Back in August, I posted a sick mix by Basic Physics as a sort of prelude to his performance at the DKE house down at Vanderbilt on September 2nd (shout out to LazySocialChair.com). After hours of intense raging and watching Basic Physics work up the entire party into a frenzy song after song, I knew we had to interview him. So that’s just what we did.
With a little under two years of experience, he’s hit #1 on the Hype Machine five times, has 300,000+ listens on Soundcloud, and has already played with the likes of Chiddy Bang, Steve Aoki, 12th Planet, Lotus, and Big Gigantic. Ladies & Gentleman, Basic Physics:
Preview: SPOILER – Why is Basic Physics “Not Some Kid”?
NSK: Welcome to the NSK Hot Seat! First off, we’ve been wondering, what is the origin of the name Basic Physics??
Basic Physics: Basic Physics was the name of the music blog my buddies were running at the time, back in late 2009. It was one of the first blogs I ever encountered and it introduced me to a new style of music. I thought the name was unique and when I started producing tracks and performing, I knew I needed a name. Basic Physics was it.
“Read more” below to find out about Basic Physics’ workflow, his favorite drank, and more!
NSK: So a blog is responsible for the name, nice! Speaking of influences, which artists have influenced your style the most? Who were your favorite artists throughout your childhood?
Basic Physics: When I look back to the beginning, Daft Punk is always the first artist I think of. They changed the way I viewed music and opened to door to a plethora of artists I had never heard before. MSTRKRFT, Justice, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk and Wolfgang Gartner were some of my favorites in late 2008 (a few months before I began producing). When I started listening to electro music, I was still really into mainstream hip hop and rap. The likes of T.I., Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, and Bun B were some of my favorites.
As far as my childhood, Beastie Boys ” License to Ill” was the first CD I received (Thanks Mom). I also used to play dance tapes that my mom had on cassette (Skat Man, anyone?). When I got older I went through the band phase following Dave Matthews Band, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Phish, and the Disco Biscuits. Next it was Daft Punk, and that was the game changer.
NSK: All great artists. Who have you enjoyed performing with the most, and which artists do you want to work with most?
Basic Physics: I would say Chiddy Bang in Austin, TX was the best performance experience I have had. I played three shows spanning College Station, Dallas, and Austin. Noah (Xaphoon Jones) is a class act and a great person to talk to about music. The people who I was involved with made it a great time and a great experience (I can’t wait to go back to Texas).
As far as collaborations, I would love to throw down a 15 minute mega – mashup with the British Philharmonic, which is a massive symphony. This would really stretch the boundaries of new age and classical composition and just something I would love to pull off. Throwing down on a EP with Girl Talk (one of the first mashup artists I ever heard and the first I saw live) would be sick. In future time, producing with Avicii, Mord Fustang, Madeon, and Pretty Lights would be great. In the near future, I think myself, along with 3LAU and Kap Slap need to release some heat together.
NSK: We’d love to see those come to fruition! Fire, for sure. What is your favorite youtube video of all time?
NSK: Classic! Describe your workflow when making a mashup. What is your production software of choice?
Basic Physics: I produce Mashups with Ableton and perform live with a few different kinds of software, including Ableton. Workflow from mashup to mashup is different. When going to the drawing board, I take a look at different samples and tracks that are appealing to me, have some type of relevance to me, and have good quality sound. At the beginning, I was really limited on what I knew. Now, after hours of chopping different sections and samples, throwing on various effects and messing with parameters, I feel like I have so much control over the sound of the mashup. Mashups will always be mashups, but they are evolving and I would like to think my sound is to. Infusing samples from many songs is something I am doing more and more compared to the beginning when it was just two or three tracks. Constantly listening to music is important as it always has me generating ideas.
NSK: Do you prefer making mashups or original productions?
Basic Physics: As of now, mashups, but be on the look out for original productions very soon.
NSK: Looking forward to it! What’s your favorite drink to get the party started?
Basic Physics: Grey Goose and ANYTHING
NSK: We like your style! Carter IV or Watch the Throne?
Basic Physics: So tough. I can’t answer that, but I am going to attempt to mash both albums together so I’ll never have to pick ;)
NSK: Send it over when it’s done! What is your favorite mashup of all time?
Basic Physics: Old School: Girl Talk – Still Here; New School: Madeon – Pop Culture
NSK: Lastly, our signature question: Why are you Not Some Kid?
Preview: Basic Physics is Not Some Kid
Basic Physics: I’m Not Some Kid, because I was what Willis was talking about. Goldschläger all day! I can touch MC Hammer! But for real, I’m gonna close 2011 hard, be ready 2012. Thanks for all the support!
Special thanks to Basic Physics for being Not Some Kid, making great music, and taking a shot at the NSK Hot Seat! Be sure to check out his latest track HERE.
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