SO I am back. Yes I know two times in one week. Its like the golden age of Local Autonomy all over again when I didn’t do anything but bother people to make mixes for me and write about the scene. Well, I guess that hasn’t changed much. I still bother people to answer questions and make music, but just less frequently so I don’t get kicked outta town. Today, I renew the Our Scene | Our CIty | Our Sound mix series after a brief hiatus with a mix from Central Ohio producer Single Action.
I am a big fan of Single Action’s productions and mix work because of the menacing and melodic character of the work. He weaves a careful web of drum n bass, jungle, and ambient influences into a careful sound tapestry that explores many emotions and themes. He takes you to the highest of highs taking you floating above the clouds and pummels you with barrages of bass that take you crashing back to earth. This is quite the feat with the genres he is playing with, because it is easy to just say I am going to come after you 100% without stopping. I love a good throw down, but I really appreciate the nuance that Single Action’s quiet moments bring in a mix. The result is a beautiful juxtaposition of styles and sounds that really work well together in my opinion and keep you guessing where the mix will go next.
To shed some more light on this mix and Single Action’s approach, I asked him a few questions about what being a musician is about to him, what emotions/ideas he was exploring, and why he likes to synthesize music and vocals in his mixes:
Local Autonomy: What does the act of creating music mean to you?
Single Action: Its art and expression. The beautiful thing about being an artist in any media is that sometimes your building on the emotions and sometimes you purge. With so many things pulling people apart these days, music is one of the things that proves we are together in this.
LA: What ideas/emotions/sounds were you exploring in this mix?
SA: This was an exploration of some of my most simplistic tracks and some of my more extreme tracks. I’m always exploring atmosphere and pads with hard hitting bass and grime. Love it. : ) I wanted to take people through the black hole. A lot of these tracks were darker and or more aggressive. Taping into the feeling of loneliness and the pains of being human.
But these are the things that ultimately make us stronger. Sugar only taste better with salt. ; )
LA: From listening to a bit of your mix work, I have seen how important vocal samples are to your mix-making approach. What do you hope to achieve by synthesizing music and vocals?
SA: I want to be more poetic in my use of words. Not just telling people to get down and dance. I also love it when words are used as a sound in the beat like an atmospheric note.
When using so much vocal inlay, you half to be careful not to smash words together. So at times it governs how and when you drop your track for the mix, but 9 of 10 times it works great. I didn’t want to just rinse out everything with the samples. I wanted to almost confuse and then bring the pain with certain tracks. Trying to give foreshadowing of the next track or remnants of the previous tune. Vocals are what give a little more meaning and are another part of what makes DJing fun to me.