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Kill Paris Participates In Reddit AMA & Discusses New Label + Upcoming Music

Kill Paris participated in a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today where fans got the chance to ask questions to him directly. It's been a big year for Kill Paris as he released his EP, Foreplay, on April 29th through OWSLA. Currently, Kill Paris is working on a full length album, which will be released on his own label called "Sexy Electric." His Sexy Electric label debuted its first release, “Avalanches" by Alma, Sound Remedy, and Kill Paris on December 10th, 2013, and you can expect to hear some more releases from him and his friends soon. 

We have compiled the best questions from his AMA for your enjoyment below. Please don’t take the spelling mistakes too seriously, questions and answers are taken from Reddit.

Question

Where do you think we'll see the most innovation in EDM in the near future? What should I as a listener pay attention to? 

Answer

I think "EDM" is going to go through some ups and downs. It already has changed so much in the last few years. I personally, would like to hear more "music" in EDM, haha. Like MUSIC, notes, chords, interesting scales. Not just one bass note and an annoying high pitched sound. I hope to hear more people pushing the boundaries melodically.

Question

Who are some more underground artists you are listening to these days? I'm always looking for a more expansive library, and spend too much of my time perusing through Soundcloud. 

Answer

Just a Gent, Cosmos Midnight, Mayer Hawthorne, Haywyre. 

Question

What was the process like signing to OWSLA, as in who approached you, did you send a demo, etc. 

Answer

As far as OWSLA goes, Sonny sent me a message on soundcloud that he had heard my music and wanted me to send him more. We just continued talking after that and that was around when i finished "To A New Earth". It was very organic, dare i say gluten free. 

 

Question

What software & hardware do you use to produce your tracks? 

Answer

I use Ableton live, Roland Ax Synth, Roland Jupiter 80, Roland juno 106, some guitars and basses. Lots of outboard stuff. I think you just have to find gear that inspires you, regardless of what it is. There's no right or wrong way to go about being creative. Just find what works for you.

Question

What kind of support did you get from your friends and family when you decided to start doing dj shows and events? 

Answer

My parents were very supportive since I started playing guitar at 16. But they also worried about me a lot. I was practically living at my buddy Jake's house in Florida with no money, a suspended drivers license, and loads of student loan debt. I also went through a lot of weird stages over the years. I played in bands a lot, rock, metal. I even played for a couple country groups in Nashville. I spent a lot of time being frustrated that things didn't ever seem to work out. I was never making money, and i had debt. But pushing through all that, and staying with music, and focusing on what's important to me, has lead me to where i am today. So i had a lot of support, and i definitely needed it. 

Question

Who are your biggest influences, edm and non-edm? 

Answer

Haywre Big Gigantic Griz Pretty Lights really inspire me. I really appreciate anything that is unique and doesn't quite fit in the "EDM" box. That's the stuff that makes me feel like I can really express myself without being afraid of people saying "this sucks" just because it's not 4 on the floor or it doesn't sound like the latest Calvin Harris record. 

Question

If you could collab with anyone in the world, who would you pick? 

Answer

I wanna work with Mayer Hawthorne. 

Question

You mentioned Foreplay being an album but ended up releasing a four-track EP. Are there still plans for a full LP at some stage? 

Answer

Foreplay was never meant to be an Album. I'm working on a full length right now. It will be my next release. 

Question

what is your bass/sound design process and how do you choose sounds that compliment each other? All your basses are so clean and mixed extremely well with other elements in the track. 

Answer

Lots of UAD processing. Multiband comp and eq BEFORE distortion. Separating the sub from the mid/high bass sound. I love the Moog filter for crunching up the bass. I also don't really use soft synths for my basses, which gives them a more analog and smoother sound. Less metal sounding. I actually haven't used massive in about 3 years. But, that being said, i think the carbon wave table is great, if you only modulated the oscillator a tiny tiny bit, it will actually sound cool. 

Question

Hey man, I'm a big fan, How do you find yourself processing your bass Sounds, They are so pristine its unbelievable. 

Answer

Thank you! i think the real trick is using a separate sub track for your low end, and then processing the mid/high range of your bass. Then blending the two. I also find that eqing and multi band compression BEFORE distortion, leads to the best results. I use the sausage fattener on a lot of my basses, but you have to eq and multi band BEFORE the sausage fattener to make something that doesn't sound like shit.

Question 

What is the most satisfying part of your creative process? Is it playing shows and seeing people vibe with your music? Or in the studio when you discover a new sound/melody that you enjoy?

Answer 

I love being in the studio, but i love shows too. I like aspects of both. But really, the most satisfying thing has been this year at Shambhala. I truly felt like everyone there was on a totally different conscious plain. I felt understood, like my music wasn’t being judged, it was just being enjoyed. And to me, that's the dream. People not being afraid to dance even if they don't know the songs. People not on their cell phones, watching the performance on a 3 inch screen. Moments like that push me to be more expressive with this music thing.

Question

Are you releasing anymore music soon? Will any of it be on OWSLA? 

Answers

Working on an album. No. I started my own Label "Sexy Electric". Doing so, will allow me to give my music away for free and also be able to push other artists that I support.

Question

What do you think is the number 1 worst mistake that an artist can make when trying to gain ground in the industry. As a lot of us have little knowledge of the industry, i was wondering if you could give some pointers of things to avoid. Thanks! 

Answer

The idea of someone else doing all the work for you. Lots of people are like, "i just want to be signed to a label, then everything will be great". It doesn't work like that. I've found more pleasure out of doing a lot of things on my own or with my team of people i have. I also think some people feel forced to make a specific genre. and that sucks. you gotta be you. make something interesting, not something that sounds like 1000's of other peoples songs. life is short, and if i was just copying other artists all the time, this would just feel like a normal cubicle job instead of my dream job. Putting in the work yourself is far more rewarding

Written by Harvit Gill

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