END OF YEAR 2021 INTERVIEW
Industry hotshot subduxtion has been making waves all year throughout 2021 in the dance music industry, as he celebrates another memorable year in the scene with impressive career accolades behind him. Subduxtion’s ability to branch out and play with and combine a variety of sounds from percussion to deep pads to glitched-out electronics is what sets him apart from the rest. Backed by the idea of embracing technology as a tool for the manipulation of perspective, subduxtion has been busy making a name for himself this year.
1. How has this year been for you?
It’s been a fantastic year! 2021 was full of guest mixes, live shows, and several releases.
2. What would you say has been your biggest highlight this year, both personally and career wise?
The biggest career highlight would be having a release on the NYC label Internet & Weed. I’ve been a fan / supporter of the label since its inception more than 10 years ago. On a personal level it was relocating myself and my studio to a new downtown Kansas City location. Moving was one of the best things that I have done for myself.
3. What are your hopes for your musical path in the coming 12 months?
I feel like I’ve gotten closer to the sound of subduxtion as I hear it. So over the next 12 months it will be about honing in on that “sound” as well as more live performances. I also want to explore some of the latest developments in #music3. New platforms of distribution and artist engagement are emerging and that’s a path I want to go down further.
4. How has your style developed since the start of the year now that you look back?
I would say that my style has grown and refined itself over this past year. At the beginning of the year my sound was much more dub-techno adjacent. Now I would say that it’s much more house or tech-house sounding. There’s still a very minimalist aesthetic running through my music. The minimalist aesthetic is something along with a certain ethereal or melancholiness that will always remain, regardless of genre. That development of style is really attributable to a growing understanding of just how to produce music. In the year I think I’ve really grown as a producer as my tracks simply sound better now than at the beginning of the year. At the beginning of the year, I think I was still searching for “my sound”. As the year progressed I got better which then got me closer to “my sound”.
5. Do you have any exciting projects coming up next year?
For me each and every release is exciting. (LOL) I do hope this year to release my first NFT as well as do my first metaverse performance. The world of NFTs, Web3, music3 and cryptocurrencies are all very powerful! It’s an exciting time to be a musician as new worlds / opportunities are opening up. Seeing communities / DAOs like The Willow Tree and Music Machines forming and bringing with them new opportunities for producers, musicians and DJs is a powerful thing. 2022 is going to see real positive change for all of us.
6. Can you highlight any good outcomes of the lockdowns we have endured this year?
The lockdowns gave me time to focus in the studio. With live shows being very hit & miss meant not having to squeeze in studio time. I was able to get in the studio on a regular basis and that made all the difference in my growth as a producer.
7. What are your favourite things about the holiday season?
My favourite things about the holiday season are time with my family in Los Angeles and the general good mood that so many people are in. The holidays however briefly seem to squelch a lot of the day to day drama we all endure.
8. How will you be spending the holidays this year?
I will be spending the holidays in Los Angeles with my family. It’s hard to complain about spending the holidays in Los Angeles!
9. Do you have any unique traditions around the holidays?
We don’t really have any unique traditions around the holidays but because I live in a different state seeing family at the holidays definitely takes on a different feeling.
10. What are your resolutions for the new year and how will you stick to them?
Biggest resolution of 2022 is to continue to take care of myself both physically and mentally. I plan to continue exercising, eating healthy (which means continuing my plant-based diet) and reminding myself it’s ok to take a day off! You don’t have to grind 24/7.
11. Got any wise words going into the new year?
My wise words would be don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own path and timeline. You’ll get to where you want to be if you consistently put in the work. Adding to the “consistently put in the work” is a reminder that it’s ok to treat yourself to a day, a week, a month off whatever it takes for you to continue to enjoy the work. Never underestimate the power of stepping-away, however short or long.
12. Lastly, how are you going to make sure you smash it in 2022?
As for me in 2022, smashing it will come from keeping that consistent studio routine and always staying humble. Everyday I can get better as a producer and a human being.