My interview with DubstepRemix.org
1. Tell us about yourself, your name, age, where you live.
My name is Nick Nanez, I’m old enough to party, I live in New York during the summer and in and around Los Angeles during the rest of the year, specifically speaking in Claremont where I attend school.
2. How did you get interested in Dubstep?
At first I really hated dubsetp, I loved trance and house and thought that dubstep was somewhat inferior. Then one day my friend Mike DiBari came to me all excited and showed me Woo Boost by Rusko back in 2009. I loved that song to death which got the ball rolling. Then it was Bassnectar, Datsik, Skrillex, Nit Grit, etc. and before I knew it I was an official BassHead.
3. What do you usually listen to when you want to relax?
When want to sit back and chill I opt for instrumental post rock bands like This Will Destroy You, El Ten Eleven, Caspian, and Octopus Project. If not that I’m usually listening to either Radiohead, Baths, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Bob Marley, or the Allman Brothers Band. That’s about all the music I listen to. I love Romantic-era music and opera but I don’t want to spend alot of time getting into classical music, it could take hours.
4. What sets you apart from other producers?
I really don’t know many other producers personally so I can’t get into differences in influences or musical method. But I would have to say that my ability to play many instruments such as the piano, the guitar, and voice plays a large part in my music-making process. I also know a good amount of musical theory and am studying music at school, all things which help me make things a bit more tonally and structurally complicated.
5. What do you hope to make your fans feel when they listen to your music?
I want to bring the audience on a trip or a ride. I want to take them somewhere else in a completely different direction, to the moon if we have to. I love to make people dance, I love to dance so much and to see people vibe to my music is blissful. Music has always been there for me through the good and the bad and I want my music to get to the point where it can help somebody get through the day. I think this idea of “giving back” as phony as it sounds, is one of the biggest reasons I decided to start making and sharing my music.
6. What are your plans for the next few months?
Gonna be trying to get bigger on the internet, get my name out there, do some live shows around where I live and hopefully get some good grades this semester haha.
7. What kind of equipment/software do you use?
My main DAW is Ableton Live but I also use Traktor for mixing and the composition tool Sibelius for counter-puntal and tonally-driven stuff. I have an APC-40 for performance and recording my clips out into the session. I use a Roland RS-5 (which I may have stolen from my high school, nobody was using it anyway) as my keyboard controller. As for analogue stuff I have an Ibanez IRG350EXBK Guitar which is good for laying down shred work an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II, which has an active pickup and sounds like pure gold through my Randall KH75 amp. I also use an old B3 organ from the 50’s that I inherited from my great Aunt for getting a true organ sound. Oh most importantly I use Denon HP-1000 headphones, and they’re awesome.
8. And the final question we have for you is, what hobbies are you into? Cars, sports, gaming?
I’m a real split personality when it comes to hobbies. First off, I love the outdoors and extreme sports. I love to ski, have been since I was a little kid. Skiing is probably one of the most enjoyable things to me in life. I love to bike, surf, longboard, and just getting lost in nature. On the flip side, I love videogames, especially console games. My music is heavily influenced by sounds and concepts that I hear in videogames such as the Halo series, the Mass Effect series and the Crysis series. I love sci-fi and space and read about astronomy, astrophysics, and scientific theories for fun. Other than that I really just love music more than anything and spend a good amount of time listening to pretty much every type of music out there in order to enjoy and find inspiration.
Interviewer Ending Comments:
I hope you all enjoyed the interview as much as I did, there is always a lot to learn about someone. It’s not just a man behind some fancy equipment cranking out tunes. Its the dreams, experiences, and inspirations of the man that molds, shapes, and defines the unique sounds you hear from one artist to another! This was an interview conducted with DJ Circuit Glas, and we would like to thank him for his time and wish him many future successes!