MusikBeats interview with XKore
We found very few interviews online, and none of them asked this… Where did the name “xKore” come from?
It’s been my online handle for years, so it’s kind of stuck now. Nothing really deep behind it, just sounded cool when I was 14.
What inspired you to become a songwriter?
I’ve always been into EDM. I would tune into foreign radio stations like Hard FM and Bassdrive when I was like 13 and just listen to way weirder music than the average kid that age. Somehow I fell into producing with FL Studio just as a hobby on the side of school, didn’t really see anything in it, but recently it’s kind of just blown up.
Was the DJ’ing part something you had to adjust to as your career grew? Or was it something you wanted always as well?
I’ve always wanted to DJ the music I and others around me produce, for me it’s a dream job if you can even call it that. But I would’ve never expected to be doing it so early on, for me it’s a blessing, so big ups everyone around the world that has wanted me come rage with them at parties!
Your sound is very typical, like an xKore type of sound. What made you evolve to it?
It’s just a natural progression really. I try and keep my influences more varied and abstract and I guess it just comes through as my own style when I’m writing. I don’t listen to as much dubstep as people think, I don’t think interbreeding the same dubstep sounds is a very creative thing to do. Aiming for your own individual sound is what is going to give you your identity as a producer.
We haven’t had a chance to catch one of your shows? How do they flow? As far as styles, tempos, and trickery that you might have mastered?
I try to keep my shows fairly lively, lots of tempo changes and live mashups to keep everyone on their feet. I usually go between dubstep, drumstep, drum and bass and moombahton, but I’m working on expanding my set so it’s easier to go between those genres more frequently and maybe add some electro, breaks and harder styles into the mix, as well as dropping in a few more double and triple drops.
I also like to vary between songs everyone knows and can enjoy and tunes that no one knows but drops jaws and leaves people begging for the ID.
How much of your work time goes into writing, re-working, and preparing for shows?
I don’t really spend any time preparing any specific set. I do like to ask people before my gigs what the crowd I’m playing to are really into and then vibe with that or maybe play around with it when I play.
With my productions I am now starting to go back to a project once it’s finished and rework some different VIP or intro versions just to mess with people when their played. People like it when they are messed with apparently.
We notice that your production keep sounding better as they go, not musically, but technically… Anyone giving you advice on how to tweak a certain plug-in, or do you spend time researching on how to make your sounds better?
In my opinion it’s way better just to learn through experience. I’ve spent a pretty inhuman amount of time just playing around and experimenting with sounds in the studio. It’s only natural that you get better at something the more you do it, if you aren’t then you’ve got a problem.
We know of a few EP’s being released soon, can you talk about them for our readers?
It’s been a while since I’ve released something, and my avid listeners will know that I have quite a few tunes that have been held back for release for a while.
I have a 4 track EP coming out on Inspected very soon, there’s some hard dubstep, melodic/experimental/vocal dubstep and a moombahton track.
A few remixes coming soon for Sub Focus, Modestep and We Came As Romans.
There’s a lot of really big things planned that no one will expect. I’m really quite eager to get it all out there.
We know of yourself being supported by big names in the industry such as, Skream, and Knife Party just to name a few, How does that feel on such a short time span?
It’s really surreal. These are people I’ve looked up to for years. It’s weird because society makes these people seem like untouchable figures, but they’re just really normal cool people in person.
With whom would it be a dream come true to work on a track with?
Any things you would like to share with our readers that no one knows about you?
I’m going to take over the world.
Thank you very much for your time, we wish you the best of luck moving on, and hope to catch one of your shows for a proper review!
Big ups Musikbeats, come down and party some time!