DJ and beat maker, one of Spotify's hottest dance artists
Cleveland-born DJ and producer has recently released his first project EP RUSH featuring Sarah Skinner. The EP landed him an invitation for EDC festival DJ set, which he will play shortly. Tristan specializes at creating down-tempo beats and chill out vibe, as well as uptempo dance bangers.
His versatile style is what attracts attention of big music industry players.
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Interview with Tristan Wells
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce instrumentals/top lines for artists in all different genres
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am truly inspired by so many different artists/musicians, but to name a few I’d say Flume, Clams Casino, Logic and Kaivon
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a typical bedroom studio setup, but it gets the job done. I have 2 KRK monitors, Komplete Kontrol keyboard, a MacBook Pro and lots and lots of plug-ins. I produce off of Ableton Live 10
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually before I start any music, I draw a mandala or write for 15 minutes to clear my headspace. Once I’m ready to start creating, I usually start with a chord progression or a beat
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring lots of different attributes to a song, but I bring atmosphere, melody, groove and energy to a song
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I’d say my strongest skill is bringing the right vibe to the track wether it be melodies, chord progressions or just atmosphere/textures. I get that done well
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on EDM/Pop it Hip-Hop, but I’m versatile and can work in many different areas
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A tip that I’ve learned is leave your Ego out when jumping into a session. Don’t think, just create. While producing you can’t think “oh well are people going to like this?” Do you yourself like it? That’s all that matters
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Clams Casino. I’ve been listening to his work for years and I feel like our production styles would mesh together very very well.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have many different styles. It depends on the mood I’m in, but I’d say my main style is Chill Out/Downtempo
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been producing music since I was 16 years old. I saved up for a laptop at my first job and it started from there. I went to ICON Collective music production school for a year, and now I’m here
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop. Apollo Interface. Headphones. Neumann U87. Keyboard
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let the provider know exactly what you want. Be very descriptive on the vision.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Have you released music before? Can I hear some of the music if you have any to show? What kind of vibe are you aiming for here?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I feel like a lot of people think producers these days take a chord progression sample, melody sample and put drums over it... It’s much more than that. I create from the heart, not just to make a banger for the public
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually show me a reference song and say “Can you make something like this?” I say yes, of course.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job doesn’t feel like a job. It’s an escape and that’s my favorite part. It’s healing
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to my clients is that I promise to put my all into whatever project it is and make the vision come to life
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Ever since I started producing I’ve worked with digital. So digital, but analog is chill.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Dream Addix
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m currently working on my own music. Singles and working on my second EP.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A project that means a lot to me is my debut collaboration EP ‘RUSH’ . I worked on it with my friend Sarah Skinner and it turned out fantastic. I was the executive producer and engineer