Saturday, April 16, 2011

Boltcutter Dubstep - Riley Bradway

Riley Bradway of Boltcutter Dubstep

When you think of "hardcore music," you're probably going to be thinking of screamo or metal rock.  These styles are alright, but they're somewhat repeated constantly through new local bands who are trying to become famous like the original creators of hardcore music.  Well there's another type of hardcore music, and it's called dubstep.  This style is the hardest, "bassiest," deepest techno around.  This week we're highlighting Boltcutter née Riley Bradway, a dubstep artist who's trying to spread the music.

Boltcutter, née Riley Bradway, is an experimental dubstep producer from Moodus, CT. He has been creating, producing, and DJing electronic music for about a year.  This experience shows that his dubstep skills are backed up with his background in the techno genre. Over the past year, he has amassed a good-sized following on various websites, including praise from icons such as Mojo Dubstep, LU10 Records, and Synthetic Epiphany.  Included with all of these accomplishments, he has remixed several different kinds of music, including Far East Movement's "Like A G6" and A Day To Remember's "You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic."  As for his inspirations, Boltcutter has taken influence from almost everywhere imaginable. Core dubstep influences include Chrispy, Kaney, Skrillex, Tek-One, Mojo, C99, and Quartus Saul. He has also been impacted by the drum & bass movement, with artists like Delta Heavy and Roni Size. Others are Deadmau5, Diplo, Attack Attack!, Klaas, Chris Lake, and Bar9.

As for advice for upcoming producers, Boltcutter has a few things to say: "It's easy to make it in dubstep production these days because everyone is listening to it. That's also the problem: there are so many dubstep artists out there, it becomes difficult to distinguish yourself from others. Here's my advice: don't use presets. Make the sounds your own. Slave over your waveforms if you need to. Make sure there's something to your music that sets it apart from others."

If you don't know what dubstep is, or what it sounds like, now is a great time to look into the style.  It's starting to sprout all over the world, and there's no stopping a viral style of music.  Go check out Bolcutter's dubstep if you're just getting a taste of this wild style.  And if you already know about this genre, go listen to him anyway so that you have some new heavy bass for your sub woofers in our car.


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