ARTIST NAME: Hellcutter
SONG TITLE: Data Consciousness
RELEASE DATE: 02-08-2019
GENRE: Drum and Bass
Hellcutter is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ from Quebec, Canada, also a newcomer in the drum and bass music scene.
With already more than twenty thousand fans on Facebook since his first release Light and Dark in mid-2018. His music brings an obscure ambiance like The Prodigy with a touch of rapid electricity and loud bass line from the dark drum and bass…
Discuss how you develop your melody.
My melodies are mostly developed around an obscure and mysterious ambiance based on my emotions toward a story that I have imagined. I have a lot of imagination and that needs to come out so music is the perfect way to express it with my melodies.
Tell us your source of inspiration.
Being someone with a lot of imagination, I like to take the present moment and imagine what it could be in an alternate dimension or if things were not as they are right now.
This story based on an alternate reality can be on any subject that can fuel my music inspiration at full speed; you know one story can have more than an entire album inspired by it.
Tell us the most memorable experience in your music career.
Every time I do something related to music it is memorable but the most memorable I think was when I played my first live show at the age of 12. It was in a small community and the hall was full of children and their parents; every segment of the show was children related activities but the song we played was the Peter Gunn Theme song, so it was a bit more for an adult audience who knows the TV show.
I remember the drummer starting the hi-hat intro while I was waiting for the right moment to start with the guitar riff, the moment where the drumbeat started; there were dozens of parents standing on their feet whistling, shaking, and screaming for us doing our first show and we were like ‘what is going on?’ but still playing to only realized after the show that we were rocking the place without even knowing it.
Discuss how you build your song.
It depends on what activated my creation process, sometimes it is a five-second sample or a three-word vocal I heard then the rest of the song is automatically being created in my head around the sample or vocal.
To be a bit more technical I mostly start with the drum beats using a BPM between 160 and 180 (when I do drum & bass), then I match those beats with some big bassline that would give more power and loudness on the drum track. After that comes the noises FX which needs to come out to distract the listener a little bit and catch his/her attention. Then I try to feel the entire mix and play spontaneous stuff multiple times with different instruments to find what adds the best feel to it.
Tell us how you ensure your music inspires others.
For me music is art, in other words, music is the expression of emotions where when I create music I am translating my feeling into sounds and melodies.
Most of my music are energetic and send a positive message especially the song “Become” where it says “We become what we think about” in other words if you think good and happy, good and happy things will happen to you and the same for the opposite.
Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.
Promotion for every artist is primordial, you may have created the best-hit song ever but if nobody hears it, how can it be a hit? This is why every artist must do at less 80% promotions and 20% creations because these creations need an audience…
Tell us what you will do apart from music.
I do web programming, applications, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and build a website.
List the names of the instruments you can play.
Guitar, bass, drum, piano, flute, a little bit of saxophone…
Tell us if you have any music background.
I started playing guitar at the age of 10 and took all the music classes in high school to learn the theory and other instruments. I played in multiple metal bands and electronic projects.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.
Persevere and never quit, there will be some drops but it will always get better and better. Trust yourself and who you really are. The music industry can be hard but if you put everything you have in it and believe you can have a successful career, and then you will get what you believe in.
Elaborate on melody and rhythm.
I like to make a fast and crunchy rhythm that sounds a bit aggressive with an obscure or intriguing melody; I think it brings a suspenseful ambiance where the listener wants to hear more of the song to know what will happen next.
State your future goals.
I want to continue to evolve musically by creating and giving more to the music community, more contents, more tools, and more knowledge.
I am preparing the release of my own alternate reality platform called The Interface Network where my music and my programming skills are mixed together to bring you a unique experience, stay tuned for the release.
Share your recording experience with us.
My studio recording for me is a calm place; I think nothing should be rushed in my studio. So when I am sitting to record something, I know I can take all the time I need to record it. If there is any tension when I record something, it must be the feel I wanted it to be, or else I schedule the session for another time.
Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.
I love every moment of recording but the mastering is the step I sometimes wanted to skip in the past because you know, the impatience, the song is recorded, mixed and it already sounded dope (I think), so it is ready, I should release it right away to show it to everybody, but no! Wait! What? It still needs more and more hours of work to really sound awesome to fit with the other songs on the album.
Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
For me, it is that I waited too long to really invest in my music career.
I was distracted by my other passions that were paying more than music at that time.
I began putting less time into music and promotion so it did the water pump effect, as soon as I stopped pumping, all the water goes back to the bottom of the well and I needed to start all over to get back at that same point, to get back the fans’ connection and confidence I had with them. Now I know that I will not stop in any way.
Tell us how you build up your composition.
I like building stories in my head, mostly around sci-fi and alternate reality world. My latest music is based on a concept composed of subjects like the cyberpunk world, space, and technology. I like to make people dream about things that do not exist right now or things that do exist…
Discuss the relevance of music.
Music is a powerful source. It can influence, distract, calm, and completely switch your emotions from feeling bad to super good in a fraction of a second and sometimes without realizing it. Music for me is life and where there is life there is music.
Elaborate on the song.
The song ‘Data Consciousness’ is a glimpse of the story I was talking about earlier. It is about a perfect IT corporation employee who wanted to be more efficient and less stressed at her job. The solution she found was to transfer her consciousness into a network called The Interface Network.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
My artist’s name came from my last name ‘Couture’ it is often mispronounced by English people and mostly sounds like Cutter.
The word Hell, well like everybody on this planet, I came through some hardcore situations and it makes me often think that I came back from some kind of hell, so that’s how the name Hellcutter was born.