One of our writers Lori recently sat down with Jon and Chris aka Terravita in the green room of the venue they were about to play to chat with them. These veterans of bass music have been at it for some time now and she took a minute to ask them about how bass music has changed from the time dubstep dominated everyone’s ears to now where there is are subgenres upon subgenres of different styles.
“We dont really; we used to. There have always been a lot of genres and subgenres, it has gotten kind of ridiculous. Now they’re calling genres names of other genres. Deep house is no longer dubstep. Two step now falls under deep house.”
She had just popped in Terravita’s 2013 Shambala mix, and of course became very nostalgic. That mix came out only three years ago, but it had felt like a lifetime had passed since it’s release. Some of these fans were quite young when Terravita and others started releasing music.
“That was three years ago? Three years in the electronic music industry. Our first big song for Terravita was 2010. It’s been six years. Seeing how much everything has changed in six years. It’s crazy. The kids now don’t even know the songs.”
Having previously owned a record store, Terravita knows how to go about getting their music in front of new audiences.
“We used to be drum and bass artists. The first Terravita albums came out on vinyl. It was advertised in magazines. There were these things called magazines, you know? We even had a mix CD attached to the front of the magazine.”
The duo has gone from a drum and bass act, to a dubstep act, to another level of been-there-done-that-including-all-that-shit-in-all-we-are-doing-now type of flow. They have been releasing records on the legendary dubstep label, Firepower Records, and recently made a switch to Buygore Records for their latest EP, The Fallen. The guys respectfully revealed the 411 on this recent move from the longstanding relationship the duo had with Firepower Records, a label that they (and everyone else) holds in very high regard.
“This move to Buygore is ‘musically’ the right move for us. Dubstep is becoming very hard to write anymore these days, as per the first thing we talked about in this interview. So much of it has already been done. It is time to move into a new era of making music, and a new phase in the long life of Terravita as a musical entity in this crazy, ever changing yet ever staying the same, industry.”
With people’s musical needs and wants constantly changing artists have to be versatile to work hard and try new things to stay in people’s minds. Lori asked them how they intend on staying fresh in an over saturated market.
“Basically, it is about doing ‘more hybrid stuff,’ and the element of having a rapper adds to that, and brings a live flavor to the music that is a much needed collision of worlds. It is what leads to the creation of newness in a world where all has been done.”
This conversation, the night, the vibes, and the music were all very tight. Just as classic as she remembered seeing these bass gods back in the early days of all of this electronic madness. Big Ups to Jon and Chris for doing the damn thing and evolving with the ever changing times. They are a class act, and two very rad dudes.
If anyone is a statement on how to sustain and stay relevant, and wait for the cycles to continue to come back to the roots of what they have done, it is Terravita. These guys got their shit together, became real professionals, and learned how to live this life for a lifetime. It is a beautiful thing, and a lesson in integrity from two very true artists.