I2G chilled with producer Mr. Bill for an exclusive interview. We discussed his start in music, upcoming projects and much more so check it out.
I2G is here with Mr. Bill, how’s it going?
Good thank you 🙂 I’m currently eating a banana.
For those unfamiliar with your music, tell me a little bit about your start in music and some of your musical influences.
I was exposed to music at a really young age, my parents always played music on Friday & Saturday nights in our lounge room, and I was always amazed by it, it always made me feel amazing. I played keyboard in a school band for a while, although I didn’t really get into it music seriously until I was about 14 or 15 and started playing guitar a lot (in bands, and by myself). The progression of influences went metal/rock > psytrance > idm > whatever it is I like now.
My friend Frosty introduced me to the world of electronic music when I was about 16 or 17, and for a long time I used my parents computer to write music on Garageband, then Frosty showed me the basics of Fruity Loops and Ableton, and my Dad gave me a shitty Dell laptop with a 512kb of RAM and a processor under 1ghz (from memory), which forced me into learning to render stuff down constantly to save processing power, and that’s kind of where my production style started. A mixture of musical influence, technological limitations, weird friends & a very enabling, privileged living situation.
You just recently dropped your new album Settling For Mediocrity. What are listeners in store for once they check it out?
Heavy glitch tunes I guess! The whole concept of this album is me (or any artist for that matter) trying to recreate the ideas and themes I have in my head, but never being able to (which I don’t feel like I’ll ever be able to do) hence the title ‘Settling For Mediocrity’. Having said that, the album is full of complex, time-consuming edits, transient-heavy drums, left-field musical ideas and oodles of ornate samples being used in ways they’re obviously not supposed to be.
Do you have any more upcoming videos?
I do. I have a few new Ableton tutorials I want to create soon, and also we’re working on a bit of a documentary-type thing which should be interesting in regards to the new live show.
What other projects do you have in the works?
I’m working on a new Electrocado album (side project), and another Mr. Bill album. I’m also just trying to work on the new live show and get that happening a bit more, which involves a live drummer by the name of KUSTOM, and a visual set-up where we’re projection mapping onto a giant inflatable of the Mr. Bill character.
What are your thoughts on the state of music in 2014?
I think it’s great to be honest. I really love that people are incorporating a lot of jazzy-sounding stuff into music now (especially in the chord progressions, and the instrumentation). I’ve really been loving this whole future trap/jersey movement this year, it’s influenced me a lot.
Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates?
Jan 9 – Breakfast Club in Tel Aviv, Israel
Jan 17 – Rabbits Eat Lettuce Launch Party in Coffs Harbor, NSW
Jan 23 – Rainbow Serpent Festival in Lexton, VIC
Jan 31 – Jam Gallery in Bondi, NSW
Feb 28 – The Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne, VIC
Mar 21 – Serenity Gathering, La Jolla, CA
Mar 28 – Ometeotl Festival, Hipodromo Condesa, MEX
What is your website information?
www.mrbillstunes.com is a website where you can watch over 40 hours of me doing things on Ableton and explaining what I’m doing, as well as purchase multi-track stems and Ableton project files for a vast number of tracks I’ve released so you can reverse engineer the process.
Appreciate your time, any last words or shout outs?
Yeah, thanks to everyone who was involved with my last album, my manager, agent, KUSTOM, Funi (the dude who does all my art), Brad (the dude who’s working on the visuals set-up at the moment), Felipe (the man who made the inflatable for us), my family and friends. All the cool cunts 😀