DED RXBBIT is an electronic musician I met a few weeks ago through some mutual friends. His latest album was just released Saturday and can be found on pretty much every streaming service available.
millicow: I'm Jake Duncan, also known as the millicow, here interviewing my friend DED RXBBIT, for the first video interview for the blog On The Fringes Of Sound. So to start off, introduce yourself to us! For those who aren't familiar with your music, who are you, and what do you do?
DED RXBBIT: So, like he said, my name is DED RXBBIT; I've been producing music for the past, I like to say 14 years, because that's when I really actually kinda started. I started dinking around with my grandma's old Mac. I don't know if you guys remember, like back in elementary school, the old Macs that had the silver stand on the back, and they were like 4 inches thick? Yeah. My grandma had one of those and I would just dink around on GarageBand when I was, like, 8 years old, haha.
For a day job, I work production, just something simple, but it keeps the family rolling, you know?
Why the name DED RXBBIT?
millicow: Why the name DED RXBBIT? What's significant about rabbits to you?
DED RXBBIT: It's actually not significant to me, per se, but it's significant to my wife. So, when we first met, I was going by my biological name, at least what it would have been, which was Matthew Hall, and she didn't like that; she thought that it didn't represent who I was, it represented who I used to be, because my biological family, before they found out what my real name was, that was all they knew me to be, was Matthew Hall. But, I decided to use that as an alias.
There was one night that my wife and I were talking to each other, and she was telling me about - this was, like I said, around the time when we first met - she was telling me about this story when she was a kid, and how she bought these three bunnies, these three rabbits, and the day after she bought them, they died of wet tail, and she was so mad about it. And while we were sitting there on the couch, she - "THAT'S IT!" hahaha, and I'm like "What?" She's like "That's what your name should be! Something along those lines, dead bunny, dead rabbit, something like that." So I thought about it for a, couple days, and it really made sense. I'll explain the reason why a little bit later, because we'll find out who some of my influences are.
Actually, why don't we go ahead and just do that? My biggest influence at first was deadmau5. I was huge into house music and techno and stuff like that, so deadmau5, Tiësto, Alesso, Avicii of course, Wolfgang Gartner, a lot of those guys really influenced who I was at first. And then, as I grew a little bit older, my preference kinda changed a little bit. I started getting into Zomboy, Far Too Loud, Dada Life, still kinda in that party phase type stuff, but a little more aggressive with it.
And then when I turned 16, that was the first time that I ever heard metal, and then metal started being an influence. Weirdly enough, you can be influenced by other genres other than the ones that you make, which people, at least some people don't think is possible, but it really is. Like, without the metal scene, and without the people that I've known, I never would have known what the modes are.
And if you don't know what the modes are, I really suggest going out and checking them out because they are so interesting! I've written two songs in a different mode other than major and minor, and I'm working on a third one right now with a buddy of mine. But anyways, influences. Once I got into metal, DED, that was a band that I found. I first started off with Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, some of the classics, AC/DC, stuff like that, and then evolved into Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, System of a Down, just getting into that, and then I started getting into metalcore, and now I'm into like death metal and stuff like that, but yeah. Just evolving as time goes on, and I kinda took the influence from my metal phase with DED, and that's the reason that it's D-E-D, and then the rabbit part, obviously because of my wife's story, but it also kinda hearkens back to the deadmau5 type stuff, because deceased animal, haha. But yeah, that's where my name comes from, and that's some of my influences.
millicow: Yeah, real quick, I want to mention I grew up on metal and that's still at least 50% of what I listen to. Even though I haven't made any yet, it's definitely affected how I make my electronic music.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah. I definitely would agree with that.
Favorite track of yours?
millicow: What are some of your favorite tracks and least favorite tracks that you've made?
DED RXBBIT: Okay, my favorite track as of right now is actually a two-way tie with a song that's already done, produced, not released yet, but it will be on my next album, not the one that's coming out right now. That song's called Hands Up, and then it's also tied with The Willow Tree which is coming out with my current album that's actually up on pre-release tomorrow. It will be, um, oh boy; I don't remember when the album's actually going to be out. It's sometime next month [September 11, 2021]. But those two tracks have been the most fun tracks I've ever had, because they were the first two tracks that I worked modally. The Willow Tree is in Dorian, and Hands Up is in Mixolydian flat six. So it's really, really weird, very familiar. If you're not familiar with the different modes, the best way I can describe Dorian is if you took the C major scale, but started everything from D, and that is the basis of the Dorian scale. You have 1, 2, flat 3, 4, 5, natural 6, flat 7. So, it's kinda like a minor scale, but with that natural 6, so it kinda gives it this weird vibe. It's really cool to work with. So far one of my favorites. I've tried working with Phrygian, I've tried working with Locrian, those two are kind of weird to me, but Mixolydian flat 6, that one is really fun because the first half of it is major scale and the second half of it is minor scale. And the best description that I can think of, if you wanna just go out and hear what Mixolydian flat 6 sounds like, I know some of you may not be Star Wars fans, but listen to Leia's theme. That entire song is Mixolydian flat 6 in a nutshell. It's that major 1 to minor 4. It's that push and pull. Very dramatic. I love it. It's definitely my favorite to listen to. But those two tracks tie for first place.
Least favorite track... hmm... how far back do we want to go?
millicow: All the way.
DED RXBBIT: All the way? Okay. Um...
millicow: If you're like me, you probably have a big old pile of thrown away tracks.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah, I do.
millicow: So, out of anything you've released.
DED RXBBIT: Through Distrokid?
millicow: Yeah, like you've actually thought was worth releasing.
Least favorite track of yours?
DED RXBBIT: But then on second thought, haha. Okay, probably, that would have to be Neon World then. I don't like Chaos at all, but Chaos is my first album that I came out with. What I mean by that is the first album that I actually threw out into stores. That album represented that I was starting something. It wasn't really so much that... I just wanted to get my name out there. That's all it was. Neon World was the second song, the second single that I released after Chaos. And it was a synthwave track. And it was all right for what it was, but it just... at first I thought it slapped harder than it really did. Like, it's super weak, the kick is barely there, the sub is all sorts of weird. I just... not my jam anymore.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah.
millicow: Some of my very most [favorite] and most hated tracks of mine are from my first album I ever made, because I didn't know what I was doing, so some of the stuff was really good because I didn't know what I was capable of, and some of it, I was just messing around, and it really sucked, and it took me some time to realize that. But it's still all on Bandcamp if you want to torture yourself.
DED RXBBIT: Hahaha!
When did you decide you want to make music, and what sparked it?
millicow: Anyway, when did you decide you want to make music, and what sparked it, if there's anything you haven't touched on about that already?
DED RXBBIT: Well, the whole working on music on my grandma's computer thing, that was just kind of like a fluke. My grandma, she used to be a, not a special ed teacher, but an advanced education teacher, like people who are like...
millicow: Advanced placement?
DED RXBBIT: Yeah! Advanced placement! That's the word that I've been trying to figure out for like the past three months. But yeah, she was an advanced placement teacher, and her big thing was about imagination. Her favorite movie of all time was the original - actually, her favorite book and movie and everything about it of all time was Winnie The Pooh, because the whole idea of that was Christopher Robin's imagination. And she kind of pushed that on me, not aggressively, but she really wanted me to find my way of expressing my imagination, so she kind of pushed me in that direction. I was like, "Hey, this is kind of cool."
There was a time where I thought that I was going to be a video game designer, something like that. There was also a time in high school where I thought that I could maybe do coding, but I ended up dropping out of that class, haha. And then after my grandma kind of gave me that little shove of guidance, later on into my teenage years, my cousin was the one who introduced me to FL Studio. Cause at that point, I had only used GarageBand, and Mixcraft 6, which I still have on this computer by the way.
When he introduced me to FL Studio, at first it was mobile, and then there was one time I actually got to go and see his computer and watch FL Studio in action, and it was so mesmerizing. I thought it was so cool, and the day that we got back from that trip, I was like "Dad, I need this. Help me out here. Help me out." So he bought me my first instance of FL Studio, it was FL 11, and then when FL 12 came out, it was... for some reason, it was already too late for me to be able to access my account, so I had to pay for FL 12 outright again, which you're supposed to be able to get free updates and shit, but since I didn't have access to my account, I had to pay for it again.
So I would say he was the other reason why I kind of pushed towards music. And then the third reason was because of a middle school class that I had. It was called DML, Digital Media Literacy, and one of the projects that we had was we had to write music for a fake news cast, and we had to do the news cast ourselves, we had to do the music ourselves, everything. And I had a blast. It was working with GarageBand again; at that point, I had just had started using FL, and kind of the nostalgia of using GarageBand was like "Well, I already know this shit; why not?" Haha! It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun. So yeah, I guess those are my 3 major sparks that I had.
What's the most challenging thing about writing music?
millicow: What's the most challenging thing about writing music?
DED RXBBIT: The most challenging thing about writing music. For me, or in general?
millicow: For you.
DED RXBBIT: For me it's lyrics. I suck at lyrics. There's a song that's on the album that's gonna be coming out here pretty soon, it's called The Good Dope Song -
millicow: It's great.
DED RXBBIT: Haha, thank you! I appreciate it. Those lyrics took me a whole year to finish, because I suck that bad at writing lyrics. I started that song and finished it in a different point in my life. I will completely be honest: I started it high, as many great songs start, and I was only able to flesh out the first verse. So what I kept doing was I kept tweaking with little, itty bitty, tiny parts throughout that year so that I didn't forget about that song, because I knew that I wanted it to be something. Originally it was supposed to be 3 verses, 3 choruses, and a guitar solo, but I reduced it down to 2 verses, 3 choruses, and a guitar solo. It was supposed to be almost 5 minutes long, haha!
But yeah, a year later I came back to it, and I was in a really deep place at that point, when I wrote the second verse, and in my opinion there's three moments in your life when you can write anything, and that's your lowest point, your highest point, or when you are high. Literally. I'm not joking. And you can ask pretty much anybody else, and they will say one, multiple, or all of those options. And yeah, I wrote that second verse at a very low point in my life at that time, and I finished it, and I was like you know what? Fuck the third verse, haha! We're chopping this shit off early.
That's one of the hardest things for me is writing lyrics. I don't know why. I can throw a beat together no problem. I can finish a song in a couple days. You'll hear a lot of professionals out there talking about "Oh yeah, I worked on this song for like 3 months" or something like that. Like, no. I can just shit stuff out, and I don't know why. I just can. I don't mean to brag; I'm just saying I can do that for some reason.
millicow: Yeah I'm the opposite; I'm constantly writing lyrics, and I don't have any music to put them with. Or I have a lot of music that I've made already, and I just can't seem to fit the two pieces together, like, I don't know how to do that.
DED RXBBIT: My brother's like that. He's more of a poet. He wants to be a rapper, but he doesn't exactly know how to put the words into a rhythm and figure out what the song should be, you know? He just knows what words he wants to say... which, all the more to him, and all the more to you; you two both have something that I don't, haha!
How has your style evolved over 14 years?
millicow: So, you've mentioned how your influences have changed over the years, how your music taste has changed. Is there anything else you want to say about your style, the way it's grown and evolved over 14 years?
DED RXBBIT: Yes. Like I said, I started out with like house and techno. On GarageBand, it was just throwing loops together and calling that music, which, there's some people that can pull that off, but... My music has gone from being very, I'd say one-dimensional, not two-dimensional. It used to be very, just cut dry, you know. And you could kind of vibe to it, and whatnot, but it was all right, and then I slowly started to understand, like, not the meaning of music, but how it actually works. At that point in my life, the last question would have answered bass, because I sucked at writing bass for some reason. Any time I threw a sub into a song, it was either too low, or too high. Could not figure out the reason why. Now, I would say my music has a little more depth, definitely more emotion... There's some things that I wish that I could change with my music, like I wish that I could be a little more creative. That's part of the reason why I started utilizing modes, because I feel like that would aid in my creativity.
millicow: You gotta change things up once in a while.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah! Switch it up. And that's a great tip for someone who's starting out. Don't be afraid to switch it up. If you don't like the way something is going, you can switch it up, or you can throw it in the trash bin, or you can throw it in the save-it-for-later bin. Do whatever you want, you know? It's not like this is the song that's going to make or break you. Sure, it could, but it could take you 5 or 6 different tries in order to get there, you know?
millicow: I throw away like 9 different tracks before I make a good song.
DED RXBBIT: Exactly!
millicow: Don't get too attached.
DED RXBBIT: I understand that it's frustrating sometimes when you're sitting there and you're working on a song and it's like man, I've only got 4 measures of something that sounds half decent, and I wish that I could take it somewhere, but I can't, and then you scrap that. Oh, this is only 2 measures of something that sounds decent! And then you scrap that. 1 measure of something that sounds decent. And then you scrap that! This one sound kinda sounds cool, haha, you know, it just keeps getting worse and worse and worse. You should have stopped before you got too far, you know? You just keep digging a hole and it keeps making you feel bad, you know? And that's one thing that I really struggled with when I was younger. I really felt like whatever song I made, I had to finish no matter what. So, if something sucked, I just ran with it, and that really was a detriment to my music. If you don't feel it, get rid of it! It's okay! There's nothing wrong with it.
What other art forms do you do?
millicow: What other art forms do you do?
DED RXBBIT: I used to draw, but I don't really do that anymore; I don't really have time to draw. Um... I don't know!
millicow: A little bit of poetry?
DED RXBBIT: I mean, I guess, if you count writing a song that took me a year to finish.
millicow: Still poetry.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah, a little bit of poetry, but yeah, that's about it.
How do you make your album art?
millicow: How do you make your album art?
DED RXBBIT: Okay. So, in the case of of DED INSIDE, which is the album that's coming out soon, (and I'm assuming that there will be a photo insert HERE), yeah, DED INSIDE. So, that one, I just had my roommate Bree take a picture of me outside, this was back when I was still vaping, I was vaping to get off cigarettes at that point. I just took a big ol fucking fat rip and let it smoke up above my head, and I was like, "Perfect!" And the first picture looked like shit, and then I cropped it until it was about where I wanted it, and then, I just, I do everything on my phone, I'll be completely honest!
millicow: I make a lot of my art on my phone too. There's a lot you can do! You'd be surprised.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah! Exactly.
millicow: There's some really cool apps out there!
DED RXBBIT: Let's see. I've got - and while I'm here, I guess I can check out and see when that album comes out, but the ones I use most on my phone are Canva, and that's for the organization, the rough cut. Photoshop Express for iPhone, I use that for quick touch-ups. Glitch Studio, dude, that app is so nuts.
millicow: Is that anything like Glitch Lab? Because I have an app called Glitch Lab, and yeah, it's amazing.
DED RXBBIT: So like, you can do... This is the album cover for one of the songs that I'm working on with a buddy of mine, so one of the things that you can do, you can just add these different effects to it. I don't know if you guys can tell, at all, but there's some really wacky stuff. Oh, and then I started using Bazaart, and that one, it just super quick cuts images for transparent stuff.
I completely forgot to look to see when the album's coming out. It is coming out... It is on pre-order August 22, and it is up for release on September 11. That's right, suck it; I have my album coming out on 9/11. Good old memes. 9/11 isn't funny, but doing things on 9/11, for no reason, that is funny, for some reason.
What is your writing process like?
millicow: What is your writing process like? Do you start off with a plan in mind for what kind of song you want to make, or does the song reveal itself to you as you write it?
DED RXBBIT: Um, it happens differently with every song. As of recent, it's been "I want to make a song in Mixolydian", "I want to make a song in Dorian", and see what happens. Sometimes I'll have a genre that I want to go for, like with this last one, Hands Up, I knew that I wanted to work on D&B because I had been watching a lot of videos on YouTube that had D&B songs in them, and I was like you know what? Fuck it, let's do it. As for Willow Tree, that was just kinda like, this is a song, I don't know what it is... but I guess we'll call it melodic tearout, because it kinda is melodic tearoutish, I guess, maybe, haha! But yeah, it just happens differently every time. If I know that I want to make a house song, then it's gonna be 128. If I know that I want to make a dubstep song, it's anywhere between 140 and 160, for me. Most songs take me 3 days, and by three days, I mean like if I were to sit down for a 10-hour period, 3 days in a row, that song would be done. But, of course, I am a very busy man; I don't have time to just sit down and just work on a song 10 hours a day for 3 days straight, so it kind of spans, I don't know, a couple weeks, just kind of broken up. But yeah, that's about what it's like.
Writing process - I'll send him a picture to insert there - I've got a picture of how I like to layout my songs. So I will always have vocals on top, drums and effects next, and then I will have all of the instruments in one chunk, but the top half of it is always the verse and intro elements, and the bottom half is always the drop elements, because I love having everything broken up based on what its purpose is. That's my writing process, I guess you can say.
How do you name your tracks and choose track order?
millicow: How do you name your tracks, and how do you choose a track order when you put together an album?
DED RXBBIT: As for, like the Willow Tree, "The Willow Tree" is literally in the song; it's part of the lyrics from the sample that I used. Sometimes it's just by the emotion that I feel. Sometimes it's as simple as like, there was a song that I wrote and I forgot to save it and I had to completely recreate it based off of memory, so I called it Version 2.0. Something stupid and simple like that, but it works, and it's a funny little story to tell people, "I was a dumbass and forgot to save something, so I made it again and called it Version 2.0!" Haha! Chipmatic is kind of a chiptune type, melodic riddim, so I knew I wanted chip in the name. Chipmatic, that sounds cool. Let's just roll with that. It's really just the first thing that comes to mind, or however I feel.
millicow: Me too.
DED RXBBIT: Like With You, from my first album Chaos, that song I wrote feeling... it was for my wife, so I wanted her to understand that it was like me being with her, so With You. Stuff like that.
Does synesthesia play a role in how you write?
millicow: For me personally, music is a synesthetic experience. I often hear it in terms of color, texture, and different genres often conjure up different images. Does this play a role in how you write?
DED RXBBIT: Kind of. I don't really associate certain things with colors and textures, but I feel them, really, which is kind of...
DED RXBBIT: Yeah.
millicow: I know what you mean though.
DED RXBBIT: But this is the weird thing! I actually do have... I haven't been diagnosed with it [Spatial Sequence Synesthesia], but if you look at a keyboard, most people would just say C, C#, D, D# which that's a huge no-no for me, E, F, F#, so on and so forth. I don't see that. I see triangles. Basically, if you just draw a line across the bottom, that's the base of everything. Then you have a line that goes up from C to C3, and a line that goes down from E to Eb, so there's your first triangle right there. So it's C, C#, D, Eb, E, in my mind. If people say D#, I get a visceral reaction because it's like no! It's Eb! Get it right! And then - this one's a little weird - so it's F to F# going up, G to Ab, going back, and then B to Bb going back. So C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B. That's my synesthetic experience. It's really goofy, but that's what happens. Yeah.
Tell us about your next album.
millicow: Tell us about the next album you're working on. [When I wrote these questions] I didn't know you had another one already in progress, so tell us about the one you're releasing for pre-release in a couple days.
DED RXBBIT: Okay. Yeah, I only have one track for the next next album, and I have to put the computer away for a few months because I'm going back to school. So this upcoming album... what do you want to know about it?
millicow: Um, just for people who haven't heard it who are thinking about listening to it.
DED RXBBIT: It's a variety of different types of dubstep, so we have melodic riddim, first two tracks are melodic riddim, then we have melodic tearout, and then we have... it's like another melodic riddim, but it's also melodic tearout at the same time, and it's also sad dubstep; I don't know exactly what to call it, and then we have a future bass, and lo-fi hiphop, and then I've got two remixes on there for The Willow Tree. The first one is by a very good friend of mine; I've known him for almost as long as I've been making music. We've been friends for damn near a decade, so he did a remix for me, and then one of my buddies from my Discord server Ception, they both did remixes. Did I say the first guy? Did I say his name?
millicow: Ummm... I don't think so.
DED RXBBIT: Revolution! My bad. Rev, if you're seeing this, my bad! I totally went off on a tangent. I tend to do that, if you couldn't tell already. So yeah, the line up is Killmainham Gaol, Chipmatic, The Willow Tree, Interlude 1 which is lo-fi, and then we have OBLIVIOUS, Fall Apart, Good Dope Song, Interlude 2, once again, lo-fi, and then the remixes. Ten track album, keep an eye on it! I'm very proud of this one. It's been a fun ride.
millicow: I gotta say, I love the variety! That's how I make my albums. Each song is its own dimension. There's some similarities to keep it together, but it goes all over the place. A lot of... what's the word?
DED RXBBIT: Balance?
millicow: Kind of... Dynamics!
DED RXBBIT: Ah. Okay. My whole thing with the arrangement of that album is I wanted to balance the happy with the sad, so I started off with a semi-sad, kinda happy, just kind of like a mid range, and then went happy, sad, happy, sad, happy sad. Just kinda ran with it. Fun project. I can't wait for this next one. The next one, here's a little teaser, it's called Ars Nova, which if you are unfamiliar, it means New Art in Latin, if I remember right. Yeah.
millicow: I believe so.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah. Kind of trying to mark, like, I feel like I'm finally in a new place in my music, so I want to set that in stone by saying this is my new point.
Advice for new musicians
millicow: What advice do you have for anyone who is new to making music or wants to start making music?
DED RXBBIT: Don't be afraid, and that goes so wide. I mean, push the boundaries of music, seriously. That's what the guidelines are there for. They're there so you can push them farther, so that you can create your own sound. You don't have to sound like everybody else, but it's okay! It's okay if you sound like everybody else when you start, because that just means you're just trying to find your place. So what if you wear your influences on your sleeve? I don't think that I do, I mean, I kinda do, but it's okay. Nobody's gonna judge you for it, you know?
But also, at the same time, don't be afraid of what kind of samples you use. Of course, if you're gonna go out there and use Virtual Riot samples, you're going to sound like Virtual Riot, and if you use Cymatics samples, you're going to sound like Cymatics. It's okay to use, in my opinion, it's okay to use drum loops and effects loops, stuff like that. White noise, crash, hi-hat, stuff like that. But the moment where you start using someone else's sound design is where you cross the line from making your own creative thought, to somebody else's creative thought that you're just organizing. It's okay if you use a sample here and there just as a filler, or if you use a sample and completely fuck it up and make it your own thing, that's totally cool. But if you just drag and drop and call it good, in my opinion that's not cool.
So, do your best to try and push who you are as a musician, as a producer, as a person. As a person in this industry, you gotta make sure that you sound like you at one point in time. Like I said, it's okay if you don't do that now, if you're just starting, but just keep that constant reminder in your head that you gotta eventually push the walls of your comfort zone and you gotta be who you are meant to be as a musician and as a producer.
millicow: I like that.
DED RXBBIT: Thank you.
millicow: I also want to say, when I started out, I really wanted to make dubstep because that's what I was into at the time, and I completely sucked at it! I didn't know how you make those sounds at all, I was going through the stock FL Studio presets and I didn't like any of them. I hated it, but I had to make music, it wasn't even a question; I'd always wanted to do that. What came out was completely different, but I actually liked it. I don't know what it sounded like, like nothing I've ever heard before, but it was something I wanted to hear, but couldn't find, so I made it myself. That's one of the big things about making music for me.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah. Yeah, just like I said, push the boundaries. Do whatever you want to do. If that means that you want to make, I don't know, extra tone fart step, do it! Who cares?
millicow: Have fun with it!
DED RXBBIT: Yeah, have fun with it!
millicow: That's one of the biggest sources of creativity.
DED RXBBIT: There's gotta be at least one other person in the world who's gonna love that shit and they're gonna praise your name to kingdom come, you know what I mean?
millicow: What are your goals for the future, both musically and non-musically?
DED RXBBIT: We'll start with non-musically. I'd definitely like to have a better setup at some point. I love this microphone; I want to get it on a boom, I need to get a pop filter. I'm trying to work on getting a new PC, because this son of a bitch has been around for 11 years. Get some more monitors, that's one thing. Next thing, I need to get a new car because my car is 21 years old. It is 1 year younger than I am, so I gotta do that. Eventually, once this house is done being renovated, we need to get a new house. I'd love to have a house where the basement we can have just be completely kid space, kid-friendly zone, so they can just roam around down there and do whatever the hell they want, and then I can have my own separate studio and stuff somewhere else in the house. As far as music is concerned, my next goal is to be able to buy Ableton, because I kind of want to have two different DAWs to work with. I feel like that would really help with my creativity.
millicow: Definitely. It has for me. I went to LMMS for a while, and I'm coming back to FL Studio now, but it's so much more barebones, even with all its bugs and stuff. It just changed the way I thought and the way I wrote, and I wrote a lot of cool stuff with it. I felt like I'd hit a road block, but all I needed to do was to just change up my environment.
DED RXBBIT: That's another thing. People will give you a lot of shit for what type of DAW you use. I get shit for using FL Studio. I've already given him shit for using LMMS. Ableton is on this podium where it's like the star child, but it's only because of how good their effects plugins are, and then, finally, Pro Tools is finally coming down from its podium that it's been on for god damn 30 years. Everybody is like "you gotta have Pro Tools, you gotta have Pro Tools, you're not a producer if you don't have Pro Tools" - uh, I've got FL Studio and it works just fine, you know? It doesn't matter; if you want to spend 10 grand and get Pro Tools and work with all the bugs and shit that it has, then good for you; you've got more balls than I do! If you want to go the super cheap route and grab a... free? Copy of LMMS?
millicow: Yeah, free.
DED RXBBIT: Do it, dude! Do it! Logic, uhh...
DED RXBBIT: As a previous GarageBand user I would say abstain from it, but if you want to use it, by all means, go for it!
millicow: A lot of people start out there just because it's right there; you don't even have to download it.
DED RXBBIT: There are professional beat makers in the hip hop world that use GarageBand! Seriously, completely free, all they do is just buy the plugins and they throw it in, and everything works great. Don't get why, but you know, whatever; it's their life, they can live it however they want.
Labels vs independent releasing
millicow: Have you considered releasing through a label, or do you prefer the freedom, creatively and legally, of releasing independently?
DED RXBBIT: I do like the freedom of being independent, but it would be kinda cool if I could release something through a label, if I could join a label. That would be dope, because then you have the promo, you know?
millicow: Yeah, that's a big part of it.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah.
millicow: Hard to do that on your own.
DED RXBBIT: You automatically get thrown on a pedestal. But then, you also have people like, uh, isn't Post Malone independent?
millicow: I don't know. There's people like Tom MacDonald, I think Chris Webby...
DED RXBBIT: J. Cole. I'm pretty sure J. Cole is independent.
millicow: I think I might have heard a couple of his songs. I don't know.
DED RXBBIT: He's like R&B.
millicow: Oh, is he? Nevermind; I was thinking of a rapper.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah. R&B rapper.
millicow: Oh okay.
DED RXBBIT: Yeah.
Favorite type of ice cream?
millicow: Now, for the most important question, what is your favorite type of ice cream?
DED RXBBIT: Vanilla. Straight off the bat. If I could add any toppings, throw in some caramel on there, maybe some chocolate syrup. Lately, when I go to Hickory Park, I get, I don't remember what it is but it has toffee topping on it. Whoa, it is so good! Never would have thought of that. But yeah, vanilla, that's some good shit. What was the last question that you had?
Where can we find your music?
millicow: Where can we find your music?
DED RXBBIT: You can find my music in all major stores. I have a list right here for you too! This is the really nice thing about Distrokid.
Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Instagram/Facebook, TikTok/Resso, YouTube Music, Amazon, Soundtrack by Twitch, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, iHeart Radio, Claro Musica, Saavn, Boomplay, Anghami, KKBox, NetEase, Tencent, Triller, Yandex Music, MediaNet, and Shazam. So yeah, if any of those play music, that's where my music's at!
millicow: Okay, I think that's about it. Thank you!
DED RXBBIT: No problem! You guys have a wonderful rest of your day.
millicow: See you all next time!