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This week’s installment of our Interview + MiniMix series is a deep dive into the colorful, experimental world of Quiet Bison. Three weeks ago, we recognized him as the next generation of bass music due to his unparalleled signature sound that gives future bass a great name. The producer from Portland, Oregon delivers sensational production chops on each of his tracks; most recently, he gave us the impressive, immersive Sequence EP, a release that made us believe he’s got what it takes to take the scene by storm.

Tune into his 30-minute mix below, and read on for an interview with bass music’s latest sensation — nearly the entire mix contains unreleased tunes from the producer himself.

What activity is this mix best suited for?

I think this mix is best suited for people who are looking for an auditory experience. It’s music people could study to or engage in creativity, whether it’s thinking creatively or creating something new.

How did you begin your music career?

Honestly, it’s tough to say. I got a copy of Ableton with a LaunchPad I had asked for one year for Christmas, and I enjoyed making music and had fun doing it, so I just kept on making it. I really like listening to a lot of genres, so as I continued to listen to a lot of different influences and my musical style evolved, I moved from progressive house to more future/trap, and that’s where I am at, in the current moment.

When you’re stuck in a bout of writer’s block, how do you power through?

I actually just either download new sample packs and experiment with them or challenge myself to try to make music in a different way. I also listen to new artists and music, look at art, and get outside and take walks to clear my mind.

Aside from other musicians, what influences your signature sound?

I think I have always taken a lot of inspiration from other creative forms, especially film and visual arts. With film, in particular, the music and the score are a huge part of both the storytelling and a way to connect people emotionally to a character or story. I think the kind of music I make is also inspired, in part, by some visual arts. Sometimes simply looking at an abstract painting can give me an idea for a song. I like artists such as Salvador Dali and a lot of artwork that people don’t always fully understand, but elicits a certain emotional response.

What’s one sound design tip or technique you can share with fellow producers?

Well if you’re really going for that signature, experimental sound, you’ve got to go with Argot Lunar with the feedback knob turned all the way up, plus a Camel Crusher (ear warning).

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the internet lately?

Definitely the Soulja Boy x Minecraft meme I guess, hahah.

What’s your biggest goal in your music career for 2019?

I would say my biggest goal for 2019 is to work on music with more people, to just collaborate with more artists. I just want to keep loving what I’m doing and try to enjoy the process no matter what kind of song it is or what the response is. Then see where the journey takes me.

Tracklist:

QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – Hyacinth
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON x William. – ID
Bine + BFTT – B}{B
Hayden James – NUMB ft. GRAACE (QUIET BISON REMIX)
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – ID
QUIET BISON – ID
Angèle – Ta Reine (QUIET BISON REMIX)

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