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Vicious


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


Hey.
So I'm Vicious, I am from Belgium and under this alias I make drum and bass/dubstep. I started a few years ago when I fell in love with jump up as I went to a jump up party. (I was already producing but nothing serious).
I also organized some gigs to bring underground music in my town, this year we're taking it to a festival.
A few months ago I uploaded a jump up EP but it didnt work out well so I decided to make trap beats (wich I was only doing for my friends before)
You can still download my EP here :
https://soundcloud.com/viciousdub/sets/vicious-vices-ep

I make beats under the alias "Saint V", I try to only concentrate myself on that project right now because I think it's easier to work with people and/or interact with them. I felt alone in the "electronic" music if i can say it like that.
You can listen to my beats here :
https://soundcloud.com/saintvbeat

At some point when I was making hard music, I felt like i needed to make some more beautiful and melodic music wich I did. I worked on a full LP without goal of signing it to a label or anything, I wanted to do this for me and it made me feel good. You can still listen to these songs here :


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


I first started to listen to music with Rock Music, my first love was Green Day. And "Valley of the Damned – Dragonforce".
I used to listen to what they call Pop Punk for many years, I was even thinking that Electronic music sucks haha. Until the day some friends on a forum made me discover Skrillex (thats a bit cliché I know ahah). I used to spent days listenning to "Scary Monsters" trying to understand how Dubstep worked. Of course I then listened to all the classics : Borgore, Funtcase, Cookie Monsta and everything.
At the same time I discovered Avenged Sevenfold wich and my influences changed again, same things when I discovered Eminem, then Dr Dre and all the classic rap. I am also a big fan of the band Hollywood Undead wich helped me in a lot of personnal ways.
Then, all changed for me when I discovered The Beach Boys by the movie "Love & Mercy". The way Brian Wilson works his music really inspired me (even tho I cant compare myself to him in any way). It's this band who got me in making "Rêve Party" wich i talked about before. Anyway, still now, I still listen to the beach boys (especially Pet Sounds beacause it's a masterpiece). It's the best thing to do to be in a good mood and to be inspired. I think it's the best band in the world, in a musically way)
But right now in my beats, I think we can feel a real inspiration from rappers like XXXTentacion, Lil Peep, SuicideboyS, sometimes maybe some Yung lean.


What´s new right now?


Like I said, right now I'm working on trap beats, I try to make a name in this business. I want to work with rappers, labels, and everything. I think I got my own style and try everyday to work more on that.
On a personal project, I'm also working on some party in my town and a festival like I said.

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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?


Like I said I'm super fan of the Beach Boys, and when i was younger I was really fan of bands like Green Day, Blink 182, Avenged Sevenfold etc.
Now it's more about artists like Post Malone & Lil Peep.


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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?


Never do a song thinking "will people really like that ?". You have to do the music for yourself. I'd rather make music I love for 10 plays on soundcloud that something I dont like for millions.


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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?


I think you have to be a "brand" and have a real personality that people can relate to. I don't think I have that on social media right now but I need to work on that.


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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?



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How do you personally discover new music?


I go on twitter and search #rap #soundcloud to discover new rap artists for example.
I click on related videos on Youtube
etc.


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


“I just send a link to people who might be interested in that music


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


"Practice, Practice, Practice" isnt necesseraly good, in my opinion. Sometimes you need to take a break, go to a party, even alone, see people, play a game, and most importantly, listen to a lot of musicians.
If you make dubstep and only listen to dubstep, you will only just have the inspiration from what you've listened, then when you'll make music you will think it's not good enough. The best thing is to have a lot influences and you'll have a more powerfull inspiration.


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


If one track is really hard to finish, just stop. You can just take a break from this track, do something else, and then, if you want, go back on it.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


I hope to be able to live from my music.


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http://www.viciousdub.be

http://www.soundcloud.com/saintvbeat

http://www.twitter.com/viciousdub

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