Have taken my solo project to over 6M plays on SoundCloud, 26K followers. Forthcoming official Krewella remix. Supported by Markiplier.
Capable of producing a versatile array of unique beats - speciality includes alternative/experimental hip hop but also delve into pop, jazz, EDM, trap.
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Interview with Shurk
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: SOPHIE, Flying Lotus, clipping., Danny Brown, Kendrcik Lamar, D'Angelo, James Blake, KAYTRANADA, Tyler The Creator.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My official Krewella remix. It's not out yet but I'm so happy with my bold and abrasive sound design. You'll hear why. I'm also happy to have had the chance to officially remix a group I've been following for several years now.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Researching into Neo-Riemannian theory and delving into Tonnetz grids and Hexatonic Poles.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Chris Davies/Revive Us
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because it's cheaper and takes up less space. I would however love to purchase more analog Moog gear as soon as I have the justifiable profit margin.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver within three weeks (extenuating circumstances can however apply).
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It never ever feels like a job.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just because I've so far only released EDM style material does not mean that's what I am doing anymore. Hit me up for something more interesting and less formulaic.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Send me a couple tracks that inspire the direction you want to take this in? Send me a couple of your own demos? How crazy shall we make it?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You can probably expect the beat I send over to be wonky and suggestive of avant garde. You will receive a very high end and boutique product so expect a slightly higher price tag. I'm open to many ideas and perspectives and can tailor my sound to your needs without comprising my own artistic integrity.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Keyboard, laptop, interface, guitar and a Moog.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm 20 years old now but got started when I was 14 on FL Studio. I was inspired by Skrillex and got heavily into making dubstep and EDM style beats. At 17 years old, my track 'Haunted' got picked up by Markiplier and used as his outro. It now has 3M plays on Spotify. I've released with Tasty and Rauthentic and have a very strong and dedicated fanbase. Since the age of 19 however I have been exposed to jazz and hip hop very thoroughly, which has completely changed my musical perspective and vision. I am in the process of debuting my new side project, which I keep on the DL.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Gritty but occasionally pretty.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Flying Lotus because seeing his production style would open my mind and I'm sure my drum breaks would become way cooler.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix in mono.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative hip hop and electronic with subtle jazz influences.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production, incl. sound design and harmony.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique flair of eclectic and colourful influences. I can bring a more experimental and left-field edge to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I write tracks in the DAW but often like to use organic elements in my tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ableton Live 9, UAD Apollo Twin USB, Beyerdynamic DT880 Premiums, iZotope Ozone 7 for mastering.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.