Following the release of his latest song on Subsidia, “Celestial”, bass artists Jykl & Hyde stopped by to chat about its creation and more.
Bass DJ and producer Jkyl & Hyde is on the alert when it comes to getting the heaviest tunes into the ears of his listeners. Previous releases like that Shell Tha Place/Distortion EP as well as others on labels like subsidies and never say die put its presence on the map and that won’t continue until 2022. After the release of the dominant single “noise” Earlier this year, Jkyl & Hyde was out with singles like “Resonate” and “path‘ – and now he’s returning with the release of ‘Heavenly.”
“Celestial” invites listeners into the graceful yet menacing soundscape of Jkyl & Hyde’s creation, with cloud-like vocals hopping throughout the track. Adrenaline is ignited as the orchestral synths catch up with you before dropping a massive bassline that converges with the thematic melody. It’s a track that tugs at your emotions while never letting go of the original heat full of heaviness, making it perfect for screaming your heart out.
It looks like 2022 will continue to be a busy year for Jkyl & Hyde after those three releases, with a number of stints ahead of him including his bass ops takeover on Denver end of May and festival of origin in Montreal. Before he leaves for those shows, we got a chance to chat with him about the new single, the state of dubstep and more. Download or stream Celestial on your favorite platform and read on for the conversation!
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Hi Jkyl & Hyde, thanks for chatting with us! Let’s talk about your latest release Celestial, now available on Subsidia. What was the production process behind this release? Did it differ from previous tunes?
Thanks for the invitation. The production process for “Celestial” wasn’t necessarily different than any previous track. Honestly, over time I would say my production process has been refined. It’s very similar from song to song when it comes to my workflow and process as the Jkyl & Hyde sonic identity continues to evolve.
“Celestial” has a really cool balance between the heavy, dirty bass we know you’re a pro at, with the melancholy melody and the echoing vocals. How did you balance these polar sound ideas and combine them into one full-fledged? Track?
hey, that is the beauty of the Jkyl & Hyde project and something that has been a consistent goal since day one. Emphasize the contrast between light and dark, good and evil, etc. Technically speaking, especially on “Celestial”, I started writing the intro to give it a more atmospheric and melodic feel. The vocal sample drove the track and it all came together pretty naturally from there. I knew I wanted the Drop to have melodic qualities while still bringing home that signature dark and heavy bass-driven Jkyl & Hyde style that people have come to know.
You released Temper Tantrum with Subsidia in 2020, right around the time they started. How has it been working with you over the past few years?
Subsidia was absolutely amazing. Seeing the label continue to grow and shine a spotlight on artists of all sizes has been super cool, especially having been part of the process over the past two years. With three releases on the label prior to Celestial, all on compilations, releasing this song as a single and working with the Subsidia team on concept, artwork etc is a dream come true.
What do you think of the state of the dubstep scene as we know it today?
We thrive. There’s more new music out there right now than ever before, with so many “underground” acts producing extremely high-quality melodies. On the other hand there are acts like Excision, Subtronics or Svdden Death who have gotten to the point of hosting branded events based solely on dubstep and bass music. I think the scene is in a great place right now, with room to get even better.
Building on that, what are you looking forward to seeing in the future as it achieves technological advancement and popularity?
I think one thing that I’m excited about and that’s already started is the possibility of more people having access to the tools to make music. I think it’s only going to become more feasible for anyone who wants to try to make music. This creates more music, more artists can try to realize their vision.
Finally, can you share any words of wisdom you’ve gathered over the years that you would give to those who want to dip their toes in the music world?
Plain and simple, put in the hours and explore. Create hundreds if not thousands of songs or ideas and get to know your DAW inside and out. There are many resources available on Youtube, Twitter, Discord, Talking to Other Producers, Reddit and more where you can find super valuable information. Besides that, it’s a lot of trial and error, figuring out what you like and don’t like and easy to create.
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