18-year-old producer Spirix has quickly found himself on the fast track within the realm of melodic bass music. And while he only began making music under the moniker just over a year ago, the Chapman University student has already bagged a Hype Machine #1 (beating out Calvin Harris & Rihanna that week), signed to Spinnin Records, and found his high profile remixes notching hundreds of thousands of plays across Soundcloud.
In the vein of popular producers like Illenium and Said the Sky, Spirix’s music prioritizes feel good melodies and weightless atmospherics, evidenced in his well-received remixes of The Chainsmokers and Vanic as well as his latest Spinnin single, “Runaway.” With two more singles lined up on Spinnin and a pair of remixes for Illenium and Shaun Frank coming down the pipeline, we asked Spirix to take over this week’s NEST HQ MiniMix and answer some Qs about his accessible approach to electronic music.
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Tell us a bit about yourself! Where are you from, when did you first start making music, and what would you say is your approach to music right now?
I’m from New York, and I first started making music a year and a bit ago. I think that my approach to music right now is just creating sounds that create that airy majestic vibes that people could listen to both in the gym and at a festival.
Your music has an intrinsic happiness to it, similar to folks like Said the Sky or Illenium. Does that come naturally to you?
Over time, I’ve definitely developed a characteristic in my music that appeals to the likes of Said the Sky and Illenium. They both heavily influence my music, as I’ve been following them since the beginning and have been avid fans of their sounds for a while. I think that over time, it’s been starting to come naturally to me.
Your last single “Runaway” dropped on Spinnin. Do you have plans to stick around the Spinnin family for your future releases? Anything in the works you can speak of now?
I’m sticking to the SPINNIN family for my next two releases. They absolutely killed the release on “Runaway” and a huge shoutout goes to a kid at the Dodge College of Film and Arts here at Chapman University where I’m studying for doing an absolutely insane job on the music video! I have an unreleased original in the mix :)
The Spirix catalog is pretty even when it comes to originals vs. remixes. How does your mindset change when approaching the two kinds of productions? Do you enjoy them equally?
I honestly enjoy remixes more. Seeing a song that captivates me and trying to push it to its limits by holding the original sound, but bending it so it appeals to a new audience is really fun to do in my opinion.
There’s clearly some pop influence in your music. Can you give us 3 or 4 current pop acts you find yourself listening to often?
I definitely listen to the Chainsmokers a ton, but I’ve grown a fond liking into the music of Julia Michaels, Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara a lot too.
Finally, tell us about the minimix you’ve put together for us. Any selects we should keep a keen ear out for?
I premiered one of my originals in the works, “Little Doubts” ft. Aviella in the minimix and I have remixes for Shaun Frank’s “No Future” and Illenium & Gryffin’s “Feel Good” ft. Daya which hopefully both come out soon!
Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter (Robotaki Remix)
Aryay – Always Wanted You
Mindsight & Liohn – Adventure
Zeds Dead & Nghtmre – Frontlines (Feat. GG Magree)
Spirix – Little Doubts
Flume – Wallfuck (Gramatik & Ramzoid Remix)
Aryay – Never Gonna Leave
Graves & Maazel – Lost Boys
The Chainsmokers – Inside Out (Spirix & Not Your Dope Remix)
DJ Snake – Here comes the Night (Crankdat Remix)
Pearson – Night Flows (Feat. Isabella Waldron)
Jon Bellion – All Time Low (BOXINLION Remix)
Spirix- Runaway (Afterfab Remix)
Vanic – Samurai (Spirix Remix)
Jack U – Mind (Karol Tip Flip)
GTA – Red Lips (Pearson Remix)
Rustie- Slasherr (Flume Remix)
Rufus du Sol – Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)