Make no mistake: Gammer’s love of hardcore music is here to stay, as is his production of the genre. But like with any form of artistry, the multi-faceted producer is working to expand his sound and has been dabbling in other types of music production this year.
His latest, “Let’s Get Crunk,” steps boldly into the dubstep world. With grinding bass and hyped-up vocals, Gammer’s production skills are polished and perfected. His hardcore roots shine through with a focus on the track’s blissful melody in between bass breaks. In his Reddit AMA, Gammer said the idea for the track came about after watching Kayzo play at Hard Summer for the first time.
“I was so inspired by all these different rhythms and decided I wanted to try and make a dubstep track but with a ‘thicker’ sound (mainly using the same percussive elements I always use in my happy hardcore songs) – I also didn’t want to follow the typical dubstep formula so I decided to add some more musical elements.”
Earlier this year, the UK producer entered the world of Monstercat with a fierce Darren Styles collaboration called “Feel Like This.” Since then, he’s released two other tracks on the Canadian label: “Party Don’t Stop” with Darren Styles and Dougal, and “Over The Edge” with Kayzo. The tracks couldn’t be more different. “Feel Like This” and “Party Don’t Stop” contain Gammer’s signature BPM-bursting hardcore rhythms, and “Over The Edge” blends both producers’ skills into a bouncing house track.
Lee talked to DA about the new track, the Monstercat family, and his enduring love of the hardcore genre.
Tell us a little bit about the making of your newest track, “Let’s Get Crunk.” How long has it been in the works, and why is Monstercat the perfect place to premiere it?
It was actually just a demo for the longest time. Consider it one of my earliest attempts at bass music. However I produced it in the same comfort zone in which I make my hardcore. Thick kicks and subs that aren’t the cleanest but just have some weird energy that whacks hard as fuck in a club. It’s a functional tune! Straight up I’ve been trying to work with Monstercat for years, I love how open-minded their fanbase is and I love their energy. As well as being fans of happy hardcore, they’ve openly embraced how much I’ve wanted to expand my sound as an artist.
In addition to the premiere this week, you also just released your Diplo & Friends mix. What was that experience like?
Stressful! Haha. I love making mixtapes, but I always stress myself out over them. For me it’s always been about more than just putting tracks one after the other, it’s about engaging the listener from the start and keeping them hooked. Also, I’m comfortable making mixes last for 30-40 minutes, and having to make it last a whole hour was just something else. On top of this I spent weeks compiling it, mostly in hotel rooms and on planes in between shows. I’m super happy with how it came out and I’m honoured to be involved with Diplo
and Radio 1
. If I make a few more people fans of the music then I guess that’s a bonus.
What do you see for the future of hardcore in the States? It seems it’s popping up more and more in the North American dance music scene.
One thing thats great about hardcore in the States is it’s still considered a newer / different sound. It’s crazy going to these bass heavy clubs and dropping this 170-bpm madness and seeing the energy levels lift immediately.
What’s your favorite country and/or city to play and why?
Haha this is a tough one. I love playing in different regions for different reasons but my most standout has to be Tokyo. These kids go facing wild from start to finish, completely sober!
What are some of the biggest differences in playing a show in the States vs. back home in the UK?
My core style remains similar in both countries, but it’s kinda like this: my U.S. sets tend to be bass heavy but I can’t really play the super super purist hardcore stuff. The UK I can play the super anthem-y hardcore but I wouldn’t play the bass-heavy stuff.
Who has inspired you the most in your years of producing?
Haha, it’s got to be my boi Kanye West
! It would take an entire interview to go through the reasons, but essentially I really admire the way he thinks outside the box and is absolutely unafraid of what people think about him.
What does the rest of 2017 look like for you?
Busy! Another tour, some Asia shows, more U.S. shows, an EP, more collabs, more life!
Why does hardcore hold a special place in your heart? What makes the music and the scene stand out?
I wanna make this super clear for all the people that have been worrying about me and my feelings on hardcore. I fucking ADORE hardcore. It is beyond any measure of a doubt, my favourite style of music. When you drop it in a club and it pops off, it pops off way WAY harder than even the coolest dubstep track – it’s unlike anything else! I’m just over scenes though.
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