Max Hype a.k.a. Protohype, is one of the fastest up in comers blowing up right now. His Hip Hop infused Dubstep sounds have been blogged and downloaded by many people. He’s gained the respect from top producers and DJ’s with his low end bass and his crazy style. Now with a new E.P. “See No Evil” on FirePower Records, his schedule has became filled with huge shows, and many long nights. We were lucky to get a chance to ask him a few questions.
You have been throwing around electronic music now for awhile. What did you grow up listening to? And how did it help with your sound?
“I grew up listening to Classic Rock mostly, and then I really got into Hip Hop when I was about 12 or 13. So then I started making Hip Hop beats. Got signed to a label my Freshmen year in High School, so about 15 or 14. Did Hip Hop beats for about 5 or 6 years. So Hip Hop has definitely helped my sound. ”
Your on tour right now with Minnesota. Hows that going so far? Any crazy situations come about?
“The tour has been amazing. I feel like I have been on tour for 6 months, and its only been like a month. Its really fun though. This is like my first legit time on an actual bus tour. We just been getting into all sorts of shenanigans in all the small towns. Everyone in the crew is awesome, we get along great. Im just happy to be apart of it.”
Do you feel making tracks on the road is different than sitting in your studio back in L.A.? What different elements can the road bring to one of your tracks?
“I dunno, man. My studio in L.A. is about the same as on the road. I mix allot of my stuff on headphones anyway. Its not too much of a difference. I’ve got some monitors at home, they’re not the greatest. So its not too much of a difference. I dont really need to be in any sort of a situation to make a track, Im always on the road all the time anyways.”
Do you think it adds a different type of “flair” seeing how the crowds react to how your current tracks sound? Does that pump you up to make music?
“Of course! The production aspect isn’t different, but it gives me a chance to test it out right after. So like, If I make a song on the road I’ll test it out during sound check to see how it sounds. Just to see if its going to crack out or if I need to add to the mix, or whatever. Which I always don’t have at home, I just have my monitors. So its always good to get a big system to test your sh*t. But as productions goes, it all about stays the same.”
You use to do Ableton Live production tips videos on YouTube. Any plans on making new ones?
“I definitely will do more. I’ve just been so busy lately. Those tutorial videos take allot to make. I just been so busy with other sh*t, and I love making tutorials. I teach all the time, so I plan on making more.”
You have a new EP out on beatport “See No Evil”, on Datsiks “FirePower Records”? How is it to be on Datsiks label?
“Its so awesome, man. Datsik is like the reason I make Dubstep in the first place. So its really fu*king awesome to have it come around full circle. And have me be apart of something that’s breaking ground. You know Datsik really has his ear to the ground with every new producer and all the new unique stuff that’s going, Datsik knows about it. So I’m just happy to be apart of it. Its fu*king great. My E.P. was #1 on like 4 different genres on beatport. Its doing really well, and I got 2 more to go. So its dope!”
2012 was pretty big for you, and that’s an understatement. What does 2013 look like for you?
“2012 was big, but I think 2013 is going to be way bigger. I’m playing a couple festivals. Nothing really huge but a bunch of one-offs with Datsik, 12th planet and a bunch of other guys that are really killing it. Hopefully I’ll be on the FirePower tour in the fall. I’m getting booked for allot of headlining shows now, which is something new to me. I’m just going with the flow.”
Is there any place in particular that you are looking to forward to play?
“I’m playing the “Summer Camp Festival outside of Chicago. So that’s my first festival. And like I was saying, I have a few one-offs with Datsik that are going to be really huge. A couple secret shows, and a couple paint parties, and stuff like that.”
For those of you who missed the Eternal Frequencies Tour with Minnesota, and DCarls…. You missed out. It was an amazing night, and Max was very chill and relaxed. It was a treat to get to even get the chance to ask him a few questions. His schedule was so busy, he was working on a track in the green room. He is definitely making lots of noise in the scene. His E.P. is great. It is worth the listen. Check him out 😀
If you don’t know who Minnesota is, you have been living under a rock the past few years. With his melodic bass and groovy drum beats, Minnesota took the EDM scene by storm. In 2011 Minnesota busted out his 3 track EP “Panda Snatching Tycoon”. Came with such bangers as “Push It” and “Purple Daze”. Gaining respect from top bass music producers all around the country, Minnesota quickly took off and exploded into the scene. Now running his own tour “The Eternal Frequencys Tour”, and bringing bad boys like Protohype and DCarls to each city. We had a moment to catch a few words before his set. Even with the prime sound system making it almost impossible to catch a quick break, we got a chance to sit one on one. We talk about tour necessities, classic rock, STS9, and his new EP “The Eternal Frequencys Equinox”.
-So how are you feeling the vibe in Lawrence tonight?
“Awesome! We just walked out for Protohype and DCarls set and people were getting down and are ready for the night. So I’m stoked for my set!”
-What can people expect from a “Minnesota” show?
“I think a good mix of different genres and sub-genres of music. I play some heavier stuff, some more melodic stuff, and some more hip hop stuff. So just a wide variety of sub-genres.”
-What festivals are you excited for to play or attend this year?
“I have some that haven’t been announced yet that I’m the most excited for. But out of the ones that have been announced, “Wakarusa”. I have been wanting to play that one for awhile, so probably that one.”
-You attended UC Santa Cruz and decided to take a break and focus more on your music. What was the deciding factor in that?
“When I transferred to UCSC I kinda started to do out of town shows, and it got to the point where I was flying out almost every weekend. So it just got too hard to balance that. Making music and going out of town to do shows. So I had to take a leave of absence. I probably wont be going back for awhile as long as this is doing well.”
-What was your major?
“I was never super into school. I was a History major, because that was the easiest to transfer. Whenever I was in school I was always just thinking about making music. So, yeah!”
-So what type of genres of music did you grow up listening to that helped form the sound you make today?
“When I first got into music in about the 6th or 7th grade, I was listening to allot of classic rock. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd… Stuff like that. Then kinda got into some more Indie stuff. And then soon as I got out of high school I was into the underground hip hop like Atmosphere, Brother Ali. Pretty much after that, once I moved to California kinda found out about electronic music. Id say most of my influences came from electronic music rather than the past music I was listening to.”
-Right now with all the young guns coming out lately, who have you been keeping your eyes on?
“I use to forever review Seven Lions. I found out about him about a year and a half ago. And I was just stoked out of my fucking mind and no one knew about him. But now he’s huge. There’s a guy named Singularity out of Santa Barbra, CA, and he produces stuff that similar to the Seven Lions vibe. Its just really good melodic dubstep. So I’m pretty stoked on him.”
-On your new tour “Eternal Frequencys” you have artists like STS9, Protohype, DCarls, and Gramatik on the line-up, making these shows very diverse. Whose idea was this and why haven’t they received a Nobel Prize?
“Ha! Well, the STS9 and Gramatik shows were worked into the tour and we did the support for them. We did five nights with STS9, and the Gramatik show was a festival. Which was awesome! As for the line up for the full tour. Protohype and my manager Santiago have been talking about bringing him for awhile. He’s just an up and coming young, really talented producer. He just has a ton of hype and hes killing it, so we wanted to bring him. I hit up DCarls about six months ago and he had only done a few shows in his life. So it was kinda just a shot in the dark. I asked him if he wanted to go on tour with us, and he was down. So I’m sure there are a ton of cities who are stoked to finally see him get down. Hes a brilliant producer.”
-What kind of necessities do you take on the road?
“A lot of socks! Dirty socks suck! We try to buy new socks like every week or two. Just makes you feel fresh.”
-Any type of shenanigans going on in the tour? Any funny business?
“Haha, Its kind of all one big blur. There was one night after one of the STS9 shows in Athens we all got black out drunk and my girl friend was in town. So we all went to the strip club and had fun there. Then completely blacked out running around Athens, GA. I cant really thing of specific incidences. Haha”
-If you could play any festival or anywhere, where would it be?
“I would love to play Coachella . Coachella is one of the first festivals I went to. I just feel like that would be a really huge thing. That’s probably my top one.”
-You have a new E.P. coming out soon. What can fans expect from it?
“It comes out April 1st. Its called “Eternal Frequencys:Equinox” it will be for free download on my website (www.minneostadubstep.com) I hope people check it out and dig it.”
-How long have you been working on it?
“I have had a pretty heavy touring schedule this year. I got January and half of February off and just worked a bunch of stuff and I picked these two songs for the EP. So about 6 weeks for those songs. Not a ton of time, but enough to get out two solid songs that I think people will dig.”
-Is there anything different about this EP then the rest of your music?
“Its definitely similar to my style, but its a little more mellow. Kinda similar to my “Astral Projection” release. I think its definitely an evolution of my sound, but still you can kinda hear the “Minnesota” touch in it. I hope people dig it, we’ll see. But I’m stoked on it!”
Even though the interview was a little rough to do, we still managed to get in a few words and a beer. Minnesota is one of the hardest working artists out there. I was very glad to get in a few words. Check out his newest EP “Eternal Frequencys Equinox” as soon as possible. Its a free EP that is definitely worth listening to. Also check him out on Facebook to get updated on all the free tunes this guy gives out. To all who came, thanks for the party. To all who missed, we will see you next time.
Eternal Frequencys Equinox Mix
Eternal Frequencys Equinox EP
Live video from Lawrence, KS
Cyberoptics Dubstep just sat down with Moar Dubstep to answer a few questions and to let MISSOURI know he will “BRING THE PAIN” this December to ‘JINGLE THE BASS‘ Both Kansas City and St Louis will have the pleasure of getting down with this beast and his close friends Adroa andD-JAHSTA. Come December 14th the roof will be rattling and the dance floor will be raging
Plur Vision CEO Nick Mahoney couldn’t believe his eyes.
There was Tech N9ne, his favorite rapper since childhood, running down the street like a maniac in Krizz Kaliko’s music video for “Spaz”, wearing the goggles that Nick had invented. The owner of Plur Vision had to watch again to make sure that what he wasn’t dreaming.
What he thought was too good to be true was in fact staring at him right in the face: one of Kansas City’s biggest icons rocking the Kansas City-born Plur Vision goggles…
Special thanks to http://www.therealtechn9ne.com
By: Tom Nesbihal [NEZ]
After Jordan Osten (Lucy Luxe) threw down a massive set at Basscapades Vol. 3 in Lawrence, Ks I sat down with her to talk about where it all started. Jordan and Monica Farr make up Dirty Talk however, Monica was unable to make the show due to prior engagements.
NEZ: For instance tonight, how do you approach a show differently when you are going out by yourself vs. when Monica is there?
Jordan: Honestly it is not approached much differently, it’s the same vibe. It’s double the energy when we play together because we feed off each other immensely.
NEZ: What is the driving force behind you wanting to create music?
Jordan: I just really have a passion for music and I’ve had it since I was two years old, I was a dancer for 14 years. Music has always been something that I’ve felt and always been a really big part of my life. I love music, I love what I do, and that is my driving force. It means everything to me in a nut shell.
NEZ: Who do you admire most?
Jordan: I admire, Reid Speed. She is my idol; she is who I looked up to ever since I became a DJ. She is a female force to be reckoned with. I also really admire J. Rabbit’s style and have always enjoyed him live.
NEZ: What got the ball rolling for Dirty Talk?
Jordan: We won a remix contest for Vaski (Play Me records), and we got to meet Reid Speed. We did the remix contest with my buddy Nostalgia, who is also a really big influence. Vaski and Nostalgia are huge inspirations for everyone in Minneapolis. In 2010 we remixed “Jelly’ by Vaski,
I am really quite the normal 21 year old. On my weeks at home I’m usually found in class during the day and relaxing at my house with my four roomies/best friends at night. I also work for a promoting company in Minneapolis called Sound in Motion and on the weekends I’m not traveling, I’m usually working a show. I love to spend time, just with my friends and usually just chill out and smoke lots and lots [laughs]. I also really love any zombie TV shows or horror movies….that is my shit!!
NEZ: What has been your favorite moment of your career?
Jordan: We played at LA Beatdown with Figure and Feed Me at the Music Box; we chilled with Reid, Kevin Leos (Skrillex’s manager), Obsidian, and J. Rabbit. That was the night when I thought is this really happening? It was fucking awesome and the best vibes all night long!
NEZ: What is your favorite set?
Jordan: One of my favorite sets was at the Bassmonster tour in Minneapolis with Reid Speed, FS, and Cyberoptics. It was a Play Me records night, Nostalgia played too. It was a Play Me family bonding kind of night.
NEZ: What equipment are you using?
Jordan: We produce on Ableton and use Massive a lot. Strictly Ableton though, Ableton is the shit. At the Dirty Talk studio we have a pair of machies near field monitors, Yamaha hs80m monitors and a Yamaha subwoofer. As far as computer goes we use a 4 terabyte custom mac tower with over $5,000 in VSTs plugins including the full kimplete packs, alchemy pack etc. Two 20 inch display monitors, M Audio project mix io and M Audio 61 key axiom pro.
NEZ: What can we expect out of Dirty Talk within the next couple of months?
Jordan: We are currently in the studio working on the next EP, so be on the lookout for that. Also should have a mix coming out soon for free and releasing our track “We don’t give a fuck” that we did with our boy Oscillator Z for free as well. Keep updated on our fan page at Dirty Talk
Jordan laid down lots of original tracks and we also had the pleasure of hearing a moombah to dubstep VIP of knife party’s “internet friends”, Nero’s “crush on you” and Terravitas remix of Bassnectar’s “Upside Down”. We anticipate the release of the next EP and can’t wait to catch another Dirty Talk set!
By: Tom Nesbihal [NEZ]
I had the honor to sit down with Freddy Todd after his set at Bass Capades Vol. 3 Mardi Gras Masquerade.
NEZ: First, I’d like to know what inspired you to start making music?
Freddy Todd: I’ve always had a drum set in my basement since my dad was a drummer (and multi-instrumentalist). I have always been surrounded by music in my life, always been messing around with different instruments, drums, guitars, or whatever. It wasn’t until 2004, transitioning into high school, listening to Aphex Twin and Squarepusher and all these psychedelic glitchy drum and bass guys from the UK – which was my first inspiration to start making ELECTRONIC music. (Me and Grant (GRiZ) were both in band class and marching band together, playing percussion and sax, respectively). No one else in our grade was really listening to electronic music like that. We were listening and our minds were blown, then a friend showed me FL Studio and from then on I just kept creating.
NEZ: Having such a wide background with many different instruments how has your approach to creating music changed now that you have switched to an electronic platform?
Freddy: I used to play in live bands, playing drums. I have a side project called Tone Poets, which is a live jam band, playing jazz, funk, rock, and jam music. I’m playing keys routed through a computer for effects […] (and we have a drummer, bass player, and guitar player). Making music with a band you all kind of contribute, and it’s definitely more difficult to keep track of song creation. You don’t have a digital audio workstation in front of you with a screen with all of the parts. So, my approach to writing music electronically is more precise, tailored exactly to how I want it to be. There is a lot more control than working with a band, yet it’s a completely different process.
NEZ: Leading up to this point can you tell us about a few of your favorite moments in your musical career and elaborate on one of your favorite shows?
Freddy: Oh man there have been a few, the best moments are when you are halfway across the country on top of a mountain with friends that don’t live in your home town but you know through the whole music web, scene, and internet… friends you’ve met five years ago and keep meeting up with at random festivals, just seeing your homie producers who play the same shows as you, that is the best […] I have played a lot of crazy shows, I played a waterpark rave in Omaha, Nebraska this past summer on tour. It was insane because it was in a fucking water park going nuts until 2 am. There are good shows and there are off shows that are all usually in a club, theater, or venue but this was a thousand or so kids in a fucking water park. [Laughs] It’s the one that really stands out.
NEZ: What sparked SplaTTerboX and how long have you been making music with Grant (GRiZ)?
Freddy: We both started at the same time making music in 2004 in high school, we used to listen to Squarepusher and whatnot together. Both started producing on FL Studio and were getting high off of each other’s productions when we were 14 […] We have 10 or so original tracks which are pretty dope, we play live together whenever we can. There may or may not be a release in the future, but we’ll see. Grant is a homie.
NEZ: Tonight you opened up with a new track that you wrote three days ago. How do you approach your sets before you go on stage, and how does this change as the show goes on?
Freddy: I take into consideration where I’m going, what the crowd is like, and if I have played there before […] I feel out the mood of the whole show beforehand (and during). I have about 100 or so original tracks on my Ableton set list, a lot of it is on the fly mixing (there are NEVER pre-recorded sets). I love the performance aspect, you know; I grew up as a performer in a band. I’ll start off trying to figure out the mood and general vibe of the show. Play out some newer beginner tracks of what I want to play first and try to figure out the tempo progression I want to play […] From the minute I start playing I’ll start to adjust whatever I need to according to the crowd.
NEZ: What kind of equipment are you using?
Freddy: MacBook Pro with Ableton Live 8, I produce on FL Studio 9. I’m using a Presonus audio card and the Livid Ohm-64 midi controller.
NEZ: What is your opinion on the future of electronic music?
Freddy: [ooh boy] A lot of people hate on how much Dubstep has made it into pop culture, and to a point yea, some of its corny, but for the most part it’s awesome this is happening because it is opening the doors for future genres of whatever me, my fellow producer peers, and future producers are doing. We will see… I’m not a sorcerer (?)
Freddy Todd has a string of dates all the way through June so be sure to check him out and check back for more interviews.