Exclusive Interview with Zed’s Dead
MusikBeats: A quick introduction on how you two came together, how long you’ve known each other, and what made you decide to come together as a dubstep duo.
We’ve been making music together for about 7 years now. Before 2008 we were called Mass Productions and we almost exclusively made hip-hop. At some point we started listening to other music and it seeped into the production so we created Zeds Dead as our electronica moniker.
MusikBeats: Also, off all the genres to work in, why Dubstep?
We work in many genres but people always say were “dubstep artists”
MusikBeats: What kind of music influences you?
Hip Hop, House, DnB, Reggae, Rock… basically anything.
MusikBeats: What do you do to get yourselves started on a new track? Any specific mental/physical/enviornmental preperations?
There’s no prep involved, maybe a coffee or a joint in some cases.
MusikBeats: What do you feel your music offers your fans in comparison to other dupstep artists?
I dont know if most people know about this but there are coupon codes in our songs mp3 metadata for buy one get one free eggo waffles.
MusikBeats: Favorite song you’ve remixed so far?
Probably Pyramid Song by Radiohead, it’s got such an dreamy feel to it.
MusikBeats: What is your ultimate goal in the music industry?
To be invited to P. Diddy’s parties.
MusikBeats: Two people sometimes means two different opinions, do you ever run into head butts and if so, how do you come to terms with each other?
Usually we see eye to eye on things but when we don’t we have to make compromises and in some extreme cases we’ll just have to scrap songs if one person feels strongly enough.
MusikBeats: How has your friendship, overall, been affected (good or bad) from becoming Zed’s Dead and quickly gaining momentum in the Electronic scene?
Haven’t really noticed a change.
MusikBeats: What is the most important thing you have taught each other from working together in order to become better artists?
I think that in a way we both taught each other how to make electronic music. It was sort of a series of breakthroughs on the techincal side of producing. Coming from making hip hop which involved hardly any sound design and mixing skills, making a fully realized electronic track was sort of a daunting task. We were constantly trying to learn new synths and plugins, so in a way we kind of just pooled our knowledge together and figured it out.
MusikBeats: What are some upcoming projects/collaborations that you are working on, currently?
Were doing an EP with Omar LinX. Its going to span across a few different genres, some dubstep bangers, some drum and bass tempo stuff and some straight up classic hip hop. Also working on lots or original tunes.
MusikBeats: Who would you really like to work with/collaborate with in future?
Redman, Busta Rhymes, The Black Keys, Drake… So many other artists
MusikBeats: When do you plan on releasing a full album and what can we expect?
When we make our album it’s going to be more listening music than bangers. We’d like to make something that is a journey from start to finish, not just a collection of singles.
MusikBeats: Growing up, what were your dream jobs?
Musician, movie director, pilot, detective, scientist
MusikBeats: Lastly, what’s the single piece of advice that has been most important to you, to pass on to aspiring artists?
Make sure you have a firm handshake, you wont get anywhere with a limp fish.