Subduxtion, an experienced DJ and music producer, has been immersed in an endless stream of high-quality releases that have reached audiences around the world.
With his weekly radio show “Dark Signals” also on the radar, subduxtion continues to showcase his talent and skills, putting his name at the top of the list of artists to watch.
We asked subduxtion to tell us more about the working process on his latest “Seek” release and here’s what he had to say.
LA – Hi subduxtion, how are you?
Subduxtion – I’m fine, thank you. I’ve been busy for a few weeks, days and months (LOL). Working on new tracks, a remix and my weekly radio show, “Dark Signals”.
THE – Can you tell us more about the initial idea of “Seek”?
Subduxtion – I started working on ‘Seek’ in late 2021, with the intention of releasing it in early 2022. The initial idea for the track was sparked by the vocal sample used in the track. As is always the case with me and a new track, it went through many versions before arriving at the version I released.
THE – Were there any sounds or ideas that inspired the song?
Subduxtion – There were two sounds that really inspired the song, the first being the vocal sample and the second being a piano sound from Arturia’s Analog Lab collection. Analog Lab has a very good selection of pianos. As a pianist, it’s really nice to have a library of quality pianos.
THE – What part of the song did you start working on first?
Subduxtion – I started with the vocal sample and a bass drum. The next step was to find the right chords to place underneath with the right sound for the chords/pad. With those three things in place, you had to find a good bassline to back them up. Once that sound foundation was in place, it took me a long time to chisel the track into its best shape.
THE – Have you experimented with any new sounds or processes?
Subduxtion – The big change in the process was that I started following all parts of “Seek”, through my UAD Apollo interface. Being able to follow along using incredible sounding reproductions of vintage analog gear really made a difference in how the track sounded. UAD’s plugins sound fantastic and added so much character and depth to the instruments I was following. Tracking through the Apollo has now become my new standard way of working.
THE – How long did it take you to finish the song?
Subduxtion – On and off I probably worked on the track for 4 months.
THE – Using only 3 words, how would you describe ‘Seek’?
Subduxtion – Dark, Minimal, Techno.
THE – How does this track differ from your previous albums?
Subduxtion – The biggest difference between this track and many of my other tracks is that this one has a much bigger bassline. I really focused on it and gave it more impact on the track. My typical bass line would work more like a pedal board not necessarily something that would grab the attention of listeners. This time I wanted to change that and create a more soulful and sonically interesting bass line.
THE – According to you, what is the most important thing when releasing a new song?
Subduxtion – The most important thing when releasing a track is to have a plan for before and after it is released. Now, more than at any other time, an artist (in most cases) can release music without interference or restriction. It’s fantastic! It allows people to get their music to market. That being said, a LOT of music is released now and so the challenge becomes how do you get your music heard when there are so many releases? This is why having some sort of pre-release and post-release promotional plan is so important when releasing music.
LA – What are you currently working on?
Subduxtion – Just finished a remix for Sizz Nickhrome to be released on Pocket Food Audio (SA); it is a South African label focused on releasing Deep-House, Minimal-House and Deep-Techno. I also have a release coming in July on the Internet and Weed (US). It is a two-track album titled “Rezone”. Not to mention my weekly radio show, “Dark Signals.” Before the end of the years I will have another release on Milligrid Records (US), it will probably be in the fall. Recently, I considered doing an “ambient” release, which would be more of an EP. I really want to do something longer.