of that. After about an hour I had finished writing the remix. I had plenty of work left to do on it, but I put down the idea that sparked my interest in the first place. Those are the best songs for me, the ones where I instantly have the idea and can write it down with almost no effort. My creative process usually starts with something like this: I hunt for something that sparks my interest whether it is a pad, a drum, a synth, it can be anything, really, as long as I feel something from it I know I will be able to write with it. Does it mean I’ll release it in the end? No. Some of those ideas will never see the light of day, and I know that. But as long as I can get that spark going, I know I will be able to write something I am happy with.
How would you summarize 2017? Did it turn out the way you expected it to?
2017 was such an interesting year. I had a lot happen with my family, and with myself personally. There were a lot of nights where I would just stare up at the ceiling on the verge of tears not knowing what my next step was going to be. I was so lost. I was working a dead end job as a host and thought I was never going to move on with my life. Around the middle of April (long story short), in the span of one week, my car was stolen from my apartment complex, a family member I was very close with passed away, and one of my closest friends had 3 seizures in a row at my house. After staying at the hospital with the friend until the early hours of the morning, I knew something in my life had to change. The world was trying to tell me something. It was time to get my music career started. Without going too much into detail, I was able to quit my job, and start working on music full time. I spent the next 3 months prepping myself, and in August, I launched my artist project. So 2017 was the craziest year yet. But overall, I couldn’t be happier with what happened. My life completely changed, and now I have the ability to release music that I really feel is a part of me. So as strange and horrible it was at times, 2017 was the best year of my life.
What are your goals for 2018? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
I have a couple goals for the new year. Personally, I want to spend more time outside and taking care of myself health wise (both mental and physical), which I have been doing. I want to be a more positive person, both to myself and others, and spend more time around people I really care about and love. As for my artist project, I have a ton of goals for this year. My main one, is I am going to release on a bunch of big name labels. I have already started with Spinnin officially releasing my Snavs & Fabian Mazur remix of “Lonely Street,” but this is just the beginning. I can’t say much more about other labels I want to release with yet, but I am talking to several about putting out originals with them this year. My goal is to get myself on the map, because by this time next year, I want to be fulfilling my vision of playing shows around the world and working alongside some of my biggest idols, so I have to keep moving forward!
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