As a musician of any genre, you will find yourself in a collaboration with another artist, more often than not. Electronic music is no different; in fact, collaborations with other producers are extremely common. The process of pre-production versus post-production may be different for each producer, but Volt touched on the subject, briefly explaining how each track varies on who you are working with and where you’re working.
“When me and Slushii worked together, we start the track together and finish the track together right then and there. Then sometimes, I’ve done collabs that have still never come out that have just been back and forth like 10 times. It really depends," Volt tells me.
He tries to only collaborate with people that he is friends with on a genuine level; that way, it isn’t awkward discussing any changes that he feels should be made. He suggests that when working with another artist, don’t tell them you don’t like what they have made; instead, suggesting trying it another way to see if it works. He explains that he is always open to new ideas and never gets struck on one thing. “If you get stuck on one thing, you’ll sit there for days and days, not getting anywhere.”
He says his sound is always changing and will constantly continue to change as the years go on. When he started, he made electro-house and rap beats for a bit, but tries not to put himself in a pigeonhole. He enjoys making music of all kinds, pulling inspiration from artists such as Skrillex, Moody Good, and Nosia, and genres such as heavy metal and hip-hop. “Everyone tries to put you in a box of being a dubstep producer, but I’m not a dubstep producer, I’m just a producer," Volt explains. Although he is currently making dubstep and killing it, he believes that in three years’ time, he could be making something completely different.
Since taking on producing as a full time career, Volt has many accomplishments, but feels that there is always another to go after once he accomplishes one of his goals. Touring around the world, including America, Australia, and Japan, has been one of his favorite parts of his career. He praised his time in Japan, stating that he loves the country’s culture outside of EDM -- but when he toured there, the crowds had some of the best energy he has ever experienced. His Boombox Cartel remix with Pierce, which dropped this past summer, was his first time releasing with the record label Mad Decent and was something he has always wanted to do. He states that even though he is unsure about a moment in time that would be his biggest accomplishment, he is excited about what the future holds. “I don’t know what my biggest accomplishment is, I think there’s just so many things and I feel like I haven’t even begun the full journey yet. I feel like I have so much more to accomplish and to achieve.”
So what does the future hold for Volt? He has a remix with Prismo coming out soon, as well as a new EP that he hopes to release at the end of this year. He will be headed back on tour soon, so look out for those dates, which will include a few shows in America to close out the year.
His biggest advice for young people is to work hard and never give up, because if you put your mind to something, no matter what it is, you can achieve it.