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GAWP: “He Just Looked At Me And GAWPED”

GAWP opens up about new music, working with major labels and a whole lot more.

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Sometimes things just happen for a reason and this seems to be the story for GAWP. The artist created a track and it seemed to go down an absolute treat, and before long, the GAWP name has been doing the rounds on some of the major labels in the electronic dance music scene. Dirtybird, Get Twisted Records and more are just a few of the accolades. The artist has now opened up about how the name evolved, working with these labels as well as studio set-up’s and much more.

It has been a fantastic time for GAWP recently with numerous hit singles and a buzz around your name. Can you tell us a little about how GAWP came about?

The whole project organically evolved and the name is now one of the staple things. I created a track called Drainer a couple of years ago and played it for the first time to my friend: he just looked at me and GAWPED so from then on the name was born!

Would you say that there are a number of influences which you draw from and use in terms of producing your music? Whether that be other artists or cultures etc.

Yes travelling is one of the best things for inspiration as you gain emotions and experiences rather than just sat in the studio, I usually get ideas when I’m waiting for flights or on the road also travelling you get to see how people are so different which is great as it keeps things exciting. Another huge influence for me is studio gear: I love the way technology just keeps getting better.

In terms of the music which you produce, it leans towards that alternative, sketchy Tech House. What made you decide that this was the style for GAWP?

I didn’t start with a style I just created what I could by experimenting: my main rule is no rules just be creative and see what happens. It does take longer sometimes but I’m happy when I know something is right for me personally. Then I started to look at labels that would be similar to what I created hence me being from twisted dark bass to straight UK tech house elements.

Over the last few months, you have worked with some major labels on the scene, including Dirtybird, This Ain’t Bristol and Get Twisted Records. What is it like to work with labels such as these and do they help with the way in which you produce?

Yes it’s amazing working with these labels as they support you massively and also people trust the content they put out so it instantly helps your music get on radars. These labels also do define a genre boundary, so it does help when producing sometimes as it keeps me on the right tracks.

Can you tell us a little about your studio set-up? Do you also have a certain piece of hardware or software which is your go-to piece when in the studio?

I use Logic as my DAW, SSL desk for analogue summing along with a SSL bus compressor, plenty of Universal audio plugins. But the kit I wouldn’t ever part with would be my MOOG Voyager. My girlfriend even gets jealous how much I love it! It makes you pull funny faces.

You are also midway through a North American tour. When touring, do you find it difficult to produce music on the road with a “touring studio” or do you tend just to focus on the gigs?

Yeah it is difficult to tour with all the kit required, my current set up I’m using a Subpac for my Lower end as you usually find this is the problem when mixing in a non-studio environment. I actually have more tech with me than clothes!

Touring can also be a very difficult part of a DJ’s life. What is your experiences with touring and have you ever found it difficult at any stage?

As I type this I missed my flight from Dallas last night, they issued me another ticket which I lost walking around and then had to get another. Obviously this wasn’t planned and it’s so unlike me, but things like this do come to test you.  Another difficult thing is to eat well and look after yourself as most people know when you go on airlines you need time either side of the travel, this all adds up and can be difficult to find somewhere to work or find non processed food.

You have also been named a “one to watch for 2018”. For an artist who is upcoming, what is it like to have support like this in the music industry, especially one as difficult as the dance music industry?

It’s quite unreal to be honest, I’m not the best with accepting compliments but it does really make me appreciate see the potential and also love music I’m making.

Rounding off the interview, what can fans expect from GAWP over the next few months? Is there anything you hope to achieve over the rest of 2018?

On the music side of things my track ‘Coolade’ is out this week on Dirtybird Birdfeed, and I have a 17 part tutorial on how I made the track with Sonic Academy. Also I have a EP with Tough Love which is doing well in my tour sets. This is called Chicken Grease. Keep an eye out. As the year has been so big so far it’s hard to expect anything else however my agents are planning an Australia & New Zealand Tour as well as a return to the states for another tour with lots of UK festivals in between.

For more information on GAWP including tour dates:
https://www.facebook.com/GAWPmusic/
https://twitter.com/Gawpmusic
https://soundcloud.com/gawp

GAWP Press Long

GAWP.

Sometimes things just happen for a reason and this seems to be the story for GAWP. The artist created a track and it seemed to go down an absolute treat, and before long, the GAWP name has been doing the rounds on some of the major labels in the electronic dance music scene. Dirtybird, Get Twisted Records and more are just a few of the accolades. The artist has now opened up about how the name evolved, working with these labels as well as studio set-up’s and much more.

It has been a fantastic time for GAWP recently with numerous hit singles and a buzz around your name. Can you tell us a little about how GAWP came about?

The whole project organically evolved and the name is now one of the staple things. I created a track called Drainer a couple of years ago and played it for the first time to my friend: he just looked at me and GAWPED so from then on the name was born!

Would you say that there are a number of influences which you draw from and use in terms of producing your music? Whether that be other artists or cultures etc.

Yes travelling is one of the best things for inspiration as you gain emotions and experiences rather than just sat in the studio, I usually get ideas when I’m waiting for flights or on the road also travelling you get to see how people are so different which is great as it keeps things exciting. Another huge influence for me is studio gear: I love the way technology just keeps getting better.

GAWP.

In terms of the music which you produce, it leans towards that alternative, sketchy Tech House. What made you decide that this was the style for GAWP?

I didn’t start with a style I just created what I could by experimenting: my main rule is no rules just be creative and see what happens. It does take longer sometimes but I’m happy when I know something is right for me personally. Then I started to look at labels that would be similar to what I created hence me being from twisted dark bass to straight UK tech house elements.

Over the last few months, you have worked with some major labels on the scene, including Dirtybird, This Ain’t Bristol and Get Twisted Records. What is it like to work with labels such as these and do they help with the way in which you produce?

Yes it’s amazing working with these labels as they support you massively and also people trust the content they put out so it instantly helps your music get on radars. These labels also do define a genre boundary, so it does help when producing sometimes as it keeps me on the right tracks.

Can you tell us a little about your studio set-up? Do you also have a certain piece of hardware or software which is your go-to piece when in the studio?

GAWP.

I use Logic as my DAW, SSL desk for analogue summing along with a SSL bus compressor, plenty of Universal audio plugins. But the kit I wouldn’t ever part with would be my MOOG Voyager. My girlfriend even gets jealous how much I love it! It makes you pull funny faces.

You are also midway through a North American tour. When touring, do you find it difficult to produce music on the road with a “touring studio” or do you tend just to focus on the gigs?

Yeah it is difficult to tour with all the kit required, my current set up I’m using a Subpac for my Lower end as you usually find this is the problem when mixing in a non-studio environment. I actually have more tech with me than clothes!

Touring can also be a very difficult part of a DJ’s life. What is your experiences with touring and have you ever found it difficult at any stage?

As I type this I missed my flight from Dallas last night, they issued me another ticket which I lost walking around and then had to get another. Obviously this wasn’t planned and it’s so unlike me, but things like this do come to test you.  Another difficult thing is to eat well and look after yourself as most people know when you go on airlines you need time either side of the travel, this all adds up and can be difficult to find somewhere to work or find non processed food.

GAWP.

You have also been named a “one to watch for 2018”. For an artist who is upcoming, what is it like to have support like this in the music industry, especially one as difficult as the dance music industry?

It’s quite unreal to be honest, I’m not the best with accepting compliments but it does really make me appreciate see the potential and also love music I’m making.

Rounding off the interview, what can fans expect from GAWP over the next few months? Is there anything you hope to achieve over the rest of 2018?

On the music side of things my track ‘Coolade’ is out this week on Dirtybird, and I have a 17 part tutorial on how I made the track with Sonic Academy. Also I have a EP with Tough Love which is doing well in my tour sets. This is called Chicken Grease. Keep an eye out. As the year has been so big so far it’s hard to expect anything else however my agents are planning an Australia & New Zealand Tour as well as a return to the states for another tour with lots of UK festivals in between.

For more information on GAWP including tour dates:
https://www.facebook.com/GAWPmusic/
https://twitter.com/Gawpmusic
https://soundcloud.com/gawp

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