After a monumental 12 months that saw his profile sky-rocketed into the limelight with his breakout “Hive EP” on Never Say Die’s Black Label, a subsequent “Gremlin EP” follow up, a collaboration with Moody Good on Gud Vibrations, and releases on Barong Family, Dim Mak, Bassrush, Slugz Music, LEOTRIX has delivered a momentous body of work on 12th Planet’s hallowed Disciple: Round Table label. He is one of the most promising young artists in the bass music industry and with supporters including the likes of NGHTMRE, Slander, Noisia, Subtronics, Virtual Riot, Zomboy and countless other heavyweights. Read the interview below.
Hi Leotrix! How are you doing?
Great! Feeling optimistic.
How did you get into producing/songwriting?
When I was 8, I started playing guitar and writing songs. I was really into metal and rock music. There was this sort of natural progression into dubstep for me because it sort of combined my love for electronic music and my love for really aggressive music kind of like metal music. When I was 12, I saw the music video for First of the Year by Skrillex and that changed me forever. I was so fascinated! I was like, “how are these sounds being made?“
How have you been staying productive during the quarantine period?
It’s incredibly difficult not being able to go to clubs weekly or play shows during this period because for me, that’s where I met up with all my friends every week and got inspired from all the new music DJs would be playing out. Not being able to test out tunes at shows has definitely changed the way I write music during quarantine period. But still, this time has been incredibly productive for me because I’ve been stuck at home just writing heaps of new ideas and learning new stuff whilst I’m at it.
You released an EP called “Collapse” through ”Disciple Round Table”. Could you share the creative process behind about this EP?
The title represents how I’ve been feeling during this time. It feels like my structure of living has shifted so much it’s as if my way of living sort of collapsed and restarted.
What is your favorite song from the EP?
I’m pretty proud of Big Choon but I also really loved working on Gacked. I think Big Choon is my favourite.
Any advise for up & coming producers?
Write an idea or track a day.
What has been your funniest or embarrassing moment to date related to music?
Earlier this year, I was in Hamilton, New Zealand for a show there at this club called Back Bar. The night before my show, Montell2099, Oski & T1R were playing in Hamilton so I decided to go and hang with all of them at the show. I’m side of stage and Oski starts playing my unreleased track “Tokyo Bounce” so I decided to jump on stage with him and get on the mic, get hype and stuff. The embarrassing part was that I tried to stage dive/crowd surf. I thought someone out of the 1000 people in the crowd there would try to catch me but I landed straight into the ground. What’s even worse is that the next night, I decided to crowd surf at my own show and whilst I got caught the first time, I didn’t get caught the second time and I really felt the ground that time. Sometimes you have good crowd surfs and sometimes you don’t. But I don’t think I’ll be allowed to crowd surf during these times when shows come back.
Who do you hope to work with in the future, if you could name top 3 producers/artists to work with and why?
I’d love to work with Skrillex because he inspired an entire wave of producers including myself. I really want to make a track with Space Laces because he’s one of the best bass music producers ever. Like I’m always hearing Space Laces’ tunes and going “how the fuck did he do that?” or “how do you even come up with this?” Also, I wanna make something with Marauda. We’ve tried making stuff together in the past but hopefully we end up putting something together one day.
Would you like to share something else with the followers of Let The Bass Get You?
Stay safe, stay hydrated, wash your hands, keep in touch with your friends and keep being creative.
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