Episode 011 : Witch Doctor
Friday, January 15th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of your name, Witch Doctor?
Witch Doctor: There isn’t a super deep meaning behind it. It mainly resembles my two styles of music. The “Witch” being the slower paced, dark, and heavy music. And the “Doctor” being the upbeat, hip hop style drums, funky music.
C: What inspired you to begin creating original music?
WD: When I started to play some shows, seeing how the energy and music took control of the crowd really pushed me to begin producing. I wanted to see if my music could have the same effect.
C: What was your process for your remix of EPROM and Zeke Beat's "Humanoid 2.0"? Why did you pick this track to remix? How did you want your remix to differ from the original?
WD: So I got the stems from EPROM by showing proof that I had donated to BLM organizations. Also Zingara, another DMV artist hit me up on twitter and said, “yo I think you could remix this”. I was already a big fan of the original from EPROM and Zeke Beats, so I just went for it. For my remix, I wanted to keep the vocal the same on how it carried through on the original, but I wanted it to have more of a dubstep structure with the Witch Doctor twist on it. I took the sample, chopped it up and added it to the loop I had already made earlier that week. It fit and that’s how the remix started to form.
C: Your track "The Sound" is very dynamic, featuring slick drums and plenty of wubs. How did this track come together?
WD: To be honest I wrote that track over a year ago so it’s difficult for me to remember exactly how it came about. However, it was more than likely my usual process. Which is, I start off with sound design and build off that to fit the sound.
C: You are part of Later Tonight Entertainment. What prompted you to sign with Later Tonight and what do you like so much about them?
WD: When Later Tonight first started, Kliptic, aka Jake hit me up and said I’m starting a label/ collective with my dad. Do you want to be a part of it? And of course I said yes. At the time Jake was one of the few producers I was working with and who I felt wanted to take producing seriously. I knew if I joined with them I would be surrounded by like minded people working for a similar goal, to make a career out of music. I love everyone in the LT crew, over the past year they have become family. My manager Cole and booking agent Jake work nonstop on trying to give me opportunities to expand my brand and they truly want the best for me. I don’t know if I would be where I’m at today without Later Tonight. I can’t thank them enough for the time and energy they have invested in my career.
C: What is your preferred DAW and why?
WD: Ableton! Honestly, it was just the DAW I decided to buy first, I didn’t really do any research on it or anything.
C: What are your favorite tools to use in terms of sound design?
WD: I’m probably the only producer who actively uses Massive, and if I’m not using Massive I’m resampling. I have serum but I’ve only used it a handful of times.
C: How do you maintain your signature beard? Have you considered getting rid of it or changing it in any way?
WD: Since the last time we’ve talked I’ve actually cut a lot of it off, at least half of it. But when it was raging down to my chest I never did anything to it. I just let it grow out, that's the secret, just don't do anything to it.
C: How did COVID impact what you had planned for 2020? What were some unforeseen positive things to come out of this for you, if any?
WD: Like most artists it canceled all the shows I had planned, including my headline show with you guys. Which hurt at first but I still had a successful year. First and foremost my production quality has drastically increased, and I’m very excited to be able to release some of those songs soon. I also landed my first label release. This might sound superficial, however that gave me a confidence boost in what I was creating. Big shoutout to The Gradient Perspective for this opportunity! It also gave me the time for my rebrand. Finally, it gave me the opportunity to have a mentor, who has been helping me take my music to the next level.
C: What can your fans expect from you in 2021? What are your goals for Witch Doctor in the next few years?
WD: You can expect a lot more music being released in 2021. As well as try to land some bigger label releases along the way. I’m going to have a few items of merch being released this year and continuously work to grow the Witch Doctor project. Finally, I want to grow and improve as a person, I’m not saying I’m a bad person. But I think it’s important to self reflect, grow, and change every year in order to be the best person you can be! I want to reach new levels in 2021 and I’ll work my butt off to do so! Finally, I just want to say thank you to my fans, my team, and Clinik Productions for allowing me to do this!