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Interview | Questions And Answers With Zebulon



Interview | Questions And Answers With Zebulon

Up-and-coming music producer, Zebulon is living his life to the fullest in Los Angeles, California. Art is in his veins and after DJing for some time, he decided to start making his own music. Well, one of his best Dubstep tracks is “Take Us There”, which received a lot of positive feedback on social media. On this occasion, it was a pleasure to meet and interview this creative mind!

1 – Where did this love for music begin?

Well, I’ve always had a passion for music, but I never really realized it until I was around 12. Up until then, I would just jam on a keyboard or piano every couple of nights and think I was just doing it for fun. I didn’t really know that music was even a thing that was made at that point. Which is funny, since my dad’s job was a producer. Then my dad showed me how to use this program Sony Acid Pro. It was a godsend, and I used it all the time. Just throwing together loops, bouncing them out with cheesy names, and burning them onto my own CD under my very first alias “Blasting Music. Then, a few years later, my friend showed me Skrillex – First Of The Year and Equinox. And some kind of spark hit me, as I instantly fell in love with the genre. I began DJing, and collecting piles of mp3’s and creating playlists and mixes. Skip forward 2 years, I got tired of people dancing to music that wasn’t mine, so I took on the journey of producing

2 – What would you say is essential for a producer to be successful in this competitive industry?

Consistency. Whether it’s in producing, learning, or releasing, or even marketing and promoting yourself. You need to be consistent in your practice. For the first 6 months of producing, I was in the studio every single day. I didn’t go out, and usually didn’t even eat dinner. I just practiced and practiced. Now, because of that hard work and consistency, I don’t have to be that crazy about it, and I can relax and have fun. But I know many producers personally that have been producing for 3 years, but collectively, only one of those 3 years has been spent not producing. If you’re a new producer wondering what the fastest way to increase your production skills, practice. Make at least one song a day. If you can’t one day, jam out melodies in your head, or play finger drums on a hard surface just to keep the creativity flowing.

3 – What was the very first music gear that you laid your hands on?

My Numark Mixtrack Pro II hahaha. You wouldn’t believe me, but I still have and use it. In fact, I use it as a makeshift interface.

4 – Is your family supportive?

Very. They’re all creative themselves too. My dad produces, my mom paints, my sister draws, and my brother plays guitar. They’re all really good too.

5 – How would you describe the sound of your newest track “Take Us There”?

Me I guess hahaha. The thing about how I produce, is I’m rarely ever trying to create a certain sound. I just start and see where my thoughts take me. The chorus is supposed to be like the journey, and the drop is the destination if that makes any sense. In the into, the pad and synths are powering up. I don’t know if this is obvious or isn’t, but the artwork is designed to look like some kind of alien or interdimensional ship soaring over some kind of void.

6 – Who do you think are the best Dubstep producers of the world? Have you ever remixed a popular track?

I’m really into a lot of underground producers. Be on the lookout for Sub Urban, False Noise, Verzache, Nogger, Azles, Nasko, and PhaseOne. If they count as underground. I also really like Getter, Virtual Riot, Culprate, The Frim, and San Holo. I’ve never really remixed a popular track before, but I might sometime in the future if I like the popular track and have ideas for it

7 – Which one is your favorite music platform, Spotify or SoundCloud? Why?

For posting and following, SoundCloud. It’s simpler, and I just know it better. But for everything else, Spotify or Apple music. The fact is that SoundCloud dominates the producer market and Spotify and iTunes dominates the consumer market. So if you want to get your music out to consumers, you need to grow a Spotify, Apple Music, or Youtube account.

8 – Is there a particular type of music you won’t play at clubs?

I don’t really like Country or Rock. The only old school genre I really love is Hip-Hop. I appreciate every genre of music, just personally don’t like it. Electronic wise though, I’ll play pretty much everything, depending on the energy of the crowd.

9 – Can you share an anecdote about your early days as a DJ?

All of my DJ days were an anecdote honestly. I remember googling “Top 10 best Dubstep” and going through blogs and downloading every song I saw. I used to play mini shows at my parent’s old restaurant, so that was always funny. Surprisingly I worked very hard on my transitions so that wasn’t very cringing, but it was the fact that I just sat and stared down at the computer and mixer and never once looked around at people or their reactions, or used the mic at all. I always wanted to be in a booth away from everyone, playing music.

10 – What can fans be expecting from your future releases?

Some very unexpected stuff to say the least. I’m really excited, and you guys have no idea what’s coming next. But what I can say, is you guys can expect to hear a lot of very different stuff coming in the near future, and I hope it blows you all away.



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: Paul Mayson Delves Into His Debut Album ‘One Life’



One Life Paul Mayson Interview

Paul Mayson‘s first-ever album, ‘One Life,’ is like a special mix of his love for House music, blended with different kinds of sounds and cool collaborations from artists all over the world. You definitely don’t want to miss this interview!

1 — With the release of your debut album ‘One Life,’ what are your expectations for how listeners will connect with the music?

My goal was to showcase my story and my sound. And for it to be an uplifting, positive, and summery album. Hopefully, it feels like that! It’s a collection of songs made at the moment, to make you feel happy and free. It’s about embracing life, the good things and the bad. And about doing what makes you happy.

2 — You’ve teamed up with a diverse range of international artists on this material. Please let us know how these collaborations came to be.

It was really exciting taking elements from different genres, working with a group of great artists who come from very different backgrounds, and bringing all of these sounds and flavors together on one project. A lot of artists I meet myself, reach out to the people I’m interested in. I often travel abroad to work on music together and do sessions in London or LA. Sometimes collabs can also happen through the label or the publisher, but ultimately it’s great to have an artist-to-artist relationship.

3 – What compelled you to emphasize the themes of life, freedom, and diversity in this album?

I’m very passionate about House music culture and the way it started. Which was all about positivity and celebrating life together. I love that message and think the soulful, feel-good element of House music is what always really attracted me to the genre. And to music in general, including other genres like Soul and RnB.

4 – Can you share more details about the process of integrating experimental elements into the music production of your album?

A few of the songs (like “Tell Me How” and “I Want You”) were basically made during one big jam session. It’s me just trying out completely different sounds, textures, and rhythms and experimenting with live drums, guitars, and whatever I feel like. Letting go of any rules connected to dance music allows for a really fresh approach to the album songs.

6 – How does the artwork complement the album’s concept?

It emphasizes the feel-good element and the overall message of the album. Life is in front of you, it’s there for the taking. You’re in the hallway, step into the light and embrace life.

Paul Mayson One Life
7 – Will there be another amazing music video like “Have It All,” dropping in the near future?

We released a really cool art piece and visualizer for the album which I’m very excited about!

8 – Given your ambition to push boundaries within the Dance genre, do you think the bunch of producers already out there could make it tough for you to really stand out?

I think individuality is key. Doing something you’re passionate about. Telling your own story. If you go into that process, the outcome will be unique. Not following trends and doing my own thing is what helps me stand out and allows me to be ahead and I try to keep pushing myself.

9 – Among your studio essentials, what’s the item that you consider the cornerstone of your setup?

Quite a lot of my work is digital. I carry my laptop around and can produce and write anywhere with it, whether it’s my home studio, the studio in Amsterdam, a hotel, or even an airport. That’s what makes it flexible and international! Just being able to work anywhere and get the creative process going. At home I also love my Adam A77x monitors and I also use a Prophet synth.



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Exploring “My Friends”: Tobtok Talks Creative Process And More!




In this exclusive interview, Swedish producer Tobtok discusses all the details about his latest single as part of the ongoing countdown to the upcoming ‘My Friends’ EP. This is a collaborative effort with farfetch’d that you definitely shouldn’t overlook.

1 — Congratulations on the release of “My Friends.” Please tell us more about the influences and musical style that shaped this cool track.

Thanks! This tune has taken inspiration from bits and pieces of tracks I’ve been into over the last 10 years, everything from Daft Punk to Fred Again. It contains a lot of micro samples and vocal lines that are in a similar vein as old French House records, but we also wanted to experiment with the current UK rave sound, which we think ended up in a pretty unique and interesting way.

2 — How did you and farfetch’d navigate the creative process together, especially when faced with differing ideas or disagreements?

We were kind of on the same page with most things to be fair. Jerry from farfetch’d is a very creative guy and he loves to bash out new ideas, which worked well for me to develop into full songs. We worked on every track together in my studio and finished them off together. Of course, we had some different ideas about certain things but since none of us had a big ego, we just compromised. I think when you like the same kind of music, you usually think quite alike.

3 — What sets this collaboration apart from your previous singles?

I think this is possibly the strongest single from the EP. It feels catchy and is super simple yet not too boring. It also has Jerry’s voice in it which is unique to any other of our tracks.

4 — Can you share any funny anecdotes about specific moments while crafting “My Friends”?

We have hidden a few wacky voice notes in it as a sort of ambiance. It can be heard in the second verse or whatever you wanna call it. You clearly hear Jerry laughing about something, but I can’t remember what it was.

5 — Is this tune part of an upcoming album or EP?

It’s track no.3 from our ‘My Friends’ EP which has a total of 6 tracks. It was released via Perfect Havoc on 29th September.

6 — What are your emotions when your music receives recognition and praise from other producers in the industry?

It’s always so much fun to get praise from your peers and colleagues. These people live and breathe music and probably hear way more stuff than the average listener, so I guess they tend to be less impressed by music.

7 — Has your signature sound as Tobtok undergone changes over the years?

Haha most definitely. I started out with French House which evolved into Nu-Disco. I later jumped on the Tropical House train (quite early on in my defense). Left that and tried something cooler with my track “ABER,” and from there, it’s been more of a mix between UK and Deep House.

8 — Is there any specific music genre you’re eager to explore?

Old School Disco and Soul. I’m a big fan of the 70s as a whole, that’s why I’ve bought a few vintage Roland pieces in my studio and a Rhodes Piano.

9 — Considering the global nature of music today, are there any international artists you’d love to collaborate with?

I love Jungle right now, for reasons made quite obvious in the previous question. They’ve mastered this cool retro 70’s/Motown sound and yet managed to make it sound fresh somehow. I’d love to just hang out in the studio with them and see what they do.

10 — As we conclude, do you feel that there’s a certain formula that artists can follow to produce chart-topping hits?

Nowadays, it’s all about doing something that stands out from what everyone else is doing and probably also adding a sprinkle of nostalgia and familiarity into something. A good example is the new Peggy Gou record which is a massive hit that takes inspiration from ATB but puts it in a new and interesting context. It doesn’t hurt to have a massive TikTok following either lol.



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From Drummer To EDM Producer: Kouss Opens Up About “Can’t Go Back”




You must read this interview with Kouss! He used to rock it as a badass drummer in the Stellar Revival band, but now he’s spilling the beans about how he switched things up and got into making electronic dance music (EDM). The spotlight is now on his latest track, “Can’t Go Back.” Learn more here.

1 — Putting your sound into words, how would you convey the mood and sensations that your music evokes to someone unfamiliar with it?

My music aims to be an uplifting and thoughtful blend of Progressive House and Dance-Pop. Even though the music is very dancefloor-friendly, the songwriting is very Pop-forward. I also love mixing live instrumentation with electronic production to create layered recordings. As a drummer, having live elements mesh with the electronic really brings out a unique texture.

2 — Your transition from Rock music with Stellar Revival to EDM is quite remarkable. Can you tell us more about it?

The transition from Rock to EDM is an exciting and natural creative evolution. I’ve always been passionate about electronic music, so finally being able to fully immerse myself in the genre as a producer and songwriter has been fulfilling. My background as a touring Rock drummer also gives me a unique musical sensibility that I try to incorporate into Kouss Records.

3 — As a drummer, you had to adapt to a different genre. How did you translate your rhythmic background into this new realm?

When approaching any genre, especially Dance music, I’m utilizing my background in percussion to create grooves and drum patterns. The drum parts still come from the same creative place whether I’m sitting behind a drum set or drawing with a MIDI controller. I will say that with EDM I find myself focused more on groove and restraint.

4 — In what ways have Illenium, Zedd, and David Guetta played a role in shaping the sound of your new single “Can’t Go Back”?

Illenium, Zedd, and David Guetta definitely influenced the melodic and atmospheric vibes in “Can’t Go Back.” Their music motivates and challenges me to produce massive soundscapes on the highest level. They’re all melodic magicians, and I continue to be inspired by their work. I also feel like I put my own spin on “Can’t Go Back.” It’s almost like the line between EDM and Pop became blurrier on this track.

5 — What’s the story behind the song title?

“Can’t Go Back” is generally about moving forward and not dwelling on the past. For me personally, it’s about evolving as an artist and person.

6 — Anna Kline’s presence on “Can’t Go Back” adds a unique dynamic. How did this collaboration come about?

I was introduced to Anna soon after starting the Kouss project by “Can’t Go Back” co-producer and dear friend Phil Barnes. The second I heard Anna sing I knew I wanted to work with her. She’s an incredible songwriter and an awesome human. It was an organic collaboration that we’re both stoked about. Definitely be on the lookout for more collaborations with Anna in the future!

7 — How do you aim to connect with listeners on an emotional level through this single?

I aim to connect with listeners on an emotional level through the authenticity and musicality of “Can’t Go Back.” It’s about delivering that special feeling to the listener. We crafted this recording from a place of passion as artists. The lyrics are relatable and cathartic, and Anna’s vocals draw you into this sonic world we created. We also tap into some nostalgia with the Big Room House vibe. But overall the goal was to give listeners an authentic musical experience that resonates with them, regardless of what genre they usually listen to.

8 — For “Can’t Go Back,” did you experiment with a combination of electronic elements and live instruments?

Yes, “Can’t Go Back” mixes electronic production with live drumming and live guitars. The live instruments give the song a dynamic texture and human feel. Not every Kouss song will have live instruments, but it’s definitely a major part of the debut EP coming in 2024.

9 — Looking ahead, how do you envision your music style evolving?

I want to continue bridging the gap between organic and electronic. Creatively, I think there’s a lot of meat on that bone. I also don’t want to limit myself to a single genre or style. I love all types of music and ultimately hope to develop a sound that draws from those diverse influences and experiences.

10 — Lastly, reflecting on your journey so far, what’s been the most memorable or rewarding moment of your music career?

Working with talented musicians and creators who are excited about my music has been humbling and inspiring. I didn’t expect it, but the reaction to “Can’t Go Back” has been both unexpected and validating. It’s so cool to see the song played in clubs, gyms, and cars. I’m truly fortunate to share my passion for music and connect with listeners who share the same passion.



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