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INF1N1TE Talks Dubstep, Dillon Francis’ Boner, and His Latest Smasher “Alone”

A young up and comer from our northern neighbor Canada is making a big splash in the pond of bass music. INF1N1TE has been slaying soundcloud feeds and dubstep parties alike for quite some time but I feel like he’s due for some attention with his most recent bass blaster “Alone”.

“Alone” was released yesterday and has already been listened to over 10,000 times from fans of the young Robbie Steedman aka INF1N1TE. The song takes flight with a splash of watery effects and a slow, uplifting chord melody. A swift kick treats us to a happy piano melody created of plucky hits. Vocals are accompanied by a thumping bassline underneath. A flash of some quick percussion and detuned vocal chops lead up to a final cut of “I Don’t Want To Be Alone”.

Bass now begins to reign down upon us with a frightening amount of force. INF1N1TE’s sound design changes contantly, from wobbles to growls to lazers, it’s forever evolving. Bass hits fly around like bullets in a firefight, the only breath we get is when a soft voice peeks through singing “I Don’t Want To Be Alone.”

After a quick break and buildup, Robbie brings the beat back but this time with a four-on-the-floor drum pattern. He smashes forward and then pulls it back down to a kick snare combo while the sound design still tweaks out in all directions. The track dissolves with the intro chord structure ringing as my heartbeat returns to normal palpitations. For those who can survive the entire track, there’s a special surprise at the very end. Now I don’t want to ruin it but here’s a clue: “riddim”. Grab “Alone” off INF1N1TE’s SoundCloud as a free download!

After hearing this banger from INF1N1TE, I had to get ahold of young Robbie to see what’s up with this young bass lord. Dive in to the generation of scene kid turned dubstep producer.

TRAPSTYLE: What was your first experience with electronic music? DDR? Raves? Parents?

INF1N1TE: Hahaha… bit funny actually… growing up I was ALWAYS a little emo / metalcore / hardcore kid and truthfully was one of those kids who thought ‘electronic music’ wasn’t the real deal. My brother was listening to stuff like tiesto non stop and I always gave him a hard time for it because that’s what kids do, haha. My friend threw on some dubstep in his car when I was riding with him one time and I just fell in love right away… It was something I hadn’t heard before and it just clicked.

TRAPSTYLE: How did you get the name Inf1n1te? Is it an old gamertag or screen name?

INF1N1TE: ‘Infinite’ actually loosely came from a movie I saw with my girlfriend years ago called The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 10/10 Highly recommend tbh haha. The all caps and 1’s were just for stylistic purposes and to avoid any potential copyright issues with generic word “infinite.”

TRAPSTYLE: At what point in time did you realize you wanted to do music full time?

INF1N1TE: I have always wanted to make music my career since I can remember but it was always just a dream. Realistically, I didn’t think it was possible because that’s what the vast majority of people are bred to believe: dreams are just dreams. Roughly this time last year I finally got into the mindset that instead of going to the job I hated every single day, there’s NO reason why I can’t make this music thing actually happen the way I want it to pan out. I made a plan, set a date to leave my comfortable job, and now I’m 7 months into having music be my full time job.

TRAPSTYLE: What or who were some of your influences at the beginning of the project?

INF1N1TE: The first guys I really started pulling inspiration from were Datsik & Excision, hands down. The robotic noises and grooves those guys were making back in 2010/2011 were mind blowing to me. A few months after I was into those guys a lot I heard Skrillex and that changed my whole outlook from just robotic stuff to these insane monster growls mixed with melody.

TRAPSTYLE: Do you think making dubstep has made you a better person? Not sure if there’s a scientific correlation there but who knows.

INF1N1TE: I’m not sure “dubstep” has made me a better person per say, but being involved in music definitely has. Before I was ever in this game I was never even remotely confident with anything, self esteem was never great, and I was really shy. The fact that I’ve gone from making music in my moms basement and bugging my friends for listeners to being able to pull hundreds of thousands of plays and a build sizeable fanbase around the world is something that I’m so proud of. I know I’m still a very small artist in the big picture but when I first started this I never would’ve expected to have my music heard by a fraction of the listeners I’ve got at this point. Seeing people digging my stuff and being able to consistently interact with fans has definitely made me more confident all around and forces me to be less shy… it’s definitely been a good thing for me, haha.

TRAPSTYLE: What’s the difference in the music scene now compared to say 5 years ago for you? Do you also see a difference in the Canadian music scene vs the United States culture?

INF1N1TE: I’d say as far as local scenes go, I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada – our city was a HUGE player in the Canadian scene 5 years ago and it’s continued to do well, I think. I don’t go out a ton but there seems to be a decent amount of big name events coming through here. The scene in The United States is wayyyy bigger, from what I’ve seen. Hubs like Los Angeles are just exploding with industry players and all the bassrush massives are things we rarely see out here. I don’t know if the ‘culture’ is much different from US vs Canada but I’d say the North American culture as a whole is a lot different from places like Europe. I played my first European show last year in Paris and doors were at 11 o’clock and the show ended at 6am. I was so confused because events our here usually have doors at 9, and end at 2am sharp. I assumed all these kids in Paris would leave by 1 or 2 am but this venue was packed with 1000 people when I played at midnight and nobody even started to trickle out of the place until 5:30 am. It was nuts haha.

TRAPSTYLE: Who are 3 up and comers in the bass music scene to look out for?

INF1N1TE: My first pick would be Konus. He’s now one of my best friends and someone who I’ve been working with a ton lately. The kid is freshly 18 and from Norway but is crazy talented. Cherney is another friend of mine who’s been KILLING it lately. The dude is gonna do some crazy big things this year for sure… I swear he writes like 5 tunes a week as well, haha. Eliminate is killing it hard. He’s been a good friend for a few years but I think his music is super unique and all the biggest names are now rinsing his stuff every set. I gotta toss a fourth one in as well haha – Sex Whales is a kid from Israel who just turned 17. He’s one of my best friends as well I’ve made through music and is one of my favorite artists for sure.

TRAPSTYLE: How do you go about putting down a track? Any production rituals?

INF1N1TE: Not really, haha. I’m completely different with how I go about a track. Sometimes I’ll start with a melody, sometimes I’ll write a drop… Sometimes I’ll swap samples for 12 hours and then scrap everything, haha. The only constants I’ve got as far as my writing process goes is having a lot of water and coffee on hand.

TRAPSTYLE: Who have been some of your favorite collab partners?

INF1N1TE: Definitely Konus. I’ve sent him so many projects I’ve got stuck on and he’ll shoot them back the next day all finished and sounding so awesome. He’ll send me projects too and I’ll open them up and instantly just have so many ideas. We just released an EP together in the spring and we’ve got a lot more projects together being wrapped up.

TRAPSTYLE: Do you have any upcoming gigs you’re excited to play?

INF1N1TE: Yes! I’ve got a couple festivals in Canada I’m really excited to play – Motion Notion & Electric Love. It’ll be my first time playing Electric Love & 3rd time playing Motion Notion but the lineups this year are insane so I’m really excited. We’re also working on booking my summer / fall Canadian tour as well as looking into the rest of the world for the end of the year… Hopefully I’ll be seeing you guys in LA !

TRAPSTYLE: If you had to watch two record labels put their artists in a Wrestlemania match for a title belt, who would you want to see?

INF1N1TE: Oh man haha awesome question. Disiple vs Never Say Die. No one would come out alive, there’s too many heavy hitters and ridiculously talented artists on both rosters haha.

TRAPSTYLE: What are two things you must take with you on tour?

INF1N1TE: #1 is a Water bottle. My friends joke with me and comment on it a lot but I literally bring a water bottle with me everywhere I go and drink upwards of 6 litres every day. #2 would be hair straightener. Hotels never have them and if my hair isn’t on point I’m gunna have a bad time. hahaha.

TRAPSTYLE: Any favorite events/venues/crowds you like to play to?

INF1N1TE: Paris was definitely the craziest crowd I’ve played to, I can’t wait to play there again. Half the dance floor was a mosh pit most of the time and everybody went hard for 6 hours straight. It was crazy hahaha.

TRAPSTYLE: What’s the gnarliest thing to ever happen at one of your sets?

INF1N1TE: Hahaha… this one time, YEARS ago. It was during my time spent in a project before INF1N1TE called RealTalK… I was playing my set and my buddy somehow managed to hop on stage and grab a bottle of grey goose from the table and start chugging it. Obviously security wasn’t down and came to grab him. He tossed the bottle into the crowd, somehow gave the security guards the slip, somehow got the grey goose BACK from the crowd, came back onstage behind me and took a couple swigs and then eventually got grabbed and kicked out. When I finished my set, my friends told me he was outside so I went to the venue doors to find him. I popped outside and found him screaming at the bouncers. At another club a block down. He was arguing why he had been kicked out. Turns out he was so hammered that when he got kicked out of the venue I was playing at, he somehow ended up at a different club thinking it was the same venue and started fighting with those bouncers who had no idea what he was talking about.

TRAPSTYLE: If you had one word to describe your music what would it be?

INF1N1TE: decent. I dunno hahaha.

TRAPSTYLE: If you could go back in time to the start of your career and give yourself some advice, what would it be?

INF1N1TE: Nothing is impossible. Put in the work and you’ll make whatever you want to happen happen.

TRAPSTYLE: Who would you rather give a piggyback ride to 1) Dillon Francis with boner or 2) Armin Van Buuren with his hands up the whole time?

INF1N1TE: LOL. Dillon Francis with a boner, 100%. I’d love to see Dillon Francis with a boner tbh.

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