Exclusive Supported Act Announcement : TheFatRat (Inc Interview)

The latest addition to the Unorthodox family, TheFatRat, a very talented producer originating from Germany. We have been following him since he started and have watched him as he has grown into the rat he is today. We asked him a few questions to help you all to get to know him! The track found above is his latest Christmas Mixtape ensuring the holy night is not too silent. Also included is is remix of Icona Pop – All Night which is instantly recognisable by his funky, glitch-disco, electro-house, infectious sound.

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Q1) How did the come to the name TheFatRat?

A) That name comes from my nickname in school. I was just called “the rat” there. Then people started giving the rat attributes like “the mean rat” and such. When I started playing online games, I used TheFatRat the first time. BTW, that was around the year 2000, so it was definitely not inspired by Deadmau5.

We believe you! Besides, the rat is surely mightier than the mouse. 

Q2) When did you start producing/ Djing?

A) Producing looong before Djing. I started in 2002. But as you can see, it took me a long time to get to a point were I somewhat like what I produce. About DJing: I don’t even really consider myself as a DJ. I know some real DJ’s with 1210 turntables and I would never compare myself to these guys. Most “DJ’s” today are electronic music artists in my opinion. I started that in 2012.

Q3) What would you say your major influences are?

A) Definitely Skrillex. I know, I know. He is totally not hipster because 12 year old kids listen to him. But he is such an amazing producer. Especially his early work is inspiring for me. Mad Cats are also one of my favorites.

Q4) Which other Artists or Djs inspire you?

A) Often music styles that have nothing to do with electronic music. I love Queen! But also Beethoven and Jason Mraz.

Q5) Whats next for TheFatRat?

A) Right now I’m finally getting back to focus on production again. I’ll do more bootleg remixes and free music. It’s cool to do work for record labels, but it makes things so much more complicated.

We look forward to more of your bootlegs and music, we can’t get enough of your individual disco glitchy sound.

Q6) If you could pick to work with one Artist or Producer who would it be?

A) Hummm. I’m usually not much of a coop-guy to be honest. But if you’d get me Freddie Mercury back from heaven into my studio, I’d definitely not say no.

We will try our best! I know we work magic but that may be a little too magic!

Q7) What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

A) I’m really bad in giving advice because in my humble opinion everybody has to find his or hers own way. What might be right for one person might be totally wrong for the next. Just do what you love to do.

Q8) Do you have plans to come to the UK?

A) I hope! I’ve been to the UK a few times. Not for playing shows though. The people are great and have the best sense of humor. So I hope I’ll get there soon.

Well hopefully we will change that in the future, we would love to have you for a show! We look forward to seeing you here!

Q9) Which single track is your favorite / never fails to impress?

A) Queen – Somebody to love

Q10) What would we find in your refrigerator if we looked right now?

A) Haha! Healthy food to be honest. And some mulled wine for Christmas time.

So there you have it, a disco glitch rat who drinks mulled wine! We are proud to have TheFatRat as one of our supported acts, you will of course hear more from us and the rat in the future. Below are a couple of our other favorite remixes by TFR himself.

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Nick Lyon – Interview And Debut Album

After stumbling upon his debut album by luck, I got the pleasure of asking Nick Lyon the 24 year old rapper from New York a few questions from how he got into music to his debut album and what he has planned for the future. Check out the interview below with some interesting answers in my opinion and a big thank you to Nick Lyon for taking the time to answer the questions for me!

Q1) At what age did you start to take a interest in rapping and what was the main reason for doing so?

I started rhyming in middle school. It started as poetry and just evolved from there.

Q2 How long did your debut album Channel61 take to complete and what does the name stand for?

Channel61 took about a year to create. The title stands for The National Geographic Channel…..which here is Channel 61. Thus the lion interludes.

Q3) I notice all production is handled by a fellow NY resident DAO JONES what is the connection between you guys how did you meet or hear about each other?

Me and Dao Jones knew of each other but didn’t really know each other that well before the project. I approached him for the production and just throughout the creating process we became good friends. We ended starting another project while down in Panama City beach , Florida for spring break promoting called The RapperProblems EP, which turned into a multi-city tour.

Q4) What can we expect in the future more original music or any remixes of popular songs?

I’m already in the studio working on my next EP , and The RapperProblems EP should be dropping this fall.

 

Check out Nick Lyon (above) on facebook, soundcloud, his website and instagram @NickLyon.

You can stream or download his Album Channel61 below.

 

Exclusive Interview : Vanic DJ / Producer

Unorthodox Music recently interviewed Vanic, the Dj / Producer fresh out of Vancouver BC. Here’s everything you need to know about Vanic and his music!

Q1) What is your name, age and location?

A) I’m Jesse, I’m 24, and I’m from Vancouver, BC.

Q2) How did the come to the name Vanic?

A) I was brainstorming names after I decided I wanted to be an artist and a friend just suggested it and it stuck!

Q3)  When did you start producing / Djing?

A) I’ve played piano since i was 4, I dabbled in music production with reason 3 back in grade 12, but didn’t really take it seriously or spend much time on it. Then about a year and a half ago I decided (after some life changing events) to drop out of school and pursue music production. I wasn’t very good and I didn’t have anything except a laptop and a desire to make music, so its been a pretty big risk!

We’re sure that risk is going to payoff in the near future, Vanic’s production clearly stands out and sounds great!

*15/10/2015 Update – It really has paid off, Vanic’s latest track reached 6.6 million plays on soundcloud!

Q4) What would you say your major influences are and which other Artists or Djs inspire you?

A) My influences change constantly. I respect different artists for their different strengths. For example, I like Adventure Club’s ability to blend melodic/hard hitting sounds, its a difficult combination and it sort of inspires the melodic dubstep I make. I think Wolfgang Gartner makes some of the most amazing melodies. I think Showtek’s productions are really good. Knife party as well, although I prefer their earlier work!

Q5) Whats next for Vanic?

A)  I’m planning on focusing on a full year of production in all styles. Melodic dubstep is one of my favorites to make and listen to, but I also want more big room tunes for live performances. My next track coming out in a few weeks is a remix of Showtek and Noise Controllers – Get Loose, and I’m planning on bouncing between some big electro/house/dubstep and even trap influces.

So it looks like Vanic has a new track in the pipeline, which may appear on the site in the near future.We will be sure to keep up with him over the following weeks.

Q6) If you could pick to work with one Artist or Producer who would it be? 

A) If I could work with one artist… I think it would be major lazer, dillon francis or flux pavillion.

Yeah! We think you collaborating with Major Lazer would be sick too!

Q7) What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

A) My advice to anyone just starting out is just to work hard and try and perfect your sound. If you make good music everything else should follow (I’m hoping this happens for me!) I think my sound is far from perfect, but I work hard at it and try to improve constantly. I think that even though the tracks I make are all very different from each other, I really feel them personally, and I think other people respond to them because they feel the same emotion. Emotion in music is really important to me!

When we first heard Vanic’s Remix of Summertime Sadness we knew it was going to be a big tune. We picked it to be our summer anthem as we can really feel the emotion he adds to the track.

Q8) Which single track is your favorite / never fails to impress?

A) It’s hard to pick a favorite for me because all of my music is totally different, it depends on my mood. My remix of The Fear by Ben Howard is the first remix I’ve ever done, and I tried to keep it simple but emotional and a lot of people were really into it. It inspired me to keep going. I think currently though my most intense production is my remix of Summertime Sadness.

Q9) If you could pick to go on a date with any famous DJ/ Producer who would it be?

A) Welllllll I don’t know a lot of female Dj/Producers off the top of my head. Nervo comes to mind first and I’d take them on a date if they asked nicely!

I’m sure they would be lucky to go on said date!

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