It’s an entire new chapter for producer/DJ MUST DIE! Contemporary off performances at Misplaced Lands and Nocturnal Wonderland, the bass music stalwart is taking followers on a journey via UK rave, bass, techno, hardstyle and extra on his Feral Fantasy tour. The producer, actual title Lee Bates, is gearing as much as launch an album, and primarily based on what he advised us, his followers will probably be pleasantly stunned on the path his music is heading.
We bought to have a quick chat with Lee throughout some touring downtime and talked about how he first began making music, his heavy touring schedule, how he’s grown as an artist, his love for various genres and kinds, and bass music having a second.
Hey Lee! Thanks for chatting with us. First off, give us somewhat introduction to your self, the way you initially bought into music and what’s led to the place you’re right this moment?
“I got into music by being a very alone child. I had a computer and I was left alone, one of my friends had Frooty Loops before it was FL Studio. And we used to make joke music, I was like 11, maybe 10. Yeah, and, so I just got into making music through that. Well, it started before that with Sony Acid Pro. Basically I’ve always done it ever since I can remember.”
So, you’ve all the time been into DAW and simply fucking round on the pc, proper?
“Yeah, For a while, it would be the free programs where I was recording instruments, and, then once I found Acid Pro, I was like, oh, I can make electronic music, I’ve just been doing that ever since. I think in high school I did a few records under different projects, just extra-curricular stuff. But, to me, it was the main thing I was doing, school was kind of secondary to me. To me, I’ve been a professional musician since high school. I had a following in stuff, so, to me, that was what I was doing. Once that started happening in early high school, it was just like, this is what I do. So, I think I kind of just made those decisions myself, and then eventually started getting paid for it.”
You’ve been on the Feral Fantasy tour. I simply noticed your b2b with Tisoki at Nocturnal, distinctive. Inform us what made you resolve to embark upon your personal tour, what goes into planning your personal tour and the way is it totally different from enjoying festivals?
“He’s one of my really good friends, we’ve never b2b’d before. I was just talking to Willy Joy about this. A lot of the pre-conception is that we plan out these big tours, which is true, the agents do this. But, to me, I’m always on tour, like, it’s rare to see me have gaps in my tour schedule. So, to me, it helps me remember the era, where was I during when? What part of my life was this? To me, there’s no difference, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, the most modern thing and then those labels of what tour it is help me remember when to stop and start something new. It’s kind of like a bracketed framework of how my year is going. So, with the Feral Fantasy tour it’s in preparation and support of an album. And, that’s this era to me, but I’m judging it by album rather than by tour. So people will be like you’re on the Feral Fantasy tour, and I’m like ‘Am I? Great, that sounds great, we’re going to do that.’”
Inform me concerning the new music you’ve been engaged on and the upcoming album? I actually loved ‘U Should Know.’ The synths took me again after which the hardstyle half is simply so energetic!
“The album is totally different from the final ones, type of. So, the final album was plenty of me grabbing at issues and being like, ‘I’m going to do it’ and folks being like ‘don’t do it’ and ‘I’m going to do it.’ This album is me doing it. So, the primary time was like what if Should Die! Did this? Now it’s like, Should Die! Did this. So, it’s much more concrete in its genres, it’s much more concrete in its function, which is dance music. The final album was much more freeform, we had been in quarantine, there was plenty of exploration.
This was plenty of me being like, ‘Hey, it’s nice to be again on tour. That is what I really like about dance music. These are all of the issues I really like about dance music. So, it’s a celebration of being again on the highway, I believe. And, so far as kinds go, it’s not even half dubstep. It’s like, largely simply me doing the issues that I really like. All of the issues that folks have been seeing me play reside. I’ve been enjoying these songs for almost all of the tour. They maintain getting constructed upon, however every part of my set is tailor-made round one in every of these songs. So, even if you happen to didn’t understand it, individuals have in all probability heard a few of it by now.”
How have you ever advanced your sound through the years and the way do you stand out within the bass music world? How do you make a reputation for your self in such a crowded discipline?
“The sound has advanced attributable to simply, I’m not a really stationary individual, I’m a really nomadic individual. Whether or not that’s in my life or musically, I are inclined to drift via issues, drift round and float round, as a result of that’s what retains me engaged with life generally. So, with music, it’s the identical, as a result of music is my life, I prefer to maintain it assorted. And that’s simply part of me, all the time has been, I’ve by no means actually been a purist about something. So, discovering new methods to flip between issues is definitely what I get pleasure from doing probably the most about my job. Which is why generally previously, I’ve been so upset to be pigeonholed. As a result of, my complete id as an individual, after I’m alone trying within the mirror, is that I really like heaps and many issues. And I really like combining them and switching between them and I really like residing that form of life.
So, that’s how issues have modified over time, however, find out how to inform it’s me? I believe that I’ve a little bit of a backbone about issues, I don’t buckle. I’ve by no means been one to buckle beneath strain. Let’s say if the overall tone of the scene, heavy dubstep, let’s say somebody who’s good like Marauda or Svdden Loss of life, reside actually heavy dubstep. That’s king, like at Misplaced Lands, that’s what individuals are going to see. I’m actually vulnerable to being like, cool, no. That’s actually cool, I really like that music, good on them, Svdden Loss of life is one in every of my favourite artists ever, however, that’s not what I make, and that’s not what I wish to make proper now. Proper now I’m listening to a bunch of 150 BPM techno tunes, that’s what I wish to make. So, then I’ll try this, and I believe individuals will push again and you may form of inform it’s me when it’s form of going towards the grain, however I prefer to be somewhat subversive.”
What’s your tackle the state of the business? Does it really feel like every thing is again to regular? The place do you suppose the music is headed, each in bass/dubstep and dance generally?
“I believe musically, that is such an thrilling time. In dubstep particularly, there’s such an enormous quantity of upfront expertise. It makes me actually pleased, for the primary time ever, it makes me actually pleased to see individuals like Svdden Loss of life, Subtronics, Eptic, individuals who actually fucking care truly succeeding, it hasn’t actually occurred but till now. In order that’s very nice. We had the unique run of the large dubstep superstars like Skrillex and Nero, they cared clearly. However, post-that, it was form of bleak. We had plenty of propped up acts that had been form of simply manufactured.
And, then it’s actually cool to see the children I’ve watched come up win! So, I’m tremendous stoked on that, and Covid helped a ton, as a result of these individuals bought to return and work on it, work on it, work on it and so they did, and it’s clearly displaying. I’m actually pleased to be pals with these individuals and be part of that. However…we’ve bought work to do, nonetheless. Throughout Covid, we misplaced plenty of independence, there have been plenty of impartial venues closing, lots of people misplaced some huge cash and needed to take these huge offers which ended up making them basically full company shills.
So, it could be good to see individuals rise up to your native scene. Like, go to your native exhibits, perhaps truly give them cash. Go see your native DJs as a result of they’re good. That’s my ideas on the scene, apart from that, issues are good. Musically, issues are cool, there’s nonetheless a bunch of bullshit, there’s all the time going to be a bunch of bullshit. Half the acts that we all know of once we consider dubstep fucking suck. And, it’s true, I’m not attempting to be a dick, however half of the favored individuals are similar to, actually dangerous at making music. However, half of them are actually good! So, it’s higher than it was, but it surely’s inferior to it may very well be. So, we’re on the appropriate path.”
What else can followers count on from you for the remainder of the yr and as we head into 2023?
“I think, I’m going to put out this record, put out a few things that I’ve worked on on the side as well, some remixes and stuff. And, I think I’m just going to fuck off to Hawaii for a couple of weeks and just let everyone else handle it. I’ve had enough, I’ve been on the road all year long and I’ve been so social. And, for me that’s really hard, I’m definitely a sit inside with a book kind of person. That’s my social life, if people want to expect stuff from me, expect radio silence. Nah, I’m kidding, I’m going to be touring, I just announced a bunch of dates with Subtronics. I’ve got a lot going, the Feral Fantasy tour is still going on forever, but, I’ll be around, you’ll catch me at an airport or something.”
Thanks, Lee! Any phrases or recommendation for the followers?
“Yeah, man, I stand with Ukraine, baby! Women’s rights.”
Take a look at the newest from Should Die!, “KEEP U SAFE” out now on MUST DIE! MUSIC. As Lee mentioned within the interview, the Feral Fantasy tour continues, get tickets right here for the next dates.
October 14 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Occasions Centre
October 15 – Edmonton, AB – Union Corridor
October 21 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns
October 22 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns
November 3 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
November 4 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
November 19 – Honolulu, HI – HB Social Membership
December 1 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
December 2 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Ballroom