This October, Kill The Noise is ready to bring some majesty to Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna. Bass blasts abounding, the outspoken DJ/producer has teamed up with Ape Drums and Milo & Otis for a full blown British Columbia #FVDED trifecta. In anticipation of getting Majestic as Fak we sat down with Kill The Noise and unearthed truths:
Blueprint: You are on the cusp of a massive two month tour—which you have lovingly dubbed Majestic as Fak—we have to asked, can you list three things that are Majestic as Fak:
Kill The Noise:
1. The Grand Canyon
2. Niagara Falls
3. Tommy Trash’s hair
Blueprint: As bass music continues to evolve it inevitably gets heavier and increasingly more zany; is there a tipping point where it all becomes noise and begins to grow irrelevant?
Kill The Noise: There will always be people that like hard music, just like everything else it comes in and out of popularity. I think that most people identify bass music with the really crazy stuff, but to me, bass music doesn’t just mean crazy and super aggressive. Trap is bass music too, so is all the stuff coming from guys like Flume: I would also consider Baauer and RL Grime bass music. In fact when you talk about bass music evolving, or changing, I think these guys are a great example. There is a lot of “trap” that has many qualities of dub step and drum’n’bass, sometimes the only difference is the fast hi-hats, some of the grooves, the execution.
It’s really some of the subtle differences and more importantly the social trends that make us identify a song being a part of a particular movement. For example RL GRIME – CORE reminds me so much of all the earlier dub step stuff that I love, like EMALKAY – FABRICATION. I could easily show you lots of dub step and drum’n’bass tracks from years ago that resemble things happening in popular music today.
I don’t think anything truly goes away; it always kinda cycles around or evolves. I’m quite sure that the kind of ridiculously heavy sound you are referring to will come back at some point. It will happen when people are ready for it. It kinda has to go away for a while to come back, just the same as any other genre. It’s really crazy to me how all the 90’s hip-hop and RNB is coming back into style right now too with guys like Trippy Turtle. I’ve heard DJ Snake dropping lots of 90’s era inspired stuff in his sets. Just another example of trends kinda resurfacing and cycling.
Blueprint: Individuals who are not the most optimistic often have the greatest propensity for finding meaning. Do you agree with this statement and has Kill the Noise filled the main role of ‘meaning’ for you?
Kill The Noise: Yea, making music makes me happy, I got pretty lucky figuring out what I want to do (for now) with my life. Having a hard time in life is important sometimes, I think that’s what it takes to find purpose. I do believe that everyone is good at SOMETHING, and it takes a lot of work for some people to figure out what that thing is. However, once you do figure it out, it’s kinda the journey, and the continuing discovery that makes it worthwhile—not sure if everyone will understand what I’m talking about but I can tell you that this is true for me at least.
Blueprint: Currently within the music industry which DJ/producers deserve the most respect and why?
Kill The Noise: I don’t think people deserve anything; in fact entitlement is what really ruins people’s personality and sometimes their career. So, in a weird meta kind of way, the guys that deserve the most respect are probably the ones that don’t think about things like that.
Blueprint: A large group of old-school legendary DJs—including David Guetta, and Tiesto—have been continually pandered of late for selling out and playing to the mainstream. This is reminiscent of the larger divide between youthful next-gen DJ/producers and aging founding members. Do the legends still have something to offer the public or has their time in the sun passed and they should gracefully fade away?
Kill The Noise: People that buy tickets to their shows get to decide. That’s how I view my relevancy as well, I keep doing my thing and hope people keep buying my albums and coming to my shows. I’m sure that’s what all the guys you mentioned are doing too. I have a lot of respect for them for how long they’ve been able to successfully do that. It’s not easy.
Blueprint: There is a pretty big correlation between Forbes 2014 richest DJs list and DJ Magazines Top100 rankings for 2014: from the distinct perspective of artistic prowess, business sense aside, do you place any stock in these numbers?
Kill The Noise: No, I try not to wonder about those kinds of things. I think things like money, come from having valuable ideas. I try to focus on the idea part! Having money is necessary, you can’t really ignore that fact, and I just think that once you start trying to competitively pursue things like money or fame, you end up having a really hard time finding it.
Blueprint: One of the most facking majestic things you have ever done in your life…
Kill The Noise: I touched Tommy Trash’s hair once.
Blueprint: What fans look forward to when your Majestic as Fak tour begins its BC takeover and decimates Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna?
Kill The Noise: Lots of new music, all of us have a lot of new things to show you. We are ready to go! I am really looking forward to this.
While Tommy Trash’s hair may not be present at any of the Majestic as Fak tour dates Kill The Noise is more than a little hunger to get out on the road and please fans with all the bass madness they have come to expect. Tickets are still available for the entire #FVDED takeover—grab yours now!
– Ryan Hayesget tickets