Often times I meet people while travelling the world, mostly while sitting at a bar eating dinner on a Tuesday, the delta sky club meeting, or just sitting on the plane (fear not I am not the chatty plane guy….). While I still love interacting with people, you know, the thing we used to do before cell phones; more and more I have turned to social media to meet new people, share ideas, and collaborate.
About Where are you from / where do you currently live?
Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and haven’t left. Most of my family is here, so I love it. I don’t think I could make it in a big city, I like being able to get anywhere in town in 10 minutes too much!
Tell us about yourself?
Music and sports are my life man. Everyone that knows me could tell you I live and die by Notre Dame football and basketball. I am also a big St. Louis Cardinals fan, my dad has been a Cards fan his whole life so I guess it’s just a genetic thing. I go to school at Texas Tech University where I’m pursuing a degree in Business.
Tell us how you got started?
I bought Logic Pro about 2 years ago and just fell in love with the process. I’ve always felt like I’ve had a good ear for how music is written and produced, so once I got my hands on the tools I couldn’t put them down. I switched over to Ableton about a year ago and my production absolutely took off.
Who taught you what you know?
I basically just figured out everything by playing around in my DAW. I’ve never really been one for watching a bunch of tutorials on Youtube or anything. I’m more of a hands on learner, so I would just mess around with stuff then write down what I did to make a sound or something in the notes on my phone. In the beginning, I found myself getting really frustrated with my production, so I kind of took a step back and just dove into music theory, nothing too in depth, I just learned all the scales and proper composition techniques, then when I came back to production after that it all sort of took off. I also have learned a lot from another local artist called Jesse Hutton, he’s been doing this for 10 or so years, and has really helped my production from a technical standpoint. I think for guys starting out, finding a mentor that has been established for a while is such a great thing to do.
When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I’ve always enjoyed playing around with instruments, never really learned how to play any of them, but could get around them with my ears well enough. I grew up listening to System of a Down, Coldplay, Stevie Ray Vaughan, really a broad spectrum of music. And all the records those artists have ever put out still influence me to this day.
What are your main impulses to write/produce about music?
It’s honestly just something that I love to do, I thoroughly enjoy writing and producing music on a daily basis, so the impulse is just naturally there. I really always try to make my music as captivating and cinematic as possible, the meshing of a film score and electronic music is something that I’ve been trying to nail from the get go.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you’re actually writing /producing? music?
Ah off its head! Ryan Bee of Afterdark Ent has done so much for the scene in Lubbock, he works so hard and there has been so much talent roll through here. I had my first gig ever in February of this year and have since been playing pretty regularly, but it’s still really new to me. I had produced nothing but Melbourne bounce for the past 2 years, and after playing a few gigs around town I started to realize that that sound really doesn’t really go off here like other genres do, so it has really helped me to spread my wings a bit and dabble in other genres. I recommend every up and coming producer play around with all genres in the beginning, I feel like limiting myself to one sound for so long really held my production back. Overall, everyone here in Lubbock is so supportive and encouraging. There’s no egos or anything, every local artist truly cares about and supports one another.
Walk us through your creative process. How do you usually start working on a new project?
It depends man, sometimes I’ll lay awake at night with an idea and use the voice memos on my phone to record myself singing a melody or something just so I can remember it. I find that I write the best in the mornings, so I try and wake up around 7:30 or 8 everyday and get to work. I think that utilizing all of the hours in a day has been a real key in the growth of my music.
Were you influenced by old records / artists? Which ones?
Absolutely, every album Coldplay has ever put out has influenced me. I’m a big believer that every track I’ve ever listened to has inspired me in some way and has helped set the foundation for what I do today. I also love the process of film scoring, so I draw heaps of influence from composers like Hans Zimmer and Trent Reznor.
Who are your favorite musicians/groups right now?
I’ve been listening to an Icelandic band called Kaleo a lot recently; they have a bit of a blues/indie sound, which is just in my blood. I’ve also been listening to and drawing a lot of inspiration from a young artist out of Houston called Prismo, kid is an absolute weapon. And I honestly still listen to the music I listened to growing up everyday (System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Coldplay, etc..).
Can you give us a little insight into what is next for you?
Yeah man heaps of releases coming up over the next couple months. I have a few projects with a crazy talented artist from my hometown that’s killing it at the moment called Swanbeats that I’m super excited about, they’re a lot different than the music I have been releasing, so I’m really keen to get them out and see what people reckon, all the feedback has been great thus far. I also have a cool little remix with Disco’s Over on the burner that I’m beyond stoked for, they just did a guest mix for Diplo and Friends and are killing it at the moment. I have releases scheduled every 3 weeks I think for the next few months, so I’m super stoked to finally get all this music I’ve been working so hard on out! Lately I’ve been writing all different genres, so I’m a bit excited/nervous to see what people think of the spectrum of music I’m currently producing. I’ve been writing a lot of film scores as of late also, I’ll turn on Batman or Lord of the Rings and find a little 5-minute scene and just write a short piece to it. Composing music for film is my dream profession after all this edm stuff.
Give us your top ten tracks you’re listening to right now as well.
- Kaleo “Way Down We Go”
- Prismo “Coexist”
- Disco’s Over “Petrichor”
- Graves & Dreamer “Swisher”
- Dirty Audio & Rickyxsan “Gettin’ That”
- Swanbeats “Waiting”
- Prismo & Ta$cione “Real Street”
- Graves & Cool Things “Say Things”
- Electrode & Frank Royal “Elevate”
- Eptic “Cosmic”
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