We got a sweet interview for you with DJ/Producer and new Neishon friend Atrasolis.
Read through to get more insight into his music, and to learn about his production techniques and ambitions!
NN: What's up Atrasolis, can you tell our Ninjas a little about your music background and how long you've been in the game.
Atrasolis: I've been doing electronic music production for about a good year and a half now, after picking up a macbook and messing around with garage band, but I've been in music overall almost a good portion of my life, I was in a post hardcore band called In the Aftermath, played bass and did vocals for that band as well as input my song writing. I also taught myself how to play guitar and drums out of interest.
NN. What initially brought you into Djing and producing? Were there any role models that you looked up to in the game?
Atrasolis: Of course, I started going to all these clubs in Miami/South Beach, in 2007-2008, started exploring the electronic world, then I started researching and discovering artists, I went to see Justice a while back at the Mansion night Club at South Beach, and was amazed on their musical composure as well as their mixing, plus the positive vibe and energy that I got from the crowd just blew my mind away, then I researched more on software, hardware gadgets, and the idea of the art on electronic music came to life.
NN: How do you decide what track you want to mix? Do you go for popular songs and add your own style to it, or is it just whatever catches your attention at the time?
Atrasolis: Mainly both, but I definitely add my own taste while I'm playing live, I do alot of crazy sound effects that ableton live offers, but I mainly aim for the best way of mixing which is a song in the same key of course, or atleast really close to it.
NN: What type of software and equipment do you prefer to use when producing and why?
Atrasolis: I use ableton for everything, production and live, I currently have an m-audio oxygen 25 keyboard controller, and an akai mpd 26 pad for live. But when I wrote I am the Black Sun: A & B, I just used my headphones, and my laptop keyboard. Also some VST plugins I discover throughout researching.
NN: If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be?
Atrasolis: Oh man, I do have an ideal spot in Denver Colorado, at the Red Rocks, I saw videos on Incubus when they played there a few years back, and of course Kaskade, which blew my mind on how they were able to pull off the acoustics nature itself put there, and adding their own live equipment in the venue, its literally a stage heading upwards towards the seats, and two huge boulder walls made of natural rock on the side, kind of like a canyon deal, amazing stuff.
NN: What can our Ninjas expect from you in the near future?
Atrasolis: More music, more material, collaborations with different artists and definitely some live videos of my performances!
NN: If you could give any aspiring musicians some advice what would it be?
Atrasolis: Be positive and consistent with your work--if you have anything to put out, don't be afraid of putting out because the right people might hear it and will push what you made. And of course surround yourself with positive people who will believe in you. Those are the main formulas to get to where you want to get to. It's like any business, great customer service will give you loyal customers who will come back for your products. So be open and ready to talk to many people who will give you great feedback.
NN: When I say Ninja you say...
Atrasolis: TURTLES!!!!!! I'm down for some pizza! hahaha!
NN: Thanks for your time Atrasolis, keep us updated on your new tracks and come out to The Neishon sometime!
Atrasolis: No problem, and thank you for this great interview!