TILT Spotlight: Betatraxx (Premiere + Interview)
Not only was Betatraxx kind enough to answer a few questions for us for this spotlight, but he’s also giving us the first listen to his new super bass-y downtempo electro remix of Bean’s “Cops And Robbers”. Go ahead. It’s the bomb. A quick interview with the dude follows…
Yo BETATRAXX! What’s good man? What’s new in your world other than these thumping dance tunes?
Hey whats up! Well, feels like all I’ve been doing to producing every day, but I actually have been working hard to develop in some other areas. I’ve been learning guitar, getting real into piano, learning computer programming, but most importantly I just started my own label. I’ve been wanting to do it for some time now. It’s really as a means to distribute whatever I want, whenever I want and stop having to wait for approve from some A&R rep at a random dance music label. Of course for big tracks and features I’ll be going through other labels, but my own label allows me to be creative in any way I want.
That’s what’s up dude… What do you got on the horizon musically?
All kinds of stuff. I’ve finished my album and am speaking with labels now for distribution. It’s a full concept album, but its not a throwback album or referencing some other genre like every album I hear every day. Id like to think its different. This might sound crazy but I stopped listening to music a little while back and am trying to not be influenced by any current trends. Of course everyone is influenced by the world around them, and I do listen to a decent amount of classical music, but I am trying to influence myself from my own music and have it build in its own direction.
But before that come out I’ll be releasing some singles that are more just for fun and less serious than the album. Oh! also in August I’ll be releasing a wild track featuring Julliete Lewis. You can see a video of me playing it here…
Where do you find your inspiration? Like what gets these tracks brewing? How do you keep the sound fresh?
Well the root of all my songs starts classically. I write a short classical version of each song. Whether the final product even resembles that at the end varies, but it always starts on my piano. A lot of the time I’ll write a full song but just loop my favorite part of it and that will be the song. It kind of gives it a remix / sample effect even though its all original.
You’ve been working with a lot of really cool people out here… What’s been some of your most memorable experiences in the industry?
Soloing back and forth with Slash in the studio has to be up there with one of the most amazing experiences. We were just jamming throwing ideas around the then someone leans in and goes “you realize what you’re doing right now right?” and I kind of started to sweat a bit and mess up haha. Second to that I made a track with Marc Foster from Foster the People. Sadly it will never come out, but watching him in the studio, singing all his harmonies and layers without stopping the song. That’s some real talent.
Holy shit, yeah, that’s real… Best party ever?
This is going to be a cop out but I don’t think I’ve even come close to seeing my favorite party yet. The video of me playing in Mysteringland in 2012 was pretty amazing though. South American fans are wild.
What’s your vision for BETATRAXX now? Like where do you want to be versus where you are now? What do you think it’ll take to get there?
I feel like I haven’t even started my career yet. I’m building a full live show so I can actually perform all my songs live, I’m working on music videos, I’ve have over like 50 unreleased songs. The problem has been getting the right people behind it to pull it all together. I have this vision in my head and I don’t want to just dump everything out there and see what happens. I want to present it right how I see it, and it’ll all make sense.