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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.
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS
Ages 18+ // $15.00 // 21+ to Drink w/ ID
8:00 – 9:00 ——— Nashtadon
9:00 – 10:00 ——- Panda
10:00 – 11:00 —— Evil Bastards
11:00 – 12:15 —— Freddy Todd
12:15 – 1:45 ——– Dirty Talk
Friday, February 17th, 2012
BASS CAPADES 3 – Mardi Gras Masquerade w/ Dirty Talk & Freddy Todd
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS
Ages 18+ // $12.00 in advance, $15.00 Day-of-Show // 21+ to Drink w/ ID
KUnights.com, INK and Hy-Tekk Productions are teaming up to bring you the highly anticipated third installment of the Bass Capades series! We are honored to present to you The Mardi Gras Masquerade w/ national headliners Dirty Talk (Dubstep, Electro, Moombahton) and Freddy Todd (Glitch Hop)! Additional support for this unique EDM masquerade provided by local favorites The Evil Bastards (Dubstep, Glitch Hop), Panda (Purple) and Nashtadon (Electro House)!
And guess what bass heads, it doesn’t stop there! Look out for the lovely ladies at the show giving away FREE glow sticks, beads and masks to get you in the mood for the party!
Tickets are available now for $12.00 at The Granada box office/Granada online or you can grab them at the door the night of the party for $15.00! Don’t miss out and here about it the next day!
| LINE-UP |
–> DIRTY TALK
[Dubstep, Electro, Moombahton // Play Me, Sound In Motion // Minneapolis, MN]
“This hot female duo featuring DJs Monica Farr & Jordan Osten, Aka DJ Lucy Luxe, have been dropping bombs and blowing people’s minds with their bass oozing tracks at shows across the nation!
Monica Farr, emerging from South America, has been producing as well as djing in the global scene for years and as opened up for acts such as The Chrystal Method, Bad boy bill, bob sinclair and more. Lucy Luxe, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been captivating people in the twin cities since 2009 djing in the underground and club scene.
In 2010, both DJs decided to join forces and create a dynamic duo called DIRTY TALK. Dominating everything from dirty electro, drumstep, dubstep, and moombahton on the decks, they get the audience jumping and screaming every time for more. Blending vocals and melodies with dirty & grimy, wobbling basslines; Dirty Talk knows how to throw down hard. Dirty talk is supported by many different artists such as Reid Speed, Figure, Messinian, Nerd Rage, Helicopter Showdown, Mark Instinct and more.
Dirty Talk has been a part of Sound In Motion, one of the biggest EDM promotional companies in the Mid West. Being resident djs they have been given opening slots to almost every international DJ brought by the company. They have currently played at shows from Sound In Motion such as Skrillex, Andy Moor, Basshunter, Deadmau5, Steve Angello, Reid Speed, Mord Fustang, Tiesto and more . They have also opened up for artists such as Calvertron, J. Rabbit, Feed me, Zeds Dead, Figure, Hulk, FS just to name a few.
Dirty Talk was recently signed to Reid Speed’s dubstep label “Play Me Too Records” in November 2010 when they collaborated with Nostalgia and remixed Vaski’s Jelly tune. The track was released in 2011 on Beatport. Dirty Talk has also released promo tunes such as a remix of Oblivion’s Bass Freq, and Don Didded with Messinian. They have also done remixes for artists such as Omega & Fast foot. On October 10th, 2011 Dirty Talk released their new EP on Play Me Records Too combining drumstep with dubstep. Some music on the EP featured music with artists such as Boy Kid Cloud, Captain Panic, Dirtyloud, Maksim, and Messinian. Dirty Talk also had some halloween fun and released “The Play Me Family” on Play Me Too’s Horrors of Halloween complitation October 24th, 2011. Dirty talk is currently in the studio working hard on a brand new EP to be out in 2012. Gaining much attention in the industry, Dirty talk is blowing people’s minds with their emaculate djing skills and solid productions.”
–> FREDDY TODD
[Glitch Hop, Laser Bass // Simplify Recordings, Vital Mgmt // Detroit, MI]
Freddy Todd hails from Detroit, Michigan and makes delicious beats all day. He has played in multiple metro-Detroit based bands including Ioriba, Tone Poets (live jam-tronica), Cave System (progressive indie-rock), Breezee One, and SplatterBox (live DJ and production project with DJ GK).
He plays many instruments ranging from drums/percussion to bass, guitar, mall instruments, and keys. Freddy has also produced various Detroit based hip-hop artists including Breezee One and Black Mic. He grew up making music and playing/throwing shows with the Scrummage collective (Lord Scrummage, Breezee One, Mannikin, Deastro, Benny/Lenny Stoofy, Eggslave, The Gremlins, Just Boyz, Bones, Slufter) and has deep ties with Detroit’s bass marauders, Cirque du Womp and Soulflex.
He has three previous releases on Car Crash Set, one of which just dropped, “Space 5 Penthouse: A Remix EP” featuring remixes from all over the states, Vancouver, and even the UK. Freddy has been touring all over the United States this past year and has shared the stage with the likes of Mux Mool, Love and Light, Nit Grit, ill.gates, EPROM, ill-esha, Lynx and Janover, Boombox, Samples, Fisk, Fresh2Death, Ana Sia, An-ten-nae, Beats Antique, Ghost Stepper (Lotus’s side project), Gladkill, Lokae, Mochipet, Govinda, Shigeto, Hood Internet, Elfkowitz, Lorn, Deastro, Inkface, Lord Scrummage, and countless others.
Various artists he has collaborated with / remixed / had remix: NastyNasty, Om Unit, RNDMS, NiTGriT, ill-esha, Samples, Elfkowitz, Inaudible, Mochipet, MC Zulu, Lokae, Joe Mousepad, Black Mic, Mobil, Breezee One, DJ GK, Lila Rose,Love and Light and more.
LINKS TO STREAMING MUSIC, FREE DOWNLOADS, & ALBUMS FOR SALE:
(Ghost Dance Messiah EP)
(Can’t Fathom This Remix Single)
(Space 5 Penthouse: A Remix EP)
> EVIL BASTARDS
[Dubstep, Glitch Hop // Hy-Tekk Productions, Smashed Beatz, Prime Dub // Kansas City, MO]
“Evil Bastards are an electronic bass music act from Kansas City, USA consisting of producers Timmy Tutone and GOODGAWD. Since their formation in late 2010, Evil Bastards have released numerous EPs and individual tracks on notable digital labels including Stupid Fly Records, DUBTHUGZ, Smashed Beatz, and Prime Dub Entertainment, with releases forthcoming on Snatchy Trax and Free Love Digi. Evil Bastards have also been featured in several online music publications including Knowledge Magazine (Kmag), DubStep.Net, Hype Machine, US Dubstep, and internet radio station, Dubstep.fm. In addition to production and remix work, Evil Bastards have performed at major U.S. festivals including Wakarusa, Kanrocksas, and Tall Tree Lake Music Festival, and shared bills with Datsik, Helicopter Showdown, We Bang, Vibesquad, Jantsen, Ill-Mannered, The Floozies, MartyParty, R/D, BASSthoven, Sugarpill, Chris Liberator, Project Aspect, and more.”
[Purple, Moombahton // Kansas City, MO]
“Sometime around October 1988 2 adults had to many long island ice teas and panda was conceived since then he has been addicted to music always having a strong passion for finding new grooves he fell in love with hip hop and started djing in 2007 he then got introduced to EDM and has never put it down fusing a unique style of hip hop, dubstep, drumstep, drum and bass and banging electro house. Panda has now escaped from the zoo and is a force not to be reckoned with!”
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