Fresh off of his recent run with Ghastly, the once-anonymous bass phenom Kompany has once again caught the attention of the dubstep community with the release of his colossal New Reign EP on Never Say Die Records.
Proving to be one of the driving forces pushing the bone-rattling genre forward, DJ Times took some time to chat with the budding talent to discuss his new EP and to get to know him a little better. Check it out!
DJ Times: How did Kompany come to be?
Kompany: Kompany is a project I have been working on for around 5 years now. It started as a duo project called MiseryxKompany with my good friend Nate. We grew up together in Temecula, California and have always been super passionate about dance music and started learning to DJ together. I started playing some pretty sick local shows but wanted to spread my name elsewhere and knew I needed fire, original music of my own to do so. This is when I decided to go to Icon Collective to step up my production, and i’ve been doing music full time ever since!
DJ Times: Have you always been into this genre of bass music?
Kompany: I started off making Big Room and Festival trap bootlegs. Luckily most of this stuff is stored in the depths of my soundcloud, because if it ever sees the light of day I might die of embarrassment. I got super into sound design once I got my hands on Serum and just gradually got more and more into bass music. I tried to dabble in as many genres as possible when I was “up and coming” just to diversify myself.
DJ Times: How did your time at Icon Collective mold you into the producer that you are today?
Kompany: The community played a huge part in this for me, I learned just as much from my peers as I did from the courses! Also constantly cranking out projects for homework got my workflow very fast and efficient.
DJ Times: Dubstep is thriving right now, why do you think that is?
Kompany: Probably because everyone is looking to push the envelope, there’s an insanely high skill cap with every genre but I notice it more in Dubstep than anything else right now! It also just has insane amounts of energy for shows and the community is just booming more and more every day.
DJ Times: Give us a rundown of your studio arsenal?
Kompany: It’s rather simple actually! I only have some Yamaha hs-8 monitors and an apollo twin interface. I also strap a subpac m2 to my chair so I can physically feel the low frequencies.
DJ Times: What was your inspiration for your New Reign EP?
Kompany: So many things inspired me for this EP! I definitely wanted to take a step back from writing any crazy flows and just work on stuff that’s really absorbable to listen to because I’ve noticed how well tracks like that are doing live lately. For example my song “Override” off of the EP is one of the simplest but most effective tunes I’ve ever made.
DJ Times: How does it feel to be a part of the Never Say Die family?
Kompany: Indescribable. Every single producer I look up to is a part of this family so it’s unreal that I get to work with them! I’m glad my sound is such a good fit and i’m really looking forward to what the future holds for us.
DJ Times: What does Kompany have in store for the rest of 2018?
Kompany: I’ll be playing Dancefestopia and Moonrise soon! I just got off of an amazing tour with Ghastly so i’ll be using the bit of free time I have coming up to hopefully bang out some more tunes! I’m not really comfortable unless i’m sitting on at least 10-15 unreleased at a time so I gotta get to work!