Following the release of his recent ‘Full Swing’ EP, we got the chance to sit down with Sub.Sound and pick his brain about the release, his inspirations, how he got the name & more, as well as what to expect from the aspiring producer in 2017! Sub.Sound also offers us a little bit of advice for those of us trying to get our music noticed, and tells us about his guilty pleasures in music.
Hey Jack! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today – how have your holidays been?
Pretty Awesome! It’s been so nice to have some time off work, make a bunch of music and spend time with family and friends.
We’re so excited to have your latest EP, ‘Full Swing’, out on MA Records – can you tell us a little bit about the writing that went into that?
“Better place” originally started out as a test to see how capable I am at mixing acoustic guitars and drums. I also wanted to record with my new guitar in a new tuning. What I came up with was basically the song you here now from 0:00 – 0:43 but without vocals. This was made around November 2015 and later posted on Sound Cloud as a work in progress titled “Acoustic thing W.I.P”.
For a while I had forgotten about the track until a couple months later I accidentally opened the project file up and thought “Hey this has some potential, I should continue this!”
As I was adding additional elements to the section I had already created I realized this could definitely be like a sequel to my other track “Start Again” as it had similar elements and themes and I already wanted to write some lyrics continuing from “Start Again”.
Once I had a set idea of what I wanted and already had some lyrics in mind there was no stopping me on making progress to the track. I had a lot a fun making it and was happy with every step of the process, Snapchating every new part that I was really happy with in anticipation to show what I had done! It’s safe to say this was definitely the track I was the most eager to release.
With “Confined” I wanted to go for a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider kind of feel because it was both mine and my mum’s favorite game to play on the ps1 back in the day. So I came up with some lyrics before even producing the song. Even though this track is not the most lyric heavy track, I had written enough to give me a pretty good idea of what I wanted the song to sound like. It was at this point I also thought it would be cool if all the tracks on the EP were around the 80 -100 (mid-tempo) range. So I started the track with a baseline and built it from there, adding elements as I go. I wanted to make sure this track was equally both fun happy and aggressive to capture the theme of being captured and escaping.
Another little thing I did with this track (and I have done with other tracks) to help me continue it and paint a picture with music was to look at some images related to the feel I was going for. For this song in particular it was of cool action wallpapers and stuff like that so that I get some inspiration and become less stuck.
“Chaotic” Started as a lot of Dubstep/bass heavy songs tend to.
Similar to how when you go to the gym you will do leg day, chest day and so on. It was time for me to take a break from starting a track with pretty chords and do heavy Dubstep sound design day.
For a long time the track was just a roughly dratted out drop but eventually over the corse of a couple months the ideas started coming in and before I knew it I had a finished track.
I may of somewhat failed to create a song that is in no way melodic an 100% heavy but I just can’t help throwing in some melodic stuff haha. Maybe one day.
What were your biggest inspirations for this EP?
Well “Better place was not so much inspired by anyone/thing but more of an attempt to both continue and out do “Start Again”
As I mentioned “Confined” was mostly inspired by the video game Lara Croft and looking at action packed artwork. Other than that it all just came to me naturally.
“Chaotic” however was definitely somewhat inspired by “Brig” and the feel you get when listening to his tracks. Not any track in particular though.
haha Yes. All the vocal work in my songs so far has been performed by me. Singing and playing various other instruments at open Mic nights in pubs is something I use to do a lot when I was younger.
If you could star in any musical alongside any singer, past or present, what musical would it be and who would you sing a duet with?
Interesting. I can’t say I have really seen any musicals so that’s a tough one haha.
However if we are talking favorite person to sing alongside for a track it would probably be Adam Young (Owl City) because he has been a big inspiration for me since I was around 12.
How did you get the name Sub.Sound anyways?
I just sat down one day and decided the easiest way to come up with an interesting, music sounding name was to write down a big list of simple music terms like bass, compress, sub, amplify and so on. And then paring two of the words together until I saw Sub and Sound and was like yeah, that will do. As so for the “.” In between the name. I was trying to find a way for people to find me when they look me up, instead of seeing subwoofers for sale haha. So I added the dot as a search filter so when you search Sub. In somewhere like Google I will be the 1st result. Also I think it just looks more interesting then Sub Sound.
Not that we’re biased or anything, but getting an EP signed on MA Records is a pretty big deal – can you tell the fans a little bit about how this came to be, and is there any advice you would give to producers with similar goals?
The best way I have been able to achieve label signs like this one is just to keep making music to the best of your abilities, that you love and would think that others will like and keep showing anyone and everyone you can (the more people you reach out to the more likely you will get acknowledged).
Get ready to here no a lot
It’s very unlikely some of your 1st tracks are going to get accepted to big labels. And even if you are very happy with a track and have worked hard on it, you have to remember it might not be everyone’s cup of tea or it does not fit what they are looking for. The key is to NEVER get discouraged by it and take this rejection to heart because you are then much more susceptible to loosing motivation and giving up. Instead use the rejection as motivation to keep advancing on your abilities. Plus it makes it that much more rewarding when you do achive the gole you were aiming for.
What’s your guilty pleasure in terms of music?
Hard to say really because I both enjoy and respect pretty much all music. If I had to pick something I would say Justin Bieber’s most recent album “Purpose”. There is for sure some great tunes in there.
And finally, what does 2017 hold for fans of Sub.Sound?
More songs then I put out in 2016 that’s for sure! And some new styles I have not really delve into that much like Trap, Moombahcore and deep house.
I really would like to pick up the pace with Sub.Sound this year because I feel like a have fallen behind a bit with consistently getting stuff out there. Mostly due to a lot going on IRL like moving and getting a new job.
So yeah stay tuned because I would love to release more music this year!
Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us, and happy New Year!
No problem man. Happy new year!