When I think about the producers that are consistently pushing boundaries with their music, KRANE and QUIX always seem to make the top of the list. Not only are they able to produce phenomenal tracks that transcend the flood of music that hits the scene daily, but they have a tremendous affinity for delivering live sets that you’ll wish you could relive over and over again.
While both producers have their own distinctive approach to making music, there is no denying the devastating beauty that they are able to create when they join forces. Teaming up for the third single from KRANE’s forthcoming album Fallout, the unstoppable duo create a dynamic soundscape that will instantly transport you into the “Next World.”
A smooth and effortless combination of cinematic future bass elements fused with heavy hitting trap percussions, “Next World” is a relentless sonic experience that pulls you deep into the trap before hitting you right in the feels. Earlier this week, we had the honor of catching up both KRANE and QUIX to discuss their latest collab, Krane’s forthcoming album, Quix’s upcoming tour and more.
Listen to “Next World” and catch Krane and Quix discussing the production live on upsound next week. Until then, enjoy their interviews below.
Hello, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. You’ve had a busy year and you’re about to get even busier between touring and the release of your forthcoming album. What can fans expect from the new album and tour?
The album has got a lot of different sounds, a lot of producer friends making appearances, and some new sort of songs people may have not heard from me before. I wanted to keep the overall theme to be very apocalyptic and cinematic – considering it a last chapter in a series…… I am still putting things together for my tour- but the focus will be a lot of my unreleased music, as I’m moving more into the idea of ‘live’ persona. This will also be the first time I’ll be bringing in additional production — Ive been working with some incredible visual people to help craft into something really special. For anyone thats been following my art (album covers, etc), it’ll be very recognizable.
What were some of the highs and lows that you experienced while making the album? What does your creative process look like?
That’s tough- what was once a hobby has become a full time job for me. So whenever I hit a low point, or am getting frustrated, I remember what those low-points were like at my 9-5 and they don’t even compare. So, looking back I can’t really complain. I suppose hardest of all were the incredibly long and late hours I pulled trying to wrap it, missing my friends and community a bit (and sleep). I can’t really sum up my creative process, except to say when I’m generating ideas, I just try to work as fast as possible and don’t second guess myself. Its very additive, and then there is a healthy and long process of just deleting the bad, till the best idea shines through for each song.
In addition to working on the album, you’ve also managed to carve out the time to start working on SESSIONS_5 where over 700 producers submitted music. How does it make you feel to know that so many producers want the chance to work with you? Do you find it overwhelming?
It’s scary! But it feels great too!!! Side note, thank you to everyone who submitted something. I must of gone through 2000 songs.
Most of these producers are just on the come-up and they are the most exciting and open people to work with. They are so full of raw, uncompromising and new ideas. So its incredibly refreshing. Its also frightening to hear the amount of quality coming out of the community. Every round, more people submit, and there are literally hundreds of producers I hear that could take any of our places with the quality of work they do. Its a great time to be a producer.
Out of the hundreds of producers that submitted to SESSIONS_5, who were some of your favorites and what kind of collabs can we expect in the future?
I’m not gonna name names just yet. I think part of the fun is the surprise for everyone, and I don’t like people going in with expectations about what me and X producer are gone make, because the sounds of this particular one are really wide-ranging. Not your typical future bass or trap stuff at all. I try and get out of my comfort zone as much as possible with each new SESSIONS project, picking submissions people wouldn’t necessary think of me pairing with. In the past its resulted in some of my favorite projects.
Speaking of collabs, your latest track “Next World” is with QUIX who has been killing it lately and is out now via Dim Mak. What was it like working with QUIX? Did you find it difficult to meld your two distinctive sounds into a cohesive whole?
Ah man, Quix is amazing. He’s truly an inspiration. Its not hard at all to meld styles with him, because when he sends parts or ideas, they just FIT. He has an incredible knack for achieving a full sounding groove using a minimum set of sounds, and to me thats the hallmark of a really talented producer. This song is really exciting and I’m super proud to have him on it.
How does it feel to have a major label like Dim Mak supporting your latest releases and upcoming album?
They have been incredibly supporting- they are open minded, and they are genuinely GOOD people. That matters a lot to me. In fact its one of the most important things, to share my work and try to achieve success with a community of people I genuinely enjoy as humans. So, Dim Mak, if you’re reading this, thanks 🙂
In the next year, what do you want to accomplish?
I’ve already started another album, and its pretty radically different in style, but still very very me. I wanted to close out 2017 with one last big go with my current sound and make way for something new and different. My idea is to release another project that is still consistent to my sounds, but makes people cock their heads a bit. But ultimately I just want to keep growing. Every release is bittersweet because once you put out a song, for me, under a certain style it means you need to find something new. So, this is the first time I’ve put so much work into a body of work, and its really exciting to share with my audience, but also its now time to look ahead, and start carving out some new sonic space to keep people guessing a bit.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your latest release with KRANE. “Next World” is a stunning combination of heavy trap percussions and melodic future bass elements. What inspired the collaboration and who would you like to work with in the future?
Thank you! We’re actually both pretty stoked on how this one rolled out. KRANE and I have been pals for a long time, chatting, sharing music and we actually already put out a tune ages ago called Monuments. For the future? I dunno, I’d love to try working with GETTER, he’s crazy.
What have you been working on recently? Are there any upcoming releases that you can tell us about?
Well, I can say I have a really big collaboration coming out REALLY soon that you’re not going to want to “walk” for..
This month you’ll be starting a massive tour through North America and then heading to India before connecting with Alison Wonderland for her Wonderland Scarehouse Project. What can you tell us about the AW’s Wonderland Scarehouse Project?
Yes, I’ve been the busiest I’ve ever been, I’m actually on my World Tour which kicked off back in NZ in July, then I went to China and I’m now in North America. For AW’s Wonderland Scare House Project All I can say is that I’m very blessed to be on the line up with such amazing talent surrounding me. It’s a unique type of show/festival where it’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s got a crazy theme to it and I’m pumped to play.
What shows are you most excited for and how do you manage to stay sane with such hectic tour schedule?
Very excited to open for Baauer and What So Not on their upcoming tour and to play in India… seems like a crazy bass scene out there!
My tips for being on a hectic tour schedule:
1. Drink lots of water, not alcohol.
2. Don’t do drugs, only hugs.
3. Keep up/have good communication with family/friends, for me, my wife is a big support.
4. Stick with one airline so you get those miles!
5. Have fun and enjoy it.
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