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HI KLEØPATRA! HOW ARE YOU DOING?
Im doing pretty good! Little bored in quarantine but I think everyone is. Ive just been spending a lot of time hiking to keep me sane, and working on lots of new music!
TAKE US BACK TO THE BEGINNING, HOW DID YOU FOUND YOUR PASSION INTO PRODUCING ELECTRONIC MUSIC?
I played 4 different instruments when I was younger which were – piano, guitar, clarinet and violin. I played piano the longest out of all of them but I kind of just started losing interest in them and fell out of it. When I was in high school I began listening to EDM and fell in love. Then when I was around 20 years old I started making a bunch of friends in the edm industry who later on invited me to go to EDC 2016 with them. Thats where I met a bunch of big names in the scene and all of a sudden it struck me that, that’s what I was meant to be doing in life. When I got back from EDC, I did some research on local music production schools and enrolled at Salt Lake DJ & Production which is the number one school in Utah, where I eventually completed all offered courses and graduated Fall of 2018.
ABOUT YOUR STUDIO METHODS. DO YOU HAVE REGULAR HABIT FOR CREATING A NEW SONG AND GETTING INSPIRED?
I kind of do things backwards but I always start with drums and the first drop. I’ll just make a basic drum pattern and then I move onto the sound design, writing the drop and do some mixing and processing. Once I have the sounds in the drop laid out how I like, i’ll go add more to the drums. From there I go and add effects and a sub bass along with some more mixing. Then i’ll move onto the build up, vocals, and intro. With the intro i’ll start with the chords and once I have a good chord progression, I’ll make a melody a lot of times, using the notes that are already in the chords and then adjust accordingly. After that I duplicate the intro and first drop over, change up the breakdown and first drop by changing the motif and sometimes making some more versions of the same sound. Then of course some more mixing, processing, and mastering. As far as inspiration goes, I like to listen to a lot of different genres of music and also spending time outside always gets my creative kick going.
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN STAYING PRODUCTIVE DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD?
Ive been working on a bunch of new music. I also played a couple live streams such as the GRL GANG instagram live take over, Hazardous 1, and Evolve which was the first all female festival on twitch by Rage Pit Events which was hosted by Skellism, Phantex, And Scvrlett64.
YOUR SONG “ESCAPE VIP” HAS BEEN OUT FEW MONTHS. COULD YOU SHARE THE CREATIVE PROCESS BEHIND THIS SONG?
I wrote the original about a year before I decided to write the VIP. I just really loved the vocals that I used on there and wanted to recreate it since the original will never be released. I pretty much redid the entire track except for the vocals and the melody on the intro. Started with the sound design on the drop and then went from there!
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO WORK WITH IN THE FUTURE, IF YOU COULD NAME TOP3 ARTISTS TO WORK WITH AND WHY?
Thats a tough question. Theres so many talented producers out there but I think id have to say Zeds Dead as the first one! They were one of the very first EDM artists I ever listened to and they were the ones that got me into dubstep, so working with them would be an honor.
The next one would be Skrillex as he was also one of the first dubstep artists I listened to and like Zeds Dead, is one of the pioneers in dubstep.
The last one would be Excision. That man has really done so much for dubstep and helping it get to where it is today!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST OR EMBARRASSING MOMENT TO DATE RELATED TO MUSIC?
Hmmm, I think that would be last summer when I saw some friends backstage at Paradiso that I hadn’t seen in years. After their set they invited me back to Seattle to go party with them and then I ended up having to pay $275 to get back to the gorge. It was either that or wait around in a lobby all day till I could get on the shuttle.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH THE FOLLOWERS OF LET THE BASS GET YOU?
Yeah just to keep an eye out for upcoming releases and also couple of my unreleased tracks are in the guest mix. Ill also be playing Hazardous 2 alongside Mantis, CHMST, Hami and many others, on March 23rd if any one wants to tune in on the Squarebass Collective Twitch!
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