I had the pleasure of sitting down with synth disco innovator, Bit Funk earlier last week. Now living in Brooklyn, Bit has consistently delivered a smooth Chicago-jack style in his latest productions and has been tearing updance halls all over the east coast. Get familiar with a couple of his latest tracks directly below and continue reading for a comprehensive, in-depth look at what inspires his chune productions!
Download: Bit Funk – It Ain’t Easy
Purchase: Just Kiddin – Paloma (Bit Funk remix) [Beatport]
Our fans would love to know, how did Bit Funk come into form and what has been your musical journey thus far?
I had been producing different styles of music under a few different names. Then, I wrote a track I called “Bit Funk” and quickly realized I wanted to make more with the same style. In a way, that track became the blueprint. I’ve mostly focused on remixes since then, which I think is what most people know me for at this point. That might change soon…
How long have you been in Brooklyn? Are your neighbors cool with you blasting productions through their walls and floorboards?
I moved to Brooklyn from Chicago about a year and a half ago. There are very few cities I’ve been to that I love as much as New York. As for neighbors, I don’t currently have a separate studio space outside of my apartment, I like to have everything right there so I can work immediately instead of having to drag myself to some warehouse in the middle of nowhere when I get inspired. Let’s just say, I use headphones often.
When was the moment you first realized “hey, I want to make music”?
In all honesty, I’m not really sure. I started taking music lessons when I was around 8. First piano, then drums. I got into recording and production pretty early also. I’m a pretty methodological person, but having a creative output has always been important to me.
When beginning production, was it your main goal to end up on tour or to play a certain venue?
Neither. I just wanted to make music. At some point along the way I started getting requests to DJ. I kind of had a moment of realization where I thought, “damn, I guess I need to learn how to DJ”. I didn’t realize how well the two go hand-in-hand, but now I love DJing.
Who do you enjoy following and checking in on from time to time? Any artists you would want to collaborate with at the moment?
I’m very picky about who I want to work with, and I can be controlling in the studio. That being said, I have some collaborations in the works right now – unfortunately nothing I can announce quite yet. Soon though!
Describe, if you will, the ideal live venue for you.
A really good sound system is by far the most important thing to me about a venue. And while I do love playing to a big crowd, my favorite shows are usually at medium sized clubs where there is a real interaction with the crowd. Two of my favorite clubs are U Street Music Hall in DC and Le Bain in Manhattan. Put both of those in a blender and my guess is the ideal club would be the result.
What’s the weirdest or coolest thing you’ve experienced playing a venue?
No technical difficulties. It’s rare, but it does happen!
How did Treasure Fingers break it to you when he asked if you wanted to co-star in his “Rooftop Revival” video? Pretty informal? or was it a hand-written love letter?
Hah, well that was kind of random. I originally came to the shoot expecting to DJ. AJ had asked me and our mutual friend Free Magic to come to the shoot to DJ for “the dancers”. Basically, they had to shoot people dancing for a few hours and so we were going to be DJing off camera for them. At the last minute the crew started asking around saying they needed someone to play “Young Harold”. All I knew about it when I agreed was that I would get to wear a really cool looking hat.
(Above) Treasure Fingers – Rooftop Revival (Official Video, featuring Bit Funk)
Do you usually sit around and have this “ah-ha!” moment when producing an original or remix or is it a more methodical process for you?
I constantly oscillate between loving and hating a track as I work on it. There’s usually some moment where it will tip to one side for good. You just hope it’s the ‘loving it’ side, because it always sucks to trash something and start again from scratch. Remixes are easier though, I can usually get a good idea of where they will end up before I start.
What’s on the horizon for you?
I’m releasing a new free download track this week (“It Ain’t Easy”). And there are a bunch more on the way.
How wouldja feel about a PB&J shirt?
I’d love one. Medium please.
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