Sitting down with Razor

Sitting down with Razor

Hello, Razor. You have been creating music since 2001. How do you think your compositions have changed since your first release?

Well, I started with Hip Hop and Rap music in 2001, and then switched approximately in 2008 to Electronic productions. Back in the day, I mainly wrote texts and I took care about the recording, but I have never been a great Hip Hop beat maker. Nevertheless, it was a great time for my music group members and myself, we had a lot of fun.

My first official release was “White Nights” in 2015. It was a Birthday present for my girlfriend and in my opinion one of my best productions. However, to answer your question I would have to say that my compositions mainly changed in quality. “Better Off That Way” was the first release professionally mixed by I regret that I did not consider mixing my previous releases professionally.

What sort of influences have had the most impact on your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to set in if given the chance?

Definitely other musicians. I am very open-minded when it comes to music, but my favourite genres are all kind of Electronic music, Euro-Dance, Rap and Hip Hop.

There are a lot of great singers and producers. However, I would really like to produce something with Katy B, Dizzee Rascal or DEV.

What story does your current single “Better Off That Way” tell about you? What successes and failures did you experience during the recording of the song?

“Better Off That Way” mirrors my current production style. It is a success story, and because of the message it appealed to a huge audience. This is not usual for an unknown artist like me, but still, I am extremely proud with the result.

To get into a bit of the technical, what does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite pieces of hardware and software)?

I use Proppellerhead’s Reason and I would never change to another DAW. I really love this software. It has almost unlimited functionalities and a very easy to use interface.

The hardware itself quite simple, but also good enough to finish Razor’s Music productions. We have a self-made vocal booth and recently switched from a Behringer C3 to a MXL CR89 microphone. This new device is amazing and improved the quality of our recordings immensely. To further progress, we are currently building a large semi-professionally equipped studio.

What does the early spring of 2017 hold for you?

I am very excited to announce that I will release my fifth song “Free” on the 25.04.2017.

It will be little bit more like my early productions and I am looking forward to get feedback from my audience.

Additionally, I am pleased to say that we have a new artist on board – Joe Rix. He is extremely talented and has an amazing voice. I hope that we can finish his first release at latest in May.

Finally, yet importantly, I really look forward to the new tracks of my friend DaddyH, who will come with some amazing songs for the Swiss audience in autumn 2017.

How have your life experiences influenced the music that you have created during your time as a performer?

This is very simple to answer. I produce how I feel, it is a personal journey, and I believe most artist are experiencing that.

How has the internet and social media help you grow your fan base?

Hugely. I think that I would be lost without them, although some platforms are more useful than others are. I really like Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram, compared to Twitter and Tumblr where it is harder to build up a fanbase.

How can interested readers of NeuFutur find samples of your music?

The best way is to search them on Soundcloud or Youtube. On Razor’s Youtube channel are also music videos available. However, you will find them on all major platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, etc. as well.

Do you have any final thoughts for us here at the magazine?

Yes indeed J, #beHappy #beRazor

Thank you so much for the time.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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