Imagine for a moment if you will, that Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu was a selectable character in Mortal Kombat. Seems a bit far fetched but Donald Trump is now President of the United States and Pitbull is still making sales, so anything is possible.
Now, if Andre Rieu were to go toe to toe with robot cyborg Cyax, you could probably drop “Pretty Fly For A White Samurai” by Nerdology as the theme song and be pretty confident that Shang Tsung would let you keep your spine based on track selection alone. It’s a fitting song for a battle to the death between violin toting conductor and ropey haired grenade shooting cyborg.
Let’s look at it another way – if Skrillex said the weather report for the day was “warm, clear blue skies with a chance of Nerdology”, you could say “oh, you mean Sonny?” and get away with it.
Read on for the Trapstyle AU Q&A and get up close and personal with the man himself, Jaidyn Green.
TrapStyle: How old are you?
TrapStyle: Where do you live?
JG: Perth, Western Australia.
TrapStyle: What made you decide to start producing?
JG: When I was 12, I was fumbling about on YouTube and stumbled on a little network called ‘UKF Dubstep’. The first track I clicked on was ‘Like A Boss’ by Eptic, and oh boy, was my mind blown into a million pieces. I’d never heard of dubstep prior to this, and didn’t even think it was possible to create such awesome songs with a bunch of mechanical sounds. Shortly after, I got myself FL Studio 10 and attempted to make my own dubstep tracks, with not much success initially. Even to this day, Eptic is a huge inspiration to me, and ‘Like A Boss’ has driven me to write music that evokes that same emotion.
TrapStyle: Do you use any non-conventional methods or equipment when producing?
JG: I am a huge fan of resampling. A couple years ago, I volunteered at a careers expo for the university where I was studying Music Production. Here I created a dubstep track using only voices of people that I recorded at the venue. I resampled a child crying into a screaming bassline, a toddler singing I converted into a full-on choir, and a screamo singer into drums and percussion. It’s not only fun to try and mangle bits of sound into something completely different, but it also forces you to think creatively about how you can make any sound unique and awesome.
TrapStyle: What should we keep an eye out for in the future / what do you have planned next?
JG: I have so many projects on the run at the moment – it’s actually quite overwhelming at times. I’m banging out new and random ideas nearly every day, so I’ve got hundreds of ideas in the pipeline and hopefully I will finish more of these projects soon! There are also many artists that I would love to collaborate with. This is another way I use to explore new techniques to improve my production quality further. In the world of music, there is always something new to learn as things are consistently changing. Constantly researching and experimenting stops me getting stale for ideas and inspires me to innovate sound further!
TrapStyle: What kind of sound do you want to develop / have you developed?
JG: My goal is to create a ‘sound’ that people can distinguish as my own. I’m making sure I don’t lock myself into any specific genre, as I personally believe that it restricts your ability to create your own style. At the end of the day, I make music just as much for myself as I do for others. In my opinion, the most essential part of developing a unique sound, is to love what you do with a passion, and not just bang out tunes for the sake of it just because it’s popular. If you really love it, then no doubt someone else will like it, too.
TrapStyle: Are studying / doing anything music related at the moment?
JG: : I am teaching myself various instruments to enhance my musical abilities. I’ve been producing for 5 years and have finally realised how beneficial it is to learn an instrument, highly recommend it. I want to expand my horizons of the genres I make, as one of my favourite things in music, when done right, is genre infusions. I really want to create a metal dubstep track but unfortunately I haven’t got the nimble fingers to make my way around a fretboard yet – but I’m working on that. I also have plans to run an online production class, as well as perhaps some tutoring sessions, to help new producers gain the skills required to make what they love. I also offer mixing and mastering services and would like to further that.