Music is truly fun when you get to hear the creative mind of the artist going all out. When you hear all of their ideas working together cohesively, to make one amazing sound that you must hear. That’s how we felt when we heard Nature Kid’s “GOOGOOD//GAGA”. A vaporware feel to the music that resonates majorly to make a sound, you can get lost in. We enjoyed the song so much we had to know more and he was gracious enough to take time to answer some questions. The Producer Spotlight is on Nature’s Kid.
Who is Nature’s Kid the Producer?
My name is Ryan Solomon and I make sample based electronic music as Nature’s Kid
How did you get into producing?
When I was in high school I rented a CD-ROM copy of “MTV Music Generator” from Blockbuster. My friends and I spent all summer making tracks together. I eventually moved on to more serious DAW’s and the rest is history.
What production software do you use and why?
I use Ableton to make anything Nature’s Kid. It’s non linear Session View made it so easy for me to experiment with bits of tracks. I usually cut up around 10 clips from each song I want to sample and go through what works best. The way Ableton makes it easy to sync track tempos makes it so easy to experiment. The hard part is making sure everything is in the same key. From there is just about having the diligence to try a million different things before finding what works.
What’s your creative process for yoursong “GOOGOO//GAGA”?I
It just started as a clever track title. I thought it would be funny to take a song from the Goo Goo Dolls and Lady Gaga and have the title make a new phrase. I knew I wanted to start with Gaga’s “LoveGame” because the beat is so bouncy. I originally was trying to make it work with Goo Goo Doll’s “Iris” but nothing was clicking. When I slowed it down and tried “Black Balloon” instead I immediately knew I had a match. From there I chopped in a few more samples, “Stupid Love” from Gaga, and “Name” from Goo Goo.
What was your favorite project to work on?
This new “i love this song” album was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on an album. I went in wanting to incorporate a sense of humor. I had recently learned how to isolate stems within songs so it gave me a lot more flexibility and freedom when making songs. My favorite track is probably “Radio on / Curtains drawn”, I never thought I’d be able to sample a downtempo post-rock group like GY!BE and turn it into something poppy.
Which artist would you love to collab with and why?
I would love to do a song with Saint Pepsi. He makes samples sound absolutely incredible and I’d love to see his work flow.
What’s next for Nature’s Kid?
I’m probably going to take a break from samples for a while and start writing songs for my band “Wizard Woes”. However, I have quite a few Nature’s Kid songs that didn’t make the album, so I may release them eventually in one way or another.