Kill the Noise: "I'm Putting Together Whatever the Next Thing Is Going to Be"
If there's a more appreciative, team-playing, music-loving producer than Kill the Noise, we've never talked to them. Dude shout-out at least 10 guys he's been working with in the past few years with nothing but praise and admiration - and we only talked for about 30 minutes.
He's got a huge network that includes some of the most experimental and legendary styles in the scene, and he's spent the last year digging in the studio, trading tricks with his buddies in search for the new exciting sound that can keep him interested and tear up a dance floor.
As co-head of Slow Roast Records with Miami's Craze, he's ready to release a ton of new tunes from old friends and new. In 2014, he's got a new eight-track EP, but don't expect to hear the same old song. He promised to serve what he's cooked up Saturday at Grand Central, but we got him to dish up as much as we could.
Crossfade: What spawned this tour? It's been about a year since you released your last EP, Black Magic.
Kill the Noise: The one at Grand Central and the one I'm doing in New York are an opportunity for us to do something as a label. They're branded as a Slow Roast thing, and the lineup is just Slow Roast guys. It just happened that Klever is in town in Miami. I don't know if he's going to come out and play some records, but I know he'll at least be out.
You guys have a lot of work coming out this year, right?
Yeah. We just put out the Brillz stuff, which has done really well. We've got a lot of stuff on deck that we're ready to put out and some ideas that we're playing around with, too. We've got this new guy, his name is Ape Drums, from Houston. We think that he's got something special for sure. Our next release is going to be from him. We've been trying to find some new guys. There's a lot of cool shit out there if you look a little deeper than what's happening on the Beatport charts. Craze has a good ear for that, too. I don't know where he finds some of this shit. He really digs deep out of obscurity.
You guys have the label as a team, so how do you see your roles?
I've known Brillz for like six or seven years and we worked on an older project. When it came time to start Brillz, I was right there for that, and when the record was finished, it only made sense. All the people we've really put records on from Slow Roast have been friendships.. This is going to be the first year we're working on spreading our wings so to speak, going with other people that we're just discovering. But to be honest, for the last couple of years, I've been so busy just establishing myself.
Meanwhile, you're putting out your own stuff on OWSLA as well.
Working with Skrillex over the years has become part of my world. I work with him on so much shit. It's gotten to the point now where I'm trying to put more of my energy, more of my tunes out on Slow Roast. For the last couple of years, it's been trying to establish a platform for us. I put out some of my first records, literally the first release was an EP I put out on Slow Roast. It's just hard to catch people's attention unless you've got a really big platform to be like, "I know what's cool, I know what the fuck's going on, my shit's better than most of the shit out there." It takes a lot of work, and it takes a lot of maintenance, because things change, and things will always change. Sometimes, they change really quickly.
While you're busy working on things, the whole world is catching a new trend.
That's one of the things I admire the most about Craze. He doesn't really get bent out of shape about shit like that. He's been around a lot longer than I have and a lot longer than probably 90 percent of the people doing this shit. Most of these guys will never even see the kind of success that Craze has had in his career. He's just like, "man, sometimes you're hot and sometimes you're not." It's more about what you do when you're not hot. When people aren't paying attention to what you're doing, are you the kind of guy that's going to get bent out a shape about it and pissed off, and let that affect your work? Or are you the guy that's back to the lab to figure out what the next thing is?
And do you chase after following in the footsteps of everyone else, or do you do you and keep pushing on?
I was talking to Klevs, we went out to lunch last week, and he mentioned a quote that I thought was pretty amazing from David Lynch: "You've got to disappear to appear." It's very simple. If you're always in everybody's face, people just get fucking sick of you plain and simple. It doesn't matter what you do or how good you are, especially in dance music that's all based on trends and popularity. It seems like that's the game. You've got to go away for a little while and you've got to come back with something new. I think A-trak is really good at that kind of thing. He can peak in popularity, then go away for a little while, figure out what he wants to do next, and come back. I really admire him with that, and same thing with Craze and a lot of other guys. I'm just trying to learn, and in the same way that those guys had these big things happen in their career to give themselves a platform, that's what I've been doing over the last couple of years with guys like Skrillex and Deadmau5. I'm trying to get recognized for my talent and get my name out there, so I can put more energy into the label.