Whats good sat down with LA heavy weight Shintaro Yasuda to talk LA, bangers and time off.
With so many various genres being thrown around at the moment, where do you position yourself amongst it all?
It’s tough to answer because I love all types of music and genres, but I tend to produce and DJ very high energetic-party music. Bangers. I love bangers.
What are some of your original influences, what pushed you to get involved with music?
I’d say my original influence would have to be my parents. Even though they weren’t musicians themselves, they got me into playing instruments at three years old. Simply the love for music and performing was all I needed to give me that push and keep me involved.
How do you balance producing and playing shows? Do you do 6 months on and off? Or just take each step as they come?
It’s a lot easier now that my new studio is in my home. I basically wake up every morning and work on music. When I do play shows and have to travel I have a small mobile studio setup that I take with me on the plane and in the car.
I see you started playing classical piano at the age of 3? Has this had a big impact on your producing now?
It definitely has. Up until I was 20, I was actually on the career path as a classical and jazz pianist. Being surrounded by music my entire life has definitely helped because I could mainly focus on the technical side of production and mixing because I had already been able to develop my ear as a musician and understood music theory.
Do you believe studying music has helped the development of your production?
Definitely. While it doesn’t necessarily cover the technical aspect of production, it’s helped speed up my development because I could focus on learning how to produce and get my sounds to mix right.
What advice do you have for beginner producers?
Don’t stop. Keep producing. Spend time on every sound, note, mix, and always power through no matter how hard it might be to finish a track. It happens to everyone. However, the best advice I can really give would be to love the music you’re making.
Which DAW (Digital Audio Workplace) do you use? And why?
Logic Pro. It provides me all the tools I need to write, produce, and mix. It’s very intuitive, and all the tools I need are easily accessible.
When you play shows do you feel a connection with the crowd? What is your opening “Banger”?
You have to have a connection with the crowd. If you’re not feeling them, they’re not going to be feeling you. Nobody likes a dead show. I never know what my first banger will be. I’ll usually choose a track right as I’m about to start, go with it, and see how to crowd responds.
What is the most important element in your songs that you really connect with?
I think just making music that you’re passionate about is the most important thing. As long as you’re making songs you love and enjoy, there will be an audience that connects with you.