Interview Series: Canon Danzer.
Canon Danzer is re-inventing electronic trap music as we know it, and people are starting to take notice. Blending a fusion of melodic, rhythmic patterns and syncopathic, glitchy and stuttering madness, his sound is unlike quite anything else out there right now – and it’s the antithesis to the generic breed of trap which pervades the modern day musical landscape.
His collab with Jupe, “Lean With It,” as an example, showcases his classic vocal sampling and crazy synth work which is undoubtedly abrasive, but nonetheless super catchy and totally engrossing. “Whippet,” meanwhile, perfectly displays his innovative and totally bonkers sound design, with a lead synth to end all synths. Tracks like these demonstrate the manner in which this guy is really a mad genius.
An experienced beatmaker, the American has been consistently pushing the genre forward and challenging the conventions of not only trap, as a sub-genre, but also electronic music, more broadly – and, fundamentally, sound itself. His tracks have quickly garnered recognition from a ton of his fellow producers who recognize exactly how unconventional and disruptive his style really is.
And yet, in spite of this complete disregard for musical norms or conventions, Canon Danzer manages to entrance listeners and keep them coming back for more, with infectious interplay between drums, synths, and vocals – all combining to form an at times deliberately messy, but somehow beautiful, symphony of genre-bending goodness. If you’re a fan of experimental stuff, this is about as progressive as it gets. And it’s awesome. Read on for the full interview below!
What is your goal in creating music?
Fun. I’m really just having fun making tunes; lately it’s been taking stranger and stranger noises that people wouldn’t normally find musical and making music with them.
Trap music dates back to the 1990’s but has managed to remained relevant, and even continually grow, in terms of its following, since then – what do you think makes that so?
If we’re talking trap-rap, that kind of thing has always been there alive and healthy. I guess as soon as the “mainstream sound” drew from a southern hiphop influence we saw more and more demand for that kind of thing. I think people really just love a bass driven, groovy beat and characteristics of trap can easily supply that. Now we have the edm trap we have today and all of its off-shoots that are still emerging into further mutations. It’s great.
Who else in the trap game would you say is killing it right now?
I’m really keen on this dude thook right now. In my circle though, I’ve got to give it to my boy Akamu. We’ve been sharing our music with each other for a long time and watched each other develop a sound and he has came a really long way. He dropped a remix the other day that just completely took me off guard. Always surprising me with his production.
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO LAXCITY 😀
You’ve got a ton of great collabs out – how do you generally link up with other artists and how would you compare the creative process of a collab to that of a solo track?
Thanks! Usually we’ve talked before or already know each other somehow and one of us will throw it out there like, “yo let’s get something cookin!”. Creatively it’s kind of weird because of the cloud barrier; we have to send stuff back and forth and make sure it’s compatible and will open in our respective DAW’s or stem it out, etc. That kind of stuff is my least favorite part about it but I try not to let it stifle the creative flame. Solo I just go ham with ideas until I have to leave for work :/
How long have you been producing for? How has your production style evolved over time?
Longer than I’d like to admit :p I’ve been making tunes since soundclick was the platform to be on! With that said a lot of what I made was made with the intention of someone rapping over it so there wasn’t a lot of room for the instrumental itself to take the frontstage. This is something from years ago I made with a longtime brother of mine BeatZombie www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3g2idvs_Tk . You can listen to that and what I make now and see what I mean.
On that last note, how have your personal musical preferences and tastes changed over time?
A lot. I’ve been really into anything from 80s thrash metal, punk, to cuban legend Benny Moré..
I’m all over the place with that. Once I hear something I like it’s always gonna be welcome in my ears. So I wouldn’t say they’ve changed but rather my preferences and tastes have grown to be more receptive of stuff that is foreign to me.
What plans do you have in the works for your label, “DAW PUNK?”
That is actually a page started by my good good friend, CAPTPIZZA. Shout out CAPTPIZZA.
Let’s say you have the opportunity to produce for any rapper in the world – who do you choose and why?
Kanye. Because Kanye. Nah but foreal dude is just so full of crazy ideas I think it would definitely be a unique experience to sit down with him in the studio and work. I love kanye. If not yeezy, probably captain murphy (aka flying lotus) [he] is that dude.
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