Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of Australia’s most wanted, Mr. Bill for this exclusive Mr Bill interview on music production tips, DJing and a lot more.
In case you’ve never heard of Mr. Bill, he is a prolific producer who is renowned for his glitchy chops and attention to detail in his edits, producing music that is truly in a league of its own. He has achieved so much since starting the Mr. Bill project, including a huge amount of fine collaborations with many of the scene’s best and brightest producers, both well established and promising up and coming talents. His ‘Collaborative Endeavours – A Glitch Opera’ project consisted of 26 collab pieces, that you can download for free from his site. This year he has toured both India and Canada and has plans to tour Europe next year, showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
Mr. Bill’s YouTube channel (teaching music production techniques) has a following of more than 10,000 at the time of writing this post. He has also just gained more than 15,000 followers on Facebook on the day we release this podcast.
About the Mr. Bill project, in Bill’s own words,
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The Mr. Bill project is based on evocation, I like to write music that excites the ear and the brain. This requires me to explore a vast range of strange production methods and musical theories to keep exciting my senses. The best way to describe the music associated with this project is a mix of unlatched, glitchy breakbeats, heavy, swung-out bass lines and flawless edits with a large dash of palatable melodic content.
BassGorilla Podcast 022 – Mr. Bill Interview
In this session you’ll find out:
- Why using the same synth for different sounds makes for shitty mixdowns
- how to turn your sampler into a wavetable synth
- how to shape kicks and snares to get a better mixdown
- Lots of other music production tips
- What it’s like to DJ in India
- Some of Mr Bill’s worst experiences when playing out