Papa Skunk Interviews for his new EP “Remixes Round 2”
1.The new Ep consists of 8 tracks, all remixes. You’re kind of a quasi remix guru, what is your favorite part about remixing a track? How do break a the song down to remix?
Thanks! I definitely love making remixes and it’s one of my favorite parts of producing. Usually I tend to make more remixes than all original tracks because crowds love them in live sets. Whenever I am an audience member, I love to hear songs I know, and can sing along to. Usually it makes the sets more memorable and is when people are getting down the hardest. As to how I break down a song, there are these options based on what parts of the song are available:
-Acapella over completely different song / Original in breakdown and no where else
– Acapella over a recreation of original part(s) and some new parts
– Stems to create different version of song
– Complete new song with small use of original stems or samples
– VIP remix
2. How do you choose a song to remix?
A lot of the time it is just listening to the radio or at a concert that the inspiration strikes me. The “Money” remix on this EP was done because I had a test in rock and roll history and needed to know the song for class. “Sex and Candy” was because and ex-girlfriend used the original as her call back tone. Really inspiration comes from all over the place.
3. Who is your biggest non-electronic musical influence?
Umphrey’s McGee, hands down. I see them between 5 and 10 times a year and listen to them almost daily. I can definitely hear some STS9 influence in my music sometimes, but I also see them quite a bit every year as well. My love of dirty sounds comes from my love of rock and metal though. I have played guitar since I have been 13.
4. With so many sub genre’s of bass music today you seem to stick to down tempo glitch hop, what about glitch hop caters to your sound and why is it the sound of choice for you?
Took a lot of hours to figure out what works for me. I have made all tempos of music (this EP ranges from 80 BPM to 112 or so) and even have some unreleased electro house and dubstep. Most of the time with remixes I just stick to a similar tempo to the original and go from there. So that will dictate how fast or slow the song is. I’d like to think I don’t sound like anyone else in glitch hop/bass music and have my own sound.
5. Many of the big Glitch Hop producers today are from overseas such as AMB, Tipper, and Opiou, why do you think Glitch is so underground in the United States compared to dubstep?
While those artists are from overseas, their biggest audiences are probably in the US. Primarily glitch hop has been on the west coast but it has expanded to the whole country over the last three years. The numbers of dubstep producers to glitch hop producers is probably a lot closer in California and Colorado than anywhere else.
6. You recently were signed to Adapted Record what does this mean for you as an artist?
I am ecstatic to be releasing with best label in glitch hop. They are putting out amazing music multiple times per week right now. I have actually been talking with them for months and months but someone this free release ended up being my first with them. An EP with originals will be out on Beatport, iTunes, etc in a few weeks though.
7. You’re about to embark on an 8-city fall tour with AMB what are you goals for it?
Mostly just introducing new people to great music. Some of the shows were booked because of AMB as the main draw and others were booked with me as the main draw. So no matter what, each of us are bringing new music and sounds to places we haven’t been before. This tour hits 6 new cities for me and all 8 are new for AMB so there will be lots of new people to win over. That’s where the remixes come in
8. What advice would you give to an aspiring producer?
Try to sound like you. It may take a long time but will be more worth while in the long run. No one gets really good at anything quickly (to the point of professional level) without a few years of hard work. Learning some basic music theory and piano will go a long way as well. It is possible to write all the notes in using a mouse, but most people I know prefer using a MIDI keyboard. So understanding the notes and scales of that keyboard will make life easier.