Artist Interview: BRLLNT
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Introducing some of the most exciting new voices in the Korean music scene
Korean by SSN / English by Soy Kim
If you’ve gone out in Seoul and heard a clean future bass set with unexpected drops and echoes of retro music, chances are you were listening to BRLLNT, a future bass producer and DJ. A member of ‘Pute Deluxe,’ a crew known for their music-driven events, as well as ‘Almost 90,’ a rising crew of producers pioneering new genres, BRLLNT continues to infuse his own personality into a genre that is increasingly popular in Korea.
Every BRLLNT production is a unique experience. Listeners can never pinpoint how a song will develop, as he constantly flips the composition of a song to deliver the unexpected. For instance, in “Body Party (BRLLNT Remix),” BRLLNT utilizes a sharp and tense sound through the build-up of the track, only to hit the listener with a soft, melodious drop. While arpeggios have become the standard in future bass productions, BRLLNT veers away from using them in his own productions. Retro sources can also be heard in his tracks.
After the release of his EP [Doodles] last year, BRLLNT has been active at festivals and clubs alike. This is just the exciting start for BRLLNT.
Q. The future bass genre is growing more and more popular in Korea. What would you say sets your music style apart from other future bass sounds?
Future bass has definitely become popular in the Korean electronic music scene. There’s been a surge in the number of producers who work with this genre. If you check out Soundcloud, you’ll find a lot of music that share similar qualities. This might sound cliché, but in this saturated environment, it’s really important to have your unique style in order to stand out. Whether it’s creating your own, unique synthesizer source, or finding a new drum kit that has a new sound, for instance. Personally, I try to produce music that is rooted in classic genres with richer histories, since future bass itself doesn’t have a long history. I draw from the rhythms found in disco, boom bap, and trap genres quite often.
Q. You joined the Pute Deluxe crew last year. What were some of your most memorable moments with Pute Deluxe?
I worked with Pute Deluxe for the first time through a compilation album. I had gone to a lot of Pute Deluxe parties before that point, because I really vibed with their movement. As a producer, it’s hard to find opportunities to DJ or hit up many parties, so the opportunity to join Pute Deluxe was very meaningful to me. Whereas up until that point, I’d been stuck inside a small studio creating songs day in and day out, through Pute Deluxe, I was able to experience music in multiple dimensions. Like how music sounds at live venues outside of the studio and what kind of music excites people, for instance.
Q. You’ve been staying active with numerous activities. Do you have plans to release an album soon?
I’m still trying to figure out how I should develop my sound for an album, so that listeners can really engage with my music. If I became skilled enough to tell one great story through all of my songs, I would love to create and release an album.
Q. Are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with?
I think I’d like to work with artists who do not have a similar style as me. Whether it’s an artist who has a completely different sound, or someone who may have a similar sound but brings a brand new, creative perspective to the table, I think it would be a great experience. I think this team called LNWPK in Switzerland is awesome. I’ve also gotten really into Mr. Carmack’s music lately, so I’m curious to know how he works.
Q. What are your hopes and goals for this year?
I wouldn’t say I live with one specific goal in mind. But I hope there will be more opportunities to work with more artists, because I would like to release a EP with quality tracks by the end of this year. And I hope that when I look back on this year, I have no regrets.