MUST DIE! interview: grim reapers, felines & his new album

One of the more recent Never Say Die recruits, @MUSTDIEmusic is renowned for his incredible repertoire of sounds and extraordinary capabilities behind decks, having toured extensively with the likes of @Datsik and @SKisM. He released both ‘Fever Dream’ parts one and two on the label last year, recently swept to Number 1 on Beatport with a remix for LAXX and now features heavily on NSD’s Vol.3 compilation in association with UKF – both with original material and remixes. We grabbed a few words with the US self-titled ‘Skull Kid’ to get to know him a little better.

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How would you describe you feel musically at the moment?

I think right now, for me, it’s a time of change. I’m trying new things, and expressing new themes and ideas. Straying a bit from the formula I’ve always used and thinking in much more abstract ways.

What has been your favourite recent track to write?

There are a few tracks I’ve been very excited about from my upcoming album, although I can’t give too much information on that at the moment. Basically, anything I’ve written in the past 4 months has me very excited.

You feature quite a bit on Never Say Die’s forthcoming UKF Vol.3 album. We love ‘Feline.’ Where did the ideas for that one come from?

‘Feline’ was basically a test track for this sound that I made that sounds a lot like a wild animal. I made the sound and then it kind of just worked itself out.

Do you have anyone in the NSD camp that you are most keen to work with at the moment?

I love every Never Say Die artist, honestly. I loved working with Eptic and Zomboy. I’d say the next artist I’d love to work with would have to be 501, as he’s one of my idols. Don’t tell him I said that.

It’s pretty amazing how much music you’ve written since you’ve been producing. When did you start?

I’ve only been producing and taking it SERIOUSLY for about 3 years, but I’ve been making computer music since I was 13 or 14, so it’s been nearly 10 years. I only write that much music because I have nothing else to do with my time. Growing up in a household with nothing but video games and books made me appreciate constant creativity, I think. So that’s where the work ethic comes from. It’s just like reading a book, but you get to choose your own adventure.

What’s your favourite non-bass track?

My favorite song that ISN’T bass music (which I still don’t really understand that term all too well) is DEFINITELY ‘Subdivisions’ by RUSH. I love that band! As for a runner up, I’d go with anything produced by Yasutaka Nakata.

Are you a big Grim Reaper fan?

Actually, I’m not at all a fan of the classic grim reaper. Shocking, I know. I liked the little grim because he’s so small and not at all menacing. My logo (and name) are kind of an oxymoron and that’s why I like it.

Be sure to take listen to all the exclusive previews from Never Say Die UKF Vol.3 here.


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