Austin Leeds ‘Eleven’ Interview
“Eleven” is a full-fat EDM ripper with a bass-line capable of serious dance-floor destruction to any club on earth. The new single is scheduled for launch into the universe on 11/02/13. Here is the interview with Austin Leeds in the run up to the release of “Eleven”.
Hi Austin – it’s no more than a month since your first release of 2013 – has productivity in the studio been high over the winter?
Yes it has. I’ve been working on lots of tracks lately. I have a studio in Miami and The Hague, so that allows me to always keep things fresh and different . The winter weather in The Hague leads to lots of studio time!
“OK!” made somewhat of a rampage up the online charts and picked up some heavy support along the way – how is “Eleven” going down with DJs around the world?
The early feedback has been great. Out of the last few tracks many people have said that “Eleven” is their favorite.
“Eleven” seems to have a space theme in it – is there a story behind this?
I use an Apollo, which is an amazing sound card made by Universal Audio. The original track name was Apollo, so I felt that space vibe. The Apollo 11 mission is the first that landed men on the moon. I thought Eleven was a cool title.
You’ve now delivered two back-to-back massive bass-led anthems this year – is this something we can expect to continue into the year?
Yes, but my sound has been evolving very quickly. I’m into more raw dirtier vibes. I’d like the tracks to still have great melodies, but the bass and drums really drive them forward.
Is there any news from Hamachi Sounds in regards to plans for the future?
At this point I am only releasing my solo material. We haven’t signed any other records, but we are always taking submissions. I love having Hamachi and I am looking forward to many releases in the future!
Are you looking for new talent for the label?
Yes, always! That’s the great thing about having a label, is the chance to meet other great producers.
Let’s talk a bit about production – how do you approach a new track in the studio?
Things change all the time, but recently I want things to feel more “live”. I want to catch a vibe or inspiration and go with it, and lay as many fresh ideas down as quickly as possible. To capture the moment, then go back and see what you did.
What are your favorite toys in the studio at the moment?
I am all in the box now, and I really love the Apollo sound card with the UAD plug ins
If you could go back in time to when you first started producing with one tip from yourself today – what would it be?
Brilliant question! It would be a better understanding of synths and filters. When I started I could find sounds I liked, but I wasn’t that knowledgeable about tweaking and manipulating things.
What’s next for Austin Leeds in 2013?
Lots of new productions and remixes! I did a remix for Ultra Records of Enur ft. Nicki Minaj – ” I’m That Chick”. I am also starting a new tech house project named Cezanne that I am excited about.