Rising trap star Fabian Mazur on his latest single, collaborations and more [INTERVIEW]
We are always keen to see what Fabian Mazur will come up with next. The talented producer from Denmark emerged a couple of years ago and is widely known for his energetic productions and his genre-bending sound.
He has had his tracks released on labels such as Spinnin' Records, Tiesto's Musical Freedom, Elysian Records and Lowly Palace among others, and has seen them gain tens of millions of plays throughout media platforms. A couple of weeks ago he shared a 3-track EP titled III as a free download, showcasing the more heavy edge of his sound, and also just released his next big hit "Earn It" featuring boy-wonder Greyson Chance.
The poppy track, released on Armada Music, is bound to be a summer hit. Fabian Mazur's production is light and delicate, while Greyson Chance's catchy vocal performance completely elevates the track, and transitions well into the drop, which showcases beautiful some sound design. With "Earn It," Fabian Mazur once again proves his versatility is as a producer, being able to create radio-friendly hits as well as club destroying bangers.
We got the chance to talk with the man about the single, his start as a DJ and music producer and his plans for the future.
EDM.com: So you just released your latest single “Earn It” featuring Greyson Chance. How did the collaboration come about?
Fabian Mazur: Funny thing is that I didn't know who Greyson Chance was, or that he was even under the same management as me! My manager just sent me some vocals, and I absolutely loved them, so I immediately wanted to build a track around them. They were so inspiring to me that I just did the entire idea of the track in one day, so this wasn't really a track that I spent like seven months producing, it kinda just made itself, to be honest. I made the track and then my manager told me the vocals are from Greyson Chance, so I looked him up, and I was like: “Woah this guy is a superstar!” That was amazing, not really knowing who Greyson Chance was and finding out after I had made the track; and the collab was also pretty easy since we’re under the same management.
And how do you normally approach collaborating on a track with someone? Do you feel you can do a great collab without you actually knowing each other, or having a genuine human connection that translates well in the studio, is something more important to you?
I think either way is good; you actually don't have to know the person to make a good collaboration, you can just agree on a sound and make good music out of that. However, I would say being really good friends with Snavs, for example, has helped our collabs, because it’s not like we sit down, we make music and we gotta wrap it up in one day; we just chill with it. But in general you don't have to know the other person to make good music, because of the internet obviously; I got a couple of collabs coming with people I have never met (laughs), and I also think not knowing the other person can generate interesting things production-wise. It’s not like you’re in the dark, but you don't get to sit and interact with the person in the studio. So I’d say I find both really interesting; I love working with people in the studio but I also love sending stuff back and forth.
Let’s say I wanted to make an album, I would need a few months off just to work on it, because I would not want it to have only one single sound, but simultaneously I’d want all the tracks to be kind of in the same vibe. I think that’s something really rare to find in electronic dance music...
These days many people are opposing the idea of the electronic music full-length album, arguing that it’s really hard to pull off correctly; what are your thoughts on it? If you were to release a debut full-length project, how would you approach creating it differently?
First of all, I’ve always liked the idea of doing an album. However, when you’re at the place that I am and was in my career, building a brand and a name for myself, making an album would be hard because it takes a lot of time. Let’s say I wanted to make an album, I would need a few months off just to work on it, because I would not want it to have only one single sound, but simultaneously I’d want all the tracks to be kind of in the same vibe. I think that’s something really rare to find in electronic dance music, so I guess I kinda would agree about the fact that good albums are a rare thing these days. It’s also because when you release an album and you’re not that big of an artist, a lot of songs just get missed. So if I, for example, release a 15 track album; there would be like maybe 11 or 12 songs that would just be streaming way less than the other ones, and then they would kinda just go in the dark. At one point however, I would love to do an album. I love the idea of creating tracks that are in the same vibe and have people listen to it all together; and that is another reason I think albums are dying, especially in electronic dance music. People these don't really listen to entire albums like they used to. They find music on playlists, and then they listen to like 1 or 2 tracks, but they rarely listen to the album as a whole.
How did you get started with DJing and music production and when did you decide that this was something you wanted to do for a living?
So, both my parents are jazz musicians, however growing up I didn't really want to be a musician. When I was 16 however, I had a friend who was DJing, so I kinda got into making music and DJing and all of that. A couple of years went by when I was just doing it for fun, and then at one point, I think it was during high school when I was 18 or 19, I was just looking forward to making music and DJing everyday. That’s when I first realized I wanted to spend more time doing that. I had a part-time job, and I worked on music for a couple of years, and when I was 21, I started studying Information Science at the University here in Copenhagen. That was the time when I finally told myself: “Hey, you don't wanna do this, you just wanna take time making music,” and I decided that I’m gonna pursue music, but I actually finished the university first. Then I went full time, so I would earn my money from DJing on the weekends, and spend all my time making music, and that’s what I’m doing right now as well.
You also have a Youtube channel where you upload vlogs showcasing your daily life, touring and even cooking! How did you decide you wanted to start vlogging?
So for the last couple of years I’ve been watching a lot of vlogs, and at one point I really wanted to create my own vlog. First of all, because there is a thing about being a social brand and not just an artist. I wanted to show people that you’re more than just this artist, because people can often interpret your image like “he looks like a douchebag, so he must be a douchebag.” So, I kinda wanted to give people a behind the scenes of what goes into being a full time music producer trying to make it with his music. I also wanted to experience the whole vlogging thing, because I didn't know how to film properly, I didn't know how to edit properly, and I learned that along the way. The vlog is also a way for me to get better at photography, videography and video editing, so I also saw it as all those things.
...the music industry right now is so focused on social media... Part of me wishes that it was only about the music, but I also get this whole social media thing, because it enables you to show more of your personal life, and I think the vlogs are a great tool for that, to help people see who you really are as a person.
So you feel like it’s important for an artist to be able to put out content other than music.
Absolutely, the music industry right now is so focused on social media. I used to be able to spend all my time making music, but right now on a standard day I have to focus on making music, post on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. and now I got a vlog as well. It’s important for artists to embrace that it is all about social media right now and to put out proper content. Part of me wishes that it was only about the music, but I also get this whole social media thing, because it enables you to show more of your personal life, and I think the vlogs are a great tool for that, to help people see who you really are as a person.
What are some artists that have inspired you since day one and have had influence on your sound?
So, first of all, I always listened to Hip-Hop, I come from a Hip-Hop background, and I think along the way it really inspired me. I used to be - and still am - all about good Hip-Hop like Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West and all those guys. In the newer times, I am really inspired by people who can create good popular music but still maintain an underground sound, like Flume for example. And there are just so many good acts coming up right now like Boombox Cartel and NGHTMRE, and also Australia has always been on point; QUIX, Oski, What So Not, they have so many talented artists there. I’m also really inspired by people who have a unique sound like Herobust and Joyryde.
Also, what are in your opinion some artists to definitely watch out for in 2017, that aren’t yet getting the recognition they deserve?
Some of the artists that I wanna see blow up this year are this guy from Australia AXXLE, he’s really dope. I also followed this guy called sumthin sumthin, who just released an EP on UZ’s Quality Goods Records, he’s gonna blow up for sure. Also these British producers called Duke and Jones, they are my good friends and they sent me some new stuff that sounds amazing, and also this guy from Australia called Joe Mason has this really dope Future Bass sound.
What does the future look like for the Fabian Mazur project? Do you have any plans of doing a major tour, future releases or any other projects?
So, about my plans production-wise; I am looking to still do a lot of hard stuff, but I also wanna do more songs like “Earn It,” that can reach a broader audience. I want to get into the whole “fusing the underground sound with a more commercial sound” because I love the craft of making good popular music, but of course, I still wanna be able to do the harder stuff, simply because I absolutely love making hard stuff. And I’m also working on my Visa for the United States, so I hope I’ll be able to tour the US next year hopefully because I love going out and playing my music. I’m really excited about the future; I have so many tracks ready right now, planning release dates and all that, and also at one point I’m sure I’ll be doing another sample pack on Splice!
Anything else you wanted to add or say to your fans?
Thank you guys so much for the support, and I hope you like new single “Earn It!”