How would you describe the NGHTMRE sound?

I try to keep things super high energy, while still maintaining musical integrity. In other words, if you broke down the song into just piano keys it would still sound good. I grew up playing instruments, so I always try to keep things very musical which is why the future bass side of things is so awesome and exciting to me. Of course I grew up in the south, so there was also a lot of hip hop beats I listened to all the time. That’s how I ended up getting involved in the trap world.

You’re all about pushing boundaries with your music. Where’s the NGHTMRE sound going next?

I don’t exactly know where I’m trying to innovate towards. There are still a lot of depths of the music world to be explored, just keeping that in mind while writing music is important. A lot of the coolest stuff I’ve come up with has been on accident. Most of the time I’ll go in with one idea and come out with something completely different. That’s how I produced “Street” – purely through experimentation. Just by going through samples you can find an infinite amount of inspiration, it’s crazy.

Being at the forefront of the trap scene, how do you feel about the current state of the genre?

New genres that come about are always just combinations of two styles that previously exist. Trap music is rooted in hip-hop – and while rap has obviously changed and developed over the years it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere soon. That’s why trap has a little more staying power than a lot of the other genres that have come and gone. So I think the scene is doing super well. I’ve traveled internationally a few times now and people go just as crazy overseas as they do here.

How long have you been producing?

I started making mash ups and edits and stuff like that when I was 17. Started producing my own tracks at 18 and have been doing it ever since. So about 7 years.

Can you talk a little more about why sampling is so valuable?

For me, the most important element while writing music is the sound design; having interesting sounds and creating things that people haven’t heard before. That’s why I use a lot of organic sounds because it’s not something you can just generate with a synthesizer. Digitally, you’re restricted a bit which is why sampling is so awesome.

Who are your biggest influences right now?

DJ Snake, Jack U, GTA, RL Grime, Flume.

You’ve got a ton of collaborations lined up. Why is collaboration important to you as an artist?

I like to write a lot of different types of music and collaboration really gives you the opportunity to step away from your comfort zone and do something weird and new. Anytime I collaborate with another producer I always learn something from them. It’s an amazing learning experience. Even if the music doesn’t come out in the end it’s worth it every time.

Who are some artists that you’d love to collaborate with, that you haven’t yet?

Either Skrillex or Diplo would be amazing. I’ve talked to both of them about it but we just haven’t had the chance to do it yet. They’re obviously both incredibly busy so it’s hard. RL Grime is another one, that would be the dopest. On the other side of things I would love to do something more vibe-y with either Griz or Gramatik. I grew up listening to Gramatik’s Street Bangerz so that would be awesome. I’d also love to collab with a good vocalist like Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers or someone like that.

You’re in charge of curating your own festival… who are the headliners?

DJ Snake is on there for sure. I love RL Grime too I gotta put him on there.

What has been your favorite show to play so far?

Playing the Yost in Santa Ana was amazing. It was my first SoCal show and it was sold out. The crowd there is insane!

What’s your favorite article of clothing?

Probably these new NGHTMRE hats! their brim’s are made of wood i’m really stoked on them. Will be available soon!

What’s the best thing about what you do?

I just love making music. It’s my favorite thing to do. Also being able travel is amazing. I’m super grateful to have the opportunity to meet interesting people all the time and share my music with the world.


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