With QULT coming up on the 18th of February, we felt it would be nice to shine the spotlight on perhaps one of our lesser known artists. Lee Mac, hailing from Ireland, will be making his first Netherlands appearance so we stopped him to ask a few questions.
When did you start to produce?
I started producing around August 2009. I was Dj’ing for about a year or two and I realized I needed to produce to get some good gigs.
How did you find the sound that you currently produce?
I was always big into hard dance, especially the techy side of things. When I started producing I was greatly inspired by the Tech Dance sound that Yoji and Vandall were producing.
From then on my sound slowly changed to more bassline orientated tracks but still keeping the Tech Dance and Hard Dance vibe.
In the last year or so I started listening to a lot more different types of electronic music such as Dubstep and Drum n Bass, artists such as Noisia and Broken Note.
Also I listen to a lot of weird experimental stuff like Amon Tobin, Eskmo and a lot of other artists on NinjaTune Records and other similar labels. I’ve been trying hard to take some inspiration from these types of music as well so I am definitely still working to perfect my sound.
How do you feel about people always trying to put a label (genre/style/etc) on music?
I think genre tagging is important for the main groups of genres, like techno, hard dance, trance and others. It’s important for people to find the type of music they like. So on that level its ok.
But at the moment people are taking the piss when it comes to labeling sub genres. There’s a new unnecessary sub genre every day. Some of the names are hilarious.
The newest genres I have heard of are Trouse (House/Trance) and Brostep (I don’t even know what that is haha). There’s just no need for it.
Do you define your music? (If so how)
I’d just call my music Hard Dance. Some people are calling this new type of Hard Dance, “Hard Funk” and “Hard Electric”. They’re not official genre names yet though.
I would really like to make an undefinable weird type of Hard Dance. That’s something I’d like to work on in the future.
How would you define you music for someone who has never heard it before?
Em, I would say that it’s like electro only faster, heavier and a lot more aggressive. It has slight influence from Techno and Dubstep.
What do you expect from your first performance in the Netherlands?
I don’t really know what to expect, I just know it’s going to be huge and I’m really excited about it. It’s my first gig outside of Ireland and it’s definitely my biggest gig so far.
I really can’t wait to see how my tracks go down in front of the Dutch crowd. I hope they like it.
Do you have any upcoming releases?
Yup, my next release is due out on the 1st of February on NTR Red. It’s called Welcome to fear. There’s also a remix of it forthcoming from label boss Neal Thomas.
I have another track called Intermission that should be due out some time this year on Diablik’s new Label.
Also my remix of The Sixth Sense – Poltergeist is due out soon on Zone Traxx and I’m working on remixes for Compulzion and Digitally Infected.
Who has influenced you?
Kamui has definitely influenced me more than anyone. They basically created this “Hard Funk” sounding Hard Dance sound that’s around now.
Other Hard Dance artists that have inspired me are Diablik, Scot Project, Activator’s new Subground sound, Yoji, Vandall, ASYS, Kidd Kaos, Project Tek and loads more.
Techno and Early hardstyle have influenced me a lot as well.
As I said above I’m also influenced by Artists in many other types of music. Producers like Amon Tobin (Who is my musical Hero), Eskmo, Noisia, King Cannibal and Broken Note. I could go on for days just naming artists that inspire me. haha
Where do you plan to take your sound next?
As I said above I’d love to make an undefinable type of Hard Dance. Brining more of the Dubstep, DnB and experimental side of things into my music. It won’t be an easy thing to do but I would really enjoy trying it.