We caught up with Swedish producer, Wiberg, about his recent release on Futurized titled "Level Up" as well as his experience joining the Futurized Team on their quest to bring future room back into the mainstream.
How did you get your start in music production?
I've had an interest in music for my whole life. My sisters and especially my father would always have music playing in our house when I was growing up.
When I got older, I thought it was so cool to see how big the EDM scene had grown. The first concert I attended was in 2014 to Watch Steve Angello's ¨Size Show¨ in Stockholm. After that, I saw Avicii there as well and it was then that I knew this was something I wanted to do.
My friend had bought a new Mac and studio monitors, he had even bought a small midi-keyboard. I thought it was so cool and wanted that myself. My own laptop at the time was a bad PC from my school, but I downloaded FL Studio and started to play around with it. I thought I was on fire for those first 2 years, but looking bad those tracks were just awful!
After those two years, I focused more and more to make higher quality tracks that could stand beside the best of them. I spent many days and countless hours finishing my new songs and eventually I was able to sign and release "Robbery" on Featured Records. The response to it was incredible and it made me extremely happy and proud. The journey has only gone upwards from there!
You joined the reminted Futurized Team not too long ago. How has your experience been with them and where do you see them fitting into the scene moving forward?
Yea! It has been amazing so far! I’ve been talking with Jurgen (Debris) a bit and we actually released a remix together last year. After a while, I wanted to help Futurized in some way because I think it’s a very interesting project. So Peter and Jurgen invited me to be an A&R on their team. What I like with Futurized is that we want to connect and help the artists in so many ways, not just as an producer but also to help them get into bigger networks. Together, Futurized wants to build a big music-family, and that’s what I love about it!
Speaking of Futurized, your latest track, "Level Up," just released with some incredible support! Can you walk us through your creative process on that one and how it all came together?
The thing with ¨Level Up¨ was that I was stuck on it for months. I had the first idea with the bassline only. I tried everything: a LFOd lead, a simple pluck lead, and a bunch of other stuff. But one day I tried it with a vocal-lead, and then I found the ¨La la la¨ sample and it fit perfectly! Everything fell into place pretty quickly after that! That was pretty lucky because I had thoughts of scraping the whole idea at first! So it become to be like and mix between future house and a little bit of slap house. At least I can say that I’m pretty proud of it!
What's going to be next for you heading into the rest of 2021? What sort of goals have you set for yourself?
My goals in 2021 is to grow overall as an artist and build my brand. To do that, I'm planning on releasing more songs this year in a lot of different styles. I’ve been trying out a lot of different genres lately and I'll try releasing more pop songs in the future with the next one coming this month!
Another goal I have is to play more shows. My manager and I had planned for me to play more shows here in Sweden but given the state of things, obviously that hasn't happened. So I hope to play more shows when this shit is over, and I’m ready!
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