Episode 027 : Montana Bass
Friday, September 3rd, 2021
CLINIK: How has your hometown influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
Montana Bass: Honestly nothing specifically about my hometown necessarily influenced my outlook on music. Although my parents playing a large variety of music around me growing up is what makes me appreciate so many different styles of music as I still love a lot of the songs they would play.
C: What initially inspired you to create original music?
MB: I started going to raves/concerts in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere, so eventually in 2016 i started djing. Shortly after in 2017 is when I realized in order to take things to the next level in creating an artist brand I should start producing my own music which instantly became my favorite hobby.
C: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
MB: For the most part I want my music to be best known for implementing nostalgic sounds of analog synthesizers with modern bass music in various forms such as dubstep, drum and bass, and downtempo.
C: You showed off your home studio on instagram. How did you go about picking out equipment? What is the advantage of having your own workspace dedicated to just creating music?
MB: When it comes to picking out equipment I am very particular about doing a lot of research mainly aiming to get gear that is the best value yet. My korg minilouge xd synthesizer is probably my favorite purchase of all time. It has endless possibilities all while being a very affordable price for a synthesizer. Having my own workspace is nice as I can decorate it how i want to inspire me in creativity, along with it allows me to be more efficient with my workflow when writing music since it’s relatively organized.
C: Your track “Carpe Diem” is great. How did you design the bass on this one? Why did you choose to sample Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
MB: Thank you. The bass I designed simply using the plugin Phaseplant along with automating a separate cutoff filter to give a "wobbly" movement to the bass at different points. I chose that sample simply because I loved the meaning behind it and had hoped to use it in a song for a while actually. It also perfectly ties together my main goal in my music which is to bring feelings of nostalgia to the listener.
C: How do you approach creating a mix for a streaming service such as SoundCloud vs. playing live in front of some sort of crowd?
MB: For a streaming service, I like to be a lot more precise about making sure the song selection is as close to a representation of the vibe I want my own music to portray in order for listeners to really resonate with where I’m looking to take my project. As for live shows it's really all depending the environment of the show along with the level of importance the specific show means to me. For a smaller gig I might even just freestyle the whole set vs a more high profile show I will take the time to put together a set over the course of a few days or even weeks. I'm also careful about balancing the song selection based on how often I play certain songs so my sets aren't repetitive especially for people who may be attending multiple of my live sets.
C: The cover art for your tracks are pretty trippy. How do you go about picking artwork?
MB: I typically try to pick artwork that has a similar vibe to the song in order to have a relatively consistent vibe associated with my brand. I usually edit the artwork myself to have a "retro" texture to it too.
C: How did the opportunity to perform at the Moon Walk Festival come about? What was that experience like?
MB: One of my friends told me he got booked for moonwalk so I figured I should take a shot by emailing them to see if they're still looking for artists. Luckily they messaged me back right away saying they've heard my music before and would love for me to be part of the lineup. The experience was absolutely amazing having so many friends there to support me. It was also a very satisfying feeling to finally play a significant show and very inspiring to know how possible it is to have plenty of more opportunities in the future if I continue growing my artist brand.
C: When you’re not busy making music, who are some artists that you like to listen to?
MB: I actually listen to a large variety of music but when it comes to artists that I listen to for inspiration in the music I like to make I would say Com Truise, Zeds Dead, Nero, Charlesthefirst, and Mac Miller are some of my greatest inspirations.
C: What are some of your goals for the rest of 2021?
MB: For the rest of 2021 I mainly plan to continue working on some new music and hopefully work on getting a few more shows booked. Most importantly though, I want to really focus on analyzing everything I need to do for my brand to be taken as seriously as possible as an artist in the bass music community in order to really have the absolute best approach in securing significant bookings by summer of 2022.