Dylan Heidt (better known as TNLTTRWRD) is an audio engineer, producer, songwriter and musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
TNLTTRWRD has many songs in all different genres like dubstep, down tempo and more. Today i will be focusing only on “When You’re Up (You’re Up), When You’re Down (You’re Down).”
TNLTTRWRD – When You’re Up (You’re Up), When You’re Down (You’re Down)
His new dubstep song is definitely not a short name, but its definitely a banger. It starts with a nice dark melodic synth transforming fast into a half tempo stab and heavy drum beat. TNLTTRWRD really did a great job here keeping the rhythm and the flow going in the entire song, especially in the heavy dubstep wobbly sections, making everything blend together perfectly creating one big sex orgasm for your ears. Bassheads will love this dubstep tune. The heavy kick drum and bass have a great punch and groove that mixes perfectly with the melody, and the snappy claps make you want to break your neck head banging. Make sure you dont go too hard headbanging, This tune should come with a neck check warning. The “Motherfucking Bass Drop” vocodex vocal is also another touch that i love. It just feels so right in this track. Every time i hear this vocodex vocal saying that it massage’s and soothes my brain.
TNLTTRWRD began playing guitar at a young age and from there quickly learned how to play any and every other instrument that he could get his hands on. Growing up in a musically diverse household TNLTTRWRD has said that his influences range everywhere from The Beatles, to Bob Marley, Biggie, to The Doors and the list just continues to grow from there.
In high school TNLTTRWRD took an interest in production, specifically in the seemingly never-ending sub-genres of Electronic Dance Music.
We got a chance to talk to TNLTTRWRD and ask him some questions about his music, new song, VSTs and other exciting stuff, check it out below.
TNLTTRWRD Interview [EXCLUSIVE]
Tell us about “When You’re Up (You’re Up), When You’re Down (You’re Down)”. How did you come up with this idea for this song?
Oddly enough, the first synth that you hear in the song itself was a piece of music that I had been sitting on for a little while, because I just couldn’t figure out what exactly I wanted to do with it. One night I sat down and started writing/recording a different piece of music and I noticed that the synth stabs that I had recorded for that song fit perfectly to the synth part in, “When You’re Up (You’re Up), When You’re Down (You’re Down)”, so I re-recorded them alongside the, “When You’re Up”, synth part and from there the rest of the song seemed to write itself.
What Inspired you to make this?
I was living in Los Angeles when I wrote this song and much like the title implies I was dealing with a lot ups in my life, but also my fair share of moments where it seemed like the sun was never going to shine on me ever again. It was all of those experiences combined and what I learned from each one of them that created most of the inspiration for this song and much of my first album, “Situational”, as well.
How did you begin producing electronic dance music?
Well; I’ve been playing guitar my entire life and along with that the bass, drums and piano, so I had always been involved in music in one way, or another and then in middle school I was introduced to Dubstep (artists like Datsik, Excision, Bassnectar, etc…) by a friends older brother, but it wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I really became interested in learning how to actually create electronic music. I’m 21 now, so I’ve been producing for just over 4 years and I feel like I’m still learning something new about production every day. Haha.
Do you have a favorite VST plugin or instrument to use?
As far as a favorite VST goes I would have to say Massive, because it is such an in-depth and well-rounded tool to have at your disposal. When it comes to instruments my first love was the guitar, so I always find myself gravitating back towards it and am always looking for ways to incorporate a guitar sound into my electronic music.
What can we expect from you next year?
2018 is shaping up to be quite an awesome year actually. I recently landed a deal as a songwriter, audio engineer and producer alongside a couple of individuals/labels that I can’t talk specifically about at the moment, but will definitely explain further in the future when the timing is right and I get the, “okay”, from them to disclose that information publicly. Other than that endeavor, I also have 10+ pieces of original music that I have been hanging onto for a little while, so at some point in the near future I’ll begin releasing those via SoundCloud for everybody out there who wants to give them a listen.
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