Afrolizer

Afrolizer is from Torrance, CA, and he likes to produce dubstep and video game music. Here are a few questions we asked him about his experiences with music production.

How did you get involved with producing EDM music?

Well, I started out making video game music mainly but a friend of mine introduced me to dubstep about 3 years ago. It took some time to actually start liking the genre enough to listen to it often, but eventually I got used to it and wanted to try making some myself to expand my genre influences. I think learning how to dance to dubstep is what made it grow on me so much, now that I think about it.

What are the challenges of being involved with Christian EDM?

As far as performing live, sending demos to mainstream labels, and finding people that would appreciate that aspect of the music, it can be more work than for the secular artist. You can pretty much forget about your tracks being played at a club or anything like that unless there's nothing overtly Christian about it. But seeing how the genre is starting to grow a bit now, it's definitely opening more doors for CEDM artists.

At which places do you perform your music?

Currently, I don't have any kind of live performance aspect to my music project. Lack of DJing equipment and experience kind of does that. Although I have performed a free style dance to one of the tracks off my God's Great Earth EP at a school talent show a couple years ago.

Have you tried DJing/performing EDM at church?

I had done a couple music performances at my church before, but it was before I got into EDM (or at least before I seriously got into it). I hope to be able to incorporate DJing and live performance into my production, but at the moment, a college student's gotta do what a college student's gotta do.

What is the greatest problem you see in today's church?

I think one of the biggest problems that has been a problem for a while now is the temptation to dilute the gospel based on current social trends and ideologies. Cultures change; God's word doesn't. But on top of that, I'd say another big issue is a lack of understanding history - the past. I love how my brother puts it, "Understanding history is like being a prophet but in reverse." There's nothing new under the sun, so when "shocking" developments happen in our time, we need only look to the past to see how and why similar things happened and then look to find a solution that those people came to and learn from their mistakes.

Where would you recommend beginning for someone wanting to get involved with Christian EDM?

I think getting connected with fellow CEDM artists online or in person is a good start. I wouldn't have found certain CEDM labels or artists without finding out about some, like Matthew Parker or G&D Records. But as far as the craft, I'd say always devote yourself to improvement and excellence. An easy pit to fall into is the whole notion that because you're making music for the Lord, even if the product is substandard, it'll be good overall because of the intention and message behind it. But it's no excuse for turning out a mediocre product if you know you can do better. As Christians, we're not called to mediocracy but excellence in everything we do, so even just starting out, always put out a product you're genuinely proud of.

Your favorite software/hardware?

I personally use Sonar X3 Producer, so I'm a PC guy. I do most of my synth work with just two programs, Rapture and Z3TA+2, and for my other sounds, I typically use Dimension Pro, Kontakt, and soundfonts or other built in sounds in Sonar.

Musical plans for the future?

Short term: Before the summer's out, I'm releasing an EP I worked on with a friend of mine (the same friend who introduced me to dubstep in the first place actually). More long term: I hope to actually work on some video game soundtracks if I find willing clients rather than just making video game music for fun. Besides EDM, I love to make VGM/film score type music and I'll probably be studying how to do that professionally in college. Eventually I hope to move to Japan, so if I could also do J-EDM, make music for Japanese video games and TV shows, I'd be living the dream.