I recently sat down with New York City native and up and coming producer Redox to talk about his recent successes, how he started out in the industry, and his thoughts and opinions on where the New York City scene is going. The 18 year old producer definitely has a full bag of tricks when it comes to his sound, featuring a selection of banging electro house tracks as well as beautiful progressive melodies that make him a versatile force in the scene. Check out the full interview below!
CL: To start, I wanted to get an idea as to how the Redox brand started, and what inspired you behind the creation of the artist and name?
Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I played the drums from a really young age; I then learned to play guitar and bass guitar at around 15 or so. I also taught myself piano and music theory around 17 which is when I actually started making electronic music. I got into the realm of electronic music when I was about 15 or so I discovered Daft Punk and Justice those guys more or less blew my mind. French house will always have a special place in my heart, but the actual moment that sparked it for me was when I was watching the Assassin’s Creed II trailer and they played Genesis by Justice. I remember thinking about how they created their sounds and what they used. I discovered synthesis and after a while of saving up I had a Roland Gaia SH-01 to play with. As far as my name goes I was actually having a lot of trouble coming up with one. I ended up going on Wikipedia and pressing random article and the third one was the post for reduction oxidation reactions which is a chemistry term. The short hard for reduction oxidation was redox and I thought it sounded pretty cool.
CL: Do you feel you have developed a personal sound? With so many producers in the big-room, progressive segments of electronic music, artists these days are searching for that signature sound.
Honestly I don’t think I have yet. I’m still so new to the game, and I’m still playing around and searching for it. I think in my most recent productions I’m starting to carve out that sort of gritty electro house sound. I think part of the problem is that I just listen to so many different types of music it’s hard for me to make just one. I produce pop for a few friends of mine, and I make down tempo nu disco type tracks when I’m bored. I think focusing on getting a signature is absolutely imperative in this industry. All the guys who blow up invented their own genre. A listener can identity a deadmau5 or Skrillex track within a few seconds of hearing it and those guys are the most loved, hated, and copied people in EDM. I’m definitely going to be carving out and really solidifying my sound in my future productions.
CL: Classical music has always been a foundation for many artists' success. What can you attribute to the success of your career so far? What was that foundation piece to where you are today?
I listen to almost every genre of music and I definitely draw some influences from classical. I’m a big Chopin fan, and I love Mozart. As far as my success goes, I think it has less to do with my influences. I believe I’m successful because I want to be successful. I was always taught as kid that if you want something just go out and get it. I work on music every day, whether I’m mastering a song for a friend, or working on a melody. The days that I’m away from my computer, I literally get separation anxiety. As far as other influences go, I literally listen to everything. Even when I was younger if I was in the car with my mom we’d be playing Biggie or Nirvana, and if I was with my dad we’d be playing Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. I feel like with the types of drops I’ve been making recently I’ve sort of adopted that heavily distorted sound that I probably picked up from metal and rock. A lot of my influences also come from guys like Wolfgang Gartner, who is probably my role model as far as production goes. I’m also a huge fan of the French music especially Breakbot, Mr Oizo, Daft Punk, Justice, Allure, Madeon, Brodinksi, and Gesaffelstein.
CL: How has your hometown New York City club scene treated you? What have you observed about the scene and how do you think you can make your mark in 2014?
NYC has been great to me, I’ve been playing some clubs and having a great time doing it. Being from New York is just such an advantage there are just so many people in the scene here, and just so many connections I can make. I literally ran into Madeon as he was walking down Bleecker Street one time. If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about the club scene here is that the music is definitely heading in a more open format direction. It used to be that you’d go to a club, and either they’d only play top 40, or it’d be only house. Now you can go to a club and hear almost everything. For someone like me who can spin with so many genres of music that’s an absolutely great thing.
CL: We all know the live scene is the true breakout in the industry. What has been the biggest crowd you have played for? Any festivals or openings you enjoyed?
As well as playing in NYC I’ve had the honor of playing in Tel-Aviv. The scene over in Tel-Aviv is absolutely amazing, the clubs are gorgeous, the music is awesome, and the energy is over the top. The biggest crowd I’ve played for was probably at Pacha NYC. As far as memorable sets go I loved playing at Libation in NYC it was a white out party, we had black lights up, and it was packed to the brim on both floors. I also loved my time spinning in Tel-Aviv and I just can’t wait to go back. Another great night was an all trap and moombah set at Stash NYC that was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to play more shows and get more stories under my belt. It’s all up from here.
Be sure to check out Redox's newest original mix, "Hookah" available for FREE DOWNLOAD.