Exclusive Interview With SLAVE
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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
Hi, I'm David! I have been producing bass music under the name SLAVE since 2011. I also represent one half of Ohio's Rapture Entertainment. We've been throwing local underground dance music events for the same length of time. Electronic dance music culture has been a huge part of my life since a young age and the memories, experiences, and relationships it has brought are among the best of my life.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
Absolutely. When I fell into the rave scene in Pittsburgh at age 17, all I knew was the harder dance styles and trance music. Those oldschool sounds will always have a big place in my heart. A few years later when the big dubstep movement went down, I felt a real connection to that type of aggressive bass music that never ceased. Those early brostep guys were my first real production influences. Things have certainly grown and evolved since then.
These days I'm really hooked on the experimental/psychedelic bass styles that have evolved out of trap music. Artists like G Jones, Bleep Bloop, um.., Tsuruda, X&G, Holly, Levitate, and Aztek (just to name a few) are pushing the evolution of electronic soundscapes into something completely different (see "weird bass") but still keeping that heavy dirty vibe going that I love. Above all else though, my biggest influence has to be Bassnectar. He has managed to push all of my favorite sounds in one cohesive project and delivers it with a live performance that is absolutely unparalleled.
What´s new right now?
Lots of cool stuff on the way! I'm sitting on some of my best material right now in preparation for a label I'm launching with a wicked team of fellow artists here in Ohio, Rapture Studios. Give our new page a follow to catch all that happen in January. I recently got hit up by Bassnectar who is now supporting my music as well and actually got to see him drop one of my tracks (on my birthday) at his Bass Center X festival this year! He has been my biggest role model for years so that was easily the coolest thing to ever happen to me as an artist. I'm sure there's more to come, but I can't say more.
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?
Don't get ahead of yourself. I had a manager pushing me into the spotlight during my first 2 years as a producer before I was musically ready. I got a lot of good gigs and exposure but it didn't last because the content wasn't there yet. Sit on your music until you manage to impress yourself with what you create.
What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?
Just let go. Do it because you enjoy it. Don't hold yourself back creatively because you're analyzing what you make or wondering what people will think of your ideas. Do it only for yourself.
What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?
Write out your entire track first, in one sitting. Worry about the fine-tuning sound design, mixing and arrangement stuff after you have enough content to fill an entire track.