this next makeitgood x FatKidOnFire interview is with two guys who make up AudioBomb. these guys are from Oakland, California and are making moves within the dubstep and electro scene. interview and 5th of july mix below. download is also available. peace
1. When did you guys start producing music together?
Chris: We’ve been making tunes together for 3 years now, but we’ve only been producing dubstep for about 3 months.
Josh: We originally worked on some live pa/electronic music, and shifted to electro/house about a year ago, only to be swept away by the whomp!
2. Did you guys do separate stuff before you became ‘AudioBomb’?
Chris: I played bass in a ska band called Minus Vince for 7 years before I started producing electronic music on a couple Korg Electribes and Propellerheads Reason.
Josh: I have been playing keyboards, running the sound and writing songs for metal band Weslester since 2006. Weslester and Minus Vince shared a studio in ‘06 and that’s how Chris and I met.
Since then, we’ve been working together using Ableton Live, Reason, NI Massive, and Antares AutoTune to produce dubstep, electro, and house together.
3. Whats the dubstep/grime scene like in USA? Has it been getting bigger and bigger?
"West Coast Whomp" is on the rise‼
4. Turntables or CDJ’s?
Chris: Whatever’s at the venue if we’re not playing our custom Ableton Live set!
Josh: If I had to pick from the two, I’d go with CD-J’s. There’s less moving parts and it’s immediately easy fun! Turntables are fun too, though. I like making music not stop using the tools I have around me, and the least work I have to do while having the most fun dynamically reacting with the audience is what I look for in my performances.
5. First ever dubstep track you listened to?
Chris: The first couple dubstep songs I heard were whimpy whompy, but then I heard Borgore - Ice Cream, and my tongue hung out of my mouth, like this :P~~~~~
Josh: The first dubstep track I actually listened to was Flux Pavillion - Voscillate (Roksonix Remix). The lyrics got me at first, and then the upbeat solid whomp got me making dubstep in no time.
6. Do you both produce the tracks together or does it vary?
It varies. Sometimes we’ll complete a tune together, from start to finish. Other times we’ll start one individually and then send it to the other to work on, and trade back and forth until we’re happy. Whatever is easiest to get songs made!
7. Any new stuff coming from you guys on Helicopter Showdown/D-Fault Records we can look forward too?
Absolutely! We are always pumping out new music, so keep your eyes peeled at listn.to/audiobomb to see our new originals and remixes that you can buy or download, and any other news you oughta know!
8. Average time spend of producing and editing a track?
That also varies. Sometimes a song happens out of thin air in a matter of hours, and sometimes what we want to achieve is more difficult to accomplish than we originally thought and it takes a few weeks or even a few months to finish. We always want to represent the songs at their finest, so no matter how long it takes we’ll work it out.
9. If you use samples, where do you source them from?
The Internet is a hell of a thing :D
10. Best set you’ve played has been where?
Our Filth of July Mix at the Filth of July Campout is definitely the most fun we’ve had performing, and our best mix so far! Check it out for FREE @ http://soundcloud.com/audiobombmusic/audiobomb-filth-of-july-mix-2010