If you live in Los Angeles, you know that Big Booty Bass boasts some of the most talented artists in Southern California. Their latest release is a perfect representation of their commitment to highlighting the best up and coming artists. The debut single “Let Me Think” from San Diego native, Horge, is a melodic and funky breath of fresh air.
This song sucks you in immediately with a rhythmic pluck melody that is sure to excite. The airy pads flow around your head and swell into a single female vocal that just radiates energy.
This is what dancefloor drum and bass is all about.
Horge has refined his sound into a flowing groove session on “Let Me Think”. This song projects a vibe that gets you pumped for the night. It’s dark, yet bubbly. The bassline is funky and infectious. The atmospheric elements really characterize this song by providing a lovely feeling of emotion and introspect similar to liquid funk. It’s hard not to dance to the uplifting energy of this song. For producers, this is the type of tune that makes you clutch your heart with envy.
I got to catch up with Horge and ask him a few questions about this release. Understanding how the song came together makes it clear that “Let Me Think” is Horge’s very own way of saying “Hold My Beer.”
How would you describe the music you make? What influences your sound?
“My friends call it “anxiety music.”
The music I make takes a lot of influences from different areas. It’s why I feel comfortable making something like my tune “Rave Machina” that takes influence from apocalyptic cross-breed rhythmic patterns and design, to my deep, minimal and funky tune “Let Me Think” that draws excitement from groove rather than mid-heavy sound synthesis.
I like all drum & bass; I’ve yet to hear a style of it I don’t like. I also take a lot of inspiration from trance melodies and sounds, so every once in a while you’ll hear something that fuses heavy basslines with pretty synths on top. Nowadays, I’ve been itching to move in that direction, kind of the way Pythius and Memtrix harness their signature sounds.”
You’ve put together some catchy bootlegs in the past. Which one is your personal favorite?
“Vitas, “7th Element”. Hands down.
I feel like I made really good mixing and mastering decisions. The only real thing that I would fix in retrospect is the notes glide a bit too much when the main bass line comes in. I had a lot of fun with a tune I really like (unironically) and explored so many different styles within the 4 minutes that song runs for. I typically play it out in its entirety and I feel people haven’t grown tired of it… yet.
I also finished a bootleg of Virtual Self’s “Ghost Voices” that I’m really excited about but it’s not out yet as of the time of this interview.”
Tell me about your musical process. How did “Let Me Think” come together?
“My musical process is full of frustration. My roommates tell me that they hear me groan in frustration often but they say it’s more entertaining than annoying.
I start off with drums, I feel like there’s more of an objective approach to drums than anything else (kick, snare, break, cymbals, percussion).
The basslines and sound design are where the magic and pain happen. It starts off very exciting when I mess around with different FM algorithms and simple waveforms. Once I start to shape my sound design, I process with distortions, struggle with being content but power through the frustrations. Eventually, I get to cleaning up the sounds (if I end up not scrapping them).
Let Me Think had a more “indignant” process.
I played a local artist showcase in LA, where every performer had to play a set of all original tunes. I built my set and practiced it, ended up settling down on the tunes I was going to play. When I got to the venue, I realized I made a jump from my tune “Funked Up” in Fm to my tune “Hyperphysical” in Gm. I needed a tune in Cm to *properly* make the harmonic jump between songs. I drank my two Coronas, opened up my laptop at the venue and wrote most of it in about two hours.
The bassline moves around from C to G, Ab and F so mixing the low end on headphones was not a nightmare. The bassline I made of out need for mixing practicality ended up being really fun, so I kept the fun vibe with smaller drums than I normally do and the tune kind of wrote itself because of those four notes. Since the mixing situation was less than ideal, I reverted to a couple “tried and true” mixing techniques that allowed me to make a playable version of this idea and I still calmed my own transition anxiety. People REALLY liked it, so I decided to really give it the time and effort it deserved. I think writing the tune in an actual live music event really influenced me subconsciously. It also could have been the two Coronas, I don’t know.”
What inspired your name?
“The simple answer is that it’s a mixture of my name in Spanish mixed with my name in English (Jorge + George).
The way that came to be is in marching band camp, they asked me if I wanted to go by Jorge or George but I couldn’t decide which, so someone mashed them together like a successful car crash.
It stuck really well and it followed me through college. I ended up meeting Pasquale Rotella one Nocturnal Wonderland some years ago, and he said “Horge” is a great name so honestly, I don’t know why I’m not famous yet. Abbreviation: HG”
What is most important to you when putting together a tune?
“Bassline, bassline, bassline.
Objectively, the drums are the most important. They have to be crispy, loud, pronounced, and full. It’s the foundation to a good song.
However, the bassline carries the attitude of the song! It’s where the groove and the money are! That’s why I face so much frustration when I’m writing tunes; I give so much of my energy in writing and designing basslines. Most memorable songs that have gone down in history have solid bass lines as backbone. I’m trying to really capture that in my tunes.
When you’re in the studio, do you have any rituals?
“I do! And you can see them in some of my recorded live streams on my Facebook page. I’ll have some sugary drink, I’ll have anime muted in the background and go to town. It gives me a simulated stage environment with an LED wall playing anime (which is my preference to any promoters reading this, just putting it out there).
I’m trying to drink less soda but man, I’m a fiend for Mountain Dew: Baja Blast™”
How did you start making music?
“I got into music at a very young age; I come from a musical family and there was a lot of pressure to be involved in music, so I took music classes in middle school and I always wanted to play all the instruments in lower registers, so I went from playing trumpet to baritone and eventually tuba. On my own time, I learned how to play bass, and I can still play mean fusion/prog bass lines.
I eventually took a class in recording arts in high school and one of the lessons was how to use Reason 3 to make my own music. One of my best friends exposed me to Dubstep and Drum & Bass in a car that had 18 subs, and that’s when I learned what I wanted to do with my life. I eventually learned I could use my recording arts and midi composition classes to make tunes like the ones I liked hearing on YouTube channels.
I put out a couple tunes on SoundCloud and local promoters reached out to me for gigs, so I had to learn how DJ to play gigs out of necessity.”
Where’s the best Mexican food in San Diego?
“Albertaco’s. My family has been pretty loyal to that chain since we came to the US, so it’s my go-to place for burritos and carne asada fries.
If I’m trying to treat someone to a better time, however, I take them to Cocina Rancho in North Park. It’s mad traditional and everything has a vegan option. Their Vegan Horchata has my full support.
5 gunfingers out of 5.”
Do you ever encounter writer’s block when producing? If so, what advice would you give to producers struggling with their tunes?
“I have a couple anti-writer’s block weapons:
- Ask for feedback on what you have so far
- Your peers will let you know what you’re doing right and wrong in their opinions and hearing that positive reinforcement or critique can influence the decisions you’ll make in the future.
- Inspire yourself
- Watch a movie, play a video game. I’ve been on a massive anime kick lately and man, the inspiration I draw is massive. A lot of cyberpunk sceneries, dark themes, superhuman fantasy and a lot of moral empowerment.
- Be patient
- Patience is massive. If you lack patience, it can turn into self-directed aggression for trying to hold yourself to expectations. It doesn’t help that everyone around us seems to be hitting success with their tunes so the game seems more measurable than it actually is. Always remember why you’re doing this, and don’t beat yourself up.”
Any local artists we should keep an eye out for?
My guy consistently KILLS it with every tune he’s put out. His Kendama flow is unparalleled and his band is for high IQ havers only. He’s an LA legend.
I keep telling him he’s a genius. He’s been focusing more on visuals but anything he touches is riddled with darkness and attention to detail.
–Almost Radical & Sassparilla
These two guys have been crushing their DJ sets lately and it’s always a treat to perform with them. Some real refined tastes and they always expose me to new and intriguing sounds.
He doesn’t just share birthdays with me, he’s an effective dubstep and riddim machine. Been trying to get him to put out more drum & bass because I really enjoy his higher bpm tunes
Don’t sleep on my boy, he’s gonna blow up.
“Let Me Think” by Horge is available now on all music outlets! For more information on Big Booty Bass, check out www.bigbootybass.la
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