Words by Jordan Tucker
18-year-old Dutch future bass producer and Monstercat signee, WRLD, has been taking the EDM scene by storm with his latest single 'By Design' and is now bringing his sound to Australian shores. Before his Australian Sunrise Tour, WRLD gave us the inside word on what to expect.
Hi David, thanks for talking to us, first of all could you tell us about your musical background and how the WRLD project started?
Hey, no problem! When I started producing electronic music it was purely from my interest in technology and creation, I had honestly never touched an instrument before. I saw a video of a guy who made a song out of Windows XP sounds. I thought the concept was just really interesting and I wanted to try it out myself. The WRLD project started five years later when I got tired of producing progressive house. This new genre called ‘future bass’ or whatever you wanna call it started coming up, but not a lot of people were doing it yet. It fit my sounds perfectly so I decided to just start from scratch and try something different, and it worked.
What kind of music/bands did you grow up listening to and how has that influenced you?
I grew up listening to Top 40 radio and game soundtracks, which has heavily influenced my sound. The moment when I heard Owl City’s hit song 'Fireflies' on the radio in 2009, I knew what kind of sound I wanted to go for with my music. Pop music in general is just really interesting to me and I hope you can hear its influence in my sound! Same goes for game soundtracks. Music from games like Pokémon and Maple Story have left a big impression on me and I try to capture the feeling of those games in my music. Nostalgia is very important to me.
How did you get signed to the Monstercat label and what has that experience been like?
Me and my friend Laszlo sent our song called ‘You & Me’ as a demo, they liked it and we got signed! Working with Monstercat has been so amazing, their fanbase is massive and also really active so that makes it extra fun. The Monstercat crew is really awesome ‘IRL’ as well, I spent a month in Vancouver at their office last month and it was one of the greatest months of my life so far!
Have you been to Australia before and what are you keen to check out down here?
Nope, never! I honestly haven’t really thought about that yet. That said, I really wanna get a picture with a koala!
What advice would you give to upcoming producers, that see people such as yourself as an inspiration?
Re-use your sounds, if you make a sound that you love, save it so you can re-use it later! That’s how I got my signature sound. I’ve learnt sound design by emulating sounds I heard in my favourite songs. By combining all my favourite sounds I’m basically creating my own favourite music and a unique sound.
What was the inspiration and meaning behind your latest single 'By Design'?
Pendulum is one of my favourite bands ever and every now and then I have a week where I’ll exclusively listen to their albums. I had one of those weeks a few months ago and that’s when I started working on ‘By Design’. I hadn’t done any Drum and Bass in over two years, the last time was before I started working on my WRLD project, so it was really fun to rediscover the genre with all the new knowledge I had gained in the years as WRLD.
And finally what can we expect from you in the future?
Lots of different types of music! I love to experiment with new genres and new sounds, but I’m also working on a tonne of future bass tracks since I haven’t released any future bass this year. ‘By Design’ was my first DnB track as WRLD and it reminded me of how fun it actually is to make that genre, so you can definitely expect more of that in the future! Also, I have a few secret ideas of genres that I think don’t exist yet, so I’ll be trying to make that happen as well!
You can catch WRLD live on his Sunrise Tour @ Fat Controller Club on December 10th. Tickets are available through Songkick.