2020 has been a tough yr. Venues throughout the globe are working the logistics of whether or not or to not host dwell, in-person concert events with the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic being the deciding issue. In the meantime, different occasion organizers have taken to the broad world of on-line streaming.
Though everybody’s taking a success as a result of pandemic, newer artists are at a definite drawback. With out music festivals or touring concert events to be billed on, these artists are dropping their capacity to showcase their identify and model throughout the globe. However in these unsure instances round dwell leisure, the Web nonetheless proves to be essentially the most useful asset for anybody.
Enter REAPER; the enigmatic producer and DJ popped into the scene round this time final yr. He began with importing a wide range of heavy-bass bootleg remixes on his Soundcloud web page of artists like Skrillex, Pendulum, RL Grime, Excision, and extra. After that, REAPER signed with Monstercat the place he’s launched two exhilarating EPs. He’s additionally collaborated with rising bass music stars like Blanke, Whipped Cream, and Awoltalk with extra on the horizon.
After REAPER’s legendary debut efficiency on the Brownies & Lemonade present in January, the pandemic closed every other dwell performances for the foreseeable future. This included REAPER’s opening slot on KAYZO’s now cancelled 2020 tour, which might have additionally served as a teaser to their upcoming collaboration.
However with a gradual move of releases all year long, REAPER has come out on prime. He’s right here now to share the venture’s origins, perception on his newest releases, and his love for drum n bass.
How did REAPER come to be? In different phrases, what’s your origin story?
REAPER was born when forward-thinking sound design and a ardour for thrilling, energetic music intersected with the tales I needed to inform. In lots of instances, drum and bass is the proper supply system from these tales. My origin is warfare, riot, and dying, and my mission is to share the sonic landscapes of my narrative.
When did you begin sporting the masks? Did you make the masks or discover it?
The masks has been round from the start, I employed an artist on-line to make it.
You describe lots of your music as tales. For instance, you mentioned that your newest ‘Renegade’ EP is “a narrative of rebellion and riot” that features combating a authorities of evil machines. Does the music come first and encourage the story or does the story encourage the music?
The story is in progress earlier than the music is made. As I end music, I often develop extra particulars across the idea/story of the music.
You have got a brand new monitor within the works with KAYZO. What are you able to inform us about this new collaborative monitor? Does it inform a narrative like your earlier releases?
The music is loopy! Our collab evolves continuously as you take heed to it—it’s simply a type of songs you’ll be able to take heed to again and again. There’s a idea and story to the collab that I’m certain can be instructed in time.
You additionally just lately dropped your individual remix of the GRiZ and Subtronics monitor “Griztronics”. You’ve dropped it in your Brownies & Lemonade set again in January. What impressed you to remix this monitor?
I like reverse-engineering sounds from different artists and flipping them into my very own remix. “Griztronics” had some actually compelling sound design and that was in all probability my largest inspiration to remix the monitor.
Regardless of varied dwell occasions getting cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, many artists and festivals have taken to dwell streaming units. Do you’ve got plans to dwell stream a set or units and what are they?
I can be dwell streaming some occasions. I’ve already accomplished two dwell streams previously couple months. I wish to make these units particular, so I’m not making an attempt to leap on each live-stream alternative that I’m supplied.
You might be very passionate in regards to the drum and bass tradition. What’s one thing you’d need new followers to know about drum and bass that they in any other case might not know?
Drum and bass is music for everybody. It’s a musical format with infinite potentialities. Need one thing soulful and funky? Take heed to liquid dnb. Wish to uncover the roots of rave music? Take heed to jungle. Wish to rage? Pay attention to leap up and tear out.
In my view, dnb is essentially the most emotive and danceable sort of music. And that’s why I’m crew DNB2020 til the wheels fall off.
Be certain to take a look at REAPER’s releases and his subsequent livestream within the close to future.