We had a chat with Bas Lefeber, aka Buzz Low. The Netherlands based electronic music producer and Dj told us about his personal milestones, favourite Plugins, his producer idols and much more. Read along:
In 2019 you won Afrojack’s global remix contest. How did it help you in your career?
After I won the remix battle I started working with LDH Europe (Who hosted the remix battle) and got signed to them after a few months of working together. Since then a lot has happened, I did a lot of sessions together with songwriters and made a lot of new songs which I’m really excited about. I also played at Starbeach in Greece 10 times this summer which was one of my first bigger shows that I played.
Which other personal milestones besides winning the contest are you the most proud of?
Signing 3 singles to Spinnin’ Records. When I started producing I was always looking up to Spinnin Records and it was always my dream to release my music on Spinnin so I was super excited that I got to release my new single “Thong Song” on their main label.
What are the biggest challenges you face as an up and coming artist in the digital age?
I think one of the hardest challenges is to stay active on social media and to keep posting new and interesting content.
When Buzz Low starts a new track – what are the first steps?
I’ve been playing the piano since I was 10 years old so I usually start behind the piano playing chords or melodies. When I have an idea for a chord progression or a melody I always record it with my phone and then work out the idea on my laptop.
What do you think is the best way to grow your audience on social media?
It is really important to connect with your audience, so I always try to reply to as many messages and comments as possible and really connect with the people that follow me and like my music
Name your top 3 plugins and explain why you think they’re awesome!
I love Omnisphere for my sounds, I always use keyscape pianos and plucks and mallet sounds from Omnisphere. The Soundtoys bundle is also really good, I use Decapitator a lot to make a sound have more grit, the punish button in Decapitator is really cool on synths to change the sound completely. I also use the synths from the Arturia bundle a lot, they emulate a lot of older Synthesizers which have a lot of cool and more unique sounds.
If you would have to name one producer you’re looking up to the most – who would it be and why?
It is really difficult to pick just one because there are a few producers that I look up to and that I really like. If I had to pick just one I’d say Calvin Harris, his productions always have something unique and fresh in them. Every song he releases always has something new and they are always good.
Name 3 major mistakes you made and other musicians could learn from.
I can’t really think of any major mistakes I’ve made. One tip I have is, don’t think of production as something too easy. You have to spend so much time on producing and teaching yourself to become better. Improving your sound is essential. I also still learn new things about production almost every day. I really believe that if you wanna achieve something and you spend a lot of time working on it and go for it 100% you can achieve your goals.
What is the role of intuition when producing music?
Because I usually start behind the piano I always start by just playing something by feeling. So for me my intuition is really important when it comes to making music, if I like something right of the bat, I usually have a lot of inspiration to finish it really fast.
What are Buzz Low’s goals for this year?
Definitely to make a lot of new music and do even more cool sessions than last year. I also wanna learn to play the guitar this year so I can also start songs on the guitar instead of just the piano.
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