An creative that dares to take chances, is one who will list. Crafting music that is filled with life, to create a one of a kind audio experience that takes you to a place, you never knew you needed to be. When we heard Comrade’s remix to King Kilo’s “D.A.R.E.” we got engulfed in the sound immediately and had to know more about this talent. He was gracious enough to take time to answer some questions for us. The spotlight is on Comrade!
Who is Comrade the Producer?
Comrade is my manifestation of the spirit of liberation – my idealized revolutionary self. It moves me to create music that I hope inspires others to realize their own revolutionary potential, their own inner Comrade. It’s like zen buddhism, but for leftists and I made it up.
How did you get into producing?
I began playing guitar in elementary school and quickly realized I wanted to make my own songs. I downloaded FL Studio when I was 13 and started making terrible Earth, Wind and Fire imitations. After about fifteen years, I eventually learned to produce.
What production software do you use and why?
I use Ableton Live. I’ve used it for at least 10 years and at this point the workflow is second nature. I try to stick with Ableton’s stock plugins, but my go to’s are Serum, Fabfilter Pro-Q 3, Valhalla Room, and a Roland D-50 library.
What’s your creative process for your “D.A.R.E. remix” ?
Kimi (King Klio) sent me a vocal track with a very nice melody. I played some choir voices with a pedal tone underneath for a Sade vibe, added some ridiculous guitar bends, and boom! We’re back in 1987. In the back of my mind I was going for Daft Punk meets Foreigner.
What was your favorite project to work on?
This one! In the past I’ve boxed myself into defined genres, but this remix really took my art somewhere new and unpredictable. It’s exciting to glimpse a sound uniquely my own.
Which artist would you love to collab with and why?
That’s a hard question – there are so many to choose from! But I’d have to pick Bassnectar. Aside from the fact that he makes amazing music, I’d love to learn from his process. I can’t think of any other artist that is as prolific as he is while maintaining quality.
What’s next for Comrade?
I’ve got another remix coming out soo
Check out Comrade’s remix to King Kilo’s “D.A.R.E” below and follow him on social media. Stay Global my Friends!