What first drew you into music production and future bass/Dubstep in particular?
From a very young age, I always loved music and I always loved trying to create things that other people could enjoy. But honestly, it really wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I thought to myself: maybe I could combine those two passions of mine and create music that people could enjoy. While the actual production stage of my career started late, my love for Future Bass, Dubstep, and just EDM music as a whole started long before that. I grew up loving those genres and would watch videos of music festivals and other shows all the time. If I had to pick one thing that drew me into the production aspect of music, it would probably be watching the crowds from those music festivals and shows. 1 artist could make thousands and thousands of people dance and have a good time, and it made me realize how powerful and uniting music can be. Early in my senior year, my friend Stevie Konroyd showed me the song Love Gang by Whethan and I remembered how incredible the song made me feel. I went home that night and thought to myself: if I could make just one other person feel that way about a song I create, it would all be worth it. Whethan and Louis The Child, two of my favorite future bass artists, are from Chicago and went to high school not too far from me. Being in similar age proximity to them and being from the same city, I really admired not only their music, but their desire to go out and chase a dream. I use them for inspiration every day and it would be a goal of mine to one day work with them.
You have only started putting up music on Soundcloud a month ago and you are already getting thousands of views and hundreds of followers how does it feel to receive such a warm welcome from the community?
My first song was posted about two months ago and I didn’t release music for about another month after that. I recently deleted that first song because I did not feel it was as quality as the rest of my music. It’s always fun to listen to my first song and then listen to stuff I am working on now just to see how much progress I have made in only a couple of months. As far as the warm welcome goes, it’s truly surreal that people from all over the world have heard things I’ve created, and more importantly enjoy them. I have a good amount of friends that promote my songs and show other people too. The support from all my buddies, as well as my family, is what really keeps me going with this. With that being said, any fan of my music is one that I am more than blessed to have and I hope I can continue to produce music that they like.
Going over your Soundcloud we can tell you love making lots of different genres! Which genre is your favorite to produce?
The most consistent genre I love to produce is future bass. It has such a feel-good vibe to it and it is easy to enjoy. However, I am trying out all different genres. My love for EDM stretches across all different platforms and various artists. My track “Hiya, Georgie” was dubstep and unlike anything I have created before. I had to make something intense for Halloween and I feel like it needed to be a bit more hard than the music I had been working on. My favorite part about being in the early stages of my career is that I get to experiment with all different kinds of genres. Truthfully, I am still trying to find my sound and have lots of projects on the way in all different variations of EDM.
Your track “Far out” 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 process like?
Absolutely! I’m so glad you guys enjoy it. Far Out was something I worked on for about 5 weeks. After the release of my first song, which I later deleted, I knew I really had to produce something far more advanced than that. The first week or two of working on Far Out was barely even designing any sort of sound. I spent 95% of this time studying up on music, music theory and what made certain songs so powerful; this was key in the song’s production. The next 3 weeks were dedicated to producing and designing the song. While it is a quality track, my goal is to just keep improving and creating music like that. My creative process is similar to the making of Far Out. My two biggest downfalls in my process are 1. I still have so much information to learn and so many softwares to familiarize myself with that I find myself stuck at times just because I am not sure how I am going to be able to make a certain chord or synth. And 2. I tend to jump around alot. I will start a project and make a few sounds that I enjoy but they might not all go together. So I start another project with some of those sounds and the process repeats. While it isn’t necessarily bad to have lots of projects to work on at once, I sometimes wish I was able to dedicate myself to just one as opposed to working on different ones every day.
Your latest track “Hiya, Georgie” is another great example of just how capable you are as a producer, Care to share more about its creation process?
Hiya, Georgie was way out of my comfort zone as a producer. Before the project started, I wasn’t totally familiar with the production side of Dubstep, nor if I would even be capable of doing it. As Halloween was coming up, I felt like this was the perfect time to try it. I had no idea how I was going to make the song have that intense/creepy vibe to it until I found myself watching one of my favorite scary movies: IT. The opening scene with Georgie and the Pennywise is one I always loved and it provided a scary feel for the rest of the movie. It dawned on me to try to incorporate this scene into the dubstep track and it developed from there. While it was unlike anything I have ever produced before, I was certainly happy with the result and look forward to working on more dubstep songs in the future.
What are your goals for 2019? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
One of my main goals for 2019 is to get 100,000 total plays across all of my songs, including current ones and ones I will release in the upcoming year. Right now, I am getting close to about 30,000 so tripling that is something I will strive to do. As far as projects go, I have many on the way for 2019. My friend Spencer Galati and I are in the works of becoming a duo. We have some quality music arriving soon and he’s truly an awesome guy to work with. It’s easy to bounce ideas off of each other and help each other excel in every way possible. Another project I am excited for is my collab with the Wavyboys. The Wavyboys are two of my good friends, Michael Welsh and Jack Zabilka. They currently both go to Marquette University and if you haven’t already heard of them, I strongly recommend checking them out and giving a listen to ALL of their songs. I’m a big fan of the tracks they produce and the Wavyboys X Tyler Maggio collab is going to be a huge one. 2019 is going to be a big year for everyone involved and I cannot wait to get started. I really appreciate the opportunity for this interview and would like to thank Kate Harper and all those at HBT magazine for making it possible. 2019 is going to be a fun year, stay tuned!
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