I lost count the amount of times that Devon Burch appeared on NEW LEASE MUSIC as Rnb/hip-hopper FLY VON and Dubstep/EDM producer SIR BASSTOVEN. However the Beethoven of Dubstep made it to the interview seat this month as his self-titled EP went down a treat with you guys…I think it’s about time we find out more about the man behind those crazy beats!
NLM: You released your debut self-titled EP. Describe the story behind this project?
SB: The story behind Basstoven is a giant metaphor. I’ve compared the long and rough journey of getting into the EDM industry to that of an alien landing on earth. He is confused, paranoid and a little afraid. Each song on the project represents a feeling or emotion that Basstoven wants to convey. He isn’t the best with words so he lets his music speak for him.
NLM: What’s the public’s reception on the EP since its release?
SB: So far people love it! Its almost at 3,000 streams and well past my Lone Wolf project and it’s only been out for 2 months. I’ve gotten new record contracts and more singles heading for iTunes due to the release of Basstoven. The Intro seems to be the crowd favourite, I’m guessing it’s the Spongebob sample, classic lol.
NLM: What’s your favourite track on the EP and why?
SB: Sigh……this is a really tough choice. Each song on this project means a lot to me as the project took me over 3 years to finish. But if I had to pick a favorite it would be a tie between Diligence & Sometimes I (One)der. Diligence is the one track that really sums up my work ethic and approach to music. Working hard has many rewards but diligence is the consequence. Sometimes I (One)der was made when I was going through a really rough time in life. Listening to that record got me out of a dark place, I still play it anytime I need motivation.
NLM: How would you describe your music to potential fans?
SB: It’s Raw energy. Whether I’m trying to get you jumping out your seat or telling a story to move you; it’s all about energy and vibes. I make the soundtrack for the emotions you’ve forgotten about and I make the statements others are afraid to.
NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in the music industry?
SB: Before music I was just a typical high school kid. Working at the mall, playing basketball, chasing girls, you know the everyday life. I was getting bored. Music made life fun again.
NLM: At what point did you want to become a dubstep/EDM producer?
SB: From the very beginning I knew EDM and Dubstep was home. Many people don’t know but this is where I started producing. The rap & RnB production came years after. From the very first bassline I made, I got chills. It’s a feeling I almost cannot even describe.
Who are your musical or non-musical influences?
SB: Skrillex, Zomboy, Figure, Krewella (before they broke up) and most recently Porter Robinson & Keys & Crates
NLM: Would you compare your sound to these musical influences?
SB: I get my grittiness and heavy bass sounds from years of listening to skrillex & Zomboy. Krewella taught me how keep beautiful melodies without sacrificing the heavy bass I love.
NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?
That’s easy, Zomboy. That dude is insane! Sometimes I don’t even believe he is human lol.
NLM: What are your plans for 2015 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs?
SB: I have my next Rap/Hip-Hop project scheduled for release in March of 2016 titled Rawest.
I have 2 new EDM singles that will be available on itunes in 2016 through Living The Dream Records out of New York
NLM: How can potential fans reach you?
Reverbnation: Sir Basstoven
Itunes, Beatport, Amazon Music : Sir Basstoven
NLM: Oh BTW, how is Fly Von these days?
SB: Fly Von is doing pretty good these days. His production and vocals are both getting better. Rawest drops on his birthday 3.6 and it’s a Fly Von you’ve never heard.