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LeMove’ interview

“Don Cline, God of Gnar, we ask you to allow us continue to do back flips and fuck bitches. In your name we pray”. This started off my interview with Eugene DJ and close personal friend Alex Ries AKA LeMove’. We talked about his musical career over homemade pizza and Charles Shaw. This was my first interview EVER, and definitely one of the most enjoyable to date. Alex is ambitious and well spoken, as you’ll see in the interview.

What sort of music did you grow up with before you discovered electronic music?

Before I was “musically conscious” if you will, I was listening to what my dad listened to which was Jimmy buffet, Blues traveler, Paul Kelly, etc. The kinds of bands that old people love. However I became attached to them as well as the pop culture music that was around at the time. I also always had a love for crazy European techno music that was not even close to the EDM sensation that we have today. I remember my first CD was Michael Jackson’s Thriller which I got in my Christmas stocking when I was a child. I probably know all the lyrics to every song because I listened to it so much. My love for music goes way back.

Do you experiment with other genres of music?

Yeah, I started production messing around with techno and then got really into it in high school making hip hop beats and then transferred over to EDM later on. I have been trying to get back into making hip hop beats because they are super fun to make and I can learn more about production through a different platform.

How did you first get turned on to electronic music?

My friend Jason brought a CD on a party bus in high school that his older brother made for him and it had some classics from Basshunter and N trance, stuff like that. The party bus was a blast and everyone seemed to like the music, Jason and I especially. We started searching and building our EDM library and trading back and forth from then on and the rest is history.

Who was the artist who really inspired you to begin producing?

I wasn’t really inspired by an artist in the industry as much as my buddy Tom and I were stoked on producing and kind of had a friendly competition going in high school that pushed each other to higher limits.

Has your family been supportive of your musical pursuits?

Yes very much so. My parents started me with piano lessons as a young child and encouraged me to practice and they have always wanted me to keep with music. I think from the standpoint of a parent, they wanted me to have those intelligence and learning benefits from understanding music but I would say I never saw it that way. I always liked being able to sooth my brain with some song that I had committed to memory. I hate reading music, but I could memorize a piano piece like it was nobody’s business. My parents are aware that I DJ and still make and play music but I don’t really share much with them in that department of my life because I kind of see it as my escape from everything and everyone else. Not that I really need an escape at all but when I’m making or playing a show (unless I have to please a difficult crowd of sorority girls who only want to hear Cat Daddy), I make the rules, I run the show, I can do whatever the fuck I want to do. For production, if other people don’t like the music that I produce, they don’t have to listen to it. It’s not that bad because I personally love every song I make as if it were my child.  Granted I feel god-like when people tell me they love my music.

What has been the hardest of being a DJ?

The hardest part of DJing for me comes in two parts, one is the fact that I DJ in Eugene, Oregon where I go to the University, which means the crowds that I play for are sometimes a bunch of young people, heavily influenced by pop music culture. Some have closed their minds off to other music I.e. EDM which is what is my love and passion. I want to punch myself in the face for doing this but sometimes I will have to play the same song like three times in a night because three different girls want a song and they will pout and moan and talk shit until they get it.  After the show they base their opinion off those little interactions. I can’t have that kind of publicity when I’m trying to book shows on the regular so I please the crowd so I get paid. However when I’m playing at my fraternity or my house, I call the shots and play what I think they will like but I put my own spin on it all, including my own tracks. The other difficult part is the fact that I have committed my life (On my own terms and to myself) that I will become one of the biggest DJs/EDM producers that this world has ever seen. That fact alone does not scare me at all because I am in the process of thinking it into reality. However, when dealing with that scene it is difficult for me to do it sometimes stress free because I am always saying to myself, “How can I be more like Kaskade or Dada Life?” Or, “How can I move people and have bigger sounds than…(insert huge legendary DJ here) Doesn’t matter who it is, because I am always comparing myself. I have learned now to learn from the big names and not worry about sounding like them. It is frustrating now but it is a good motivator and will pay off when I am working with those who I am comparing to now.

What is your favorite part of being a DJ?

My favorite part of DJing is the moment in the show where I see people doing less than they should be, i.e. texting on the wall or dancing with 95% intensity, and I have the perfect mix in my head that I know everyone will go nuts for. (Example at 10:00 in “LeMove’s First Final Mix” found on my soundcloud page). I mix in my free time at home and get general ideas for mixes to play at shows and practice them until I could do them on the fly. Once that’s done I just drop them when I want people to go wild, play the mix and improvise on the spot according to the crowd. It always works. I feel like I am the puppeteer in those situations because I can literally decide if I want the party to pop off and hype the energy. However people can’t sustain that level of intensity and dancing/raging forever so I have to choose wisely when to drop it and how long I keep it going for.

How would your life be different without your music?

I honestly do not see myself doing anything else besides music in my life so I imagine my life would suck because I guess I would do nothing.  If I were without my music I would have to pick up a new hobby to occupy all of my time. I would probably finish up school and go on to do something not as fun as what I am doing with music.

 What has been the single greatest moment in your DJ career?

 So far I would say getting contacted fairly often by people who want me to DJ their events.  It’s more of a recent collection of moments. I guess the good word has been spread about my music because the business has been picking up quite a bit lately. I like making money when I DJ but I almost like doing it for free more because I feel less pressure to fuck up. I can really break free and get creative with it compared to when I’m paid as its much more of a service I am providing and I have to play what I need to get paid and asked back. I get enough of both and those mixed with the ones I do under my own terms, I have a damn blast.

What does the future hold for LeMove?

One cannot say for sure but I can say that you can expect LeMove to never stop making music and you may also catch me at the top of the charts at some point, for I will not stop improving and learning and producing until that goal is reached and surpassed. Even after I have reached that point, it is not over.  There will always be more. I will have many new songs coming out more frequently and an EP is on its way as well as some collaborations with my buddy. I am also working currently on 4 songs, one of them being my first Original track with vocals from a local singer. This I am very, very excited for.

Information on LeMove’ can be found below (click links to be redirected):

http://www.facebook.com/alex.ries.12

http://soundcloud.com/lemovemusic

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Hhans Audio interview

I was put in touch with EDM producer Hans Watkins through my cameraman Dominic Thomas. I was surprised at Hans seemingly effortless talent for production. He was super laid back and very down to earth. While he hasn’t done much yet, Hhans Audio shows a lot of promise.

Have you thought of any possible stage names you might want to take on?

I haven’t gotten too far with the whole the stage names thing. Right now I’m using Hhans Audio. The extra H is because the URL on Soundcloud for “hansaudio” was taken. Hoping to drop that H eventually, but other than that I’ve not given it much thought.

What was your earliest musical experience?

My friend brought his guitar over to my house when I was seven years old. I started playing that and began to take up other instruments, eventually moving into electronic music.

Do you have any musicians in your family?

My older brother. Him and I produce together, we’ve always played music together. We were in a band and would switch off on drums, bass, and guitar.

When did you get into electronic music?

It started freshman year. I heard a Deadmau5 album and was really into it. I started producing and tried to make stuff that sounded like it, which didn’t work out. But hey, always improving right?

Who are you’re primary influences?

I’m really into KOAN Sound. Skrillex obviously because everybody likes Skrillex. It switches around a lot; right now I like Amon Tobin and Eskmo.

 How do you go about making a new track?

I start out by picking some drums from my sample library. Then I’ll write a drum track, start messing around with some synths until I find something I like. Then I just go with it and build upon the existing sound until I’m happy with what I’ve made. I try to keep a groove the whole time and make sure the track keeps flowing. I need good sound design in my tracks; it’s not fun to listen to a track without some interesting sounds. I make sure everything moves and the mix is tight.

 What is your most recent work?

I’ve been just messing around with different ideas since I released my Strange Clouds remix. I’m sort of trying to expand my perspective on a couple genres so nothing complete at the moment, but I’m really digging the whole trap thing that’s going on right now so I might give that a try.

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Information on Hhans Audio can be found below (click links to be redirected):

http://soundcloud.com/hhansaudio

http://www.youtube.com/user/hhansaudio

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David Heartbreak interview

You guys are in for something extra special; the first EDM artist to be featured on Music Miner. David Heartbreak was kind enough to do an interview via Skype. I’ll admit my knowledge of EDM is quite rudimentary, but speaking with David gave me a whole knew perspective on the genre. He does a fantastic job of explaining what different genres of music are on such a fundamental level that even a person with no understanding of musical composition or production can grasp the subtle differences between moombahton and fidget. David’s attitude on musical exploration inspired me to expand my horizons.

Where did the stage name “David Heartbreak” come from?

It’s pretty much just a pun on my real name, David Hart. Pretty self-explanatory.

What sort of music did you grow up with?

I grew up with primarily hip-hop. R&B, ambient music like soul and reggae, things of that nature. That’s pretty much it.

Are your parents supportive of your musical pursuits?

Ya. The future bass and the ambient stuff like that they’ll actually listen to, but they are pretty much closed off from dubstep, electro, anything with organized noise.

Your parents seem like they are in the group of people who don’t see dubstep real music. How would you disprove this false notion?

The thing about dubstep is that if you change the instruments and swap them out with something else and listen, it is very well written. You can see that from the orchestrated versions of Skrillex. The only difference is they choose different instruments, it’s all the same thing.

Nowadays, you make music from a wide variety of genres. What genre did you start with?

The first music I actually got into making was moombahton, which was my introduction to electronic music.

What exactly is moombahton?

It has changed at this point, but the moombahton started out as dutch house and then Dave slowed it down to 108 BPM. From there, you have people like myself, Munchi, Pickster, and Sabo. We came along and pretty much added our styles to it and ran with it from there. It’s electronic music with a Latin or Reggae vibe, or now that dubstep came, cats are doing it as dubstep at 110 BPM. It’s pretty much the same stuff you make with other genres but it’s at that tempo. Some songs that you make don’t work at 130 BPM but they’ll work perfectly at 110 BPM; there is more space in between the drums so it actually hits harder, the same way dubstep hits harder at 140 then it does at 128; more space for the bass to hit and you can fit more noise in there…if that makes any sense.

What caused you to move towards EDM and away from hip-hop?

I got bored. I never produced hip-hop; I was just big on the hip-hop scene. It was my background for listening to music. Three years ago (before I started making EDM) I was very close-minded to a lot of music. When the moombahton came along, it just opened my mind up to electronic music, and I felt like an ass,  like, “Damn, I’ve been missing out on so much good music for all this time”. It was a slap on the wrist for me, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise; everything happens for a reason.

Rapper Deniro Farrar has rapped over several of your songs. How would you classify those tracks?

The stuff that he was rapping on, that’s the stuff I call future bass. You can call it hip-hop, you can call it post-dubstep. The main influence for that style is trance music. I was trying to recreate trance at 140 BPM, but I wasn’t a good enough producer at the time to actually pull off what I was trying to do. I just changed the drum pattern around; that’s how those tracks came about. People liked it; it’s not something for the club, but it’s music that you can listen five years from now and it’s still going to sound just as good.

You clearly have extensive knowledge of musical composition and theory. Did you pick this up in school or on your own?

This is stuff I picked up on my own listening to music twenty hours a day. Sleeping with iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Like I said, I’ve only been making electronic music for two and a half years, and that’s the main reason why I can’t make one genre; my brain won’t allow me to because it’s been deprived of so much music over the years and when I hear different stuff, it sparks something in me that makes me want to replicate it and add my own flavor. This process happens every week; every week I’m changing genres. It’s a good thing and it is a bad thing, but when it comes down to it, it’s what I want to do. Even when I DJ I don’t play more than fifteen minutes of the same genre; I’m all over the place. I try to tell a story with my sets; I’ll go from dubstep to hard electro to moombahton to trap to psychedelic trance. That’s why I change it up when I make music. I mean, I like pizza, but I don’t want to eat that shit every day. I think that this attitude will become a standard in the next year or so; you are going to expect more from your favorite artists. You will expect them to have a collage of music and not just one style. The kids (and myself) have ADD. Because of this, you have to be able to touch every audience. I listen to everything; right now I’m working on a metal track. My friend is in a metal band, and I listened to his stuff and it was pretty good. I know that when I go to recreate it, I’m not a drummer and I’m not a guitarist, but I can elements of it and apply it to what I do and make it Heartbreak. When you recreate a genre in your own way, you have to make sure you are making it correctly so that you aren’t disrespecting the genre. 

You have only been DJing for two and a half year and have already worked with Skrillex, Diplo, and other huge DJs. What do you think made you blow up so quickly?

People are always looking for something different. That’s pretty much what it is. Everybody is looking for that spark. If you are a DJ you are always looking for the next sound. When the moombahton came out, that sparked a lot of people who were searching for something different. There wasn’t anything poppin at that tempo (108-112BPM) except for hip-hop and slow Brittany Spears records and stuff like that. It was uncharted, nothing really going on there. If you bumped it up a couple BPMs you had fidget, but a lot of people moved away from that, so it was totally open. We came along with moombah soul and moombah core and all these other subgenres and stuff like that. After doing so much stuff at that BPM, I got bored. If it is no longer challenging then I’ll move away from it. We had done everything there was to do with moombahton; we traveled the world and set the standard. I’ve not put out a record at that speed in awhile, although I think I’m going to put out an EP at that speed in September just to let people know I still got it. You’ve got to grow as an artist; some people want you to make the same shit over and over and over and over again. So as you progress and gain renown, you’re gunna to lose fans you’re gunna gain fans, but you still got to make music for yourself. I don’t follow trends; I try to set trends. One thing about the internet that is good is that you can hear music from every continent, but one thing that is bad is that some people sit around and listen to soundcloud and Youtube all day chasing somebody else’s sound. Chasing a sound that somebody made months ago; just because you hear a record today doesn’t mean that it was made last week. You can never catch up to the current “trend” so what’s the point? I don’t chase sounds, I just make music. Some shit I make is good, some shit I make is bad; I just keep pumping it out till I find it.

What is the hardest part of being a musician?

Moving from the hip-hip scene to the EDM world. A lot of people on both sides don’t think it’s that hard, but it is. Hip-hop is basically complex simplicity; everything is in the right place. In that respect it is the same as EDM, but when you are making EDM beats the beat has to be strong enough to stand by itself. In hip-hop you have three-fourths noise and the rapper is the final instrument. As a result, with EDM you have to know about frequencies and where things sit and compression; it’s a whole different ball game. It took me a couple months but I got it now.

What is your favorite part of being a musician?

Right now, traveling. Dude, I’ve been everywhere. Only places I haven’t been are Japan and Africa. I’ve been to Asia, Europe, India, you name it.

What does the future hold for David Heartbreak?

A lot. I’m real quite about stuff because things change like the wind in the EDM game, so you don’t want to blurt out shit until you get the contract in your hand and it goes down. I got a lot of big shit coming. When I tell you big I mean like… SUPER big.

Information on David Heartbreak can be found below (click links to be redirected):

https://twitter.com/Davidheartbreak

http://www.facebook.com/davidheartbreak

http://soundcloud.com/david-heartbreak/

http://www.davidheartbreak.com

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