Tuesday, 22 May 2018

In Conversation With American Record Producer, Barnacle Boi

Ian Oliver, aka Barnacle Boi, is an American record producer, DJ, vocalist, and visual artist based on the East Coast. Barnacle Boi developed his production style during his few years living in Denver, Colorado and has stuck with it ever since. He is known for his original work, as well as his production for artists such as Bones (TeamSESH), Holly Stell, Madi Larson, and more. He has received support and recognition from Alice Glass (former frontwoman of  the well-known electronic duo "Crystal Castles"), Finn Wolfhard of the Netflix series "Stranger Things", and various other musicians/celebrities. Many of Barnacle Boi's releases have included remixes of early 90's/2000's classic hits such as "All The Things She Said" by tAtU, "Youth of the Nation" by POD, "Crawling" by Linkin Park, "I Miss You" by Blink 182, and more. His style is best described as emotional, yet bass-heavy, nostalgic/atmospheric trap music.

The American artists releases tunes on a regular basis. The minute we found 'Run Away', we contacted Barnacle Boi to ask him a few questions. Enjoy our interview with him.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
I would probably describe my music best as emotional, bass-heavy, atmospheric/nostalgic trap

Which three albums have influenced you the most creatively?
I'd have to say the Crystal Castles debut album, lil peep's "crybaby" album, and Lorn's "The Maze to Nowhere, Part 2" have inspired me the most.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
Honestly, I get inspiration at random times. However, I'm up at around 6am basically every day devoting myself to producing music until the evening unless I have other plans. As far as the construction process goes, I like to either start with a bass melody or drums/percussion. From there I build synths, pads, atmospheres, and the rest depends on my workflow with the project.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
I love both. My heart is with the creative process but there isn't a more comfortable feeling than being on stage performing for a large audience. There's no way I could choose one over the other, haha.

Any new artists on your radar?
Oh yeah. Lots of homies. Gunkst, Kases, Bogart, Milky.WAV, Mrkryl, Jvwes, Brothel, Drivvin, Stuicide... the list could go on, haha.

What has been your most memorable performance so far?
My most memorable performance took place in Charlotte December 30th of 2017. I played for a crowd of thousands of people at The Fillmore and was one of the greatest moments of my career.

And which performance would you prefer to forget?
There was this regional festival that I used to play back around 2011 or so and it was very disorganized, found out I was getting ripped off on my pay, and my music "had to get turned down" halfway through my set because "the police came and told the soundguy to". Definitely wouldn't want to relive that ever again, ha.

If you could collaborate with, or perform alongside any artist, who would it be? And why?
If I could collaborate with any artist right now, it would probably be Clams Casino. I say this because we have a very similar feel to our music, but we also have our uniqueness. I've looked up to him for a while now and many people think my style resembles his in a way.

Tell us about any upcoming shows or releases you have in the pipeline.
I'm working on my debut album "Introspect" right now and plan on releasing it later this year. I have some unannounced shows in the works but until then I'm locking myself in the studio.

Famous last words....
love u

Thanks! Love you too for taking your time to conduct this interview with us. All the best for your upcoming shows & releases. We hope to hear from you again!

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Interview With Music Producer Eurowave

Eurowave, a passionate producer and artist using music to express himself as an individual: "I hope to bring you musical content you will all enjoy."

We found Eurowave's newest production 'Elexir (feat. Unnholy)' and wanted to get in contact with him by the shortest route. Read below for some insights about the upcoming Wave artist:

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
The sound I gravitate towards is Wave music. A genre who's roots come from a great variety of genres such as grime, dubstep, Witch House, House and Trap; together these would eventually create what is now called Wave. The sound usually consists of a reese bass which is one of the main musical components of Wave. My sounds usually consists of atmospheric pads and synths which may convey a sci-fi like feel to the music while the trap style drums give it more zest and feel. I try to convey emotion and feeling through my music. I want people to be able to make their own interpretation of the music and the idea or message behind it. My sounds vary a lot, whether it be a unique and different experimental style, or a very atmospheric and spacey track.

How did it all start for you?
It all started when I first listened to wave music back in high school. The sound, the raw emotion and feeling as well the sounds themselves immediately caught my attention. After a couple months of listening more and more, I decided I wanted to produce and make wave sounds of my own. I wanted to express myself as an individual, to share my sounds with others just as passionate about the craft. I taught myself how to produce and quickly picked up the basics and foundations. With time, hard work, and the feedback of some great people, I eventually got better, and here I am now. I still have much to learn and am always looking forward to learning more in order to keep progressing.

Before getting to your newest tune, let's share an old project with 'WRCKTNGL':

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
I do not have any particular steps when it comes to the production process of my tracks. When producing I usually start off by thinking of a style, idea, emotion, or genre that I may want to evoke. I follow it up with picking out a bpm fit for the specific kind of music I want to create. Next I usually like to find one or two synths, plucks or pads that I like, then write out a melody. Once I have layered melodies I like to add my bass and finish with the drums. I usually leave the mixing process for the end, although I like to try and keep the track as clean as possible throughout the entire process.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can't live without?
Some essential pieces of equipment for me are: My midi keyboard as it facilitates the overall production process and improves workflow. My Razer mouse, my laptop, and my speakers! That's all there is to it!

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.
Some of my biggest influences in music would be: Klimeks, Head of Wavemob and pioneer of wave music; the prodigious quality of his sound and his unique style always gives the listeners a one of a kind experience, his creations flow seamlessly. I absolutely love Noah B, a top notch producer; his beautiful and atmospheric melodies as well as masterful drum work come together beautifully, making some amazing tracks well worth listening to. Another big influence of mine would be Kareful, director of Liquid Ritual, a talented producer who has done a tremendous amount for the wave scene. I remember listening to his music before starting to produce myself; his track "Remember this if anything" will forever be one of my favorite tunes. Lastly, Backwhenn, his "phonk" inspired me to mix old school memphis rap with wave music.

What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing, where everything was restricted to vinyl, and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
This topic is highly debatable, although I will say this: I believe the old school Dj's were the "real" dj's. Back in old school DJing every underground track came out on vinyl. The positive aspect regarding Digital DJing is that, one, no more records popping, two, it is far easier, making it possible for almost anyone to pick up DJing quite fast and with ease. On the other hand, even though mixing vinyl isn't incredibly hard, it would probably take a even a person with innate talent a good thousand hours or so before being able to go through records hit record and show it to their fans or friends. In the end, digital DJing doesn't quite have the same magic as old school vinyl DJing.

Let's give Eurowave's newest tune 'Elixir feat. Unholy' a listen

What is one sub-genre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?
I believe a sub-genre that deserves more attention is Wave. There are many extremely talented artists pushing the boundaries of music in Wave. The community is quite inclusive, it is very positive and supportive when it comes to spreading each others music, giving critical feedback and helping each other grow.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
Some upcoming artists who have caught my attention are: "Changa" from the U.K, "UNNHOLY" from Poland, "Loneliness" from Russia and "Outsidr" from the U.K as well!
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

Jeff Mills is quoted as saying: "This music isn’t for followers, its for innovators. Its truly the music of the future, it has no boundaries, no structures, and it can go as fast as time goes." What are your thoughts on this statement?
I believe he is absolutely right. We as artists involved in the wave scene are not making music specifically fit for audiences or mass appeal. This music is indeed for innovators, for producers who want to push the boundaries of sound. The loose and formula free experience permits artists to be as creative as possible with their sounds, which makes for some truly interesting and beautiful tracks. Wave music is the music of the future.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Some of my upcoming projects include more wave tracks, some new collaborations, and will soon be starting a new House music side project.

That sounds great! We hope to hear more about you and your music soon! Thank you for your time to conduct this interview with us. We wish you all the best for your future. 

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