Eptic is a Belgian talent that has been on the scene for close to 5 years now. Formally known as Michaël Bella, his loyal following is continually growing, sourcing from all corners of the globe. Originating his sound and portfolio in the sphere of Dupstep, his more recent moves into the soundscapes of Bass House have certainly proved to reap notable reward.
After bursting onto the scene with his chart topping debut track “Like A Boss“, Eptic hasn’t been shy of experimenting within and between the sub-genres of electronic dance music. With both his original material remixed productions being met with equal amounts of praise, the young talent has attracted support from the likes of fellow genre-pushers Skrillex, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis and Jack U to name but a few.
Now part of the Spinnin’ Records family, his critically acclaimed EP ‘Overlord‘ led to him being invited to close the heavily appreciated Basspod stage at EDC Vegas. Now releasing his latest offering, Eptic’s venture in Bass House continues in flying form. Fusing elements and characteristics from Trap and Dubstep with dominant bass foundation, the utility of crisp chopping and raw synths make for quite the composition. Riddled with energy, the wobbly basslines underlay well-selected and crowd-heightening vocal cuts and FX.
Destined for the festival scene, “Eat My Dust” certainly caught our attention, leading us to have a handful of questions for the ascending artist when we caught up with him. Providing insight into his origins and what we can expect to see from Eptic in the future, we also got the chance to get his opinions on the scene:
After your diverse offering with your “Overlord EP”, what track do you think most tightly foreshadows your upcoming sound/s?
Swords & dragons without any doubt. I love the sound design of Dubstep combined with the groove and feel of trap.
You’ve just released your second track “Eat My Dust” on Spinnin’ Records following up on the collaboration “Get Down” with Jauz. Could you tell us more about how the idea for the track came to life?
I’ve produced a few Bass House tracks before but almost all of them were collaborations. My main motivation for this track was to make a 128bpm banger that is 100% me, all weirdness included.
Tell us about the origin of your music. How did you discover your sound?
I started out wanting to produce drum and bass but being absolutely horrible at it. Later on I fell in love with Dubstep and that’s where I developed my sound
and learned everything I know about production. The sound design and vibe of old “jump up” D’n’B has been my inspiration for many years and is definitely
the reason why I sound how I do.
With dance music as a whole as large as it’s ever been, what are your views on the impact and prospects your generation has had to date?
Music wise it’s been a very exciting time. Barriers between genres have been broken and everyone is making all different kinds of music! There’s so much love in this scene as well and considering all the crazy stuff that’s happening in the world that’s a beautiful thing. The only thing that I dislike about the industry right now is that good marketing/image is becoming more important than good music. If you need a gimmick to push your abilities congratulations you’re not an artist you’re a soft pretzel.
Coming from a Dubstep background yourself, who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
Definitely original sin. The main thing I learned from listening to his music is that having/developing your own style is so much cooler than just having the craziest new patches or insane mix down skills. I value a badly produced but dope track over a generic song with an amazing mix.
Where do you see your sound expanding and evolving to next?
I love making every genre i can think of and pushing my own limits and that’s what I’m going to keep doing, however i’m probably going to focus a bit more on my Dubstep roots in the next few months.
Eptic’s “Eat My Dust” is now available for free via Spinnin’ Premium. Grab your copy here and listen to the track below: