Talk­ing Shop: Sui­cideyear

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Orig­i­nally hail­ing from Baton Rouge and now a res­i­dent of New Or­leans, James Prud­homme pro­duces a take on elec­tronic mu­sic richly in­flu­enced by his South­ern US sur­round­ings, with hints of bass-heavy South­ern hip-hop and dark, gothic un­der­tones. With his de­but LP, Color The Weather, out now on Luck­yMe, FM caught up with him to chat pro­duc­tion.

When did you start mak­ing mu­sic?

“I first started mak­ing beats on a lap­top I had in 2011 after down­load­ing a cracked copy of Fruity Loops. I was in­spired by Lex Luger and South­side but also guys like Main At­trakionz and Friend­zone.“

Tell us about your stu­dio

“It’s at home: I use head­phones typ­i­cally but I’ve been us­ing a friend’s stu­dio in mid city New Or­leans for the last cou­ple of weeks. I don’t own much hard­ware – I’ve al­ways en­joyed the mo­bil­ity of hav­ing all my VSTs in Fruity Loops but re­cently I’ve been us­ing a lot of synths for my al­bum Color The Weather.”

What DAW do you use, and why?

“My DAW of choice is Fruity Loops, one of the DAWs that’s more cen­tred to­wards beat­mak­ing com­pared to oth­ers. It’s al­ways easy to get an idea or melody I’ve been think­ing about out fast in Fruity.”

What one piece of gear in your stu­dio could you not do with­out, and why?

“A piece of hard­ware I could never do with­out is my lap­top, be­cause with­out it I can’t make mu­sic!”

What has the lat­est ad­di­tion to your stu­dio been?

“The lat­est ad­di­tion to my setup is a VST called DSK Sax­o­phones. I’ve been mak­ing a lot of songs that sound like the LawAndOrder theme and it’s been sound­ing great.”

What dream bit of gear would you love to have in you stu­dio?

“I want to own my own CDJs or even just a sin­gle one plus a DJM-900. I spent time at RBMA record­ing play­back from a CDJ while run­ning melody stems through it with ef­fects and loop points, with unique re­sults!”

When ap­proach­ing a new track or project, where do you start?

“Usu­ally when start­ing some­thing new, it’s al­ways melody that comes first. Most times I’ll come up with an ar­range­ment and try a few dif­fer­ent sounds/VSTs with it and de­cide where I want to go. I like to work on more melodies be­fore go­ing to drums, be­cause per­son­ally, when I start mak­ing drums I get into a fin­ish mode. Leav­ing the melodies open-ended/free of drums helps me build on it more.”

What are you cur­rently work­ing on?

“My de­but al­bum ColorTheWeather is go­ing to be re­leased this sum­mer! I’m start­ing work on a new EP, but I’ve also been mak­ing new mu­sic with Lil Reek, Soldado, Nedarb Na­grom, Brodin­ski and Bby­mutha.”

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