FITA On Air Presents Vol. 5: SirensCeol (Guest Mix + Exclusive Interview)
Welcome to another Friday, and another guest mix on our new FITA On Air series! For Volume 5, we have recruited up and coming electro/dubstep producer SirensCeol who has been growing quite quickly thanks to tons of free releases. Now you guys have the privileged of pregaming to (or studying with..) a 1 hour set from him! And after the jump, we got a chance to get to know him a bit better through our exclusive interview so be sure to check that out as well.
Download: SirensCeol Guest Mix
Tracklist + Interview:
1) Somebody’s got another thing comin’ – (elocnep mashup)
2) Carillo – SirensCeol (Original Extended Mix)
3) H.P. Baxterr Featuring Nari and Milani – Who the Fuck is Atom (Iron-Fly Mashup)
4) Time and Space – I.D.
5) Blow Me – Dank (Ftampa Remix)
6) Rock Fight – Morgan Page Festival Mashup
7) Changed – SirensCeol (Original Mix)
8) Optimize – Rocket Pimp (Original Mix)
9) Lady Killer – SirensCeol (Original Mix)
10) The Wildcat – Porter Robinson (Original Mix)
11) C’mon Tung – Tiesto and Diplo Feat. Busta Rhymes (Disco Fries Bootleg)
12) Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony – Wolfgang Gartner (Original Mix)
13) The Spectrum Might Be Better if I lose my mind – Elocnep Mashup
14) Whiplasher – SirensCeol (Original Mix)
15) Coming Home – SirensCeol (Original Mix)
16) Modestep – Another Day (xKore Remix)
17) Decisions on the Bay – Mutrix
18) Find You – Felxprod and Skrux (SirensCeol Remix)
What was your first experience with music and some of your early influences?
My first experience with music was when I sat down at the piano in 6th grade and started to pluck out our national anthem. From there I started to play almost every day and eventually transitioned into taking lessons. A year later I taught myself the guitar and have been playing for roughly 9 years.
When did you begin actually producing/ thinking this would be more than just a hobby for you?
I moved into production about 2 years ago when I discovered my love for EDM. As time went on I realized how much fun it was to produce in the genre and about a year after I started the project of “SirensCeol”. It was rough at first because not only was I not very good, but building a fan base is incredibly tough. But eventually I started to become more and more noticed and I have gotten to where I am today. However I’m not even close to where I would like to be!
A lot of people don’t know this but you are an D-1 Athlete at Berkeley, can you tell us about that?
Yes. In High school, I played football and track. Although, my talents in track and field proved to be the best and so I pursued it full time. Eventually I was recruited by UC Berkeley to compete in the sport at the university so I gladly accepted, seeing as most of my family are all Cal alumni. I still compete in it now, but am having second thoughts due to troubles with time prioritization, considering the fact that my music career is officially taking off.
10 duck sized horses, or one horse sized duck?
Well, I would have to easily go with 10 duck sized horses. I dont know if i can afford enough bread to feed a horse sized duck. Feeding 10 duck sized horses will prove a challenge, but at least they will be adorable.
So what’s your secret man? I rarely see producers like yourself that can literally release a new original track every week, and keep it diverse, and keep evolving as you have.
Well I listen to a lot of music for inspiration. Whenever I hear something I like, I usually get an idea down as a template and take it from there. Since I start so many of these I usually have a good number of tracks and ideas lying around waiting to be finished. I usually jot down notes and things to incorporate in class when I’m bored as well so this helps with the producing process when I know exactly what I would like to write. I also have a lot of go-to synths and sounds which makes the process of picking the right sound to use.
For all the producers out there, what DAW do you use and can you tell us the process you go through when creating a new tune?
I use Ableton Live. When I start a new song I usually start with a chord progression and layer it with other sounds and then I take it from there. I study music theory which also helps greatly with the writing process. The hardest part of any song is certainly the drop which I find myself remaking time and time again through trial and error. Although once I get something I actually like, the idea flows incredibly fast.
What artists are you listening to the most in your iTunes right now?
Hmm. It really varies. Given my musical history I have just about every genre in my library ranging from relevant artists such as Madeon, Porter, you know, the big names (also listen to a lot of underground EDM through blogs) to something as mellow as Dave Matthews, or even something like Avenged Sevenfold. I like it all!
If you weren’t in track & field, or a producer, what do you think your main hobby would be?
To be honest, I have no idea how to answer that question. These two things are basically my life. But when I was a kid I remember I aspired to be a doctor because my mom would always force me to watch TV shows that show you live surgeries and it really interested me. But then I started playing instruments..
You seem to really be into sloth memes, give me your favorite one meow.
Oh man..theres so many good ones. but the first one that got me the most was the first one I saw. “Go ahead call the cops, they cant unrape you” but my love for sloths came before these. I’ve always had an obsession with weird, strange looking animals I think they’re hilarious.
What does the future hold for Sirensceol?
Theres really no telling what the future holds, but if I continue to pursue my productions with the intensity in which I do now, Im certain that in a year from now I can officially call this my career. I have a good number of loyal fans already and it feels amazing. It reminds me why I do what I do, and in the end it is to please the people with my sounds, which I hope one day I can showcase throughout the nation and eventually the world. I’m going to be trying my best and certainly have no plans of slowing down, even if I do end up being incredibly successful.