We go inside the track with Icelandic talent Intr0beatz
Young Icelandic talent Intr0beatz lands on Shur-i-kan and Milton Jackson’s label Dark Energy with a scorching two-tracker this April! ‘Whiskey Truffles’ and ‘Denglish’ are two fine underground cuts, fresh and ready for the floor and getting early support from the likes of Mark Farina and Johnny Fiasco. We went ‘Inside the Track’ with Intr0beatz to find out just how he gets that sound..
Congratulations on your new release. How is it being received in your sets? & How are other club DJs responding to the release?
Thank you very much! To be fully honest I haven’t been asking people that much for feedback, but the comments on Soundcloud have been pretty positive. Also, I don’t consider it to be the usual club tune, but more like something you would listen to when you traveling, driving around or just at home.
Tell us more about the track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction on this?
I’m not sure if there was any particular inspiration, but more like a vibe that just happened. I had the drums going and some random samples, soft synths and other stuff loaded up in Ableton and just got into it.
Production wise, what is it about the track that makes it work?
I would say it would be that atmo-chord sample sitting in the background almost through the whole track. It might even be the first sounds that I added to the drums, if I remember correctly. It sets the whole mood for the track. It’s really hard for me to speak on why the track works, but for me it does quite well. It might not work at all for someone else, but that’s how it should be, I think.
What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?
That’s a hard question. I think my character comes from my previous hip hop production. I’ve only been making house music since 2013 so when my focus went from hip hop to house music, I just kept digging for similar style and soundscape I would normally dig for. Just at another tempo.
What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?
My SP 1200 for sure. I don’t use it as much as I should, but I could never ever in my life sell that thing. To me it’s like having a really old nice classic car, even better than a car, because it never breaks down. Dirty, yes but still solid as a rock and can turn the most weak sounds into something beautiful. When I get sick of working on my computer I like to go back to the basics and just chop some drums and samples on the sp or the mpc. It brings you back to earth after surfing through endless options in Ableton.
Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast-paced game?
Study the sounds that you like, the music that you love, the artists that you follow. Spend time on exploring what you are capable of coming up with, and be ready to make a lot of shit before making something good cause that’s a part of the learning curve. In the end, that’s what will make you stand out from everyone else.