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Interview with BeatByBros

Interview with BeatByBros

Johan Malmgren

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a 22 year old Swedish guy living in Helsingborg, which is a wonderful little summer town in the southern part of Sweden. I first began producing electronic dance music between the ages of 12-13. In 2009 I released my first track on Ferry Corsten’s imprint, Flashover Recordings.

How did you become interested in Electronic Dance Music?

I was introduced to electronic dance music early in my life. I actually remember I got a dance compilation CD with tracks from 2 Unlimited and artists alike. After that I was a bit obsessed I think. Sash, Lasgo, Ian Van Dahl, Alice DeeJay and many more, all got me interested in dance music when I was like 10-13 years old. In my earlier teens I listened a lot to MK-S, Rapid Eye, Ronski Speed, Pulser, Ferry Corsten and The Thrillseekers to name a few.

Tell us about your music style.

I see myself as an open-minded producer with influences from many different genres and styles. I like to listen to all kind of music really, as long as it’s exciting and it brings something good. Bits and pieces are then taken into my own music which ultimately defines my own music style. On a more concrete level I like to experiment with pauses and details, big leads and exciting basslines.

On average, how long would it take for you to complete an original track from start to finish? What about a remix?

A original track can take everything from a few days to months, or even years. That process normally differs quite a lot, at least for me. Taking a track idea into a finished track is often pretty tough, considering that it needs to be as good as it gets at that given time. It’s probably my own expectations that make it take a long time, really.
A remix is normally easier considering that you’re given a set of finished ideas to use instantly. I’d say a remix shouldn’t take much longer than 3-4 weeks, which is the normal deadline I’m on when working on a remix.

Do you have any plans to DJ in the future?

Yes, I have. I can’t tell any details of my first gig yet, but I do think it would be a great compliment to what I’m doing at the moment.

What producer would you like to collaborate with most?

I’d probably say Mat Zo thanks because of his great producing techniques, and also as a song writer. ‘Nuclear Fusion’, ‘Near the End’, ‘Rush’ and many more have completely blown me away. I would like to mention Ferry Corsten here as well. He has been an important influence on me ever since I started listening to trance. ‘Rock Your Body, Rock’, ‘Kyoto’, ‘Beautiful’ and many of his remixes (for instance of Apoptygma Berzerk – ‘Kathy’s Song’, Aven – ‘All I Wanna Do’ and Tiësto feat. Jónsi – ‘Kaleidoscope’) definitely made an impact on me.

What can we expect from you in 2012?

I’ve got an instrumental remix for American producer, Audien (Enhanced Recordings), another remix for Max Graham feat. Susana (Re*Brand/Armada Music), and lastly a remix of a new upcoming vocal single from Mike Shiver (Captured Music). I’m doing a new version of my The Last Time remix of The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher that will be on The Thrillseekers album coming this year (Adjusted Music). Furthermore, i have a collaboration with my good friend Sebastian Brandt (Armada Music), that we hopefully will be done with this spring. I also have new exciting original material coming up. 2012 here we go!

In an interview with findremix.com back in May of 2011, I read that you actually stopped listening to EDM for about 3 years to play drums and guitar in a rock band. What ultimately made you decide to come back to trance?

I think music is one of those things we grasp and put into different places within our lives. I won’t forget the tracks that affected me so immensely during the years. I can think of ‘Out of the Blue’ or ‘Sublime’ at any given time, knowing the exact chord progression and notes in my head. Change is a good thing, and trying new things is a good thing too. I’ve done that a bit already and done well i think. I produce trance, rather than play drums or guitar in a rock band, at least for now.

Last question, how do Swedish girls compare to the rest of the world?

Can’t say anything else that we Swedes are spoilt. I’m still amazed at the amount of beautiful girls in Sweden really. It’s crazy.

Thank you so much for your time, Johan!

Interview with Findremix.com

Interview with Findremix.com

Johan Malmgren

Who is Johan Malmgren?

I’m a 21-year old Swedish guy that loves to produce music, geek around with different tech-stuff and to hang out with friends and beloved ones. Other than being a producer I’m also a railway engineering student that will graduate in a couple of years.

When have you started with music production?

I was about 12 years old when it all began. I did some tunes with Propellerhead Reason 2 and recall I did a pretty cool track a couple of years later. However, I felt electronic dance music wasn’t something for me so I tried something else; to actually stop listen to trance and I went over to play rock and soul music with a couple of friends in school. There I played the drums and the guitar, I actually got myself a nice Pearl drum set at my parents place. I didn’t listen to trance for about three years, then I got back to it and singed my very first record on Ferry Corsten’s imprint Flashover Recordings in 2009.

What is your studio setup?

AKG headphones, a couple of Genelec monitors, a Novation SL MkII midi keyboard, RME soundcard, Ableton Live 8 and some additional software instruments and effects. Basically that’s it! I feel the need for professional audio equipments becomes less and less prominent for each year now when the software manufactures do what they do.

Do you play live or djing?

At the moment I’m spending all of my time in the studio, mainly because that’s what I like doing. But I’ll probably begin spinning some tracks out there soon as well, would be nice!

How do you get to know Findremix?

I’ve seen great competitions been launched on Findremix before I entered the Nitrous Oxide competition. But as soon as I saw one of my favorite labels hosting a new remix competitions it didn’t take long before I signed up!

Do you think it is useful?

I find the site very useful for upcoming producers and labels that want to get some publicity. It’s a great way of letting listeners and promoters get to know your name and get the chance to win some nice gear on the cup.

Have you entered other remix contests?

No, this is my first remix competition I’ve entered. Of course feels great to actually have won it as well!

What is your working method when starting a remix?

I always start with some kind of idea. If I don’t get an idea or some kind of initial feeling to start off with, I probably don’t do the remix since I know the result could be under my quality standard. The hard part is to actually get the idea from my head to the sequencer, but often it works quite well.

Among other things, you have won a release on a top level trance label. Is this your first release?

My first release was “Primitus” on Flashover Recordings in 2009. After that I got a couple of releases on Marcus Schossow’s Tone Diary Recordings (sublabel on Spinnin’ Records) as well.

Good luck in your music career, and keep producing good tracks!

Thanks for the interview and the nice competitions you guys are hosting!