QUIX has quickly become an RTT favorite. The New Zealand-based trap lord has a knack for making our bodies vibrate with filthy trap bangers and today we’ve got the opportunity to not only premiere the first single off of his forthcoming Dim Mak EP but also share our exclusive interview with him as well.
Titled “Riot Call,” QUIX teams up with vocalist Nevve for a playful track with hypnotic pop vocals and trap influenced drops, showing off his creative sound design and ability to stay ahead of the curve. Stream “Riot Call” and take a peep at our full interview below.
QUIX- Riot Call ft. Nevve | Stream
RTT: 2016 was an insane year for you, you did what many are struggling to do and broke into the scene while gaining a huge following. What was your biggest moment of 2016 and what advice would you give to someone trying to someone trying to get to where you are now?
My advice to anyone wanting to get their name out there would be to start connecting and networking locally in your scene, start evolving that till the point you start getting recognition by other bigger artists and keep repeating and expanding the process. I dunno that’s what i’ve done and it’s worked for me so far!
RTT: You started 2017 off with a bang when you released Purple Ford Falcom with Ian Munro. What remix are you most proud of and who has been your favorite producer to work with?
I barely play this out anymore but a remix i’m most proud of is my remix of “Gangsta Walk by SNBRN ft. Nate Dogg”. I feel like it really shows off my true sound. I’ve really enjoyed working with the Boombox boys, they’re actually so amazing and talented, the reason why we’ve jumped on another track together!
RTT: Your new track “Riot Call” is guaranteed to start a riot at any show. What inspired the track and what was your favorite part about working with Nevve? Were there any challenges to making the track sound so massive?
Pretty much the track started just over two years ago while I was trying to write a collab for another artist. I made a demo of the intro and the drop and sent it to my managers who lost their minds as soon as they heard it and forbid me to send it to anyone!!
Since then the demo has just sat there collecting dust until we showed Dim Mak which they loved and wanted to take it on with a vocal and arranging the demo into a proper song. Nevve has one of those versatile voices that can work with any song. She has such a great sound and feel that just complemented the song so well making it one of the best parts about this track.
I guess the hardest part about finishing this track was the “finishing” part. It was already two years old and trying to jump back on a track you had cleared out of you head “creatively” was tough but I’m glad I had encouragement from Dim Mak and my management team!
RTT: This year you had the opportunity to play a lot of different showcases at SXSW and you are currently on your North american tour. What was your showcase from SXSW? Do you have any funny stories from touring?
I played at the Brownies & Lemonade showcase at SXSW which was an insane amount of fun. Not too many “funny stories” but a lot of good times! Meeting so many new industry people, fans and new friends.
RTT: Your sampling and production techniques always sound crisp and clean. What are some of the things you do to maintain your originality and set yourself apart from other producers?
I think it’s important for anyone wanting to set themselves apart is to do the only thing you can… “be yourself” and i know that sounds very cliche but it’s the only thing that you’ve got going for you right now so embrace it! That’s exactly how I’ve had to look at it and honestly, it’s very easy me saying this right now because I’m ‘as you say’ established in the industry; enough to be answering questions about my new single on a major network.
Every other big artist like RL Grime, What So Not, NGHTMRE etc… all have done what resonates most within inside of them and pursued that with all their heart, and it hasn’t come easy, they’ve had to work their ass off, put in those crazy hours and time to get to where they’re right now.
I guess i’m trying to say, however long an artist has been established in the industry right now, times that by two and that’s how long it took them (not being known/trying to make it) to get where they are now. I.e 2 years in the scene may look like 4 years of work = 6 years in total (i understand everyone is different and some may take more time or less but to me that’s a rough estimate). HAHA WOW that was a bit!
RTT: What artists/producers are inspiring you the most right now? Do you have any favorite up and coming producers that we should check out?
Boombox Cartel are definitely and inspiration with their diverse sound and feel. Also LATU, LeexMvtthews. Both NZ boys who are killing the game right now that need some major attention internationally! Both pursuing their sounds and wanting to make great music!
RTT: What else can we expect from you this year?
Lots more touring! An EP! Lots more music! Lots more collabs! I’m not only just wanting to make music for me, branching out and working in with some other artists and vocalists is on my list!
QUIX FIX TOUR 2017
4.8 – REPUBLIC NOLA – New Orleans, LA
4.13 – VINYL – Denver, CO
4.14 – MYTH NIGHTCLUB – Jacksonville, FL
4.15 – LEONARD THEATRE – Scranton, PA
4.18 – SOUND-BAR – Chicago, IL
4.20 – CONTROL @ RUBY SKYE – San Francisco, CA
4.21 – ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY – Normal, IL
4.22 – RIOT ROOM – Kansas City, MO
4.25 – BEAUTY BAR – Las Vegas, LV
4.27 – M8RX – Santa Barbara, CA
4.28 – CONTROL @ AVALON – Los Angeles, CA
4.29 – LOFT @ SKYWAY THEATRE – Minneapolis, MN
5.4 – HAVOC @ YOST THEATRE – Santa Ana, CA
5.5 – LIZARD LOUNGE – Dallas, TX
5.6 – MIDDLELANDS – Todd Mission, TX
6.24 – PARADISO FESTIVAL – George, WA
9.8 – DANCEFESTOPIA – Kansas City, MO