INTERVIEW WITH CYCLOPS

CYCLOPS JUST RELEASED His second EP THROUGH DISCIPLE ROUND TABLE! CYCLOPS HAS GAINED HUGE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT FROM ARTISTS LIKE 12TH PLANETKREWELLA, NGHTMRE, SNAILS AND MORE. READ THE INTERVIEW BELOW.

Hi Cyclops! How are you doing?
I’m good!

Tell us how it all began, how did you get into producing?
I grew up listening to a lot of metal and rock in middle school and high school; listening to bands like Metallica, Slayer, Bring Me The Horizon, Meshuggah, Of Mice and Men etc. and had always been into heavy music. Since theres not a lot of venues around where I grew up and not a lot of people that wanted to be in metal bands, my friends and I would record our own songs and do like metal covers of pop songs through high school which got me into working in a DAW and writing music. Fast forward to freshmen year of college, my roommates were all really into EDM and started pushing me to listen. This was in 2015 so I was really into acts like Jack U, Getter, Herobust, and NGHTMRE at the time. My roommates taught me how to mix and I was working on production skills everyday. On Friday nights, we’d break out my roommate Neel’s DJ controller and just pretend we we’re playing big festival shows, jumping off the couch right at the drop, using dining room chairs as like fake rails and headbanging – it was so so fun so I got sucked in real quick hahaha.

Do you have regular habit for creating a new song and getting inspired?
Hmmm, I’ve got a few habits to help get inspired. Sometimes starting with sound designing to get like a palette of sounds together, or watching some tutorials before writing can help. Other times going into another room or even changing the skin in Ableton to get into a different headspace works (idk why that helps it just does haha). One thing that also helps a lot is keeping a list of song titles on your phone. That way you can open your list before you start writing, find one that makes you think of some musical idea or theme at that time and start writing around that.

How have you been staying productive during the quarantine period?
It’s been tough haha; not having a structure in place that like a job or school provides has been tough for a lot people so I think making some kind of structure at home is really key. Trying to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, make a daily to do list, write down your goals, and try to get some exercise in are all really helpful.

You released an EP called “Occulum” through “Disciple Round Table”. Could you share the creative process behind about this EP?
Since the project is a follow up to the Hellspawn EP I released back in December, I wanted it to be like the next level to that. Heavier songs, imagery, and the “Eye” theme that ties in more with the Cyclops brand.

What is your favorite song from the EP?
Probably Tough Luck. I’m so happy with how it came out, and the support so far on it has been so exciting to see. Excision’s been playing it in his shows the past few months and seeing all these clips of it cropping up is so crazy to see!

Who do you hope to work with in the future, if you could name top 3 producers/artists to work with and why?
There’s so many people that come to mind but maybe Tisoki, Virtual Riot and Space Laces. Tisoki’s one of the first producers I got into and his stuff has always been super clean and energetic I love it. Virtual Riot always pushes the boundaries of sound design and is such a great songwriter and Space Laces has the most unreal ideas for songs and thematic writing as well as just weird weird sound design it’s so inspiring to me.

What has been your funniest or embarrassing moment to date related to music?
So like two weeks after we put out the remix for Herobust he came to Boston on his tour and I got to meet him at his show. He brought me out on stage to play out my remix and between being tired and just overwhelmed by the whole thing I just kinda froze up while the song played in front of all these people hahaha. Herobust was going off while I looked like a cardboard cutout lol. It was wicked embarrassing but I laugh just thinking about it now.

Would you like to share something else with the followers of Let The Bass Get You?
Thanks for checking out this interview and my new Occulum EP is out on Disciple Round Table everywhere go give it a listen!


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