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Orenda


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


I'm Zach, aka Orenda, and I produce Trap and Melodic Bass music. I'm "best known" for my remix of Tommy Butler's Prison Song, which was sampled for Future's trap hit Mask Off. This remix has garnered 57k plays on my Youtube as of now, and I hope to grow that channel as well as my Soundcloud. I would consider most of my best work unreleased, but I'll include some snippets for anyone reading this ;). I'm looking to expand as a DJ into events on the east coast of the US this year. My main goals are to continue releasing better music, get my work featured on large blogs and Youtube channels, and play live shows this year. Here's my Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/orendamusicofficial


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I feel my distinguishing feature as an artist is that I come from the background of Classic Rock and Alt Rock. I am also a classical cellist and a jazz, rock, and blues guitarist, as well as a drummer and bassist. I discovered hip-hop as a teenager, and that also features heavily in my work. I think all these influences give me a very diverse sound, and you can hear all these influences in my work. I also draw personal inspiration from my time spent in Berlin interning for the music company Native Instruments. This time really cemented my desire to make music a career.
Here's a heavily blues-influenced trap track: https://soundcloud.com/orendamusicofficial/tommy-butler-prison-song-mask-off-sample-orenda-remix
And another that shows my rock influences: https://soundcloud.com/orendamusicofficial/ozzy-osbourne-crazy-train-orenda-remix


What´s new right now?


I'm working on a really interesting series of remixes across a few different genres, but mainly Melodic Bass and my first Dubstep track. After that, I have enough original material for an 8ish track EP. I really hope to gain additional visibility before I release these originals, as I feel they deserve more attention than I can give them currently. Look out for me in Raleigh, NC and other east coast US shows in the near future!
Here's a sneak peek at an upcoming remix: https://soundcloud.com/orendamusicofficial/sweater-weather-mastering-3/s-dZSkZ

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


I'm a superfan of Illenium. His melodic bass style and integration of guitar into his tracks has been hugely influential, particularly in my upcoming work.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


I'm still in school getting a tough degree in Mechanical Engineering. This has limited my ability to reach my full potential in music. However, I've gotten through my toughest classes, and have more time to devote to music now!


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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


Group tracks. My mixing skills skyrocketed when I learned how to group effectively. Instead of mixing three leads in with the master track, I'll mix three leads relative to each other, and mix the final result. This greatly simplifies the mix process and gives you cleaner results.


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/orendamusicofficial

https://www.facebook.com/Orendamusicofficial

https://twitter.com/orendamusicoff1

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaJXee_a9D9pl1fG2-PB9Jw

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