We are very excited to bring you the third installment in our Guest Mix series from the newest in future bass: Hitmane.
Hitmane is an up-and-coming producer from the Netherlands that perfectly blends R&B production style with Future Bass to bring you the most addicting sounds your ears will hear. He's just recently had our favourite song of his, "Look What You've Done", released on Juizify, and premiered on Run The Trap. But before we get into this 43 minute Guest Mix, we asked Hitmane a few questions to get to know him a little better.
AM: It seems that your name 'Hitmane' might be a nod to the popular gaming franchise, Hitman. As a kid, what was your favourite video game and why?
Damn, that's a tough one. Growing up it definitely was Pokémon for me, though there's many other franchises I absolutely love (including Hitman hehe). I especially love games that are able to suck you right into their world, a few notable examples being The Elder Scrolls series, Knights of the Old Republic, Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect, and of course classics like The Legend of Zelda and almost every other big Nintendo franchise really.
AM: You're based in the Netherlands and make trap music, how do you think the genre is comparing in Europe and the US?
I don't think what I make is purely classified as trap, though it certainly borrows elements from the genre. It's really cool how nowadays with the internet, where you're from doesn't dictate what you sound like anymore. You could be a French producer that makes beats like he's from the West Coast, or a Norwegian guy that produces like he's from New Jersey. There's so much more stuff we're exposed to now on a daily basis, and I think it reflects in all these new artists popping up with their own little unique sounds.
AM: Have you always been interested in making this genre of music, or has your producing slowly evolved from other genres?
When I first got into producing I just made whatever I felt like, without really thinking about the sound that I wanted to convey. I was mostly working on French house songs after a while, but I felt limited by using samples all the time. I started just playing my own instruments, and that's when I slowly started to develop the sound I have right now. I think my sound is still evolving though, as I'm still learning new things everyday, and getting inspired by lots of different artists out there. The songs I'm working on at the moment already sound a bit different from what I've released so far.
AM: Say for instance you attain worldly recognition as Hitmane, which country in the whole world would you like most to play in?
Not an original answer at all, but that's definitely Japan for me. I've always loved their culture and would love to actually visit some day. A friend of mine recently came back from Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo and confirmed that it's in fact the most amazing place ever.
AM: Which producer would you like to work with the most? From any type and genre of music.
There's too many to list, but I'd definitely like to work with Sam Tiba, A.G. Cook, Taquwami or Jacques Greene to name a few. In term of vocalists I'd die if I could produce a track for Ty Dolla $ign, Banks, or Hannah Diamond hehe.
AM: Tell us a bit about your home town.
I'm from a town in The Netherlands called The Hague, which is a lovely little place that feels like living in a big city without actually being too big. I live right near the beach as well, which is great for me because during the summers it gets super busy and you feel like you're living in this very lively place. But then during the winters it's very quiet and peaceful, so you get that diversity which is nice. The cool thing about living in a small country is that everything's nearby. Most artists that come here to play a show do so in Amsterdam, which is only fifty minutes away by train.
AM: Are you hyped for the new Star Wars films?
Oh definitely, though I keep telling myself I shouldn't be just in case it turns out to be meh. Ever since I read this short story called "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov, I've slowly started getting back into Sci-Fi again. I'm super excited by the genre slowly making it's return into mainstream media. There haven't been many cool Sci-Fi movies coming out these past few years, but I feel like Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is gonna be a game changer.
AM: Mac or PC? and why?
I love my way too overpriced MacBook, but I've spent a lot of time with PCs as a kid. I guess in the end it's all about what you're gonna be using it for. PC is way more flexible and customizable, but Mac just works and feels better for all the simple shit. The one thing I've truly missed since switching to Mac is the gaming though.
Sinjin Hawke & DJ Sliink - Gas Pump
Arnold - Plus and Minus
DOSS - The Way I Feel (Life Sim Remix)
Pomo - Vibrator
Rome Fortune - Nasty (prod. by TM88)
Ryan Hemsworth -「Every Square Inch」(with Qrion) (Hitmane Remix)
さくらゆら feat. Nyolfen - City Lights Reflection
Hitmane - Look What You've Done
Liz - Y2K (prod. by Lido)
T-Pain - Bartender (DJ Hoodboi Remix)
Blair de Milo - NorthFace (prod. by UV boi فوق بنفسجي)
James Deen & Hitmane - Not Ever Getting Dressed
Manilla Killa & Mark Johns - Gatorade
Qrion - Only
Svengali - Slow
Joke - Harajuku
Taquwami - Don't 4get Me
Munno - Ending
HEAVYxMELLOW - Where U Should Be
Lucas - Only That Real