We recently had the opportunity to ask Figure a couple of questions about his music and new album. Figure’s new album, Monsters of Drumstep Vol. 2 being released worldwide today. His new track we’ve included is called “This is Halloween” and is a dubstep of remix of the Nightmare Before Christmas classic by Danny Elfman. Figure does it again with this fiery track and new album. Figure tells us about growing up with a musically inclined family, how he got into electro and what his future plans are.
Crispa: First of all tell us a little bit about yourself
Figure: I’m Josh from Indiana and I go by Figure. I make bass heavy music of all kinds… and really dig scary shit.
C: Where are you based?
F: Evansville, Indiana
C: When did you start producing music?
F: I used to make hiphop beats in high school.
C: How did you get into music? Did you have any musical education before this? Did you play an instrument?
F: I’ve grown up with and around my musical inclined family. It’s always been part of what I do in some shape or form.
C: So what do you use to produce your tracks?
F: Ableton 8 with Massive. FM8 and Sylenth for all my sounds.
C: If you were forced to rework your musical arsenal without electronic components or computers, what traditional instruments would you choose?
F: A Grand Piano,Cello and a musical saw.
Download: Figure – This is Halloween
For the rest of the interview, info on the album and the tracklisting hit the jump!
C: Dubstep has gotten huge in the past couple of years, what do you think has been driving that?
F: The lack of progression in other music, such as the punk scene and what not… that’s all dubstep is. It’s what punk was to kids 20 years ago. Not just about sound, but the community that is in to it.
C: You do a lot of live shows. What kind of a set up do you have on stage?
F: Two 1200′s, Serato and a Macbook.
C: You recently did a track with Tommy Lee. What was it like working with him and how did that collaboration come together?
F: That fucker is crazy, he is such a nice guy with so much energy and passion for music. Always positive. I would make another song with him in a heartbeat.
C: What is your personal favorite track that you have produced?
F: This new one called ‘Dominate” because it changes between every single genre from Electro to Dubstep…x DNB to Moombaton … so to me it’s like the ultimate nerdy production track.
C: What are some of your influences in the music you produce?
F: Mostly all outside of this culture really. I always vibe on movies and older alley punk stuff. I try to stay outside of the box when im not producing or traveling.
C: What kind of music do you like to listen to, normally?
F: Old punk , Folky stuff .. and always good hip hop.
C: What do you like to do in your SPARE time?
F: All i do is spend time with my amazing girlfriend and watch movies and do whatever we feel like. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
C: Do you have any shows coming up?
F: Yea.. luckily tons. I have my first legit tour via AMONLY about to start..im SO excited for that! We will be announcing the full schedule sometime this week at http://www.imfigure.net.
C: What are some of the biggest obstacles you have encountered as an aspiring musician?
F: Realizing i wanted to make electronic music all while I was surrounded and drowned in backpack hiphop life. .. thanks to drumstep and some dubstep stuff now.. i feel like I’m making beats again..but just hard as fuck with no need for a rapper.
C: What advice would you have to other aspiring artists that are trying to get their names out in today’s industry?
F: Do exactly what you want and how you want. So many people will tell you how to do YOU differently … ignore everyone and hustle how you want to hustle.
C: What can we expect for the future of Figure?
F: Tons of new music .. some multi-media sets (controlled video and such)… and a lot of new sounds be released on my new label DOOM.
Tons of music is right folks, as Figure has been dropping a new track every week until Halloween. His new album Monsters of Drumstep, Vol 2 features a huge track listing with different Dubstep tracks each themed on a different monster. My personal favorite was the “Boogie Man” he uses samples from the movie combined with amazing womps to give listeners a chilling experience. Keep an eye out for Figure as his sound just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
1. Boogie Man
2. Leather Face
3. The Werewolf (VIP Edit)
4. Figure & Gangsta Fun – The Mummy
5. Mr. Hyde
6. The Monster’s Revenge
7. The Werewolf (The Killabits Remix)
8. Boogie Man (Oblivion Remix)
9. Leather Face (Captain Panic! Remix)
10. Figure and Gangsta Fun – The Mummy