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interview and article by Lauren Stone
A shot of heavy bass house right to the veins of electronic horror music, Halloween has come early-- forget pumpkin spice and everything nice, and get ready to bang your head! We spoke with vonHubl and Apoxia about their newest release and life in the music world. This release is everything you could hope for in the scary music fast lane, with great sound design, hard-hitting drums to break your neck to, and composition that goes toe to toe with the likes of Nero, Feed Me, and Skrillex; giving them true bragging rights (we think so, anyway).
Scary Music: Andromeda by vonHubl ft. Apoxia
Released by FlyWheel Music Group on September 18th, aptly named for some of the out-of-this-world sounds in this futuristic release, “Andromeda” paints the picture of cyborgs wielding lightsabers, poised for epic battle in outer space, surrounded by electric lights of passing spaceships. Utilizing harmonic minor scales and heavy bass, vonHubl and his cohort, Apoxia, have created something truly unique while still staying true to horror dance music.
It’s like a horror dance music track smashed a hot complextro track and somehow made a baby with dubstep sound design that takes you on a true journey through the audioscape created by these two talented artists. This track truly shines with the brilliance of all the galaxies and ranks among our favorites for releases this fall.
While the track is amazing, they also released an outstanding free sample pack with their release, sure to keep producers smiling that creepy producer smile, illuminated only by the light of their screens reflecting their DAW into their eye sockets on those late-night creation sessions. We just can’t get enough of these artists; good thing too, vonHubl is working on an upcoming album tentatively scheduled for release within the next year. They really show that scary music is not just a passing trend or simply something to bust out on Halloween, but something with some serious staying power, with a valuable contribution to heavy bass house.
vonHubl and Apoxia: Who are they? vonHubl and Apoxia are two artists straight out of Denver, Colorado and taking the scene by storm, and like we said, we can’t get enough of them and can’t wait to hear more! I mentioned earlier that we had a chance to ask them some questions about their music, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce to you, two of my current favorite artists!
Q: How would you describe your music?
V: A musical journey through a haunted video game, really at its core. I like to create spooky music with something unique for everyone who has ever had a pleasant nightmare.
A: Communication with aliens through light and sound, definitely!
Q: What about your creative process, guys? What can you tell me about that and the end goal you keep in mind while creating?
V: I love great sound design, so I really enjoy making sounds that I haven’t heard before and I really don’t like much repetition, so the drops are always different and I like to write songs that tell a story and take you on a journey. The goal of my music is to make a fun, yet scary, challenge for listeners to navigate like a video game, and hopefully once you make it through the challenge, you come out stronger, like if you “leveled up”!
I just want to make music that’s never been heard before, and bring back the love, community, and family feeling of the rave scene, and that’s what this project is all about. I want to push the boundaries of what dance music can be. I want to break away from the typical structure and sounds and give listeners and experience that they haven’t been through before, and ultimately inspire other producers to start breaking out of the box of the popular dance music sounds and formulas to really create songs that sound truly unique.
A: You know, it just kinda happens. I really try to change the way humans perceive reality in an effort to bring about a revolution of peace and love. People are so wrapped up in things, and I like to keep in mind while creating this idea of unity hoping it sticks. I [sometimes feel] like I’m not of this planet [and maybe I’m not], but my mission is to share access to another realm of reality.
Q: Awesome, guys. You guys are just simply fantastic! So what was it like working together?
V: The collab was really fun to work on. We tried some crazy new tactics for sound design and came up with some really interesting sounds! We laughed a lot and were just being weird making the song and it seemed to just come together really nicely. I learned that we can make some really strange sounds, that put into the context of an electro house track they seemed to just work perfectly. The best part was when we were sound designing the sound into the break after the second drop and I was like “hmm what happens if we do this?” We played the sound and I basically fall out of the chair in excitement because it was such a crazy sound while Apoxia is just laughing at me. Overall it was a great experience and we are super excited about our song!
A: Working with Von was great, we just clicked on this track everything came so effortlessly. I’m not going to give away the secrets of how we created our sounds or anything, mostly because our process was just so in depth. I learned a lot from working with him, seriously and educational experience. He was very knowledgeable, and I think we both had a lot of fun.
Q: I love seeing artists come together like this! Really the true meaning of music! So who would you guys say are your biggest influences?
V: I really love Feed Me and Ganja White Night and White Zoo. Those guys are always doing something unique and I love the little details the put into each track. I’m also very influenced by classical music- Beethoven is my favorite composer. There’s a lot to be said for classical music and as much as some people overlook it, when you’re a producer: always keep the greats in mind and don’t count out sources of inspiration- they laid down the foundations of what we create upon today.
A: Porter Robinson, Gesaffelstein, Kotek, Rezz, and Noisia, Deadmau5, M83. I find myself drawing inspiration from them a lot.
Q: I can definitely hear that in your music! Last question, guys! What would you tell other artists trying to make it in this crazy industry?
V: Never give up! I know it sounds cliche, but I was told all the time, that I would never have a job [in the industry], and that my career [choice] is one in a million. Even my teachers at school would mention that it's really hard to get a job in the industry. Just never, ever give up. If you are at the point where you want to quit, and you think your music sucks, keep working at it and eventually you will start to make music you really enjoy. Every time you open your production software you don’t have to write a song, you can use your time to practice the things you aren’t great at. If you can’t make cool sounds, practice it for an hour every day, if you can’t program drums, practice for an hour a day. The brain is a muscle, so practice producing like you would be training your other muscles at the gym so that when you have the inspiration in the studio, you will be able to get your ideas into the software much easier.
A: Exactly, never stop making music, no matter what. It’s all a process that involves a level of passion. Keep that passion alive, regardless of what anyone says.
I, for one, am so grateful to have had the opportunity to sit down with these two and pick their brains for you, my dear music lovers. It was an absolute pleasure akin to listening to their track on repeat (which we, at ManiacMusic, have been doing non-stop since they sent it over to us)!
Please check out their release, here, on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0LvUIsaXoSYNk9sr0X40ps
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