Our latest artist interview features Indian producer Weird Sounding Dude who has a new remix out this week on Symmetric Records.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and/or Djing?
I am 24 years old, based in Bangalore, India. I have been in and out of this industry, I started DJing and producing at the age of 22, so I guess it been almost 3 years now.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
I don’t come from a musical background family and I don’t have any knowledge about any musical instruments. The only form music I was exposed to during my childhood were songs from regional movies, and during the later part of my childhood I was exposed to genres like heavy metal and alternative rock.
The very first time I came across electronic music was in 2011, when I accidentally heard Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT episode on a local radio station. I was shocked after listening to different songs being played continuously and in sync with each other as it was my first time listening to a DJ set. I was curious to find out how he did this and that’s when I did some research and came across the terms DJing and electronic music. Tracks like Adagio For Strings by Tiesto and In and Out of Love by Armin Van Buuren were the ones that inspired me the most and made me realise that this what I want to do. I think it was in the latter half of 2014 that I wanted to pursue electronic music serious.
3. You have one of the more unique artist names, how did you come to decide on Weird Sounding Dude?
Like every other artist these days, they try to come up with an unique artist name for themselves which pretty much defines the kind of sounds they are into, I pretty much did the same. I am always in search of that unique sound in my productions, I am still on the path of refining this skill.
4. You have a new remix out this week on Symmetric Records, the original was a gorgeous downtempo piece from Stephano Prunebelli, how did you go about tackling the remix?
Yes, I am super excited about this release, as it’s my first ever full fledged rework of a vocal track. The guys at Symmetric Records wanted me to do a techno version for it. I knew straight away when I received the remix package that it was gonna be a hard task to get the vocals in key, thanks to couple of tutorials online, I managed to learn few vocal tricks which I used in this project. From there on I went on to build a mild drum groove and wrapped up the remix. I hope Stephano Prunebelli is happy.
5. There are a lot of inspiring things happening in India at the moment, electronic music culture seems to be growing at a healthy rate, which artists do you look up to and why from your home country and who are some of the new guys to watch out for and why?
I would hate to miss out few names here, but guys like Praveen Achary, Audio Units, Kohra and SHFT_ have helped the growth of electronic music scene in India immensely, and they are also very much supportive for upcoming artists like myself by providing them with their feedbacks and tips which helps us to grow as a better artist, and not forget their fantastic productions which is supported by DJ’s all over. Lots of new guys out there, but I think guys like Aman Anand, Greg Tomaz and Stalvart John are immensely talented and it’s just a matter of time before they make it out there.
6. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
It was quite difficult at first, as everything was new for me. It took a while for me to wrap my head around it, but watching tutorials on a daily basis implementing it and advices from Ashwin Baburao really helped me grow as a better artist. Nope I have not done any Audio Engineering programs or production courses, I am a graduate from Youtube University.
7. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
I enjoy making music it’s fun, and therefore I don’t find any process when it’s about production as most difficult or easiest. When I have a creative block I just play games and try to have some fun guess that helps.
8. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
After quitting my job, all I do now is make music and that’s pretty much it that’s my normal day. I would just sleep or end up playing games if I am not working on music.
9. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
Apart from electronic I listen to genres like heavy metal and alternative rock. My favourites are Limp Bizkit and Nirvana. Other than pumping up my adrenaline these genres or artists don’t have any direct effort on my productions.
10. What are you currently working on? and what can we expect to see from you over the remainder of 2015?
I am currently working on my originals. Well official I have a track signed onto Traum for the Tour De Traum complication which is due to release on July and I did a remix for one of Navar’s tune Clean Sights it will released on Yin Yang which due to release on May. Unofficial I have few originals cooking in the studio, so I guess that’s what you could expect from me this year, lots of originals and few remixes to wrap up 2015.
11. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
My first ever CD was a compilation album by Nirvana “Best of the Best” and unfortunately that was my last.
12. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I hate to update my social media sites on a regularly basis so I guess that’s surprising enough.
13. Which artists consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Paul Kalkbrenner, Hunter_Game, Ron Flatter. I get inspired by watching documentaries related to music.
14. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
The key is not to get frustrated and quit, when your going through a rough patch and to make most of what you have in your computer or studio.
15. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Max Cue – Mindfulness (Teho Remix) [Manual Music]
Weird Sounding Dude’s remix of Stephano Prunebelli is out now on Symmetric Records, you can purchase the release: here