We are very pleased to share an exclusive interview with Gorilla Complex and a premiere stream of his awesome new track ‘Welcome To The Bass Jungle’, read on to learn more about his animalistic style of bass music….
Tell me a little about Gorilla Complex?
Gorilla Complex is a well thought out project. The dance floor has always seemed like an animalistic place to me, and as I wanted to create heavy bass music, a gorilla seemed to fit with the big, strong nature of the sound.
All my tracks contain elements based around this animalistic theme. The slightly dark and evil tone is consistent throughout and the animal theme is also represented in the artwork and track names. I call it ‘Animalistic Bass Music’.
How would you describe your production style?
I barely use synths now. Over the years, I have built up a big sample library. I mess with audio FX and automate pretty much every parameter until it sounds interesting. I also record all my own vocals and re-pitch them with Melodyne. After every tune,
I add the new sounds to my sample library to re-use in the future. So it’s an ever-growing palette to work from. I’ve played guitar for years, which helps with the melodies and chord structures as well.
Who were your major influences in terms of music production?
Noisia are probably the artist that I aspire to the most. The Prodigy are up there as well. These guys are legends, innovators and unique in many ways. You don’t get many artists with their credibility and longevity.
What does the future hold for you?
I don’t want to conform to a genre, but the next 3 or 4 releases are all Bass House. I am also working on a few Trap and Drum & Bass tunes with some great vocalists as well.
I want to create some crazy animal themed live shows as well at some point. Imagine a nightclub with everyone dressed up as animals. Could get some inflatable bananas to throw out into the crowd as well!
If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?
Loads of people come to mind. Maybe Sampha or Yukimi Nagano, the singer from Little Dragon. These two have such interesting voices and so much character. I think we could make something really unique. Or Foreign Beggars because those guys always deliver.
And if you could remix any tune of your choice, which one would you choose and why?
Jungle book or Lion King – I would do it but it wouldn’t stay on Soundcloud for long with their tight copyright laws, unfortunately.
Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?
I’m also hoping to release on Black Butter or MTA records in the future and I’m hoping to get some support from UKF. I’m a big fan of theirs so hopefully, I can make this happen.
Could you offer a bit of advice for an up and coming producer?
Define your style, your purpose and find a way to be unique. And also make sure you can summarise yourself in one sentence. Easier said than done, but if you can do this, you are on the right track.
Any final words?
Welcome to the bass jungle!
Listen to the premiere stream of ‘Welcome To The Bass Jungle’ below and download the track for free Here