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Discovering the Sound: A Closer Look at Shazkei's Latest A/B Single Release

As we draw closer to the release of Shazkei's 'Loathe' and 'Liberosis', we are going to discover more about the two songs, and what Shazkei brings to the table.

Along with this exclusive Q&A with Shazkei, check out 'Liberosis' in full before the release date!

 

Inspiration and Concept:

Q1: What inspired the creation of 'Loathe' and 'Liberosis'? Are there any specific experiences or influences that shaped these tracks?


"'Loathe' was a result of being very inspired by melodic DnB with a lot of nice harmonies (e.g. 2nd drop of The Caracal Project's "I need a break" and Buunshin's "different tomorrow"). I loved the pleasant sound of it and wanted to try my hand at that style. That is admittedly about it! Most of my motivation for producing music comes from hearing something I love and wanting to make something similar with my own spin; It's very sporadic. It's kinda like an itch I get sometimes, and by opening FL Studio and playing around I scratch it, sometimes more, sometimes less successful. Loathe was more of a struggle, I elaborate more on it in later questions.



'Liberosis' has a bit more to it: Almost two years ago, I was awestruck by the production quality music by DnB and Neurofunk artists such as IMANU, Camo & Krooked and Mefjus had. During that time, I was still struggling with that, plus I was unsure of where to go with my music moving forward. Producers such as them helped me with both those challenges. Although I thought I could never reach their level, I was inclined to try anyway and was eventually successful with songs of mine that sounded genuinely great, with Liberosis being among the few first ones. I was incredibly happy with what I created and additionally, those inspirations and the support I got when I showed friends the music helped give me some sense of direction of where to go with my work."


Production Process:

Q2: Can you walk us through the production process for each song? Were there any unique challenges or breakthrough moments during the creation of the A/B release?


"For someone who, throughout his music production, has focused on heavy bass music for the majority of the time, melodies are not my strong suit. Coming up with a pleasant melody which is also catchy and powerful was one of my main struggles, especially during the creation of Loathe. When I came up with a nice melody for a synth, I had to make another that accompanied the first synth well. Then I also had to make the sub accompany the synths well.


And I had to make all other melodic sounds accompany them. I know this sounds kind of silly, but I'm just not that great with music theory so I end up having to do most stuff solely by ear, which means working with trial & error a lot. Coming over those challenges are insanely satisfying though. Hearing everything culminate into something beautiful is a great feeling."



Musical Elements:

Q3: What are some key musical elements or techniques that listeners should pay attention to in 'Loathe' and 'Liberosis'? Are there any particular sounds or rhythms that you're especially proud of in these tracks?


"It tends to be the simple stuff I get the most enjoyment out of. For Loathe, I'm very proud to have created such a melancholic and powerful sound with sawwaves. I like my little details like the tremolo and reverb creeping in each bar of the drops and I like the touch of "humanity" I put in Loathe through some slight dissonance of the synths and some vocal additions in the background. Also the sub SLAPS. Liberosis pulls a lot of its weight through its patterns and cymbals; The cymbals make the track feel erratic (in a good way) and the vocal chops just add onto that. I also like the kick patterns a lot and I think they help giving Liberosis a really nice swing. Oh, and I know this is weirdly specific, but please listen to the keys in the b-section of the second drop, I love 'em!"



Emotional and Conceptual Themes:

Q4: Both 'Loathe' and 'Liberosis' seem to evoke strong emotions and feelings. Could you elaborate on the emotional and conceptual themes explored in each song? What messages or feelings do you hope listeners will take away from them?


"Loathe is mainly a portrayal of how it feels to be extremely dissatisfied with your work. Loathe was an attempt at making very harmonic DnB, which is something that I liked a lot and inspired me. It was a new kind of territory, thus something I wasn't familiar with, and expectedly, this track initially ended up being a failure. Loathe sounded off and unsatisfying. The drums didn't fit and the synths all fell flat. Although I shouldn't have been, I was very frustrated and upset with myself; I "loathed" this project. I'm very glad that, in the end, I was still inspired and motivated enough to fight through those shitty feelings and fix, improve upon and finish Loathe, because today it's one of my favourite and most meaningful songs I've made. The projects you hate most might end up being your best in retrospect.


Liberosis was made during a bit of a transition of my music. While I was working on my production a looot, I was strongly into the new wave of DnB; So I tried my hand at it. I was happy to realize that the entire procedure went surprisingly smoothly! I would say it is the so-called counterpart to Loathe. I was surprised with how good the song was sounding while being so straightforward. I finished it quite quickly and in the end I was already very content with what I had made. There were not many significant changes to Liberosis whatsoever afterwards and the song you hear here is about the same as I heard it a year ago. It's interesting how different your reactions to your own work can be, but as you can see, in the end I am very proud and very happy with both these songs!"



Connection and Contrast:

Q5: As an A/B release, how do you see 'Loathe' and 'Liberosis' connecting with each other? Are there any intentional contrasts or parallels between the two tracks that you'd like to highlight?


"Well, the simple answer is that both are melodic Drum & Bass songs, lol. It's a new realm I've been experimenting in and I've been loving it. But what also connects the two songs is, weirdly enough, their contrast in how they were made. As previously mentioned, Loathe took a long time to make and I had to go through a lot of bad feelings about it before I actually managed to finish it, while Liberosis was finished in a sweep, without any particular setbacks or anything. On the surface this A/B is pretty straightforward, but Loathe and Liberosis have completely different stories and backgrounds respectively."


 

'Loathe' and 'Liberosis' by Shazkei drops on all stores, February 22nd!



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