Connected (Original Mix)
As with the very definition of his name, Nexus, the young producer from Florida, is able to creates new musical experiences influenced by different ideas, different genres, all connected to become one coherent and organic sound that brings new forms of melody and aggression into dubstep. Only being 19 years of age, Nexus has worked the scene in Miami dj’ing anything from Deep House to Hip/Hop and with moving to Orlando to finish college, he is now more determined then ever to focus on his real goal: producing quality music. After grabbing our full attention with the release of his original track “Ginger Kids”, we just had to know more about the prolific and eccentric up and coming.
TMN: Congratulations on so many amazing tracks you have been putting out. Let’s start by learning more about your influences and how you got into producing electronic music, primarily dubstep?
When I was about fifteen/sixteen years old my friend Mathew Postrel was using this program called Ableton. I was into djing and mixing and I enjoyed djing a lot but I wanted to be more than just a DJ. So my friend was producing music and he showed me around Ableton and from that point on, I got myself a copy and started working with it.
It was interesting because I didn’t have a different type of style of music, he was more into Aphex twin, which is also one of my influences, and so I was really into that style when I started producing. Aphex Twin was the reasons he was making music. He made a lot of future garage and experimental music and I started making a bit of that, in a way. I have always enjoyed playing the piano, I am very into melodies and more of the pop style/universal language of music.
TMN: So were you classically trained as a young kid?
No no! Not at all, but I new music theory and I knew how to play the piano. I have been doing that for a while now.
We feel like a lot of producers have gone into this brostep, extra extravagant movement and yet you still have that melodic foundation, which we find really refreshing.
There is still a lot of that aggression too. I do enjoy the bass. With anything I make I like to have an edge to it. I think everyone enjoys something deep and dubstep, something you can have fun to and jam to. But overall I just love the melodies because it feels more like it is coming from a musical back up, It is more organic, it is not just someone typing in a beat and it takes a special talent to create that.
TMN: You moved from Miami to start college in Orlando, tell us more about your experience in Miami as well as your involvement in the local scene. How is it different from Orlando?
Well, here is what I do. I produce music but I also dj as well, I love all sounds. I am actually starting a deep house project as well because I spin deep house in Miami at the Hyde at SLS hotel. My manager is a team director there, so I DJ there often. And I don’t even spin some of the music work on there because I am open to all music. I have spinned at a hip/hop night in grand central about the Peachfuzz.
While in Orlando, I spin more of my music I would say. More dance music, like Ginger Kids and some of the songs I have on my soundcloud. But compared to Miami, it really depends on the location. I do play around and don’t always play what is in my soundcloud.
TMN:That is very interesting because I used to live in Orlando, do you feel like there is more variety when it comes to an audience in Miami as opposed to in Orlando?
I definitely like Miami a lot more because there is so much variety of music there, it is just crazy. There is the Electric Pickle where you go listen to tech house, if you want something more commercial you can go to Mansion , there is just so much variety . I think Orlando is trying to get there but since it newer here it may take some time
TMN: Talk to us about the music creating process, do you focus on the melody and then move on into the bass?
Yes I always start with chord progression and then build pretty much around that.
TMN: With being in the scene for a couple of years now, how has the internet improved upon your ability to promote your own projects.
One of those powerful tool that has been really helpful for me has been facebook . I feel like being able to reach out to authors and all these people is great. Simply sending a message and saying, “Hey I like your new song”, is really powerful and it has been a really big help, media-wise.
TMN: What are your plans for the next six months? You have mentioned you have other projects already but we want to know if you will continue to focus on Nexus?
TMN: I think that is great! We absolutely can’t wait to hear the new material… Where did the name “Ginger Kids” come from?
Well actually, haha I am a ginger. My friends would always mess with me when I was in highschool . I mean they are my real friends but they would poke fun and call me a ginger. I actually was going to put out a 4 track ep with Ginger Kids was one of them. I was going to wait until next year and release it with a label I was working with but I was like, you know what? I really want to just put this one out there because it does have intriguing sounds and so I basically took it off the EP. I am trying to release a track at least once a month, depending on where my fans are at. Every time I reach a milestones of this many fans I usually release another track.
TMN: As music bloggers we really like to see people only releasing songs when they are absolutely sure about a track, and not just a simple remix here and there.
Absolutely. You know what is really interesting?
TMN: If you music was an animal what would It be?
Hmm.. This is a tough one. I would say probably the animal from Dude Where is My car? What was the animal called? The one he was talking to them? Haha I cant remember the name of that. But I got another animal! I will say a cheetah! (haha)
TMN: If you had to collaborate with someone in the electronic scene, who would it be?
In general to work with?
It is funny because I do listen to a lot of different music but I don’t know.. I would almost have to say Skrillex just because his quality is amazing but I would have to think about this one…. You know what, I know exactly who I would love to make a song with: Crizzly. Realistically I think we could actually send stems back and forth and he could make a really awesome drop and I can produce a lot of the melodies behind it. I also think Bassnectar would amazing to work with. I feel like he is such a good producer.
We have seen a lot of producers come and go but we are really rooting for you, we were honestly so impressed with your music that we had to pick up the phone and talk to you. Thank for taking the time to talk to us.