Konec – Cascade EP
Posted by Sev on November 19, 2012
Rising star Konec has just released his first EP entitled Cacade EP, out not on ‘Dub-All or Nothing’. Most well known for his laser filled remix to N*ggas in Paris that has been rinsed out by xKore during his FP tour sets; that remix barely scratches the surface of what he has in store. This EP has a nice 16-bit/old school video game theme to it that won me over after my first play of Cascade. The intro to Cascade lures me into the track every time, and not to mention the amazing melody and transition into the intense drop. With Jaguar there is more epic feel throughout, with pauses in the intro between chords. After we have the suspenseful build-up complete, we get a taste of the drop a few seconds before, after which we are hit with the heavy growl along with some jaguar sounds between. The amount of detail in both tracks is outstanding, and each listen through you notice more and more. Along with the two originals we also have two fantastic remixes provided by Poisound and Centra. Poisound takes Jaguar and gives it his usually deathly drumstep touch to transform the track into a fast paced banger. Centra’s remix to Cascade is more along the lines of his uplifting style of DnB with a nice nero-funk styled drop. Be sure to grab this EP off of Beatport HERE, or iTunes UK HERE, or iTunes US HERE. As a little added bonus we got to talk with this outstanding artist in an interview that can be read after the jump below. It’s one of my favorite interviews to date, so don’t miss it. Show him some support on his social media’s that can be found in the links below.
Short Bio: (i.e. Name, age, current location, year started producing, hobbies other than production etc.)
Started making computer music in 2007
Hobbies: Graphic Design (I do all my own)
Q: Every artist has a different introduction into producing, what was yours?
“I got into electronic music from a young age, I had ‘Daft Punk – Discovery’ on cassette when I was 7. I remember trying to make similar beats on my Yamaha keyboard (one of the ones with those DJ buttons that had all the samples). I started making music on a computer when I was 12 but it was mostly chiptune music (8-bit stuff), I even worked with a little cartridge for Game Boy called “LSDJ” for a bit which let you compose music on the limited sound card it had. I gradually eased away from that over a few years and here I am today.”
Q: Where did the inspiration for the name Konec come from, if anywhere?
“I needed a name for this new project and by chance I was on shuffle songs on my old computer. A weird recording of a numbers station (shortwave radio channels operated by governments to send encoded messages to spides (allegedly) (fuck I get into the weirdest shit)) came on called “some something konec” and I thought it sounded cool. Recording here by the way – http://soundcloud.com/the-conet-project/tcp-d4-11-konec-konec-irdial”
Q: Who are your current favorite EDM artists and why?
“At the moment I’ve got the album “Young Hunger” by Chad Valley on repeat, it’s great. My favorite track is “I Owe You This (ft. Twin Shadow)” (also check out Twin Shadow’s “Golden Light”.. anyway..). He’s done some amazing stuff, like his remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die”, the only one I’ve heard that manages to keep the charm and vintage grandeur of the original intact. I’m also continually a big fan of Diplo who’s definitely made 2012 his year with what he’s released (my favorites being his collaboration with Usher – “Climax”; and Major Lazer’s “Get Free”).”
Q: Is there any one artist or music group who’s style inspired you more than others when you first started producing?
“Daft Punk heavily influenced me when I started producing, the first track I properly made was on my laptop in the middle of a family road trip around Norway after listening to all the Daft Punk albums at that time in order in one journey. The chiptune scene also influenced me at the time, artists like Sabrepulse and Henry Homesweet were heavily played in-between sitting in my bedroom poking at my Game Boy.”
Q: For the aspiring producers who are probably wondering about your productions and what builds them, what DAW or software do you use, what are your favorite synths and plugins, Mac or PC?
“I use Fruity Loops for PC, same as when I started. I got a MacBook 2 years ago so I could start using Logic or something (yea my plans were vauge..) but I’ve remained as stubborn as an elderly republican and still use FL.”
Q: Artists such as Feed Me set a goal to make music that can be danced to, is that something you consider when working on a project?
“More recently I’ve been considering this but only after I turned 18 and started going to clubs. Before then my only experience of live EDM was a couple of Deadmau5 shows I went to a few years back, my memories are pretty much everyone just jumped up and down and shouting “fuckin hell mate” every couple of minutes.”
Q: If you had to describe your sound to a new listener, how would you describe it to them?
“Smooth jazz with the passion of late 1980’s R’n’B”
Q: Of all your productions so far, which one is your favorite and why?
““Forever (End of Set version)”, version of my track Forever that I created to end sets with (no shit). Need to get some live bookings first before anyone will hear that one though.”
Q: What are your current preferred tracks to listen to daily?
“I’ll just list a few: “Genesis” – Grimes; “Ride” – Lana Del Rey; “Drone On ft. Jamie Krasner” – Physical Therapy; “Wut” –Le1f; “Look At Where We Are (Major Lazer Remix)” – Hot Chip; “We Are Farmers” – Three Loco.”
Q: If you could collaborate with one artist in EDM currently who would it be and why?
“Diplo. He’s amazing at what he does. Also I love the crazy visual shit that he has had in a few of his collab track music videos (Go with Oliver Twizt and Que Que with Dillon Francis).”
Q: What do you want people to walk away with when listening to your music?
“A feeling of optimism for the human race; ambition for their own future and the desire to call their mum and tell her they love them and that they’re sorry for their teenage years. Hahaha fuck. Really I just hope they engage with my music and enjoy it. “