Bass Interview #5 : Chime

For this new interview, we have decided to give word to Chime. Young producer of melodic Dubstep, this English is becoming more and more popular in this middle, this is why Stoner wanted to telle you more …

1- Who are you ? Why did you choose the name « Dec3mber » and above all why did you change for « Chime » ?

My name is Harvey Thompson, I’m a 21-year-old nerdy guy from Leeds, England who likes video games and electronic music. 

I originally chose the name « December » after a friend of mine suggested it to me. I thought it fit the more emotional / melodic style of Dance Music I was trying out. The « 3 » was added because I wanted people to more easily find me on Google. 

I recently changed my name to « Chime » this was mostly to avoid the problems with the previous name. For example, people wouldn’t be sure how it was spelt and it would be difficult to easily tell someone my artist name in person.

2- What do you do as work or studies ?

I recently finished a university course for music technology but I was disappointed with it as it covered more of the technical side of music rather than creativity. 
I’m looking into courses in game design right now – specifically coding of game audio – as I’d like to work as a freelance musician and sound designer for video games.

3- What are your hobbies ? Do you have any passion except music ?

Music and video games really are the only things I do most days actually!

4- In which city or country do you dream to play in ?

Basically anywhere in the USA. It’s difficult right now to get american gigs with my current following and I know people are really passionate about Bass Music over there. 

Other than that, I’d love to do more gigs in France and other parts of Europe – anywhere where people love Dubstep !

5- Let’s talk Bass Music and especially Dubstep, what do you like the most in this genre and what is your favorite Bass Music style ?

I’ve always loved the high level of energy in Dubstep, especially after it was picked up by american producers. It’s something you can’t really find in any other genre of music.

I also like the fact that it is brand new and constantly changing. 
Every month or so I hear something I’ve never heard before – that could be a new piece of sound design (like the crazy screeches in Herobust – Dirty Work) or a completely new rhythmical idea (like the strange pauses in Skism & Trampa – Black Hole). 

I find it so inspiring and invigorating to come up with new ways to make people go crazy.

And in terms of which genre is my favourite within bass music – I think Dubstep (140-150bpm) is always going to be my favourite. 
That tempo leaves a lot of space between beats to really fill with interesting sound design unlike something like Drum & Bass where it’s more based on percussive elements.

6- What makes you started to produce Dubstep ? Do you play instruments or have you already practised music before ?

I actually produced Drum&Bass for a long time before I started making Dubstep. 
I wasn’t originally a fan of UK Dubstep, but when people like Skrillex popularised it I really started preferring it. 
I didn’t know a lot about designing Bass sounds when I first started which is why I opted for a more melodic sound. Seven Lions gave me the inspiration to first give melodic Dubstep a try.

I’ve played bits and pieces of instruments in my life. As a kid a played recorder and keyboard, I then played the alto sax for a little while in high school. 

More recently I taught myself to play drums for a bit but I’ve never really played anything seriously. I have grade 5 music theory which helps with writing chord sequences and melodies but I think most of my musicality comes from listening to a lot of video game music as a kid and picking up how melodies and song structure works.

7- Which artists have inspired you the most ?

Artists like Xilent, Au5, Virtual Riot, Isqa and Fox Stevenson inspire a lot of my melodic music. For heavy stuff it’s producers like Zomboy, Eptic, Barely Alive, Brig and QUEST. 
Finally, more chill sections of my music are influenced by LoneMoon, Poly Pines, Spire and KOAN Sound.

8- Except Bass Music do you listen to another genres ? Not especially in Electronic Music.

I actually listen to very little music outside electronic genres. 
Some people I like outside of dance music are Elbow, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Metronomy, Delphic. I also listen to a lot of video game soundtracks.

9- Do you have projects in progress ? An EP ?

I’m working on an EP right now that consists of solely heavy tracks that I’m about half way through. I have a melodic / epic style Dubstep remix for MYLK on the go. 
I’ve got collabs in progress with about 6 different producers at the moment – I won’t reveal who they’re with just yet!

10- What is the track which you are the proudest ? The one which ask you the most of work ?

It changes all the time. It’s usually the one of made most recently. 
I think right now my remix for MYLK might be the one I’m proudest of. It’s a very emotional yet powerful track and I think it really captures my more feminine style of producing very well. « Zephyr (ft. Mona Moua) » is another one I’m really happy with.

I’m still very pleased with my « Lion » remix for Ray Volpe & Clinton Sly and I recently revamped it to play out live cause it combines my melodic and heavy styles really well. 
In terms of what took the most work. I think maybe that’s the MYLK remix too.

That project spans three laptops now. The one that I worked on the most for it was very old and very slow which meant I had to be incredibly patient working on it while the computer gradually processed my actions in my DAW.

11- What do you expect from the future of Chime ?

Well I don’t plan on stopping making music any time soon ! 
Hopefully I’ll be able to play more shows abroad, gain a larger following and work with some producers I really look up to.

12- Do you plan another music projects except Bass Music ?

Other than bass music, I’d like to make some more chill out and video game music. I haven’t got anything planned for that right now though.

13- You’ve just joined the Kinphonic label, what does that represent for you, for Chime’s future and, of course, for your fans ?

I’m really excited to see what opportunities arise with Kinphonic. 
Obviously I’d love to work with any of the artists on there including xKore, Xilent and others. 

In fact, I’m already working with one of the members (plus I have the collab with Different Heaven coming out very soon). 

What probably excites the most though is the opportunity to play shows. 
Dubstep is very unpopular right now in the UK so you’d be very lucky to come across many major shows outside of London. 
Kinphonic will help me to play more abroad and I can’t wait!

14- On your facebook page, you often publish videos to talk about artists, what urged you to do this ?

I noticed people started to take more of an interest in Chime when they could see what I was like as a person and understand more of the ideas behind the music.

I decided to start posting opinion videos because people were always asking me what I thought of certain things in the music industry. 
They’re quite easy to make and I feel I have a fair judgement of artists’ work. 
I’m actually planning to launch this series of videos on my YouTube channel soon !

15- To conclude this interview, do you have any words for the french Dubstep family ?

Keep loving Dubstep ! You guys beat England on energy by far !
I hope to play more French shows real soon

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BASS IS LIFE, BASS FOR LIFE !

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