This week we grill the seriously talented bass producer MYRNE about his latest collaboration with UZ for his “Trap Shit” series, and how he found working with Quality Goods Records.
How did the collaboration between you and UZ come about initially – were you a fan of the “Trap Shit” Series beforehand?
Definitely. He has a style so distinct you’d know if it were a UZ track in the club right away. It really just started with both of us sharing promos and unreleased tracks on Twitter until we decided to work together on one.
What made the creative process behind your “Trap Shit 16” memorable for you?
It gave both of us (each with really distinct influences) an opportunity to try out something we normally couldn’t. I always appreciated the harder styles of bass music so this was a really fun joint to flex those influences in. Everyone thinks I was solely responsible for all the wubs in the track (& UZ the gangster bits) – but we split the work down the middle!
Your profile has increased exponentially since signing with Mad Decent last year, but fans here still probably don’t know too much about you. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself – when did you start producing?
Electronica, R&B and disco were always major parts of my life growing up, until I was piqued by bass music around 2011 – the energy of non-vocal tracks was a foreign concept to me. I made a ton of beats in high school, but it was only when I served in the military for two years that it really become an outlet for me to focus on.
How do you intend to approach your musical development as an artist? What’s next for MYRNE?
My answer to this question changes month to month! It’s really just a culmination of my everyday experiences and sources of inspiration as a human and as a musician. I can’t say much about the types of music I’ll be making in the future – just that it’ll be shifting to longer, more cohesive bodies of work.
How’s the scene in Singapore changing do you think, with acts like you, FZPZ, Phyla Digital and Darker Than Wax coming out of it?
It’s diverse and that’s perfect. Singapore doesn’t (electronically) have much to boast about yet, so it’s really exciting to see local labels and artists constantly pushing music no one else in the world is making. Artistic pursuit in Singapore is always a risky endeavour, so I’m glad the children of the future have something homegrown to look up to.
You’ve previously worked with trap artist Gill Chang as well as UZ, are there any other collaborations we can look forward to in the future?
I constantly get inspired by the collaborative process and combining different musical influences, so they definitely get bigger from here! I have a few collaborations I can’t yet name in the works and a solo remix due to come out as well. However, I feel that collaborations between producers of the same sound has to be the most boring thing on earth, so there’ll definitely be none of that in the months to come.
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