Being a mainstay within the bass music realm for over a decade now, Eptic clearly has some nice tales to inform. Nonetheless with that stated, even amidst his adorned profession of releasing classics and innovativing the dubstep scene, in some respects it appears like Belgium producer’s story is just simply starting. For instance, 2022 has already confirmed to be a landmark yr for Eptic filled with accomplishments and new frontiers. Recent off the discharge of his debut album The Finish of the World alongside not too long ago finishing his first-ever headlining bus tour, the 29-year-old artist is taking large strides ahead and we will’t wait to see the place he takes decides to take issues subsequent. We had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with the person himself at Chicago’s North Coast Music Competition to speak the craziness of touring, the dubstep scene, and different subjects. Try our unique RTT interview under and make sure to observe Eptic on socials and catch one his units in a metropolis close to you.
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Run the Entice: Now that your debut LP The Finish of The World has been out for some time now, how are you reflecting on that album launch? What did creating and releasing this venture train you about your self, each as an individual and an artist?
Eptic: I discovered I’m actually unhealthy with procrastination. I’d love to do one thing about that as a result of issues have been so hectic making that album. Half the tracks have been demos I already had for a yr and the opposite half was stuff I began a couple of months earlier than the discharge. Issues kicked in three weeks earlier than the album the place I used to be like “oh fuck I gotta end this.” I stayed up till six within the morning day by day after which would get up at 9. I did that for 3 weeks straight so I used to be correctly shedding my thoughts.
However it’s been like that for each single launch, I get into this loopy state of not sleeping to really be inventive. I simply purchased a home and every part’s been chill but it surely’s loads more durable to put in writing music now. For some motive each time I’m on a prepare or a airplane I make nice music. However after I’m at house and I’m comfy it’s actually troublesome.
You additionally not too long ago wrapped up your first headlining bus tour. What was that have like?
At first it was mellow however then grew to become loads crazier. There was one clarifying expertise the place all this shit was happening and I used to be like “wow there’s nothing that may high this.” I had simply made a tattoo appointment and woke as much as one of many guys on the bus saying, a bit dramatically, “guys we’ve a state of affairs there’s fucking ants all over the place!” I come out of my bunk and the partitions are simply lined in ants. In Belgium we’ve this expression: “a drop that overflows the bucket.” It’s principally means you possibly can solely take a lot. I used to be at that time every week earlier than, and now there have been ants too… I simply didn’t care anymore.. like in fact there are fucking ants. You don’t even must elaborate within the interview right here, you possibly can simply write: ants. (laughs)
From somebody who’s been a pioneer and mainstay within the bass scene for therefore lengthy, how have you ever considered the style, in addition to your self, rework and evolve over time?
It’s bizarre as a result of I received into this after I was actually younger, I began enjoying reveals after I was 16. It’s fascinating although as a result of I used to be by no means nervous about what was occurring within the scene or what anybody else was doing. I’ve all the time very a lot been doing my very own factor. However it’s unusual that it’s been so lengthy, as a result of on the similar time it appears like its flown by.
One thing I’ve observed is after I was simply beginning out, again in Belgium and Europe I solely performed my very own songs; I’d say 90% of my units have been my very own songs. Then I got here to the states and that simply didn’t work. Folks wished to listen to songs that they knew. So I needed to play Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Cease” and Zomboy songs, music I believed was cool that I knew would go off, however in fact wasn’t my very own. However one thing I really like is that DJs enjoying their very own stuff has come again within the final two years, due to folks like SVDDEN DEATH and Marauda. I really feel like they have been the principle artists that introduced that again and it’s one thing I really like about dubstep proper now. I bear in mind after I went to reveals after I was actually younger and I noticed Funtcase play. I’d go to his present to listen to new issues and that’s what’s coming again in dubstep and that’s actually cool.
Yeah I don’t get why folks would wish to hear different artist’s music at units.
I’m gonna elaborate although, one facet I don’t like in regards to the scene proper now in America is that every part will be actually capitalistic. For instance, it’s gotten to the purpose the place as an artist you must have a giant visible display screen and spend 20k on manufacturing simply to make folks excited by a present, since you’re competing with guys like Excision which have a silly amount of cash. I imply that stuff is cool, but it surely’s not in regards to the music. I really feel like folks actually wish to be entertained in all these additional means and that’s one thing I don’t like in regards to the scene. So there, you bought a little bit little bit of optimistic and a little bit little bit of damaging there (laughs).
Your upcoming b2b with Area Laces at SVDDEN DEATH’s “Summoning of the Eclipse” competition seems to be loopy. What can followers anticipate from you two coming collectively for a set?
I haven’t talked to him but, however I actually wish to sit down with Ian and make some music collectively. It will even be actually cool if we each made edits of all of our songs and combined them collectively very well. You understand, if we actually sat down and made this b2b into an entire expertise. I’m 99% positive he’s going to be down for that, I simply haven’t talked to him but.
You lately shared that your flash drives fully erased earlier than a set which is a DJ’s worst nightmare. What’s the alternative of that for a DJ, what’s a pleasantly shocking factor that has occurred to you throughout a efficiency?
Fortunately, I didn’t have a single drawback on tour with my USBs. We had one present in Las Vegas the place we couldn’t get the visuals display screen to work. For my tour we had this entire time-coded intro, it was a giant a part of the tour and the visible display screen simply wasn’t working. So after I started my set I began enjoying the primary music and was principally like “hey the visible display screen doesn’t work, I simply want you guys to cope with it.” However the humorous factor is, that set ended up being some of the enjoyable units on the tour as a result of it was simply in regards to the music. In order that was a malfunction that turned out actually nice. Danny (SVDDEN Dying) additionally got here and did a b2b, it was actually cool.
From ending your first headlining bus tour to dropping a full-length album, you’ve not too long ago reached a bunch of profession milestones. What’s the following purpose for Eptic?
I fear about a number of issues. I’m all the time satisfied my music is unhealthy, I will be extraordinarily damaging. That stated, I actually look as much as Area Laces, Marauda, and SVDDEN Dying and after I speak to them they all the time say they actually look as much as me. It made me notice that I don’t have to fret about making an album or making an EP; I ought to simply sit down and have enjoyable making music and see no matter comes out of it. That’s all the time labored for me, I solely began worrying about profession stuff a few yr in the past and that’s when issues began getting troublesome. So I’m simply gonna attempt to have enjoyable with music and hope the remainder follows.
INTERVIEW: Eptic’s Illustrious Profession in Bass Music is simply Getting Began