What first drew you into music production and future bass in particular?
In 2013 we had an art assignment in school, I think we were supposed to create some cover art for music we liked. One of my classmates had used Apollo by Hardwell and after hearing that I became obsessed with Bigroom House. Later that year I came across Hardwell’s Ultra Miami live set and I remember thinking how cool it must be having an entire crowd moving and dancing to your music. So, I started googling to try and figure out what I needed to do to start making music. Logic X popped up and I managed to convince my parents to get it for me. As time went by the music that I listened to changed and with it the music that I produced. I’d say it’s hard to specifically point out what it was that drew me to future bass, but one thing that I love about it is when chords and melody stop for the snare or other percussive elements and then come back. The feeling of getting pulled back into a track in the middle of a drop is so amazing.
Your latest remix of “Nothing to lose” is very well mixed and sounds very professional, Care to share more about your creative processes and mixing/mastering process?
I’d say my creative process varies from track to track. Sometimes I start with programming the drums or with a chord progression and other times I whistle or hum on a melody which I transfer to the computer and then start building around it. Most of the time though, the things that I start with never end up in the finished track because I often don’t know how I want the finished track to sound like. I have to sit in front of the computer, try different sound designs, layering in different ways, or trying to recreate cool details I heard in other tracks and eventually I find sounds, rhythms, melodies, etc. that I just know are going to be great.
I do a lot of the mixing during the production and arrangement of the tracks but lately, I have been spending more time mixing after those stages are complete as well. Other than that I wouldn’t say I have a specific process. Just trying to keep the different elements sounding clear and within their own spaces, while still fitting them together with everything else.
My mastering process is basically the same for every track. Making some final touches with mid and side EQs, doing a little bit of stereo imaging, multi band compression and limiting. I would say though that my tracks usually aren’t as loud as many other tracks. I don’t like pushing it too far, to keep the dynamics. But I’m not the most experienced master engineer so maybe I could push the tracks louder and still keep the dynamics, but it isn’t something that I have spent that much time experimenting with.
Future bass is known as 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 started spending more time on mixing after the production part of the tracks was complete and listening to the tracks on different sound systems. On my older tracks I did the mixing during the production, on one set of monitors, and when the production was complete I’d get straight into mastering. So spending more time actually listening to the track and actively trying to find things to improve helped me get better. Watching youtube videos also contributed to my improvement in technical things and to get a better understanding of the tools that I was using. I also started to take breaks consisting of one/two days without listening to the track and when I got back to it I could hear and fix issues that I had gotten used to when I didn’t take breaks. And what I think was most important in helping me improve was that I started to finish more tracks, because with no tracks finished there is not much mixing that can be done.
I have a pretty simple studio setup. I still produce from my bedroom, with a pair of RCF Ayra Five monitors, a Focusrite Sacrlett Solo sound card, a sE Electronics X1 A microphone and an Akai Synthstation 49 keyboard. Though the keyboard is my brother’s and I only use it as a MIDI controller. The headphones that I most often use are the Pioneer HDJ-500.
Coming from Sweden do you have any favorite clubbing spots?
I actually don’t go out clubbing very often. A lot of the times I’d rather stay at home producing music or playing video games. And another reason why I don’t go out clubbing very much is that future bass and electronic music similar to future bass which I enjoy listening and dancing to are not that popular at the clubs or at least the few times that I have gone out they haven’t played much of it.
What are your musical goals for the future?
In the near future, my goals are to try and be consistent with uploading new tracks to be able to start getting a bigger following and maybe start playing gigs in and surrounding my hometown. In terms of goals for five to seven years I’d like to make an album, make my own live show, like the one Odesza made for their ”A Moment Apart” album. Or at least implement some form of performance to a DJ set, like what San Holo has done with his electric guitar. But the ultimate goal is, of course, to be able to make a living out of creating music.
What are your goals for the new year? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
Yes, there is! I have a new single that is almost complete that I plan on releasing in June. I’m also working on some collaborations which will be exciting to put out. And as I mentioned in the previous question I’m going to try and be more consistent with uploading new music. So hopefully there will be a new track every month to be excited about.
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