Ask Me Anything: Reddit AmA Music Producer Roundup w/ Noisia, araabMUZIK, Deadelus +

Almost a decade ago Reddit became one of the leading sources of content and information worldwide and the “AmA” (or, “ask me anything”) was born. In this article, Dubspot’s Daniel Salvaggio rounds up ten informative AmA’s from notable music producers. 

 

 

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Ask Me Anything

What is the Reddit AmA? The concept is simple, at the time of the AmA, said person(s) will directly answer questions from users. This concept of communication often works out to be a great source of information as it lacks the pretension of a standard, commercial interview you may find in a magazine. Within these AmA’s you’ll often find a wealth of candid moments where the artist in question speaks of their personal and professional lives.

Here are some excellent AmA’s from notable producers and music industry figures:

Noisia | via AdvancedProduction

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This recent, long-awaited AmA from the legendary Dutch Drum ‘n Bass trio contains some amazing insight on production and sound design. These guys have come a long way over the last 15 or so years and had a lot to share.

“We try to do a bit of psychological, physical modelling when mixing and sound designing drums. The end result really has to come across as a complex physical object being struck with the right amount of force or subtlety.”

araabMUZIK | via HipHopHeads

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One of the most talented beatmakers to ever grace an MPC, aarabMUZIK has produced music for some of the most notable figures in hip hop including Cam’ron, Jadakiss, A$AP Mob and more.

“Most people think I practice and rehearse. I just go out there and this is what I do. When you’re born with a gift and a talent, you don’t have to rehearse. I play out so much now that it is my practice.”

Diplo | via AmA

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Now a household name, it’s hard to deny Diplo’s impact on the music industry and his role as a tastemaker. Here he shares insight into his career, work, travel, and personal relationships.

“when i got fired from all the other jobs.. back when i started there was NO WAY u could be famous as a Dj.. not youtube .. soundcloud.. no way to have a instant hit like these days.. i would be lucky jsut to pay my rent in philly from a few jobs a week… its crazy that kids aspire to be a DJ now.. back then the ceiling was so low.. now its like endles how far producers or Djs can go .. its like insane”

Misha Monsoor | via ProgMetal

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Misha Monsoor (aka “Bulb” and member of Periphery) is easily one of the most notable figures to come out of the metal scene in the last decade. Not long ago he was a teenager self-releasing a high quantity of forward-thinking metal produced on his computer. He has since grown to produce some of my all-time favorite metal records.

“Sometimes I just feel like I have to spend time away from music and thinking about it to “refill” my inspiration. Maybe that is an indirect way of saying that other things in general tend to get me inspired. I moved recently and haven’t touched a guitar in a while as a result, and now music is starting to leak into my dreams. I had a good idea last night, can’t for the life of me remember it, though…”

Daedelus | via AdvancedProduction

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The legendary Daedelus sheds some light on his creative process, history, and performance techniques. Additionally, he seems like a particularly swell guy!

“I’m profoundly affected by sound! It seems to crowd out my other senses, and when it’s really good absolutely all I can think about. I’ve been wanting a life in sound since I was very young, but I’d no idea where or which way it would take shape. Up until I was 21 I thought I was going to be a Jazz Musician!”

The Glitch Mob | via IAmA

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A breath of fresh air, this LA-based trio have become synonymous with live electronic music production and performance. More concise than most, this AmA breaks down their approach as well as how they’ve gone about creating their unique live show.

“We normally all come together around noon, and make music until about five or six. Work smarter not harder”

Girl Talk | via IAmA

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Gregg Gillis absolutely dominated electronic music in the mid-2000′s with his mashup albums that were filled to the brim with nostalgia and seemed to be a staple at every party. It’s a decade later, and he’s still moving us! Here he opens up about his creativity and how he goes about choosing and working with samples.

“I have a running list of things I want to work on. Then once I sample something, that’s basically just the beginning. It’s a long trial and error process. I try out hundreds of different combinations. When something clicks for me, I may try to work it in the live show. Sometimes, those things stay in the show, and other times, I’m not really feeling it.”

JonWayne | via MakingHipHop

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Often the topic of conversation at Dubspot, this Low-End Theory alumni has made some serious waves over the past few years. Here the rapper/producer discusses his music, workflow, history in the industry, and gives us a peek into what he has in store.

“If you don’t have enough headroom in your mix, turn it down. It’s a digital world, you can always turn it up, later on in the process. I usually try to make my mixdowns -20db so whoever masters it can have enough headroom to make their decisions. Don’t worry about it sounding loud, just make sure it sounds good.”

Josh Pan | via Trap

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Something a little different here; Shrouded in mystery and anonymity, little was known about Josh Pan. It was often said that Josh Pan is a collective of producers. Over the last year, he/she/they’d released some monstrous tracks that got the whole world asking, “who is Josh Pan?” Here, we finally get some insight!

“My only issue with social media is that too many people aren’t saying anything. having a following isn’t the problem. if you’re dope, you will be noticed at some point. What we say when we have a following? <— that’s what’s important.”

Flying Lotus | via The Guardian

10_FlyLo_640wI saved this one for last because while it’s an AmA, it happened on The Guardian as opposed to Reddit. Despite that, FlyLo gets quite candid and personal, answering many questions regarding both his professional and personal life as well as his history and how he came to be the forward-thinking creator of music. We just can’t get enough of it!

“mostly self taught but i had a lot of friends who were using it to get me started. I still watch youtube tutorials still to this day. theres so much to learn with [Ableton] and i want to learn it all”

These AmA’s have been invaluable for many producers and fans alike as we get a rare glimpse into the lives and creative processes of our favorite artists. In fact, the AmA as a whole has become such a successful model that it’s not unlikely that simply Googling “[artist name] IAmA” will bring up a candid interview they’d given the public via Reddit.

What artist(s) would you like to see an AmA from? What would you ask them?


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