Cyazon, the talented music Producer, has been impressing listeners with his unique exploration of futuristic and cyberpunk soundscapes in his music; blending elements from genres including Dubstep and Electro House, this Producer is creating unmissable tracks, that display his unique style. His releases consistently deliver a futuristic allure through strong sonic themes and powerfully modern imagery. As he paves his way to becoming a top name in Electronic Dance music, Cyazon displays an innovative, refreshing talent.
Cyazon’s latest release, a hard-hitting Dubstep remix of RL Grime & NERO’s hit ‘Renegade’, has proven why the Producer deserves attention; as a powerful and dynamic sonic experience, the track is a must-listen for fans of the genre. In this interview, Cyazon shares an insight into the creative process behind this latest release, delving into the production details and musical journey of the remix.
Hello Cyazon, how are you doing?
Hello, I’m doing good, thank you!
Can you walk us through the creative process behind your new remix of RL Grime & NERO’s “Renegade”? How did you approach reimagining such a well-known track?
I first started with some dreamy pads and a similar synth arpeggiated lead as the original, then I used my classic synth lead sound that I usually use and created a new melody for the pre-chorus. For the drop, I used supersaw chords with the same chord progression as the original, the same melody with my synth lead sound, and a heavy rhythmic bass. In the second verse, I switched the chord progression and the melody of the synth arpeggiated lead: I reversed the progression and sequence of the melodies – the same notes, but the progression is flipped to be opposite. This is the same for the bassline progression in the second verse. Other than switching out some of the bass fill and laser sounds, the second drop was similar to the first.
Were there any specific elements from the original song that you wanted to highlight or reinterpret in your remix?
Some specific elements that I highlighted were the synth arpeggiated lead sound in the beginning: I used the same melody but also added variations to this throughout the track. I kept the same chord progression in the drops and choruses but used supersaws and a heavy bass to highlight it. For the main synth lead sound in the drop, I used the exact same melody as the original.
What techniques did you employ to infuse your own signature sound and style into the remix while staying true to the energy and vibe of the original?
To make sure I kept the energy and vibe of the original, I used the same chord progressions and some of the same melodies and sound textures. I also used analogue pads and synths to keep to my original signature sound, while also using my typical heavy bass sound design to make the drops have big energy.
Did you face any challenges or obstacles during the production process of this remix? If so, how did you overcome them?
I remember when I first attempted writing this remix, I wrote everything up until the first pre-chorus and was stuck on making the drops and choruses. I think eventually I got into a flow and decided how I wanted to arrange the elements and the structure of the drop.
Can you share any unique production techniques or effects that you used in the remix to achieve the desired impact?
One unique production technique that I used in this remix, which I’ve started to use in the last year, is using the Soothe2 to make sure frequencies do not clash when there are multiple bass sounds stacked on each other. For example, during the drops, I used three different bass sounds at the same time, so for one of the bass sounds I used two different Soothe plugins and routed each of them to the two other bass sounds: I then made sure that for both Soothe plugins that it was ducking the low mid and mid frequencies that were occurring in the other sounds. This makes sure that bass one is not clashing with the frequencies of bass two and three; this is a very useful mixing technique.
How did you balance incorporating your own artistic vision with honouring the original song’s essence and maintaining its recognizability?
I think the main thing that balances both my vision and the recognizability of the original is using the same melodies and chord progressions, but using the sounds that are unique to my sound as an artist. Some examples I have mentioned before are the synth lead, the analogue pads and some of the basslines in the verses.
Did you collaborate with any other artists or musicians for this remix, or was it a solo project?
This was a solo project since it is an unofficial remix.
Were there any particular moments or breakthroughs during the production process that made you especially excited about the direction the remix was taking?
Not so much, but knowing that I can incorporate similar melodies and my own songwriting so that the finished remix will sound different in my own way was exciting for me.
In terms of sound design, how did you approach crafting the basslines, synth elements, and other sonic components in the remix?
For the synth elements, I used Serum for the arpeggiated lead sound with Sound Toys Decapitator for distortion, Omnisphere and Zebra for the pad sounds and Diva for the lead. For the supersaw chord sounds, I used Wavetable, Serum, Silent, and Tone2 Gladiator. For the bassline sounds in the drop, I used Serum and Vital with mid-side OTT and the RC-20 Retro Color distortion plugin. For the reverb on the synth elements, I used Valhalla Vintageverb. I would say this is how I mainly approached crafting the sound design.
What message or emotion were you aiming to convey through your remix of “Renegade,” and how did you translate that into the production choices you made?
My production choices mainly convey a dreamy and hopeful emotion, although I didn’t really go into the remix with a message or emotion in mind – I just produced. Sometimes, I feel like the message or emotion comes later when a song is finished or during the production process: in this case, it came after I already finished the remix.
Cyazon’s enthusiasm and commitment to producing innovative and unique productions shines through in his passion for the technical and creative process. There is no doubt that the Producer will continue to craft his signature sound with tracks that blend across genres to unveil experimental, unmissable soundscapes. As we close this interview, we thank Cyazon for sharing an insight into his creative process and eagerly look forward to hearing more from the Producer soon.
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