You might be asking yourself what is Wave music and why should I care? Look no further because UK producer Skit sat down for an immensely informative AMA on Reddit. We highlighted the most informative information below, but the full AMA can be found here. Skit talk about the new collective called WAVEMOB and this new style of electronic music that is beginning to form a name for itself. To put it in simple terms, Wave music is kind of a sister genre to trap, using the trap themed drums with reverbed snares. The melodies are usually dark and moody, but very emotional, usually with a strong delay effect. Layered below is usually a deep Reese bass that moves along with the kick drums. I’ll let Skit take it from here.

On classifying Wave music:

“I think with Wave music, it’s the mood more than anything else that makes it a Wave track. I guess one sort of go-to sound which I associate with Wave music though is the low passed Reese bass sound. But really I just feel like if it’s an emotive track with a kind of solemn moody feel to it and it’s generally quite slow paced, it is a Wave track. There are exceptions to the rule though, but in general that is how I personally would categorise Wave.”

On the origins of WAVEMOB:

“With WAVEMOB, it basically came about through klimeks wanting to start his own label. Before this he was very much the head guy and he was the person that started tagging every upload he did as Wave. I became a massive fan of his through plastician because about 3 years ago I had a wavey/rnb tune out through his label called “Sweat” and soon after that he put out a compilation that me and klimeks both featured on. Me and klimeks both were making quite similar music at the time and we spoke every now and then, but not much. The name Wave really kind of stuck with me so one time I uploaded a track and tagged it as Wave also, but I didn’t really know how he would react because that was really his thing to call his music. Luckily he was super cool about it and we ended up speaking more.”

“In the beginning of WAVEMOB, it was basically a place for klimeks to put out his music and get other people in the scene to drop mixes through, but then within the last year he has worked really hard to develop it into the collective/label that you guys know today. Basically it was all his doing. He selected what producers he wanted to have involved and put up all the money for the tapes/merch and designing artwork etc.”

On plugins, DAWs, and producing Wave:

“The plugins I use the most are Omnisphere, Massive, and Sylenth. For basses, 99% of the time I’m using massive, and for the sub, I always always use Sylenth. For making the basses wider, I generally make the entire bass wide inside massive and then make the sub mono with Izotope Imager plugin and finally make the bass more stereo as the frequencies get higher. A lot of the time though I just chop up audio and load it into a sampler for a lot of my sounds and add a shit ton of processing to make it sound like something completely different.”

“I think some main tips would be to write in a minor key. I usually write in F, F sharp, or E just because that sounds best in a club setting. A lot of the sound of Wave comes from the use of space in the tracks, so a stereotypical Wave track would consist of a low passed Reese bass sound, some kind of heavily affected and delayed vocal sample chopped up, and some sort of washy pads and detuned synths. Also, reverb plays a big part of the sound to me. There are tunes I really love that are absolutely swimming in reverb, but they sound so deep and it helps to add to the illusion of space to add reverb to certain elements.”

“For better or for worse I use Logic 9. Its a bit buggy, but I know it so well now that the only limitations are my own creativity plus the processing power of my mac.”

“Tbh I usually keep it pretty simple with my basses. I tend to use Massive for the Reese layer and Sylenth for my sub layer just because the sine waves in Sylenth are very thick and easy to work with. For 808’s I tend to use 808’s from a pack by Goldbaby that have been run through a tape machine. Then I will bring some warmth and roundness to them with Rbass and some saturation.”

On writer’s block and the creative process: 

“The only advice I can give you to be more creative would be to A. Start drinking coffee, like a lot of coffee. I drink about 6 cups a day and I mean big cups, and B. Set up your life so that you are happy. I went through writers block for one year in uni because I was fucking miserable. I was so stressed about everything and had bouts of anxiety/suicidal thoughts on a regular basis. I had so much free time, but I couldn’t get anything done. Now the position I am in, I am making an ok amount of money through my small 10-15 hour a week job and through music. I am also getting plenty of exercise so when I sit down to make music, for the most part it is very easy to write because there’s nothing else in my mind apart from, ‘ok lets create something’. It’s very difficult to create when you have a cluttered mind full of worrying about a million other things.”

How Skit’s life became focused around music and early influences:

“Since I was born, I was always super drawn to music. My mum has pictures of me still in nappies (diapers) sat on the floor with headphones on and a tape player in my hands. So as I grew up thats all I ever really wanted to do. When I was a teenager, dance music wasn’t really what it’s like now. It was kind of viewed as like ‘umm tiss umm tiss umm tiss’ music, (at least that’s my memory of it anyway), and hip hop was fucking terrible (this was the era of 50 cent – pimp, nelly, ja rule etc etc). I never liked any of that music, it was just corny to me.”

“When I was like 10-11, I started getting into rock music through a girl I knew. Her brother was a bit older and was super into like Marilyn Manson, Nirvana, Hole, Tool, Slipknot etc. I started to play the guitar because a dude I knew at the time had a guitar he never played and he let me borrow it. In those times, Kerrang and Scuzz were the only tv channels that played rock music so I watched them a lot and the music that resonated with me the most was the more emotional side of rock; bands like Alexisonfire, Brand New, Underoath, 65 days of Static, Funeral For A Friend etc. I played in some bands that did this kind of music when I was like 16-17 and then after a few years, I realised that being in a band wasn’t for me as it was impossible to get everyone together at the same time to practice… After this I decided I was gonna learn to produce and my original intention was to learn how to record bands.”

On his rise through the world of producing:

“While I was at college I started hearing tunes some of my friends were playing that sounded like nothing I had ever heard before and I was super into it and that music was dubstep. At the time it was like 2009 so it was just starting to go through the transitions between being deep and weighty, and people like Bar9 and Caspa & Rusko were starting to get a name for themselves. I started out making tunes that were deeper, but then as I started to get more club bookings as I went to uni, I ended up making more abrasive music. All throughout this time I still made the deeper more emotive bass music on my releases (search for Skit – “Intimate” and Skit – “Atlantis” to get a feel for those types of tunes).”

“Anyway, to cut a long story short, I did that for a while then finished uni and was under an incredible amount of pressure from myself to make it as a musician fucking ASAP. I spent a little while making really shitty cookie cutter dance tunes that I thought would enable me to go and tour etc., but I got very depressed and miserable because I hated what I was making and to be honest I really hated who I had become as a person. It got to a point where I decided that I was going to just make whatever music I was really into and that if it popped off then that was cool, but if not then at least I could be happy in myself knowing that I was making music that I actually really enjoyed and was passionate about. At the time, the music I was really actively influenced by and was listening to a lot to was the deeper underground UK bass music. I had also started to listen to American hip hop (notably ASAP Rocky’s earlier work with Clams Casino, Main Attrakionz, Slum Village and The Weeknd). In the first couple of weeks after that I made 2 tracks. One was a very slow ambient hip hop beat called “Ichima” and another one was the instrumental for my song “Sweat” with Tijani. Since then I’ve just carried on making songs that I guess would be called Wave.” 

Advice for young producers wanting to learn music production:

“The way I basically got into production was college > university > real world. I learned so much at college but uni was a complete fucking waste of time. You can learn exactly the same stuff online so I would really urge producers not to go to uni to study as I learned most of how to produce at college/through the internet/through friends.”

On making money producing music:

“I got into sound design only about a year ago because someone at Samplephonics hit me up and asked me to do a pack. At the time I thought the money was good so I did one. They liked it a lot so I quit my job and lived off of the sample pack money for 6 months but then realised it wasn’t enough to live off. Now, if I was gonna do another pack, I would do it through Capsuns sample company as they are really good people and I make more money through those guys. If you are looking at getting into sound design/sample packs though I would say just drop these companies an email and link some of your music and see if they reply. These companies are usually a lot smaller than they appear online and are always looking for people to create new content. Try and get yourself a royalty split deal though as you will make more money.”

On getting your name out there as an aspiring producer: 

“My advice to aspiring producers would be to not be scared of doing something that people don’t fuck with yet or that is considered “out there” or “weird”. I think a lot of people in electronic music want to make whatever is popping at that moment in time and I have been guilty of this myself in my youth, but the way shit works is what is popular now isn’t going to be popular in 3-4 years time. If you’re trying to learn how to make your music sound like someones else’s to blow up, by the time you get good enough to get big, it’s already too late for you and the next sound is gonna be coming through.”

“What you really need to do is come up with your own original sound and then find like minded producers that make a similar sound and build a scene together and then you will all be able to reap the benefits of your collective hard work. Also I would say that network is sooooo soooo sooo important. I would say a good like 80% of the industry isn’t about the music (as fucked up as it is to admit this). If you don’t have the right connections it’s going to be difficult to get your shit heard. Luckily a lot of people are really open to hearing new music and helping other musicians in the wave scene so all you have to do is be confident in your abilities and don’t get discouraged if people don’t support your stuff straight away. Just take that as a hint that your music isn’t quite there yet and use that as inspiration to work harder on your art.”

“As for getting it listened to I would say sending it about to other producers/DJ’s/Radio hosts that play the sort of music that you make will help you a lot. Getting reposts and support from a couple of established acts can really kick start your music career.”

On upcoming releases: 

“I have been very quiet recently on the song front because I have been working on a joint EP with kareful so most of my time has been spent coming up with ideas for that release. However I am releasing a song called AJNA hopefully before the end of the year through Plastician which I think is one on my best songs to date so keep an eye out for that.”

There you have it. Wave music is here and its’ following is growing quickly. The WAVEMOB crew is mostly based out of the UK, but I’m guessing that it will expand over the Atlantic to the states very soon. Check out the WAVEMOB website for releases, merch, and more info on the producers involved in the collective. Also show Skit some support by purchasing his beats and following his pages because this AMA was extremely helpful to understand what Wave music is all about.

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WAVEMOB

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