What’s your background, and how did you get into making music?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up in a non-musical household, both my parents are pretty much tone deaf. I really got into production on accident, I used to animate a lot and I needed music to go along with my little cartoons. This was back when I was 12, so around seven years ago.
Your stuff’s heavily videogame-influenced, right? It has that proper Capcom side-scroller feel – were you always into that stuff from a young age?
Yes totally, ever since I can remember. I was always over at my friend’s house to play Rampage and Super Smash Bros (on N64, and before that Super Street Fighter II Turbo on SNES). I have a Dreamcast, 64, PS2, Gamecube, 360, and I just bought a 3DS XL, which I like a lot. I’ve always loved videogames.
How did the hook-up with Terrorrhythm come about?
Chris Plastician got in contact with me through a Soundcloud message when I was 17, back when I was really into making dubstep. I was slowly moving away from that sound and about to start a new project – I wasn’t really sure what to send him. I wrote this weird melodic heavy trap hardstyle whatever banger that I was hyped on, and the only person I could think about sending it to was him since it was so different. I sent it, he loved it, I changed my alias to AWE, and now we are here!
‘Crystals’ is a total belter. Tell us about it.
I started writing it eight months ago, when I was having a tough time with a few things. I think the only kind of music I was comfortable writing was happy anthemic tracks to take my mind away. The track finished itself very quickly and I asked Djemba Djemba to remix it about a month later. He is the hardest working producer I know, so it obviously took him a little while to finish the remix, but it came out beautifully! I’m so happy with the outcome and I’m glad people are responding to it – I couldn’t be happier with the reception.
What else do you have coming up this year?
This year has been very productive already! I have a couple remixes that I’m excited to get out into the world. A lot of originals too – so many that I’m going to have to pick and choose for releases coming up. I’ve also been writing a lot of bootleg edits of tracks that bang really hard – I am sure that they will see the light of day eventually.