Nov 13, 2013
interview
Brillz

Slow Roast Records’ hottest new menu item, Brillz, has seen a fast rise to fame thanks to his irresistible flavor, and despite touring constantly and making some of the sickest bass tunes out there, the man keeps himself extremely healthy.

ETC!ETC! x Brillz - Callisto (Original Mix) [Slow Roast]
LessThan3: You’ve been around bass music for a while. Who among all the producers out there is really impressing you right now with their innovation?
Brillz: I frequently find myself in the studio on the Internet trying to answer that question. I feel like there was so much innovation going on, and all of a sudden, things started getting a little homogenized. I feel like Flux is, for me, totally killing it in dubstep. Skrillex has always been a musical hero of mine–as far as I’m concerned, he can do anything. So I’ve been sitting down and going “man, who is killing it? Who is really doing some stuff?” I feel like I’m too wrapped up in my own productions, so I need you guys to tell me, so I can go check them out, but sh*t, man, I hope I can be that person, so when I’m in the studio, I’m trying to push my own boundaries.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite quality in a talented, up-and-coming producer?
Brillz: The emotional quality, behind the noises, behind the [stage] production, you know? like, the heart, the soul. It’s like, yeah make some crazy music, but I don’t want to just hear it with my ears. I want to feel it inside. The idea behind all the noises and all the sounds–that’s what I look for.
LessThan3: You produce a wide variety of bass music. Do you have a favorite?
Brillz: I don’t really separate it like that. I just like making music, but I keep myself excited by switching it up a lot. All of 2012 trap was really my sh*t, but I’ve got all of January blocked off, so I’m gonna get in the studio–no rules, no agenda. I’m just gonna go in, clean slate, and it’s hard for me to predict what I’m going to make, so I just start doin’ it. It’s kinda like a ball of clay, and I just start mushing it together, and I’m all “oh, it looks like something now.” That’s what I mean, I guess.
LessThan3: The last release for you was TW0NK. What’ve you got next?
Brillz: We’re gonna do a TW0NK remix album, so we’ve got a bunch of the homies doin’ remixes of all the songs. It’s gonna be like 10 tracks. We’ve got guys like Bro Safari, Milo & Otis, Jack Beats, Buku did one, Craze & Clever did one. I’m gonna put out this 2 Chainz remix of Riot. It’s gonna come out for free on SoundCloud. I’m just doing a bunch of remixes. Those’ll all kinda just fall out by the end of the year, and then probably early next year start putting out some more originals.
LessThan3: Give us a rundown of your daily life.
Brillz: Daily Life? I wake up, I go to the gym..
LessThan3: let me see them biceps
Brillz: Ah, man, I don’t have anything. I just started. I’m like a new, fresh gym-goer.
LessThan3: Well, keep at it.
Brillz: Dude, so I’m getting into jumping rope. Jumping rope is awesome. Then I’ll try to eat something real healthy after that. I’ll go to Whole Foods, aka Whole Paycheck, maybe get like a salad…
LessThan3: Where do you live again?
Brillz: Sherman Oaks, California. So, I’ll get a really good salad or I’ll go to Fish Dish, and I’ll get some fish with some brown rice, or there’s some good vegan places.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite food if you didn’t have to worry about health?
Brillz: Probably New York pizza. That’s like heaven.
LessThan3: Your sh*t’s crisper than Pringles. Do you have any production tips for our readers?
Brillz: Once you pop you can’t stop. Um, I’ll say a couple…

One: multi-band compression. That’s like on the technical side, but I use it a lot. So that’s one thing. Number two: I use certain monitors where the high end is so articulate that you end up using less of it because you can actually hear more of it, so you end up really being able to carve. Less high end, the noise factor goes down, so everything becomes more clear–good monitors make all the difference. And the third thing: good production is small decisions all along the way, so if you get good at making choices from the beginning, by the time you get to the end, you’re mixing, not fixing. So, you know, for example, you may do a tune, and something’s just not right. You’re like ‘man, I’ve gotta change this kick drum or that whatever,’ and it causes all these other changes. The more you make tracks, the more you’re critical about it. Keep pushing yourself and pushing your sound, and eventually it will get better.

LessThan3: What frustrates you as a producer?
Brillz: When I second-guess myself. When I make something, and I’m like “man, is this any good? Are people going to like this? Do I like this?” I haven’t figured that part out yet.
LessThan3: Who drew the elephant?
Brillz: My partner at Human Weirdo–his name is Oz. He drew my logo, he drew the elephant, he draws all the TW0NK logos.
LessThan3: What do you think trap still has to offer EDM?
Brillz: I think it has to offer a lot. It’s opened the door for hip hop to come into it. I think the tempo range maybe kinda helped bridge the gap, because dubstep was primarily 140, all the earlier trap sh*t was 140, and then all of a sudden there was like 160, 170, then like, down to 100, so trap’s not even a tempo. It’s an aesthetic, and really, it just opened the door for the hip hop kinda groove and vibe to kinda merge with dance music.
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