Exclusive Interview With Tempis


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


I am Tempis. I produce many different styles of electronic music using influence from sci-fi themes and relying on heavy amounts of genre fusion. If others had to label my tunes no matter what they called it, it would contain words such as robotic, space, or futuristic. My favorite styles to work in are neuro-hop, neuro-trap, neurofunk, and any other fusion of genres I can think of. I DJ often, but currently haven't ever played a big event or show, but when I do I will deliver as many genres and obscure tunes as I can cram in alongside some well known tunes. I try to do almost all of my artwork and every now and then have help from others, Solus for example is a brilliant artist much better than myself did the artwork for my tune "Toast". Outside of music I run a gaming YouTube channel and Twitch stream. If there is anything to take away from my existence it is the fact that the world in my opinion is no different than an RPG game where anything can be done and possibilities are limitless, I personally had a crazy amount of difficulty sticking through with music having no friends into it and had a sort of anti-support system and even got bullied severely, but if I let any of it get to me I wouldn't be here and I hope others think this way as well.


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


I started out not knowing anything about music at all and I stumbled across Skrillex's music back in late 2013 and I asked myself, "what the hell is this Dubstep." Ever since that moment I found myself researching music on the daily and enjoyed Doctor P, Datsik, Excision, Flux Pavilion, Downlink, Zomboy, and all the other classics, but I soon figured out that there was more than just Dubstep out there and there were all these neat genres such as Electro, Trap, Drum and Bass, and so on. After discovering all the other genres I still religiously only stuck to harsh aggressive dubstep for the longest time, but later was drawn in to the dark and intriguing sounds of Neurofunk Drum and Bass as well as various other subgenres of Dubstep. After producing for some time I started to notice that electronic music evolves damn fast and grew fond of emerging hybrid genres such as Bass House and Hybrid Trap variants. I always remained close to Datsik and Excision's tunes and payed close attention to the artists on Firepower Records and even recall going through a heavy Hardstyle phase. About a year ago I discovered the crazy fusion of the neuro type sound design and style with other genres and grew extremely fond of artists such as Frequent, Copycatt, Evoke, Azuruk, and Kursa. I grew extremely open minded as I produced more music and I can't say there are many genres I won't enjoy although house music is last on my list of favorites. If I named every influence and every artist I would be typing for a week strait, but the most notable Artists who influenced me the most were Excision, Datsik, Getter, Noisia, Culprate, Mayhem, and Minesweepa. Listening to Excision and Datsik was a daily thing before music production and watching those artists grown in sound and branding really taught me how little when know about music and how there really is no limit. Excision's Destroid project blew my mind on its side and aside from the amazing releases the only thought that comes to mind when seeing artists in a band formation wearing alien space suits performing live bass music is wow. Noisia are a really creative group of artists and I always strive to incorporate a similar level of experimental value in my music. Culprate's songs really spoke to me the whole time I produced music and hearing "Undefined" made me rethink music production entirely and step up my effort to small detail in my work. I have always found Mayhem outstanding as a person outside of music as well as in production, I watch many interviews in my free time and hearing what he has to say really motivates me and resonates with me. Last but most certainly not least Minesweepa would have to be one of the greatest influences on me, the dude is so unpredictable. When it comes to a music scene where the same songs are copied endlessly and praised I can always rely on Minesweepa to come out with some wicked shit that satisfies nearly every musical listening need I could ever have.


What´s new right now?


I have been working really hard on recreating my sound and incorporating very obscure elements in my production and hammering the outer space and robotic themes as hard as I can. Expect many different genres alongside some expected "Tempis" style hybridization tunes with neuro elements. I do not have any gigs coming up yet, but I will soon be sending a town near you to outer space if I keep up with my efforts and follow my mind. Aside from my spacey and robotic sounds I will also work in genres that aren't as alive as they used to be as well as going hard here and there and releasing heavy tunes.


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 am a superfan of Excision's work. I became a fan of him slowly after being knocked on my side by his overwhelming talent such as his crazy songs, his live events and their visuals and he's the first producer I know to have a line of vape juice and honestly that is pretty damn cool. I also was a huge Datsik fan back in the day and obsessed over his interviews and his songs, I adored the sounds he made and found his style extremely creative and different than usual, I also found his interviews very inspiring and watched his firepower tour videos millions of times for motivation and positivity.



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?


My biggest mistake was trying to get all my friends into it too and trying extremely hard to teach it to people who kind of cared, but didn't help themselves. My greatest tip is to be absolutely selfish and only help yourself as others are a waste of time unless they respectfully go to you first or genuinely need the help and are deserving of it.



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


I try to use really silly hashtags and create the most visually accurate artwork for my songs to give people a preview of the sounds before they even hear them



Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?


I try to hit up every artist I'm very close to for support (only my closest friends not just any random artist as that's annoying) and I try to put out my music on every single form of media possible if I can help it. I even bit the bullet and attempted to make an EQ type YouTube video for my songs.



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


I try to use really silly hashtags and create the most visually accurate artwork for my songs to give people a preview of the sounds before they even hear them


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


My biggest challenge right now is finding the time to produce music and still enjoy gaming, helping my dad's business and working for him, and college and oh I forgot about my social life... oops.


How do you personally discover new music?


I check the label that an artist is on and find all the other artists on that label as well as personally ask that artist who they like. I also randomly scour YouTube and sound cloud on a weekly basis trying to find people. I also check out every artist on a mix that a more well known artists makes.


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


"I always share songs I like and I usually send them single links of just that song or I'll send them a video of the song's drop



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


I noticed that if you manipulate yourself no matter what you're going through it will work. If you don't feel like working on a song maybe copy another song (darude sandstorm is always fun) always stay frosty and never stop producing as you will find it sharpens your skills as an artists and is productive even if you don't get much done. This one is the most important quantity over quality all the way, if you produce faster and try to finish songs rather than try to work on a masterpiece for months you will receive something to work with much faster and will gain more music experience this way, but once you're very good at making music do not rush things and it is more okay to take forever on tunes.



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


Just get it done, even if you don't like it or keep fixing the same thing over and over. If you force yourself to crank out a tune you will find the answers to your problems much sooner and it will haunt you until the next track, and the next, and eventually you will have almost no issue finishing songs you are fully proud of. If you really can't finish the song then try and use as many fill in techniques as you can and even use a raw sine wave just to fill in the spaces, but go back and fix the sine wave and replace it with whatever you want later, I find this trick very useful in creating the illusion that I have everything done and it motivates me to finish strong as altering an already written out sine wave melody into a cool distorted synth is much easier than trying to make the synth then writing a melody with it.



We meet again in one year. What has changed?


I will at least play a couple gigs, I will have released every single project I am working on even If they don't lead anywhere or give me challenges, and I will have met more of my favorite artists in person or have performed at the same show!



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