Today we talk with MARAUDA.
Sydney, Aus, based Dubstep Producer, MARAUDA talks music, inspiration, and his upcoming show in Atlanta, Ga exclusively with Atlanta Family (EDM). Get a deeper look at MARAUDA, his craft, and more!
You’ve had quite the selection of tracks released with many labels and channels, how does that make you feel as an artist?
Privileged for sure. In light of how saturated the current landscape of dubstep has become, landing a release on a decently sized label is becoming increasingly difficult. There are a plethora of deserving underground artists today who run circles around the scene’s current top dogs that might never get the opportunity to release on their dream label.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
It usually stems from whatever music I’m enjoying at the moment. For a long while it was Trampa’s discography and the 2013-2016 tearout dubstep era.
You’re originally from Sydney, Australia, are you still living there or have you migrated to anywhere new?
I’m still Sydney based, as much as I’ve gained a liking to many of the cities I’ve had the privilege of travelling to, I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else.
What has been the most memorable performance you’ve had in your career?
Three main ones come to mind.
Firstly my first ever show back in 2018 in Adelaide with the don Subfiltronik. There was only about 30 people there but it was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences I’ve had and the first time I was able to see the people who connected with my music with my own eyes.
The second would have to be my first LA headline show. It was one of my first shows to sell out two weeks in advance and the crowd reactions were beyond anything I’d anticipated.
The third and most recent would have to be my headline show in Paris. This crowd was rowdier than anything I’d ever experienced and were also the most open minded, for it was the first time I felt comfortable enough to play tracks from the lighter, more experimental side of my discography (Home, Cthulhu etc).
How has the transition been from MASTA-DON to Marauda?
Fairly smooth, wish I had more time to think of a new name honestly, but Marauda ain’t that bad.
What do you do to prepare for a big show or festival performance?
I spend a lot of time trying to perfect the flow of my festival gigs. When your set list is almost entirely heavy dubstep, flow and adequate breaks are crucial in ensuring the crowd actually remembers your set.
We see IRIS PRESENTS is bringing you back out to Believe music hall on Saturday February 1, 2020, are you excited about that?
Excited is an understatement. The last show I played there was one of the most unforgiving, relentless sets I’d ever played yet the crowd never seemed to get tired.
As an artist, I’m sure you receive many things from fans, is there an item or gift that stands out the most?
A fan of mine gave me a copy of the book “the subtle art of not giving a f*ck”, a read I’d highly suggest to anyone struggling with insecurities and/or fear of judgement. Much of what I read in there has completely changed my outlook on life.
At what age did you realize you wanted to become a producer?
I would say around 13.
Do you have any advice for rising artist?
If you’re not getting the attention you think you deserve, don’t make the mistake of altering your craft to make it more commercially accessible. Whilst you may enjoy the short term success, you’ll be growing a fan base around a style of music that isn’t ultimately YOU, inevitably leading to regret and frustration. This is something that I’ve recently began to overcome.
So we see that you’re doing a meet and eat contest for your upcoming show in ATLANTA, what can the fans expect from that?
Me being awkward as fuck and bomb ass food (hopefully)
Do you have any news for your fans? Upcoming releases or shows?
Many of the tracks from my 2020 showcase mix will be getting released within the first half of this year.
Do you have any hidden talents un-related to music?
I was hella interested in martial arts as a kid and can still manage to do a rising handspring lol
What is your dream vacation?
Japan seems pretty cool
If you were curating a festival line up, who would be your top 4 performers?
Trampa, Meshuggah, Pendulum and Chief Keef
If you could go B2B with any artist, living or not, who would it be and why?
Trampa (which I am grateful to be already). This dude’s music is single-handedly the reason why I’m where I am today.
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Interview by: Elissa Vassar