Trampa Talks About Releasing on Never Say Die & The Future Of Dubstep [Interview]
In the last few years, Trampa has grown to become one of the premier names in today’s filthy dubstep scene. Thanks to his notorious habit of churning out tracks hellbent on mass destruction, his sinister sounding productions are frequently regarded as some of the “most dangerous” sounds around. Carrying his momentum over from Black Label Vol. 1 & 2, this musician is now set with a release on Never Say Die Record's NSD x UKF Vol. 3, dropping in less than a month. We had the opportunity to chat a bit with Trampa, where he touched on his upcoming single "Gunfingers," and his latest thoughts on the future of dubstep...
(BN = Barrett Nelson of EDM.com; T = Trampa)
BN: I’ve always wondered this since I first heard your music - how did you come up with the name Trampa?
T: I wanted a name that had something to do with a snare drum, so I translated snare into Spanish and it came back with Trampa. So yeah, it's as simple as that.
BN: Your dubstep productions are known for being notoriously grimy; what do you enjoy most about making this style of music? And who are some of your biggest inspirations?
T: I have a very hyperactive personality and I simply can't vibe to chilled-out music 99% of the time. I would have to say Prodigy, Noisia, and Pendulum are my biggest inspirations as it’s what I grew up listening to.
BN: You and Megalodon were the only two artists that had material featured on both Black Label Vol. 1 & 2. How does it feel to be associated with such smashing releases from Never Say Die Records?
T: It means so much to me, being associated with such big artists. I would have done anything just to have a conversation with them. Now, those same people are asking me for music, which is an amazing feeling.
BN: Speaking of Never Say Die Records, your track “Gunfingers” is set to be released on NSD x UKF Vol. 3, due out June 23rd. Could you tell us a little bit about the process behind producing it?
T: I had the idea for “Gunfingers” for a long time, I just couldn't seem to translate it into sound. I had the 'Show me your Gunfingers' sample for a long time before I actually used it. Initially, I was going to use that vocal instead of the ‘Go nuts, Go bonkers’ one in “Gas Tank,” but it didn't really work, and I really didn’t want the sample to go to waste. So yeah, I worked for weeks on “Gunfingers” with so many different versions and one day it kind of just wrote itself.
BN: “Gas Tank,” “Get Wicked,” or “Gunfingers?” Do you have a personal favorite? Sorry, I had to ask.
T: Personally, “Get Wicked” is my favorite out of the 3. Actually, its probably my favorite out of all the tunes I've ever made. I am really pleased with how well the tune is doing, and how much support it’s getting by huge artists.
BN: Considering that you’re a veteran on the dubstep scene, I’m sure you’ve noticed how the genre has evolved over the years - where do you think the future of dubstep is headed?
T: In all honesty, I really don't know how to answer that. I'm 100% positive that it's here to stay for a long time and it certainly isn't dying in any way. Music changes, that's inevitable, but that doesn't necessarily mean the sound has to evolve into something totally different. I'd love to see a lot of these bigger producers going back to their roots with new techniques and just to see if they're still able to recreate that sound that they started with.
BN: Are there any budding producers in the EDM industry that you would like to shed some light on? Who have you been listening to lately?
T: There's too many to mention, I could sit here all day. In this day and age, anybody can start making music, but that doesn't always mean they're going to be good at it. That being said, there's kids not even in their teens that are making some brilliant music because they've got it all at their fingertips and can do whenever they want. But if I had to name a few producers that I think are going to be huge in a few years, I'd have to say Upgrade, Disonata and Persist.
BN: Do you have any intention of touring in the states anytime soon? Also, who would be your ideal tour mates?
T: Hopefully at the end of this year I will be touring the states; it’s not set in stone yet but we're in the process of sorting dates out and stuff. I'd love to tour with Modestep, they're really nice guys and they like to have a lot of fun.
BN: Does it ever seem surreal that you’ve come this far? What’s the one most important piece of advice you would give to aspiring producers?
T: Yeah, it does seem really surreal, considering I still make music from my bedroom and it's managed to take me all around the world - it's an insane feeling. I'd say be yourself, don't try to be someone you're not. Be creative and unique with your music and most of all enjoy it, but don't make music to please other people. If people like your music, that's just a bonus.
BN: What’s next for Trampa? Black Label Vol. 3, maybe? I’m kidding of course. However, if you have any confidential information regarding new music, feel free to spill the beans.
T: I'm just kind of going with the flow at the minute and enjoying what I'm doing. I've got a couple of collabs going with some of my favorite producers and started a little side project which I can’t say much about. So yeah, look out for that in the near future.