An Interview With Mongoose – Glitch Hop Production Tips

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One of the most talented producers in the glitch hop scene is Mongoose, who has been making big waves since 2012 with his delicious production style. Here is an exclusive interview we did with him recently.

What music did you grow up listening to?

I’ve mostly listened to local (hungarian) bands emerging from the breakbeat and drum and bass scene. They had a big influence on me, big enough to forget about other genres or styles. Unfortunately I don’t have any classical instrument musical training.

When did you start producing and how did you get into it?

It was around the end of high school, when I saw two of my friends turning jazz to a massive drum and bass track. It felt kinda like magic to me – it still is.

What part of a tune do you approach first?

I would be so happy if I could finally decide it myself… Honestly, I don’t know. But first of all I do the sound design part. Its essential to have the right sound in your track.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Nearly from anything. Movies, music, cute cats, feelings, sports you name it.

Do you have a favorite song of your own? 

Tricky one. Yes I have, but it changes all the time. Currently it’s Comin’ Alive with Mira.

What do you do when you’re not feeling inspired?

I cry.

Aww, sorry to hear that. Do you do much resampling and frequency splitting to get your bass sounds sounding so delicious?

I should, it’s an inhumanly awesome thing, but sometimes I’m just too lazy.

If you got a chance would you write pop stuff for a major label (if the money was good?) 

For sure. It would be a great opportunity to troll the music industry.

What’s the boring, workhorse plugin/piece of kit that you use all the time?

Massive, Vanguard and Logic built-in plugins.

What’s the coolest bit of kit you’ve got and do you actually use it much? 

My computer. I do everything in the box.

Do you master your own releases?

If I have the opportunity, always. It only happened once at Red Bull Records when I couldn’t refuse to have the track mastered by somebody else.

What production technique do you think is really overused / annoying?

I don’t think that such thing exists. It’s just the producers with a lack of creativity.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started out?

I’d have loved it if someone told me honestly that my tracks sound shit. It could save me time. I had to figure out by myself that my tracks actually sucked.

What do you think are some of the biggest mistakes people make with production generally when they’re in their first year or two?

As I noticed they don’t care about sound design at all, even though that’s the best thing about producing music.

Except for yourself (obviously), who else do you think is really pushing glitch hop in new directions? What are they doing differently to the rest? 

Well, thanks! But I wouldn’t consider myself as an innovatior of bass music. BUT. I think The Glitch Mob is pretty much the messiah of the bassheads. Also Noisia. They are in a different scene, and personally i’m not the biggest fan of this kind of drum and bass, but damn, their production skills are really the next level. Both TGM and Noisia have their own unique atmospheres, and I think that’s why they can push this whole bass music thing forward.

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