INTERVIEW | Subtronics Talks New ‘Scream Saver’ EP, What He Loves About Dubstep & His Dream Collabs

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Subtronics has quickly risen through the ranks and has undoubtedly become a force to be reckoned with in electronic music. From massive singles and collabs to his continuous output of heavy mixes, and sold out shows, Subtronics has solidified himself in a great place within the scene. Today the heavyweight bass-bringer has unleashed his highly anticipated new Scream Saver EP, and we were fortunate enough to be able to sit down and speak with him about the release (and more).

This latest offering weighs in at four tracks, and believe me when I say it’s absolute sonic destruction from start to finish. Featuring a hybrid slew of the grimey dubstep sound we’ve come to love from Subtonics, plus a mish mosh of fresh, brain-melting sound design, bassheads of all types are sure to find something to love on this.

Stream Scream Saver and check out our interview with the dubstep don below. Enjoy!

Subtronics – Scream Saver EP

Current favorite artistsMy current favorites are a pretty wide range. Off the top of my head, G Jones, Shades, Neonix, Akeos, Underscores, Oliver Tree, Leotrix, Hairitage, Voltra, Glockz, but I’ve also been re-listeing to a lot of my highschool hipster days. Postal Service, Modest Mouse and the Decemberists – bands like that lately. 

Most recent Google searchM4a to mp3 converter lmao

Favorite quarantine pastimeSmoking weed until I need to eat to stay awake, then sitting back down after eating thinking, yay I just ate time to smoke. Also sleeping ‘til 5pm.

Favorite post-set snackPita bread b2b hummus

This new EP slaps hard. Is there a certain moment you look back on when creating this project that you’re most proud of? 

Aww thank you! Either adding the arp top line to “Scream Saver” or adding the pew pews in “Blow Stuff Up”. Found myself super stuck on both of those tunes and once I added the top layers I was suddenly extremely excited about them.

What’s the best way to listen to Scream Saver?

Smoke 2 dabs, get extremely cozy in bed, get really nice headphones, meditate and immerse yourself as much as possible in the music before the drop. When I was younger just getting into dubstep I listened to a few songs in this setting and it moved me enough to where I will remember for the rest of my life lol.

What would your 13-year-old self think of the new EP?

Holy fuck dude dubstep has gotten ridiciulous.

What is your favorite thing about the dubstep scene in general? 

It creates that gut emotional-physical-all over response of AHHHH. Music that affects you is outrageously similar to the feeling of drugs. On a chemical reaction level it’s pretty close. Dubstep generally hits me the hardest in terms of an escape feeling and general serotonin feelings of woah this is awesome sounding. That and crowd reactions, watching a room full of people going crazy to the same thing is just so powerful.

Who are your dream collabs? Pick one electronic and one non-electronic artist.

Well, more than one but, Radiohead, Ratatat, Porter, Muse, Skrillex and G Jones. I’d have to step my game up big time lmao.

What’s been your most memorable festival experience? As both an artist and a fan.

Playing Forest or Lost Lands, just so much emotion and energy in one moment. Truly once in a lifetime experiences. As a fan, I honestly haven’t had the opportunity to attend that many, but seeing Space Jesus in the crowd at Bisco17 was WILD.

What was the most wild crowd you’ve ever played for? 

It’s a three way tie between the last time I played Montreal, the Ogden Theatre shows in Denver, or the GRVDNCR takeover in Sydney. 

If you could play a set anywhere in the world with no restriction, where would it be?

I want to shut down an entire city block in Philly lol, or Mount Everest. But definitely Japan.