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BB3 Dynamics Interview 2015



BB3 Dynamics
Thanks to the magic of the Internet, I can make international interviews and meet interesting artists like BB3 Dynamics. He is an electronic music producer whose latest EP called ‘Life Trichotomy‘ combines music with philosophy. Below, he answered in a nice way to all my questions, and it will be great for you and me to discover more about him…

1 – What is the story behind your artistic name, BB3 Dynamics?

My birth name is “Bates Belk III” and therefore “BB3” is my acronym version of my birth name. The “Dynamics” in my artistic name has multiple meanings to me including the dynamics of embracing life with continuous change and the dynamics in intensity and contrast when sounds interact. And of course there are always dynamics when anyone enters the world of BB3…guaranteed!

2 – Why did you move to Berlin?

I’ve always had every intention of moving to Europe to live. After 20 phenomenal and exciting years of living in New York City, it was the right time for me in early 2015 to make a major change and move to Berlin. Over the last few years for me, as an artist in New York City, it had become increasingly challenging finding other artists to collaborate with…simply because local economic conditions forced many artists to find other cost effective yet less effective ways of creating their art in New York City. And like me, many artists ended up leaving New York City to continue their art in other parts of the world. The talent pool and amount of risk-taking artists in New York City dried up for me. Germany is a wonderful country that publically welcomes artists of multiple disciplines from all over the world. And I’ve been visiting Berlin regularly since the 2000s and I’ve always been able to find a surplus of like-minded artists to collaborate with. It’s the right fit for me and my art at this time. I’m having a great time in Berlin.

3 – Describe a typical day in Berlin with BB3? What are some activities/places you enjoy in the German capital?

A typical day in Berlin for BB3 is creating my music 16+ hours a day: concepting, songwriting, sound designing and collaborating with other artists all over the city. But, when I am not creating music, a typical day in Berlin for BB3 can include exercising for 2 hours in my neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, drinking a cappuccino in one of the numerous cafes, exploring in one or more of the over 2500 gorgeous parks and gardens, visiting underground art galleries, dining at one of many gourmet restaurants in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg, shopping for vinyl at the many record stores, hanging out at the endless supply of bars and cafes, attending concerts or experimental theatres and then most likely dancing somewhere until the sun comes up. I like to have fun in any city I am in. Berlin is a perfect city to have continuous fun. I haven’t owned a TV since 2008 and I don’t hang out on couches. I’m always out and about making sure I can have the best experience possible.

4 – What is an essential piece of gear for you in the studio?

My MacBook Pro. But beyond that my Moog Sub 37 synthesizer. And while it’s not a piece of gear, no matter where I am on the planet, one will always find me carrying my notebook of my current compositions, sound design notes and lyrics. I carry my notebook around with me under my forearm just like I did in elementary school on my way to class.

5 – Where did you study Sound Design? Have you remixed tracks for other artists?

I studied sound design at the Dubspot electronic music school in New York City. I did a Disco remix for British artist Little Boots. And what started out as a remix ended up turning into an original production and collaboration with one of my favorite bands of all time, the legendary electronic industrial band, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. I re-produced one of TKK’s latest original songs, “Neon Diva” off of their most recent album “Spooky Tricks”, into a new dark Electroclash song. I will be releasing “Neon Diva” on my label in early 2016.

6 – What inspired you to create a Techno EP based on philosophical principles?

Well, what was planned out originally was one Techno EP, entitled “Life Trichotomy”, of three songs (i.e., in a 3-part Trichotomy) with each song encompassing my philosophical life statements. But then that EP spawned a second Techno EP entitled, “Life Trichotomy Reincarnated”. The second EP has stellar Techno remixes of my songs by other international artists including Techno pioneer Abe Duque, boundary-pushing innovator Astrolith and experimentalist Mëtël EkTõshi. Each artist delivered such winning dance remixes. They are all so talented and I’m honored that each of them jumped on board and put forth their Techno versions of my Life Trichotomy songs. And I’ve been very fascinated with the Techno movement of today. Partly because I started studying and dancing to the classical Techno incarnation from the Detroit masters in the early 1990s, but also because it’s fascinating to witness new artists arrive today and effectively release their own versions in the evolution of Techno today with their clean and simple sound design partnered with hypnotic beats. As a musician and lyricist, I am a big proponent of including vocalists, vocalese and/or the human voice in my music (as one can hear in my previous music releases). When it became time for me to investigate adding Techno to my music repertoire, instead of working with vocalists like I have on my past dance songs, I decided it would interesting to work with a voice-over actor to deliver my simple hypnotic philosophical life statements that anyone could relate to at whatever stage they are in their own lives…all to my dance rhythms.

7 – Who is your favorite philosopher of Ancient Greece? Why?

I am not an expert at the philosophers of Ancient Greece, but one philosopher that has always come across in my journeys has been the pre-Socratic philosopher, Anaxagoras. While born in ancient Turkey, Anaxagoras fled to Greece and for most of his life put forth principles that were routed in questioning the “norm” and resisting groups that tried to impose their views on other people. He was a “realist” that believed that the human mind was infinite, self-ruled and one’s mind controls one’s destiny…in other words, the mind will set things in order and then actions will take place. So to me, set your goals, work to reach your goals, and go onto your next challenge.

8 – How would you describe the music you make to someone who’s yet to hear it?

Musically, both as a listener and an artist, I’ve never been one to fall into any particular category and I’ve never been in favour of labeling myself. But, I do consider my music to be theatrical, dramatic and atmospheric (usually to a dance rhythm). My music is heavy on electronic sounds and I always try to ensure there are messages and/or questions that the listener interprets when listening to my music. And any of those messages that are delivered in my music almost always have multiple interpretations.

9 – What do you think the best thing is about modern day Techno music scene?

I’m in favour of any music era that brings people together to dance in a state of euphoria and bliss. I’ve been very fortunate to witness and be part of many different music eras in my life including Disco, New Wave, classical Techno, 90s House, 90s Acid House, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Industrial, Hip-Hop, Ambient, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative, Trance, Jazz, Indie Rock, Electroclash, Nu-Disco and Electronica. So, to witness a movement like today’s modern day Techno that is building dance communities across the world and providing a positive music experience for people, then it’s just one more thing that is countering all the negativity taking place today and that’s a good thing.

10 – What are your hopes and dreams for the rest of the year?

Right now I’m in the middle of writing my debut album and it’s my goal to finish writing all demos by the end of 2015 as well as secure all musicians to be ready to record in early 2016. I’m very excited by this album because it’s a large-scale production with multiple musicians and vocalists and it’s going to have an orchestra playing on it for most songs. It’s going to be a very cinematic album!

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.


Exclusive Interview: COY SWEDE & J.O.Y Collab On “Never Ever”



COY Swede Never Ever
This is the first time COY Swede ventures into RnB by joining forces with J.O.Y. In an instant, you will be blown away as the quality of his new single “Never Everfeels like charting song material. Read our exclusive interview with both artists!

1 — How did you end up working together?

COY Swede: Me and J.O.Y also did “Closer” through Soundbetter platform together. And RnB being one of J.O.Y’s genres I knew we could make another magic track together.

It’s very rare I work with the same singer again. But we speak the same language musically and we connected, even more, this time.

J.O.Y: Me and COY Swede first met up online on Soundbetter (the leading platform where singers and producers meet to finish each other work). He wrote me to be his singer for his track “Closer.” From there on we became friends and collab more frequently together!

2 — How would you define RnB music?

COY Swede:
It depends on how far you go back in time, 50, 70, or 90, and our time. Genre changes very fast in our time and gets a bit blurred or, some genres evolve into something new.

But for me, RnB is still pure Soul and Blues and also can be a flavour of Chill Pop and influences rhythms from Hip-Hop. That’s my personal thinking.

J.O.Y: RnB was my first love in music! I remember listening to greatness such as Joe, Brian Mcknight, and Craig David and was impressed by the runs, variation of tone, and vocal skills these guys have! This made me do a lot of cover songs of the RnB genre and me ending up having my singing style from them.

J.O.Y Never Ever
3 — Collaborative songs are trendy these days, do you see it as a marketing strategy or is it something else?

COY Swede: For me, it evolves me as a producer. Gives me more experience. I work only with the best singers that share my passion among the independent areas.

Over the years I also have learned how to know what I’m looking for around a genre and theme for the song. What vibe do I want to create.

Marketing strategies change all the time and we Indie artists work really hard with the tools we have.

The most important thing for me is to keep going and deliver the music to my listeners. Show interest in other artists, be helpful if I can, and also learn more about how to get my music out there.

J.O.Y: Doing collabs is one of the best ways to showcase your music and learn from it. You learn to see different kinds of colors of music. You are also forced to go out of your comfort zone which allows you to grow.

4 — What new things did you learn while recording “Never Ever”?

COY Swede: Well, it’s actually the first time I produce an RnB track 😊 I would be very happy if the listeners can connect to it. The bells in the intro are actually recorded by an instrument and then I added some effects using “Thermal from Output.”

Every track I make gives me something new. I’m very happy with the variated bridges in this track to be a little technical. And my challenge was, how to make a short song feel longer than it actually is. We also wanted this song to have a good hook and a chorus to sing along to.

J.O.Y made awesome work with his skills as a singer and writer.

J.O.Y: As a songwriter, you always get to learn a new perspective after each song. Especially here I evolved my songwriting by having the hook be a statement and the verses describing my story. I will definitely write more songs like this, where the hook is simple yet catchy and the verses a bit more complex.

5 — Who is the main songwriter of this new track? What inspired you to write the lyrics?

COY Swede: We worked from a theme I sent J.O.Y. And for the chorus, I recorded a sample of my voice. Then J.O.Y did his magic. Just a note, only the VOCAL is mixed together from 15 stems to give you a perspective. 😉

It’s also a love song for people that found new love and how to carry it forward. But as a songwriter/producer you are open to how a listener feels about it. You can, “Never Ever” know. 😊

J.O.Y: COY Swede presented me with the theme of the song, and explained it to me pretty well. From that on I felt inspired and tapped into some of my experiences to replicate this feeling.

6 — Who would you dedicate this song?

COY Swede:
Anyone! It’s about love, new love, or even some things you have clear out before you move on! That can sometimes be very hard!

The unique bells in the song maybe is a slight try to call on that upcoming Christmas vibe. Mariah Carey, are free to make a cover if she wants. 😉

J.O.Y: To all the listeners that go through a tough time right now. It’s that season again when tracks like these are needed.

7 — How would you imagine the music video?

COY Swede:
No plan at this moment. Maybe a lyrics video on my YouTube channel.

8 — Are you planning to drop remixes for this release?

COY Swede: No plans at this moment.

9 — How do you spend your free time when not making music?

COY Swede: Family first, I love to travel around the world, health, training, and love cooking if I have time. I also read everything that has something to do with space research and am also engaged in earth’s environment and climate.

J.O.Y: Coy Swede nailed it. Family first. Sometimes music can feel like a job where all you think of is music. It’s good to have breaks to enjoy with your loved ones. Also, it’s very good for your creativity and finding new inspiration to write music.

10 — Lastly, what are your future plans?

COY Swede: Next year maybe I will try to do some more DJ appearances. I did one this year 2022 in Stockholm. Maybe together with my music bro Alan Walker or, even Tiesto would be really cool!

It would be cool to finally meet them both in real life, and talk about music experiences and future experimental stuff. You “Never Ever,” know! 😊

One thing is for sure I will keep doing this, and create more music. I would also like to try to make a score for movies or TV in the future, would be cool, if one of my released songs were featured.

J.O.Y: Be more active as a songwriter and have a lot more placements with bigger companies or TV/Film. I want to watch a show and hear my music in the background – that’s something I can imagine would be super cool and surreal.


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Blind Mutation Discusses Experimental Music Video “Shadows”



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If you’re into hypnotizing Ambient Techno tracks, then Blind Mutation should be on your radar. Her latest experimental music video “Shadows” was awarded and this exclusive interview explains it all!

1 — If I’m not mistaken, electronic music is your passion. How does this interest has come about?

I actually think my dad’s taste in music really influenced me a lot. He used to put on a lot of quality electronic music for me when I was a child, from classic Depeche Mode to more underground experimental electronic How to Dress Well. So, my interest in electronic music started growing from a very young age. When I became a teenager, my mental health started to get worse, and I started to relate, and thereafter, listen to darker and gloomier electronic music like dark ambient, triphop, or hard warehouse techno. That’s basically how my music taste was formed, and why I love electronic music.

2 — When exactly did you become Blind Mutation?

In theory, I think I became Blind Mutation pretty much as soon as I started producing and composing music which was 2 years ago. I began writing tracks with an emphasis on cinematic melancholic sounds that translated my deep intense emotions, and I still continue to do it exploring more and more ways to express my feelings through music. But, officially, let’s say, I became Blind Mutation when I released my first DJ Mix called “WAVE/PHONK MIX” on SoundCloud almost a year ago.

3 — Musically speaking, who is your biggest influence or inspiration?

I love to answer that question 🙂 I would say that my influences/inspirations have been changing throughout the years. When I was 14-16 my favorite band was Coldplay. I loved their not-that-well-known tracks which were more on the electronic/ambient side, like my all-time favorite “Midnight”. As for now, I very rarely listen to Coldplay. Now I am more into experimental dark emotional stuff like Techno, Dark Ambient, IDM, and Trip-Hop. Some of my inspirations/influences at the moment are Aphex Twin, Arca, Trentemoller, Clams Casino, Hans Zimmer, I Hate Models, and Crystal Castles.

4 — Congratulations on winning Best Experimental Video at the Indie Online Film Festival. Did you ever expect this result?

I was hoping for it 🙂 But I don’t really like expecting something to happen, especially when it comes to receiving awards. Because if you think you would win the prize, and then you don’t, you would probably get upset. But if you don’t really think about it and just let it happen, you get more excited if you win, and don’t really care if you don’t get an award 🙂

5 — Tell us more about how your collaboration with All Around came about.

We met a little more than 4 years ago in college in LA. He was a directing major, and I was an acting major. We’ve been very good friends since that time, and we’ve done small projects together here and there in college and just for fun. Then, when I switched from acting to music and started releasing my DJ Mixes, he began doing all the visuals for them. So, when I was ready to release my debut track “Shadows”, I knew that All Around would be my director, cinematographer, and editor. We have a similar vision when it comes to art (music/video/films, etc.), and so it’s very comfortable and fun for us to work together.

6 — Would you interpret this clip as a short horror film or is it something else?

Shortly, I would say, yes, it could be interpreted as a short psychological horror film. To elaborate: it’s interesting that when we showed the music video to our close surroundings, a good amount of people said that “Shadows” looked more like a short horror film rather than a music video. “Shadows” indeed has a much slower pace than a usual music video. In terms of cinematography, it’s also shot more like a film rather than a music video. But I think I would still call “Shadows” an experimental music video rather than a short horror film, because, in my opinion, it still has a dynamic of a music video, and our initial idea was to create a music video not a short horror film.

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7 — What tools, instruments, or software were part of the production process of “Shadows”?

Well, the track itself was produced, mixed and mastered in Ableton. As for “Shadows” music video production, My friend All Around who I collaborated with, has an amazing RED Komodo camera, the music video was shot on it. Also, my face, chest, neck and my arms had to be bandaged in the shot all the time. We needed special bandages, the ones that stick to the skin and to each other. We had 3-4 shooting days, and not all of the bandages could be reused. So, I had to buy lots of them. Was driving from one CVS to another buying the entire available supply of those specific bandages 🙂

We also had a chance to work with an amazing super professional makeup artist, Darya Kholodnykh, who did the make-up for the “demon’s” hand that appears in the music video. She managed to find a creative way to make the hand look realistic and creepy although we had a very small budget.

8 — What can we expect from Blind Mutation next? Are you keen on exploring science fiction themes?

I love science fiction, and I would like to explore themes connected to it in the future. But as for now, I think I’m more focused on expressing my inner feelings and emotions through my music, and treating producing/composing/creating DJ mixes more as a therapy for myself. I’d love to dive deeper into the psychological aspects of our lives and have an influence on people’s emotions and their unconscious through my music. That’s what my next release will hopefully do! It’s a dark ambient track called “I come with the rain”, and it’s coming out in the beginning of January! I’m also working on a new dark warehouse techno DJ mix which will also come out around the same time.

9 — What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I’ve always loved to think about this. I am very interested in psychology, so I would definitely study it in college, and then probably become a psychotherapist (do not mistake with psychologist or psychiatrist), I would do scientific research and come up with new more effective therapies.

I would also love to direct and shoot (be DOP and operate camera) my own film(s) in the future! It’s a big dream! Plus I got my first degree from a film college, so I am familiar with that stuff. By the way, I’m also super interested in graphic and game design! Would love to try doing that in the future too!

And just to top off the list with more geek stuff: if I had another life, I would become an astrophysicist to study and explore space.

10 — Lastly, do you have any specific goals for 2023?

The most important and clear goal is to get the artist visa in order to be able to stay and work in the U.S. Speaking of my artist goals, I would love to get my first DJ gig in 2023! I would also love to explore new music genres in my productions (like trip-hop or hard dark techno)! Finally, I have so many things I still have to explore and discover in terms of production, mixing sound design, etc. So, another very important goal is to just continue learning!



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Bubba Brothers Talk Last Summer And Tribal House EP ‘Basstribe’



Bubba Brothers
Bubba Brothers
continue to take the Electronic Dance music world by storm. Their latest release, ‘Basstribe’ was well received by listeners all over the world, marking a new milestone for the duo. Alongside impressive releases and powerful live shows, the duo recently celebrated their anniversary by playing at important venues all over the summer.

We found time to talk with them about their summer season, what they were up to and what was coming for them.

1 — Hello Bubba Brothers, how are you?

All good thanks. 😊

2 — Summer is now over, what have you been up to this past season?

This was a fantastic summer… we had great moments. A big thank you to all our fans all over the world.

3 — You released your EP ‘Basstribe’ around summertime, can you tell us more about what it was like working on this production?

It was really exciting; the timing was perfect and it was great to see and hear DJs playing the tracks live around the planet, so yes… ‘Basstribe’ was really fun. 😊

4 — Have you got any summer highlights?

So many… playing in Ibiza, having Oxia at our anniversary party, and sharing the decks… many good moments. And as said, we are very grateful for that.

5 — Which artists were on repeat for you during this summer?

Hahaha… great question! Tube and Berger, Dennis Ferrer, Kolsch, Themba, and many others. 😊

6 — Did you develop new projects or ideas during this season?

Yeah… just came back from Iceland, and a new track is already in the horizon. So, stay tuned! and also 2 finished tracks will be launched in a few weeks.

7 — What’s the last thing you learned over the summer?

To stay focused and humble. Keep your feet on the ground.

8 — Aside from performing, what other activities did you enjoy doing during the summer season?

Like any Portuguese, the beach and anything that involves the sea is our thing 😊 Missing summer already.

9 — What are you looking forward to doing next summer?

Playing in Europe as much as people book us and I hope they will do, a lot!



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