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INTERVIEW: Felmax

Hi Felmax, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-Hey how’s it going thank you for having me on! I’ve been good, working on a ton of new music trying to stack up as much as possible to hit the road!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Final Flash”?

-Final Flash is a bass tune borrowing elements from dubstep, trap, drum and bass, and rock even with the riff that it has. I’ve been trying to tell a story through my music and Final Flash is Chapter 2 in that story, the songs aren’t coming out in “chronological order” but when they’re all out it’ll put together something i’ve been working on

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

-Actually yes, a lot of my work is inspired by some visual rather than auditory and i watch a lot of anime and even just have some playing in the back while im producing for inspiration. This song in particular was inspired by one of my all time favorite characters in anime, Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. I was re-watching the Zamasu saga and there’s a time when Vegeta goes crazy on Zamasu(Goku Black) and i wanted to write something that gave that same energy i was getting through watching the show and came out with final flash! Final Flash is one of Vegeta’s moves and i was gonna name it Galick Gun which is another move he does but i have another song called that already lol, 99.9% of the songs i have coming out are all named after moves of anime characters i like.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

-No not for this one, but like i mentioned earlier it is part of a story and when the whole story is “out” per say, there will be a video covering the whole thing. Its 8 Pieces and 3 have been out already

How was the recording and writing process?

-The process usually starts the same 60% of the time, every time. I usually go through this library of samples ive put together in all my time working on music or just go through my presets and sound library in general and find something that triggers my creativity which dosen’t necessarily take much honestly, my mind is constantly working on music even when im physically not lol. This song however was started after one i have called “Planetary Devastation” which is a mid tempo record and i wanted to use the main saw lead i used there on a trap record. I made the Drop then the intro and breaks, build up and repeated the same second drop but i wanted something different. I decided to just go even heavier and give it a dubstep drop and once i had that i put together some of those elements in the trap part which just made the first drop even better!

What role does Miami play in your music?

-Miami has helped me out in being a better live performer, Miami crowds can be tough sometimes depending on the venues you play and i played everywhere in Miami for years before putting together the “Felmax” project. The most important thing as a DJ is to be able to read a crowd and playing in Miami has definitely help me develop that! As well as just being an overall better entertainer when performing.

After having remixed so many popular mainstream artists and hip hop – what made you eventually to shift into more rock driven bands?

-Because Rock was the one thing i had no Involvement in. Those who know me know i like to make any kind of music and want to be involved in any creative or music process i can get involved with. Also being that i don’t really play instruments i have a massive amount of respect and admiration for those who do especially those who can come together and play in unison. Also i definitely see the common ground between rock and bass music and want to bring both worlds together as much as i possibly can. Music is about bringing people together and i feel like bridging the gap between these genres can result in more unexpected collabs resulting in cooler music, more unique.

Was the transition from one genre to another genre any easier?

-Well in dance music or bass music especially when working without vocals you sometimes fill the track up as much as possible to get it sounding full and not empty but when working with other genres like pop, or reggaeton or hip hop you have to kind of shut that mindset out and minimalize the track to really give room for the vocalist to breathe and really do their thing. After i learned this transitioning from genre to genre became easier and being able to pull elements from other genres also gives your music a different sound i think.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or remixing someone else rather than on your own?

-I guess kind of, when im working on a remix instead of trying to get creativity from random sounds i guide my self with the vocal and try to take the song in a different direction from what the original sound for the most part. With collabs i would say i apply the same.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

-Yes 100%, like i mentioned prior all these releases tie together to paint a bigger picture in the end! Also with every release i put together a visual pack so super excited to play these out and show out the new visuals and see people’s reactions!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

-Right now im currently working on Wrapping up my “Sophmore” EP which im very excited for. The production is all done but im just working on the mixing and mastering on it now, its some of my heaviest music to date and im kind of nervous about just putting an EP out in general but the more i listen to it the more confident about it i feel. Most of the EP was inspired by “Black Clover” which is the latest anime im hooked on lol. Don’t want to leak the title yet but its named after one the moves from the main Character. On the EP there is a song called “Blood Magic” which is unlike anything i’ve ever put out so definitely excited/nervous to see the reaction on that. There’s also another single i have coming out called “Run & Hide” which i have a vocalist and is technically not a heavy song but its still bouncy so definitely super tentative about that one.

Any plans to hit the road?

-Yeah definitely! Trying to make my sets like 99.9% music only from me so been putting time in the studio to be able to make that happen and not just play a set that’s one genre or one steady bpm as well as the visuals i mentioned earlier! but my and my team are working on some dates and will be announcing some shows soon!

What else is happening next in Felmax’s world?

-Well i gave it all away earlier but to wrap it all up working on an EP, working on new music outside of the EP, going to be putting some merch out SOON and have some major collaborations i can’t announce yet 100% but i’ve hinted at before and for those who follow me will know who im talking about! And of course the story im putting together with all these releases, My next release “Omen” will be Chapter 1 in this story so just really excited and happy to finally bring my artistic vision to life!

Listen to ‘Final Flash’ Here

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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