Zomb: That’s actually so exciting, the world is definitely ready for another FLTR project. Let’s talk about your creative process for a second. How long does it particularly take for you to create and get a song to the point you’re happy with it?
FLTR: You see, that's a very.. wide question. Generally if I'm making the beat as well as the rest of the song, it can take anything from 5 hours to 40 hours. Creative thinking is also a part of the process, so if you count the time of sitting down and thinking of a concept and an idea, it could possibly be anywhere between 5 and 100 hours. My upcoming song, Deep End, has been a 60+ hour project, so it's a bit of a rollercoaster of "where should i put this, what should i do to keep it interesting, is this mix sounding good?"
Zomb: I think that process works out because you can absolutely tell from certain tracks in your library that you’ve spent a fair amount of time making sure things sound very specific and smooth. Sometimes the mix alone is very impressive as well. We got your process down, so my next question is what are some of your favorite tracks you’ve released or you’ve been a part of?
FLTR: My favorite released track is probably New YEAR new ME! which features Kurtis. It's my first time delving into the musical style I make right now, so I feel a sort of connection to it. The artist Funeral actually dm'd on instagram complimenting the song, so that is massive as well.
Zomb: That’s a huge W! It’s always nice to get props from mutuals/artists. What is your overall goal with your art? Make an impact with people? Financially stable? Tell us a little bit about your future plans with FLTR.
FLTR: Is there really an overall end goal with anything? I feel like I wanted to be financially stable, and I got there via. music, i would find something new to strive for. For me it's to catch the ordinary listeners attention and keep it, not so much whether I have a long-term goal. Artistry is something I think about a lot. I want every cover-art and theme to be perfect with every song I release, and I want every lyric to make sense to me, and sometimes only me. It's fine, because my music is genuinely something I make for myself, to be able to express my feelings and emotions, without having to reach out to someone. Plus, i get to make art and earn some money on the side from mixing/mastering gigs as well as royalties.
Zomb: Definitely a solid outline, that’s how you keep the passion alive for sure. Who are some artists you’d like to work with in the future that you haven’t yet? Can be bigger or even mutuals.
FLTR: I would love to work with some artists like Brakence, Heylog, Ericdoa, Juno, Kmoe, Jane Remover, etc. But I really have a passion for working with producers. I really like Xona, he's a producer who's done a lot of stuff for Heylog. I recently collaborated with a fire producer called nte. He's really talented. If any other hyperpop/pop artists like my style of music, you should definitely give him a shout. I also wanna work more with my friends. Dreijs, Purxle and Bradn are three people I wanna work with more, but I just haven't had the time recently. Guys, if you're reading this: I'm still keeping track of y'all and don't think i'm not keeping up with you, we'll work in the future soon.
Zomb: Absolutely a stacked list, love these picks a lot. One of my last questions for you is, outside of creating what are you usually doing to keep your mind occupied? What are you usually doing to relax outside of music?
FLTR: I really like just listening to music.. It may sound weird, but being a listener is soothing to me. Hearing an already mixed and mastered product of someone else’s song is just nice to me. I also work in a local supermarket, which can be therapeutic at times.
Zomb: Definitely agree and that was literally my 2nd job I ever had so I know what you mean. If you could change 1 thing about the underground music scene what would it be?
FLTR: I would change the absolute ego some people have. Look, I'm by no means a big artist, I'm smaller numbers-wise than a lot of my contemporaries. But when someone peaks in monthly listeners, they act all big and tough. Like let’s get together to create, rather than being all hostile towards one another.
Zomb: Amazing answer, definitely agree with you. My last question for you is, who are your top 5 favorite artists/groups? No particular order.
Zomb: Damn! The variety there is insane, love this top 5. So as we come to a close and before we log off do you have any last words of motivation or shoutouts?
FLTR: I feel like i’ve said what i want to say, shoutout Bradn, Dreijs, Purxle, sscord, Aproov and all of my other friends in this music scene!! This wouldn’t be possible without you guys.
Zomb: Love that, massive shoutout to the crew and yourself for taking time to sit down with us. Music Mondays will be sure to keep our eyes peeled for new FLTR!
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