Dec 18, 2010

Tim Nelson, aka BetatraXx, leads the way for a group of LA producers hellbent on advancing EDM in the US. In his LessThan3 interview, Tim tells us about SoCal’s dubstep takeover, the advantages of musicians working with websites, and where you can expect to see him next year.

Lonsdale Boys Club - Weekend (BetatraXx Remix)
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LessThan3: First of all, BetatraXx–where’d that name come from?
Tim: Beta is a word that is attached to software and other technological devices when they’re in their testing phases, and the electronic music scene that I’m in deals a lot with the failing sounds of technology: distortion, aliasing, beeping, glitches, etc. Attaching the prefix before traxx is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek description of my music as though the failing sounds in my music are the product of some kind of testing phase.
LessThan3: As an LA-based electro artist, you’re in the middle of an exploding scene. Can you see it going nationwide at some point to the level it has in LA?
Tim: Electronic music has already exploded across the nation in my opinion. Two great examples of this are Boys Noize producing a track for Kelis, and even moreso Rusko producing Britney Spears’ album. We are all in the center of a musical movement that isn’t going away any time soon. Having said that, the scene in LA is huge right now. I performed at Premiere in LA last Friday and played everything from Proxy to Wolfgang Gartner, a set which a year ago would have been considered underground and probably not heard in a Hollywood club. The internet has changed our conception of mainstream. The Billboard Hot 100 is no longer the only accurate measurement for what is popular. So to answer your question simply, it is only a matter of time.
LessThan3: We really dug your remix of We Are Your Friends, and we agree that it’s not just another Justice remix. What was your approach in reworking this classic?
Tim: The words “We Are Your Friends” have become a staple in electronic music culture, but putting a slower-tempo track back-to-back with a heavy banger can sound incohesive in a set. So this is when the remix comes into play. It is always touchy business remixing a classic. Songs like We Are Your Friends have been remixed in every way possible, but cutting and speeding up an awesome groove like this track makes it sound unnatural and rushed, so I decided to just use the emotional response that We Are Your Friends elicits in a crowd and build a new song around it in my own style.
LessThan3: Your recent track Drug Abuse has a touch of dubstep influence, which as you know is a scene that is getting pretty big in SoCal. Are you looking to dabble more in that area?
Tim: Dubstep is huge out here. Every night I go out I hear dubstep in some form or another. As electro and dubstep both grow together and become more interchangeable I feel the genre line becomes faded. I’ve started hearing a lot of electro tracks using wobble synths which is something that I associate with whompy dubstep synths. I don’t see myself producing much music under 120 bpm but my Metric remix is actually a dubstep track and I did just finish a track for my next EP that is in 3/4 instead of traditional 4/4 which has a dubstep feel. So I am definitely influenced by dubstep and I think you’ll keep hearing elements of it in my music.
LessThan3: Tell us a little bit about your partnership with electro dance blog Gotta Dance Dirty. What are your shared goals over the coming year?
Tim: The guys from GDD have all been good friends of mine since my move to LA. My partnership with them is developing just like they are developing as a company and my music is developing as an artist. We are both interested in growing my name as well as Gotta Dance Dirty’s name. They have been a huge help to me over the last few months booking shows and helping spread my music and we have some big things in the works that you’ll see come out real soon.
LessThan3: On that note, what do you think are the advantages and/or disadvantages to launching your career via an established website?
Tim: Having an established website back your work has many more advantages than disadvantages. Our partnership started organically because they are fans of my music which is great because people trust their opinion. Having my music presented in a favorable light is priceless. One downfall I have seen though is that people see my relationship with them as exclusive. GDD has booked me some great shows, but many of my shows recently have come separate from them. GDD and I have shared goals and want to help each other out as much as possible.
LessThan3: What would you like to see change in the world of American dance music, if anything?
Tim: Honestly the American dance music scene is developing exactly how I hoped it would. It is still young and exciting and changing in unexpected ways. Amazing producers have been popping up all over the place in US recently. It’s interesting to see EDM finally becoming popular in the place where it began. I feel fortunate to be starting my career at the right place and time for dance music.
LessThan3: In which countries do you anticipate playing most often in 2011?
Tim: Botswana, Marshall Islands, Uruguay, and Luxembourg. Maybe in the US as well.
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