First off, congratulations on your latest release with KSHMR! After being played out as an ID for more than a year now, tell us about the road to get to this point! How did the collaboration come about and what went on between the time it was premiered and when it was released?
Thank you! I'm really happy the song is out. Niles contacted me through Twitter in 2016 when he heard my remix of his song "Touch." We started talking and he came up with the idea to start a song together. A few months after we first connected, I sent him a small drop idea that was the first draft for "Lies." He loved the idea and he asked me to send over the parts so that he could work on it. In the summer of 2017, we did a studio session in the Netherlands to continue work on it. The session went really well and after only a few hours, we had a good concept for the full song. In this same summer, we premiered it at Mysteryland. We continued working on it and finalizing everything to make it perfect. Niles is such an amazing producer and I'm so proud that I had the chance to work with him.
At age nineteen, you've accomplished quite a lot with a bright future ahead! Where do you plan on taking your music in the future and what goals have you set for yourself moving forward?
I have so many plans. Currently, I'm really focused on putting out new songs and developing my sound. This year, I've made more music than ever, and I can't wait to put it out. I have a lot of harder, festival stuff coming up, but I will also release songs with more melody and emotion. In the future, I would love to do shows all over the world and connect with the people that enjoy and support my music. But right now, I'm studying at the Herman Brood Academy which gives me the opportunity to fully focus on my career.
Having explored so many genres, what have been some of the key takeaways from your production experience so far? What are some common pitfalls that other producers should look out for if they're trying to get on decent labels and playlists?
I would not suggest focusing on getting your tracks on big labels when you're beginning your career. Since there are so many great producers who are killing it at the moment, I would suggest focusing on the quality of your music instead of trying to please the labels. Once you have something unique and interesting, labels will reach out to you. Also try to keep things as simple as possible in your production. In the beginning, I had moments where I was layering a kick eight times to get it sound "right." Trying to keep things simple helped me work faster and avoid production problems.
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Chris W. Lao
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