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EXCLUSIVE | Getter Opens Up About New Album ‘Visceral’, Depression, His Thoughts On EDM & More In Personal Interview

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From dubstep to trap to future bass, house, hip-hop/rap and beyond, Getter has continued to thoroughly impress us over the years. With over 14 EP’s and one full-length LP under his belt, at 25-years-old Getter has already accomplished a careers worth of achievement having been in the game for just over 7 years. We actually just broke down his career in this "Evolution of Getter" editorial you should check out. 

Having picked up major traction with his hip-hop side project Terror Reid over the last year, the young LA-based artist has been keeping incredibly busy releasing countless singles under his two projects, while at the same time on tour and managing his imprint, Shred Collective. With his forthcoming album Visceral set to drop tomorrow (Sep. 28) we took some time to sit down with Getter to talk about music, life lessons and more. Enjoy!

Congrats on getting Visceral out there! This album seems to be a big step both personally and in your career - what does Visceral mean to you?

Thank you!!! It’s definitely the first project in my career that I feel will define me moving forward. Super super proud of it. To me, Visceral is a coping mechanism, it’s a diary, it’s a million different things in one. But most importantly, Visceral is my chance to be an example. I want to convince everyone to wear their heart on their sleeve. I know what it’s like to struggle with depression and anxiety and most people my age do nowadays. It’s confusing, and it destroys you. This is my way of dealing with it and I want to urge everyone to be open and honest with themselves and their peers. This shit is real and it’s time we recognize it and deal with it head on.

You’ve said in the past that Visceral is a follow-up to your Planet Neutral project - in what ways are the two connected?

In some ways it is connected to planet neutral. It’s a similar vibe - honest, real pieces of music that tell a story. Music that can be listened to without partying. Stuff like that.

How long did take you to complete this album, from start to finish?

Well the first actual song, “Hold On Tight” was made like 2 and a half years ago with Njomza. From there I just was making pretty music. Then it turned into me actually feeling shit and using it to help myself cuz i didn’t know what else to do. I really wanted to take my time and polish it off and get the best features to match the vibe.

How has your personal taste in music changed over the course of the Getter project and has that had an impact on the music you make?

It has changed a lot. Definitely have been listening to a little of everything. At first, when I was lashing out and being an asshole, it was immediately me listening to angry music and saying “fuck EDM” and all that. After assessing my problems and quitting drugs and shit I realized how much music can help me, not just creating it but also listening and feeling it. I mean fuck one day I’ll be listening to The Black Dahlia Murder then switch over to Bright Eyes. Definitely changed my outlook on music completely.

Is there a specific track or moment from the album that is most important to you?

I think “Colorblind” was the game changer for me. It was my first time being like “fuck I AM depressed and I’m sad all the time and I AM sorry to anyone I’ve made feel like shit but I don’t want to tell everyone and start a pity party so I need to write down all the madness in my brain to MAYBE make people try to understand” and I spent  hours yelling and screaming and crying trying to make the perfect part of a different song that people will remember. The album version is my favorite.

What was the most important thing you learned while crafting this album?

I think not being afraid to open up and be honest with people rather than hiding behind a persona or a brand is what I’ve learned. People need something to relate to. They need something to distract them from this fucked up planet. They need to see the good in the world instead of all these fuckin articles popping up. Yes the world is fucked but there is beauty in pain. There are good things too and I don't know… I just wanna see everyone happy in the end. I just want everyone (including myself) be happy.

You’ve been vocal about your disdain of EDM in the past. What is it that ultimately turned you off, and has your mindset on the genre changed since you made those comments?

I went on a huge rant when I was breaking down. Said a lot of dumb shit. When I said I was quitting EDM and shit, I just meant I wanted to pursue a different style. I blamed everything happening to me on everything else. I never truly looked at ME and what I was doing. Clearly didn’t mean all that shit, but i get it now. I don’t hate the genre.

What were some of the hardest challenges you’ve faced in your music career?

The hardest shit for me is the hate. Or when people act like they know you. Or fake people. People think that when someone has followers or gets “famous” that they aren’t human. Like they can say whatever they want. And that’s possible now with social media and everything. But the only thing separating famous people and not famous people is the word “FAMOUS”. I’m just a person like you but I did a few things to make a name for myself. But I still have feelings and I still have opinions. I’m a person just like you. But yeah I don’t know, people get nasty. That and people that act like they give a fuck about you to get something from you. I used to have so many “friends” but I got a small circle right now of people that really actually give a fuck about each other, and it’s nice.

We’re HUGE fans of Terror Reid and all the rap production you’ve been doing. What’s next for Getter and Terror Reid?

Thanks! I’m working on a lot of hip-hop with my homie eliozie, he’s like the best rapper right now. We finished his album, I’ve started on my Terror Reid album and I’m already working on another Getter album. My goal now is to top all my older music. So just expect a lot of great, honest music :)

PREMIERE | Meet Emmit Fenn, The Billie Eilish Collaborator Whose Song “Meteorite” Soundtracked Apple’s iPhone Announce + Interview

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Rising artist Emmit Fenn has been killing it lately. The talented 22-year-old producer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist just took things to the next level with his latest release soundtracking Apple's massive new announcement in the highly publicized Apple Keynote unveiling multiple new iPhones. This new song "Meteorite" showcases Emmit's incredible sound design and skill set to craft emotional music as we're excited to have the premiere alongside an interview with Fenn.

Emmit Fenn is doing a lot more than your average "bedroom producer." He just recently landed his production on Billie Eilish's "bitches broken hearts" as the rare switch up in production from her brother Finneas, who has been her go-to producer on everything. Fenn also just linked up with Vic Mensa on a powerful new song & video as well as THEY.'s Drew Love on "Without You" as he shows an ability to thrive in the hip-hop space. Now he switches things up once again.

This new track "Meteorite" sounds more like a movie score than a single, and in the best way possible. This isn't a full surprise as Fenn previously scored a Facebook TV show called Five Points where he worked with Quentin Tarantino's longtime music supervisor Mary Ramos. Here Fenn displays his knack for effortlessly creating cinematic soundscapes filled with emotion. The anticipation of Apple's biggest announcement of the year is felt with this song Fenn crafted to soundtrack the iconic event. Stay tuned for more from this rising artist as he does not disappoint. Enjoy!

Emmit Fenn - Meteorite

This new release feels a lot like a movie score. Can you tell us more about this collaboration with Apple and how your musical background led to this song?

I can’t say much about how it all came together but it’s been a dream to create with Apple’s team ever since I started making music. I’m happy ‘Meteorite’ ended up working perfectly for what they needed!!! I always try to incorporate a cinematic element within all my music so working on projects like this is really fun.

What does this moment mean for you?

Coming from crashing UCLA music classes two years ago to now creating music used by companies that I’ve always looked up to is super cool - definitely is a huge stepping stone for me as an artist.  It's always fun composing for specific spots and brands like this and hopefully its the beginning of many more.

How did the collab with Billie Eilish come about? What was that experience like for you?

We were both fans of each other's music when we first started putting out music and were actually talking on Soundcloud for sometime before we first decided to make a song together. She's killing it right now and she’s super fun to work with so it was awesome producing 'bitches broken hearts' for her project! We made another song as well so can’t wait to share it one day. 

We’ve noticed your growing versatility as you’ve been expanding into the hip-hop realm as of late. What direction do you see your music going from here?

I'm always experimenting with new sounds and genres. I try to create sounds that haven't been made before. Hip-hop has never been a go to genre for me, but I’m always looking to push myself and expand with different type of artists. My debut album is coming in 2019 which is in a completely new lane. It’s some of my favorite work I’ve made thus far.

How does your approach to music differ across the various genres you explore?

All my music starts on the piano and from there it's really up in the air where it can go. When I get to the studio, I tend to have absolutely no idea what the outcome will be, it all just depends on what mood I'm in and what's been inspiring me lately. Sometimes it's a peaceful piano ballad and other times an crazy electronic song that makes no sense, but I just try to have fun with it.

Can you tell us more about your story as a “bedroom producer” who dropped out of college to pursue music? What has your road been like to this point after making the decision to focus on music?

I started off producing in my bedroom and I'm still here. As long as I have a keyboard, mic and laptop, I'm good. After I dropped out of college in Virginia, I moved in with some friends near the UCLA campus, but wasn't enrolled as a student. My friend told me to come to one of his song writing classes and that lead to me crashing probably 6-8 music classes over the next few semesters. Some teachers even invited me back. It definitely provided a lot of inspiration and gave me some knowledge on writing music and working in the industry. At that point, I knew I didn't want to go back to school and thankfully 'Painting Greys' started to build an audience online, allowing me to pursue this full time.

Explore Elohim's World On Her Stunning Self-Titled Debut Album + TSIS Interview

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Enigmatic singer and producer Elohim has gifted us today with her self-titled debut album, Elohim. We’ve kept our eye on this inspiring artist ever since her versatile vocals first entered our ears on Louis The Child’s “Love Is Alive” and she has impressed us at every turn. Recently Elohim’s music has reached scores of new fans thanks to a flawless Coachella performance, an engaging North American headlining tour, and a genre-crossing collaboration with The Glitch Mob that received a dark remix from REZZ.

All this momentum culminates in her unbelievably cohesive, undeniably diverse debut album, Elohim. The fifteen-track LP deftly explores the highs and lows of human emotion with cheerful tracks like “Sleepy Eyes” and “Fuck Your Money” side-by-side with dark, energetic offerings like “Skinny Legs” or “I Want You”. Beginning with the haunting, cinematic intro “Why Am I Like This” the listener dives into Elohim’s introspective world and is taken on a journey that only ends as the chords fade on the emotional, stand-out final track “Insecure”.

We had the chance to connect with Elohim on her album release, check out the interview below and be sure to give the album a listen. Enjoy!

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You recently played a massive set at Coachella. What was your experience like there and what did that performance mean to you?

The experience was incredible. Everything from the weather, to the people, the atmosphere and love. It was perfect! I didn't know what to expect but every and any expectation was exceeded. I feel very grateful to have been given this opportunity. The performance meant more to me than i ever even thought it would have. Coachella is this really cool bench mark and accomplishment in a musicians career. it was really fun to talk about that with my other friends playing the festival as well. It is pretty out of body experience and hard to put into words. 

You’ve worked with some amazing collaborators over the past couple years. How did you get involved with the community and have these collaborations affected your own sound or songwriting process?

The collaborations really came about from me focusing on my own music and sound and getting that out into the world. Through releasing my own music other artists noticed and wanted to collaborate. It is really the amazing thing about the internet. It is important to me to form friendships and bonds before creating, but sometimes the bond comes from collaborating.

Do you find it challenging adapting your studio recordings to your live show?

I find it somewhat challenging at times but it is a nice challenge, a fun challenge. I like to re-work them in different special ways that are only ever heard at live performances.

What’s your songwriting process like? Do you have a favorite time or place to draw inspiration from?

The songwriting process is truly always different. My favorite place to create is my studio in santa monica, CA. I have a really beautiful support system there. It is important to me to feel protected and free while making music. Sometimes i write in very unconventional ways though. I wrote "Fuck Your Money" in the car on the way home from the gym. It is always different which is the greatest thing about music. i create without boundaries or rules.

When did you first learn to produce? Does your production skill set change your approach to writing and singing?

When I am at the studio i prefer to touch instruments instead of computers, i would rather focus on my writing than cutting up ableton tracks.  so i have an incredible engineer i work with. Having knowledge of production and knowing what I am talking about helps me a lot because i can be very specific about what exactly i want and i can take over if needed. at this point, the people i work with can pretty much can read my mind.

Your debut album is here, how does it feel to get this project out there?

It feels incredible! I am very lucky i get to share my music with wonderful humans in the universe. It keeps me going and inspires me to continue to create more magic and music.

Is there a particular song on the project you enjoyed making the most?

i had different experiences making each song and every one was incredibly special in its own way. "Insecure" is the last song on the album and it is my favorite song. The most special piece on the album is "Water Baby". "Water baby" is an interlude that i made on my dining room table only using my laptop speakers for a mic and the process was very emotional. I used a message from my grandmother i had saved on my phone wishing me happy birthday. This whole record means a lot to me and I hope it brings love light and happiness to others.

What do you hope fans get out of this album and what can they look forward to next?

I hope fans find inspiration and confidence from this record. I hope they can find pieces of themselves within the music. If it brings anyone comfort or love then I have done what I came here to do. I really just want people to feel..whatever that feeling might be as long as it is real, it is meaningful. as for what is next I don't know but i do know i will always be evolving growing and creating hoping to push the limits while bring something new authentic and exciting to others lives.

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