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Interview with dubstep producer Trollphace

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Trollphace has gone from relative obscurity to man of the moment in a matter of months. He’s the new phace of dubstep and you’re going to be hearing a lot more from him in the months and years to come. Then largely unknown, Trollphace’s no-nonsense approach to dubstep caught the attention of OWSLA head honco Skrillex, who gave Trollphace props during a Reddit AMA. That namedrop was all it took to get the ball rolling. Within 24 hours, Trollphace had clocked up an extra 100,000+ listens on his Soundcloud.

But that was only the beginning. Fast forward to the Ultra Music Festival this past March. Skrillex and Diplo were tearing shit up on the main stage under their Jack U monicker when who should appear on stage with them for a brief cameo but Trollphace, right in time to see the crowd go nuts to his tune Vengeance like a B0:55. It was another standout moment for a young chap who had been through a rough time in recent years. It’s not an exaggeration to say that music saved his life. Thankfully those times are firmly behind him and with support from Skrillex and co, Trollphace is set for big things.

So who’s the man behind the beard? We decided to find out.

It’s been a hectic few months now since that big namedrop on the Reddit AMA. How’s the journey been?

It most defiantly has been hectic, that’s for sure. The journey has been out-of-this-world insane, and a lot to process. Highlights would have to be the feedback I’ve received from the fans and community on all the stuff going on, how receptive most have been, how funny people assuming I’m not going to maintain my sound is (my friends and I get a pretty big kick out of that), and being asked to remix David Heartbreak’s music. That was a fun challenge!

Rebel remix is sounding sick. How did that come about and do you have any other big remixes in the pipeline?

Thank you! It’s funny because that remix was quite a process. At first I was approached to take a really dark approach to it, a lot like my track Throats, but it just didn’t work. So we thought maybe a wonky approach like my track Vengeance like a B0:55 (along with my boo thang JUJU) – and instantly it worked. It was a great challenge for me, and I put more effort into that track than anything I’ve ever done in my life, and I love the the way it came out. I don’t have any other remixes really lined up that I can discuss, mainly because if I don’t pull it off I don’t want to get hopes up, but there are some projects.

What was the most memorable story from your time in Miami?

Besides the stage appearance, which I had no idea was going to happen until it happened, and standing next to Lil Jon while my song played full of his vocals and how intense that was, and how unbelievably humbling hanging out with Sonny and the OWSLA crew was, I’d have to say my most memorable story would have to be how amazing my team down there was when all this went down.

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My BFF Rekoil, my manager Lee Glaister of Phase, his crew, my crew, we all watched and experienced this happening together. Lots of smiles, tears of joy, things like that. I never once felt a vibe of negativity, and everyone was so happy for me, that I finally felt like everything had finally been set in place for something like this to happen. It was an incredible bonding experience for our family of artists and managers.

It sounds like the past few months have really given you an opportunity to turn your life around for the better. Are there hints of those dark times in your music?

Ahaaaa…. ya. Every track I’ve written has been a direct result of an incident in my life. Most of which were negative. While its hard to be as pissed off these days, given what has happened and is happening, its been kinda challenging for me to write pissed off sounding tracks!

But now that I’m not venting negativity through speakers anymore, I’ve had a lot more patience inside of my DAW and with my studio time. Songs that I would normally try to bust out in a day or two are now taking weeks and weeks and weeks to do, which has really given me the ability to really define my sound and get a lot better at technical aspects and song writing. There will always be hints of the dark times though, I believe thats what gives me my aggressive bass line patterns and straight to the point drops

Haters gonna hate. What do you say now to all those people who have given you a hard time getting to where you are today?

LOL. What can you say to haters other than, thanks for fuelling me to become what I’ve become, and thanks for keeping me in your thoughts as you type your bullshit behind your social media shield?

You’ve signed a contract with OWSLA now. So… what can we expect in the next 12 months?

I actually like that you addressed this, because I feel like my post on my fan page was misunderstood by a lot of people. I didn’t sign a contract making me a full time exclusive OWSLA artist, I was just stating that I signed the contract for the Rebel remix, which is still huge for me. However, I have been green-lit for an album, and it will take a very very long time to complete, but I have them pushing me to do it so I guess you can say, expect an album! I don’t really assume that things are a done deal till its on Beatport.

What is a typical Trollphace DJ set like?

I go up there and play what I would want to hear if I was in the crowd. Mostly robo-butt-fuckery. relentless drop after drop transitions as well as three to four deck full-time double and triple dropping. Coming from metal I believe in and take a lot of pride in my energy on stage, and crowd interactions. I will scream into a microphone that if the crowd doesn’t move, I will come down and make them move. It happens all the time, and they love it.

Sometimes it doesn’t work out though, like the time I slipped on the dance floor with the mic after starting a pit and busted my ass mid set. That was funny as fuck. After I’ve exhausted my crowds with a barrage of heavy hitter thrasher tunes that all my homies make (Rekoil, Getter, Funtcase, Algo, Aweminus, JPhelpz to name a few) I will tell the crowd they are a bunch of pussies for standing still and it gets them all riled up again. My boys and I throw down the most violent sets in the game, and we’re just getting started.

Any plans to come over and visit us here in the UK to share the love?

Yes, very soon…

Are you dubstep 4 life or are there other genres you’re interested in that you’d be keen to explore with your producing?

Fuck no. I love all kinds of music so I couldn’t limit myself, but figuring out how to incorporate my love for soft pussy shit and brutal skull fucking sounds without pissing my fan base off has been the most fun challenge of my career. Its a lot of fun. Makes me sad though when people say, “Just change your style if you want, your true fans will appreciate it.” But I say fuck that. Usually with the analogy of “what if coca-cola changed its flavoor on you?”

I remember every time an artist really liked upped and changed his shit dramatically with no warning or prior subtle incorporation used to really piss me off. So I don’t want to do that to my fans, because they don’t deserve bullshit. They are my everything. So its a slow process, but so worth it.

If there’s one tune, by yourself or someone else, that best sums up the Trollphace ethos, what would it be?

Within the Ruins – Invade

Thanks for taking the time with this. Any final words for the fans in the UK?

The UK is where my fan base originated because of my first signings being to my baes CHRONOS RECORDS, I love my UK following and always have. What I have to say to them though, is check my boos REKOIL, GETTER, D-JAHSTA, TWINE, AWEMINUS. SNAILS AND ALGORYTHM (ALGO)!

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Planet Mondo Interview: King & Joker

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Recently, Planet Mondo had the opportunity to talk with EDM and dubstep djs King & Joker who are featured right here on our website. We talked dubstep and more. Don’t forget to check out their page right here on Planet Mondo.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique?

King & Joker: “Our music is definitely bass music… like a mixture of Big Room and Festival Trap”

Planet Mondo: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

King & Joker: “ur influences are very far apart and that ‘s what makes it work we guess… The Joker gets inspired from big trance heros like Tiësto en Above and Beyond, genres these days are  going from Big Room to Bass music…  As the King Gets his inspiration from Trap and Bass producers like Troyboi, Marshmello, Jack Ü, Major Lazer”

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

King & Joker: “Big Room to Bass music… Troyboi, Marshmello, Jack Ü, Major Lazer, KSHMR, Blasterjaxx”

Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

King & Joker: “of course… ? its a secret ”

Planet Mondo: Your coolest experience thus far (performing or recording)?

King & Joker: “finishing the first track as King & Joker and getting more than 22K plays”

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Planet Mondo Interview: Dylan Heidt (TNLTTRWRD)

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2017 is already proving to be an incredible year of dubstep music, which is why we are stoked to share with you an interview with one of the dubstep djs featured on Planet Mondo, TNLTTRWRD.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique

TNLTTRWRD “I believe my music sounds the way that it does, because I find inspiration in so many different areas and avenues of life. I grew up listening to artists like The Doors, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles and Steely Dan (thank you Mom and Dad, haha), but as I grew older…probably around the time I hit elementary school…I was introduced to Hip-Hop and Rap. I was a huge Shady Records fan (Eminem’s record label), but also listened to everythingfrom Ludacris, UGK and T.I. (Southern Hip-Hop/Rap) to West Coast stuff that was out at the time like E-40, Mistah F.A.B and Snoop Dogg. That was really my first taste of production that I ever got and to this day what I believe to be the driving force that made me want to get into music production in the first place. There are still songs from the early 2000’s that I hear and immediately get chills down my spine, because of how good the production on said song is.

When I got into middle school, I went through a bit of an odd phase for a year where I listened to metal and that was about it. Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica and Motorhead dominated the rotation of songs on my IPod as I would be walking the halls of my school with friends. When I was in 8th grade though (my last year of middle school) one of my best friends, his older brother
played us a Datsik song…I want to say that it was, “Nuke ‘Em”…but as soon as I heard it, my life was changed forever. I didn’t know how this guy was making the instruments sound the way that they did, but I knew I wanted to know more about this new kind of my music and thus began my journey into the world of electronic music.

After I broke free from my Metal phase and throughout high school I went back to having a pretty wide variety of music that I love and would listen to on a daily basis and to this day that’s exactly how I am. One minute I could be listening to the filthiest Dubstep record out at the moment, the next I may be listening to a Sublime song and from there I might throw on some Miles Davis, haha. To sum it all up, I have big ears and if I didn’t, I don’t think my music would sound in any way, the way that it does today.”

Planet Mondo:Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

TNLTTRWRD “My biggest musical influences? Hhmmm, it’s tough to say, but if I had to narrow it down and pick a few, Steely Dan would definitely have to be very high on that list. From there, on the production side of things…Hip-Hop/Rap- wise anyway…I would say everybody from J. Dilla, to FKi 1st, TM88, 9th Wonder, Ant (from Atmosphere) Metro Boomin and Zaytoven have all been very influential to me in one way, or another and some of those guys are relatively new in their own right, so that’s pretty cool.
In terms of electronic music production I would have to say that artists like Herobust, Flying Lotus, Hippie Sabotage, Cookie Monsta, DVBBS, Datsik, RL Grime and Zomboy have all made a pretty big impact on me in one way, or another as far as influence goes.”

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

TNLTTRWRD “Currently I’ve been listening to Post Malone’s debut album, “Stoney” on repeat actually, haha. Other than that I’ve been getting into a producer by the name of P Buddy who is pretty sweet and other than that it’s been just my usual mix of Classic Rock, Reggae and Hip-Hop/Rap.”

Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

TNLTTRWRD “At the moment, I don’t have any real projects that I’m working on. I did release my debut studio album, “Situational”, not long ago though and even more recently I put out a Hip-Hop/Rap instrumental EP titled, “For What They Know Not”.

I do have a couple of pretty big remixes coming out within the next month, or two here, so definitely keep an eye out for those! Both of those projects that I talked about above can be found in their entirety on my SoundCloud account, so definitely go check them out.”

Planet Mondo: Your coolest experiences so far (recording or performing)

TNLTTRWRD “I’ve had a handful of pretty cool experiences so far throughout this musical journey that I’m on, but by far the coolest happened when I was living out in Los Angeles for a little while. I was able to meet and hang out with (on a number of different occasions) legendary songwriter, producer and a plethora of other things, Jerry Goldstein.

Just being around somebody who has been in and made such a monumental impact on the industry for as long as he has and listening to the stories/soaking up the knowledge that he shared was an incredible experience for me.”

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Planet Mondo Interview: Dj View

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With the holidays around the corner, there are plenty of parties on tap to keep your head bouncing and your body moving. We recently sat down with Dj View and discussed a number of topics in this exclusive interview.

Planet Mondo: What best describes your music & why it’s unique

 

Dj View: When I envision my music as subject matter, something concrete, I see a machine yielding a machete stomping through the jungle hacking at all that’s in its way.  Some could say underwater robots/aliens for the drops but I like to base my introductory and break elements off of feelings from past experiences, mostly in dark wooded areas.  When I was young I would put on my headphones and walk through the woods at night all alone.  There was something overwhelming about it that I really enjoyed and looked forward to throughout the day.
It was like a drug; very intense at first but after a little bit I was in my comfort zone.  I always try to replicate that intensity that I felt in the intro/break/outros of my compositions.



Planet Mondo: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Dj View: As of right now the artists that have my attention are Kadaver, Sudden Death, Ecraze, Graphyt, Emoxx, Samplifire, MurDa, Evilwave, and Oolacile.  These dudes are taking over the scene with their next level sound design and brilliant arrangements.

Planet Mondo: What are you currently listening to?

 

Dj View: So I produce so often that I tend to get sick of hearing all these loud wubs.  When I take a break from production to work in my painting studio, I tend to go back to my roots and listen to a lot of DNB and hip-hop.  DNB artists such as Black Sun Empire, State of Mind, Calyx & TeeBee and as for hip-hop artists I am a huge fan Gucci Mane and Pouya been on the come up as well, I’ve had his UU album on repeat for 3 weeks now.”



Planet Mondo: Do you have any projects you are working on?

 

Dj View: “Yes of course!  I try my best to always stay busy.  If you are on your grind you have a chance to shine, without the grind you’re literally taking away any chance to grow as an artist.  Music wise, being an independent dubstep producer is competitive, you literally have to be one of the best to get any kind of recognition so I always try to reach out to relatively newer producers that I see are trying their best because I know we can make a great track together and that’s all I ever wanted when coming into the scene was to make good music and enjoy the process with other like-minded producers.


I currently have works in progress with Antima (Italy), DWARV (Wisconsin), Novice (Minneapolis), ORBiTE (Sweden), Kasework (Michigan), Calladore (Ohio), Bootyswag (Pennsylvania), and I’ve recently reached out to Kill OG and Pandemic after having a good time with them at a recent show.  I love collaborations but I also like to work on my own productions as well.  As of right now I have 13 unreleased dubstep productions compiled in a folder; currently in the demo process.


Being brought up listening to Dr. Dre and Ludacris, I have an undying love for phat 808s.  I am also a hip-hop producer for Cleveland based record label and marketing, Associate Records.  I work with artists, Mopacino, Corey Bapes, Layzie Bone, and Denise Monroe.  I have produced over 30 songs that are all unreleased for Corey Bapes and have 8 productions coming out on Mopacinos’ album which should be released first quarter of 2017.


Music aside, I am a geometric abstraction painter; some would call me an Op Artist.  I fell in love with painting not too long ago, during my undergraduate program at Kent State University.  I used to draw a lot in charcoal but once I was taught how to work with color correctly, I begun to see the limitless possibilities and started my endeavor as an abstract painter.  Over the past 2 1/2 years I have been exploring different ways to create optical effects with color.  The process is long yet meditative and through my system of application, my imagery yields unexpected results.  I have visions of what I want to create but through my process my ideas become dissected.


A good friend of mine and I have been working towards creating sound activated animations of my paintings that can then be projected onto stage setups during my live shows.  You can check out some of my paintings here”:  http://alexjesko.com/paintings/)


Planet Mondo: Your Coolest Experience Thus Far (Recording or Performing) ?


Dj View: “Recording the albums with the crew at Associate Records was a blast.  It was great to meet the engineer and just have a good time doing studio tings.  Performance wise, I’d say my favorite show I’ve been a part of is one I did with Trollphace and Boogie T.  Those dudes are real chill, Brock got the best sense of humor for real that dude is hilarious + they killed their sets!

Performance with Squnto was dope too!  Not surprisingly, he was the one that got me into chopping during my sets.


Pre show, we were watching Shiverz chopping the f*ck outta his sets in Montreal and it really got me thinking of ways to introduce new compositions to create new experiences for the audience during live performances.”

You can check out Dj View‘s music on his official Planet Mondo artist page right here.

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