Bass music producer, Manamiz aims to get his listeners to question everything they find in everyday life. He wants them to discover their own path, “through the successes and failures of others while incorporating [their] essence into this journey”. With this concept, he still wants his fans to be comfortable with himself as a musician, urging them to see him as a friend rather than an idol and ultimately hoping that anyone who may find themselves at one of his shows will find an aspect to enjoy.
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
As a kid, I was heavily influenced by numerous styles of music ranging from Metal to Hip-Hop. Some of my biggest inspirations at the time we’re A7X, Metallica, Lincoln Park + Tom Petty.
For music production: I started this journey when I was about 15 years old making simple beats on FL Studio (like everyone else) – It hit me all at once about 2 years down the line that I truly could not see me doing anything else besides producing music from the heart. Following that realization, I began taking courses to bring my sound to the next level so I could not only compete but make music I was proud of. A large amount of my production techniques have been self-taught throughout the years but I have to give a MAJOR shoutout to Justin & Zack at Cosmic Academy for helping me grow my brand in ways I never would have thought of on my own. The whole Cosmic Academy family is truly unlike anything I’ve come across before.
Give us a sense of the music scene where you are based.
The bass music scene in NYC definitely took a major hit after Webster Hall initially closed down. I have to give a HUGE shoutout to guys like Wade Appleton (Dubday-NYC), Chris Limoli (Sub:Merge), Conor Doyle & Joe Gulmi (LowFreak) and so many more for immediately taking the initiative to begin to rebuild the scene here. The NYC scene is definitely thriving once again.
What key pieces of software/gear are you using to define your sound?
I’m primarily on Ableton 10. I use a lot of Ableton stock plugins as I feel it gives the cleanest sound but I’m a big fan of Operator, Glitch Machines, Fab-Filter Plugins. I don’t want to give any secrets away at the moment but I definitely spend a substantial amount of time crafting my low-end and working my way up on the bass side of things!
What are some of your key musical influences?
In the electronic scene some of my biggest influences at the moment are: Ganja White Night, Stickybuds, Kursa, Seppa, GVO + most of the guys on the SubCarbon Records team.
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
To me, success in music is not overly complicated. A simple goal which I think too many musicians & artists lose sight of: I just want my art to be heard & touch the souls of as many people around the world as possible. Wherever that takes me is just a bonus!
What has been a memorable highlight of your career so far?
I just signed a track to SubCarbon Records (GWN’s Label) which is by far one of my favorite platforms in the game!
If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist of your choice, who would it be?
Definitely Ganja White Night or Stickybuds!
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I can’t get into any specifics but I will say I have a VERY special EP coming out soon that will take things to the next level! ALSO our label ‘Obskure Collective’ has an absolutely incredible compilation coming out shortly!