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Interview | Questions & Answers With Crimson Child

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Don’t miss this great interview with up and coming artist Crimson Child. His own unique vision makes his music an incomparable experience. Also, if you’re into Dubstep, you’ll probably enjoy his latest release with OMSTRB, titled “Shatter”. You can find out more about it right here!

1 — Tell us about the production process behind your new single “Shatter”

“Shatter” was such a fun track to work on, all the way through. It’s one of those tunes that was always on the backburner, coming back to it every few days to add a little something here and there, and that style of writing is what I attribute the level of detail too, there’s just so many little things happening it’s impossible to not pick up something new hidden in the background every time you listen through.

The addition of live recorded electric guitar (shout out Daniel) added an extra layer of depth which I couldn’t have been more thankful for. Was a very interesting process trying to fuse the live element with all the crazy basses and Riddim/Dubstep sounds hahaha.

This also means it was one of the most congested projects I’ve ever worked on, once it got to the mixdown process it was really difficult at times to find ways of cleaning everything up and focusing the ideas down so it’s clear what the listener should be paying attention to at any given time.

2 — What was the best part about collaborating with OMSTRB on this track?

OMSTRB is such an underrated producer, seriously that guy is insane with synthesis and writing crazy drum fills. I attribute a lot of the success of the track to his awesome work on it. His sound design is next level, but the best part about working with him was how easy going he was throughout the writing process.

He never backed down from a challenge, and always strove to make each section as interesting and thought-provoking as possible. His vision for the track and his changes definitely shaped the end product immensely.

3 — Do you like producing for yourself or do you think collaboration makes better music?

This is a very good question, and I don’t believe there is no definitive answer. On one hand, its times when I work on many pieces alone in a string that I come up with my most introspective pieces, and I attribute that to the self-reflection that comes with forced isolation and only looking within for inspiration. Obviously this scenario is an extreme of the question in which as little ideas are taken from external sources as possible (could be called a sort of collaboration to make a song based on other artists’ work?), but to answer the question directly I believe a better way of looking at it is to first determine what result you are after, and then choose the path which will most likely lead that way.

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I find with collaborative work I learn and grow a lot more, in seeing how someone else works and pulling ideas and techniques from each other. In this way, parts of ourselves which we hadn’t yet discovered or known existed can be revealed, as working with others offers a different way of looking at things, and that’s what’s most valuable about collaboration in my opinion.

4 — Did any Dubstep song or artists inspire you to release “Shatter”?

While the inspiration for this song was not taken directly from any one artist or style, I would call it a combination of influences, including many artists who are actively pulling the bass scene forward. Guys like Virtual Riot, Vorso and Moore Kismet to name a few. All crazy producers with an ear for groove, and who always find ways to challenge the listeners’ expectations.

Their sounds and ideas played a part in the foundation of this track, but it was the creative ideas from OMSTRB and me which made the song stand out in the way it does.

5 — What are your thoughts on the artwork? Who designed it?

For the artwork, I am happy to give full credit to my good friend Anirudh Singh (goes by paresthesia on socials). I came across his work a few weeks before the release of Crimson Child and I knew right away that he was the perfect fit for the job. His sense of style and his eye for detail really captured my ideas for the art, and really reflects the mood of the song. Definitely stay tuned for more artwork from him on future releases.

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6 — Is there something you dislike about streaming services such as Spotify or Soundcloud?

I would say my primary complaint with SoundCloud would be the unholy compression and problems with playback quality. For a site that prides itself on hosting the forefront of tomorrow’s musicians it definitely has a very backward thinking tech and UI division. That being said, it has helped so many bedroom artists and people who would have never gotten a shot to get pushed to the top of the music food chain, and that is not something that can be easily replicated on any other streaming service.

And I think within that answer lies the response to the question about Spotify. While it’s a great streaming site for music of all kinds and is getting more and more use from the general public, as a newer artist going in with only a small fanbase, it is a very difficult platform to grow on. I think this may change in the future though as artists figure out how to better use the platform.

7 — How true is the phrase “downloading illegal MP3s isn’t stealing, it’s promotion”?

This is a multilayered question that I’m afraid has no easy answer. While it would be hypocritical to expect support from fellow artists when you don’t support them back, acquiring tracks is done sometimes out of a place necessity, especially when funds are low. Personally, when I really love a track and know I’m going to be rinsing it out I make a point of buying it, but more often than not I stick to streaming instead of just downloading. At least that way the artist sees some kind of gain.

8 — What’s new in your current studio setup?

Hardware wise I’m super basic, it has always just been my laptop, headphones and Yorkville monitors. While I do pick up little plugins once in a while (iZotope VocalSynth 2 is my newest addition, could not recommend more highly), I’ve actually been practicing limiting my tools more and more, in fact I have been trying not to use Serum at all lately (gasp) to force more creativity in sampling and resampling, I’ve been having great results with it.

9 — Who do you wish you could thank for discovering Electronic Music?

For this, I have to first and foremost thank my parents, who introduced me to artists like Stromae and Zed’s Dead very early on in my life, and specifically my dad who would always play these obscure African House CDs he had acquired on his travels, which exposed me to Electronic Music. Outside of that I just kind of jumped in and right away consumed myself with every possible subgenre, each one more obscure than the last.

10 — Finally, what does Crimson Child have in store for the rest of 2018?

So much still left to do this year! I am sitting on an enormous pile of unreleased music which I’m working with my team on figuring out the best time and places to release over the next few months. You can look forward to tracks coming out at least once a month for me (if not more often) for the conceivable future, across a variety of labels but also some self-releases.

In terms of recent news, you can look out for my remix of “Don’t Let Me Fall” by Asaa & Neo on Esydia Music, on the official remix LP. Super excited for that one, the response so far on the promos have been amazing.


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The Reactivitz Shares Thoughts On Techno And “Todo En La Vida”

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“Todo En La Vida” is one of the latest club bangers from French Producer The Reactivitz. He has releases on Suara, Filth On Acid, Octopus Recordings, and more. In this exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts on Techno and, of course, the new single.

1 — What’s the story behind your artistic name?

Hey Guys, thanks for having me on your interview series. My name is Jonathan, a 29-year-old French DJ, and producer living in Lyon, France. I started producing and playing music under the name of ‘The Reactivitz’ about 10 years ago. At the start, I was producing different sounding music, more like Deep House, House, and Electro. Therefore, it took time to find my own style as I have always enjoyed many genres of music. The underground scene always gave me a buzz and I felt a strong connection with Techno in particular. For years now I have been releasing and playing Techno and Tech House. I love creating dark and powerful tracks with melodic elements, peak time energy, and cool vocal samples.

2 — How do you genuinely feel about the current state of the Techno scene as a whole?

Besides COVID-19 which put the whole scene at a standstill for 2 years, in my opinion, the Techno scene is at the same time full of opportunities yet really closed.

Indeed, we hear more and more amazing music from upcoming talented Techno artists. Every week, I listen to music on different platforms, and I am always amazed by all the new tracks I find from artists I never heard before. With social media, streaming platforms, and Beatport, we have now the opportunity to discover more music than before and it’s a really good point as we have a lot of choices. These ways of communication are helping a lot of the artists to showcase their tracks, even if sometimes DJs and producers spend more time on social media taking off their image than music.


Regarding festivals and parties, we are seeing more and more big Techno events worldwide. Many people enjoy Techno and it’s a good thing for the future of underground music. Nevertheless, I would deplore the fact that we can’t see new names on lines-up. We have so many talents out there, but I am always disappointed to always see the same names when I go to a party. I really think that a lot of truly talented producers and DJs would have their places at the top of the scene, but politics and connections are blocking them. As an artist, even if you are talented, you will need patience and a lot of hard work to get to the top.

3 — Where do you get inspiration for your Techno tracks?

Most of my inspiration comes from what I listen to every day. I listen to many artists in different genres and it’s helpful to give me some ideas for my tracks. I can spend days listening to house, techno, rap or even pop music to find interesting new sonorities. I really like to see how artists structure their tracks and how they make them sound, whatever the genre is. When I am producing, I am trying to mix elements from different genres to have a unique sound. It means that I am not putting up barriers, I produce what I feel when I am in the studio as I love to explore new things. Sometimes producing outside the box allows getting amazing results.

4 — As a producer, does it matter if music is commercial or underground?

In my opinion, it doesn’t matter as long as the music is good. Personally, commercial music is not something that I really enjoy as I prefer producing and playing underground music, but I am not against adding a bit of commercial sonorities into my tracks from time to time. Today, we can see a trend in both genres: a lot of the former commercial artists are getting into the underground scene and also underground artists are adding more commercial elements into their tracks. Is underground becoming the new commercial? The future will speak.

5 — What prompted you to take this Latin-influenced approach for your new single “Todo En La Vida”?

“Todo En La Vida” has a special meaning to me. It’s been a while since I have wanted to produce a track with some Latin vocals because my family is born in the south of Spain, so I wanted to do something related to my origins. Also, as I said before, I wanted to explore new things and I thought that the summertime was the best time to offer something different, more groovy and housey.

6 — “Todo En La Vida” is translated into English as “Everything In Life,” that being said, what’s the most important thing in your life?

The most important thing in my life is my family and my friends. I spent a lot of time with them. They give me advice and support me every day with what I am doing. I am happy knowing that I have their support whatever happens.

7 — Would you consider remixing this track? If so, what producers come to mind?

At the moment, I don’t think that it would be necessary to have another remix done on this track as Luke Andy made a stunning remix already. But maybe it could be a good idea to have some more remixes in the future. I am always interested to hear what other artists can do with my tracks.

8 — What do you think about this collaboration with Luke Andy as a remixer?

After having sent “Todo En La Vida” to There Is A Light, they suggested me to have Luke Andy as a remixer. I thought that it was a good idea as his style perfectly matches the vibe of the track. He did something different with his own vision and I really love it. Can’t wait to play his remix at my next few shows.


9 — What’s next in your schedule?

After “Todo En La Vida,” I will release a new collaboration track with djseanEboy on my label Immersion called “Strange,” followed by a two-tracker EP on Unity in August. I have also planned to release some tracks on Immersion further this year. This week, a new EP with Mauro Somm has been confirmed on FORM which will be released on September 2nd. During the next weeks, I plan to keep producing a lot of new songs and I have many tracks that I’m excited to release.

10 — How do you plan to keep your music style so innovative?

Listening to more music helps me to keep my music style innovative. As I said before, I love to hear many genres to get inspired for my next tracks. Traveling and discovering new amazing places is also a good opportunity to innovate. When I come back to the studio, I have a head full of new ideas and it’s always a good thing! Another important thing is to collaborate with other artists. I love sending and receiving new projects, so we can both share our visions and come up with something completely different from what we did at the beginning.


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Niko The Kid Talks Career + EDM-Driven Single “Fine” — Interview

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dove into 2022 with rapid fire. Upcoming releases on Toolroom, At Night, Sony, UMG, and more were all scheduled for this year. With this interview, you can learn more about his career and his recent EDM-driven single “Fine.”

1 – How would you describe your sound to someone listening to you for the very first time?

I’d say my sound is pretty versatile. It’s definitely very synth-driven. I love pulling inspiration from older dance records, Disco, Hip-Hop, and combining them with these modern sounds. I think I land somewhere between House and EDM.

2 – What do you enjoy the most about your artistic career?

I think my favorite part is DJing. There’s no better feeling than playing music out live and seeing people enjoying themselves to music you created yourself.


3 – Are there any artists or albums that marked your life and shaped you as an artist?

I would say Throttle, Oliver Heldens, and CID. I love these guys and they’ve been a tremendous help to me coming up.

4 – Did you ever imagine yourself creating beats for Akon, Young Thug, and Gucci Mane, among other heavyweight talents?

Never in a million years. It’s been a wild journey so far. Coming up in Atlanta and spending 6 years or so in LA, I found myself in these situations to be able to work with some incredible people. I’m super grateful.

5 – What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?

I would say navigating the ever-changing landscape of social media and streaming. It’s definitely a challenge getting new people to hear about you and grinding to create content while also making music. It’s definitely tough juggling all these things without losing your mind.

6 – Where did you get the inspiration to drop your single “Fine”?

I’ve been listening to a lot of melodic stuff like Rufus Du Sol and Camelphat. I’ve always loved these dark brooding synths and melodies. When we wrote the original demo I had these inspirations in the back of my mind.

7 – With this new release do you think your music has grown since you first started?

Absolutely. When I first started releasing music, I think I was still figuring things out. One of the hardest things about being an artist is honing in on a direction. It’s easy to get lost when you have such a passion for many types of music.

8 – What do you hope your listeners take from “Fine”?

The idea of the song is that we all tend to have self-destructive tendencies; big or small and that it’s okay to acknowledge that and move on.

9 – What’s your philosophy towards work while being at the recording studio?

My thing is to just always be creating, whether it’s music or visuals. Just making something. I also found a passion for 3D art during the beginning of the pandemic. It’s nice having another outlet. I find it helps recharge my creative juices for music to sit and create artwork or animations.

10 – Can we expect more songs to be released soon?

For sure! I’ve got a ton of new music on the way. I’m considering dropping an EP by the end of the year so definitely stay tuned for that.


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VON BUOYAGE Discusses New Song “You Ain’t Close” — Interview

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VON BUOYAGE is a young artist making a name for himself in the electronic music world. This interview explores all the details about his recent collaboration with Australian rapper Honey-B-Sweet on “You Ain’t Close.”

1 – First of all, how did you come up with your artist name?

A lot of people call me “Bui” (pronounced like BUOY) so I wanted to stick to my family & cultural roots and incorporate that into my name. I also love traveling and the original word “Bon Voyage” means “have a nice trip”, so I thought it’d be cool to turn that into VON BUOYAGE.

2 – How did your approach in making “You Ain’t Close” differ from your debut single “Baddy”?

“Baddy” was a collaboration that took months of bouncing ideas back and forth before we were happy with the finished product. “You Ain’t Close” was a lightning strike inspiration moment, where everything came to life in the same night. I remember it was a late night because I don’t stop when it’s flowing. “You Ain’t Close” is a song that’ll always be special to me because it helped define my sound and what to expect from my music in the future.

3 – What are your thoughts on Honey-B-Sweet’s vocals?

I love her vocal performance and lyrics. I actually started this song with a recording of my own vocals on my iPhone – my first time writing lyrics and recording my voice on a song. But I wanted to take the song to the next level, so I sent Honey my lyrics to work off and the rest was history. She completely smashed her part out of the park, and I think she brings a new level of depth to the song.

4 – Where do you see yourself playing “You Ain’t Close”? Clubs or festivals?

I can definitely see people getting down to this song at large-capacity events and clubs. Depends on the vibe of the night 😉

5 – Who would you love to see do a remix of this song? Why?

Taiki Nulight – I think he’s got a diverse range in his production and I’d be super curious to see how he’d flip this one.

6 – How much importance do you give to the number of streams, views, or likes towards your music?

That’s a tough question that I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately. At the end of the day, the value of the artist and their body of work isn’t based on streams and likes. Unfortunately, numbers talk in this industry for better or for worse. Followers, likes, and streams, they’re all looked at, and I noticed that people will treat you differently based on your numbers. I hate it, and I hope it changes.

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7 – When and where did you learn to produce tracks?

I started back in 2017 after I started working a full-time corporate job. I was on the search for more, and thankfully music found me. I self-learned on and off for a few years then decided to dive fully into the world of music at ICON Collective for their Music Production program.

8 – What’s the most fucked up thing that ever happened to you at the studio or performing live on stage?

Fucked up? Other than the typical producer horror stories of writers’ block and frozen computers, I don’t think anything crazy happened to me. Maybe a spilled beer on my keyboard haha

9 – Some artists are unhappy with the state of music right now. How about you?

I think there’s a lot to be unhappy about with the current state of music, but I also think there’s a lot to be grateful for. There’s always something to improve on, but the biggest change I’d like to see is platforms and opportunities for rising artists on lineups. I want to see fresh faces in music – talented people that treat everyone equally and with respect.

I would also love social media platforms like IG and TikTok to focus more on good music rather than virality. Eventually, music is going to sound very different with artists and labels pushing agendas around “good” content vs good music. Of course, great content will always be important, but platforms are starting to stray away from artistic creativity and freedom.

10 – What are your hopes for VON BOUYAGE’s future?

First and foremost, I want to influence positive change in music, both within the industry and in the stands. There’s too much negativity towards each other because of “reputation”, jealousy, and selfishness. I want to forge this mindset into crafting fun and memorable live sets for people who come to see me perform. My first goal is to tour within the US, but I’d love to take my music overseas to Vietnam, other Asian countries, Europe, and really anywhere people will connect with my music.

Otherwise, expect to see a lot of unique music coming from me in the near future. I’m collaborating with a lot of people who I think are pushing the envelope in the House & Bass community, and I can’t wait to show the world what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.


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