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The Meteoric Star – Crash Comet

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Crash Comet is the alias of Drum & Bass producer and DJ, Daniel Patterson from London, UK. Comet began attracting attention in early 2019 when he won a remix competition hosted by Hospital Records and Fader Pro. Since then he has gone on to perform alongside artists such as - Indika, Sukh Knight, Jon1st and Fracture, as well as being featured on platforms such as SkankandBass and Data Transmission. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule and doing this interview for MelodyInsider. 

 

MI: What would you be doing today if not for this interview?

CC: In the studio making music haa! 

 

MI: What music are you producing or DJing?

CC: Liquid Drum & Bass which is a sub-genre of Drum & Bass. It’s all about melodic soothing vibes. 

 

MI: What got you into this genre?

CC: A friend at school showed me an artist called High Contrast who is signed to a label called ‘Hospital Records’. I fell in love with the soothing sounds of his music and how he manages to blend so many different styles and genres together. I became hooked after that and just started to explore the genre. There are so many talented artists experimenting within the scene, exploring new sounds and fusing different styles of music with soothing Drum & Bass grooves, it's truly inspiring. 

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MI: What are the various equipment and gear you have in your studio to facilitate production? 

CC: I try and keep my set up fairly minimal, to be honest. I probably have more musical instruments in the studio then music production gear. Instruments tend to inspire me more, as it forces you to change your writing process. Music production wise though, I have a pair of Focal CMS 65’s which are studio monitors specially made for music production. My studio is also acoustically treated to help eliminate undesirable frequencies, which helps tremendously when it comes to the mixing stage. 

 

MI: Tell us, what does a typical day in the studio mean for you? What inspires your productions? 

CC: Usually, I am working on multiple projects at a time. So whatever my mood is in the morning, I can choose the right track that fits my current state of mind. I think everything inspires me, I couldn't pinpoint one thing in particular. Lately, I‘ve been heavily inspired by other people’s stories and emotions. Watching interviews and vlogs of people’s lives helps inspire me to write a song with that person's emotion. Video games are also a massive inspiration for me, exploring a different world can spark completely different ideas. 

 

MI: How has the struggle been so far to your current stand? 

CC: I think working in any creative industry right now is a huge struggle, but I’ve been very fortunate to have made a lot of friends in this industry which has helped alleviate the more stressful times. Mental health is such an important subject in the music industry right now, it’s imperative that we all make the time to relax and recharge. 

 

MI: Is the path ahead more struggling or does it get better from here? 

CC: I think it depends on how you live your life and what you aspire to achieve. There are always going to be new mountains to climb and new goals that you want to achieve in life. One of the most important pieces of advise someone ever gave me was from composer Jason Graves. He said, “There is no, "made it moment" in the music industry”. That might sound negative, but what he’s saying is, your career shouldn't be defined by a single milestone. You should keep setting yourself goals and aspire to new heights, after all, it’s about the journey. 

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MI: Not necessarily monetary, how have the rewards been so far in this career? 

CC: It’s been amazing so far! Last year I won a remix competition hosted by Hospital Records and Fader Pro. My track was chosen by Danny Byrd who is an absolute legend in the Drum & Bass scene and someone who inspired me to start making D&B in the first place. That was definitely a huge milestone for me that I won't forget. 

 

MI: Why did you choose this career? Do you think there are other reasons to choose too? 

CC: I chose music because I can’t imagine doing anything else in life. I know that is a cliche answer, but if there’s something that you’re that passionate about that you can’t think of anything else you would rather do, then you should commit to doing that one hundred percent. Of course, I think doing something that makes you happy is ultimately the most important component in choosing a certain career path. Hopefully, your happiness will lead to others as well. 

 

MI: And how is the support from industry peer's? 

CC: It’s been greater then I could have ever imagined. The Drum and Bass community are very warm and welcoming and I’m so happy to be part of that culture. Living in Bangalore has also made me see that as well. Because the scene is so small here, everyone knows and supports one another. 

 

MI: How easy/difficult is it to release music in your genre? 

CC: Nowadays everyone can release music on their own, using distribution tools such as Distrokid, however, you will struggle with promotion and support from DJ within the scene so I wouldn’t recommend it. There are many great underground Drum & Bass record labels that support upcoming artists such as, Detached Audio and Skank and Bass. They’re constantly supporting new talent so I think it’s become very accessible to reach people and labels with your music, but the competition has also been tougher than ever now. 

 

MI: Who according to you are top 5 labels in your genre? 

CC: Now, that’s a tough one! There are so many labels killing it in the scene right now! But I think if I had to choose 5 I would say: Differential, Liqucity/Galacy, Shogun Audio, High Tea Music and Celsius Recordings. 

 

MI: What is one attribute of this industry that is a boon? 

CC: Definitely in the Drum & Bass scene, it has been the scene of community and comradery. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this genre, I don’t think there’s anything that could top that. 

 

MI: What is the one attribute of this industry that is a bane? 

CC: I think it’s probably the lack of money at the start of your career. It’s very difficult if not impossible to support yourself on Spotify streams alone. 

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MI: Who is your inspiration? 

CC: I think my biggest musical inspiration has to be the composer Debussy. The amount of emotion in his pieces are unbelievable. His use of harmony and chords is also incredibly inspiring, he manages to paint pictures with music and that’s something I am constantly striving to do as well. 

 

MI: What is your methodology behind a set you play when you open for artists at clubs? What is the creative process behind your sets? 

CC: Usually, the first thing I do is research the artist or DJ I am opening for. It’s very important to know what kind of music they’re going to play so you can help set up the mood.  Warming up the crowd is about giving them a taste of what's the come. I like to think of the analogy of eating at a restaurant. You don’t want the starter to outshine the main course, but you want to give them a taste of what's to come and make them hungry for more. Usually, my process for preparing a set is lots of practice. Exploring new music from artists in the scene as well as myself. 

 

MI: As an upcoming artist with tough competition, what struggles and challenges do you face? 

CC: It’s very easy to doubt yourself as a creator and compare yourself to others. A lot of artists and creators I know suffer from impostor syndrome where they start to question why they’re successful. I think it’s just important to remind ourselves that we are all human and that sometimes things take a bit longer to happen then we might have originally imagined. 

 

MI: Which is your dream label? 

CC: Probably Liqucity, I’ve been following them for years now and the quality of their releases and at the top tier level. 

 

MI: What’s coming up for You down the road? 

CC: Lots of exciting things that I can’t talk about, unfortunately. Lots of music that I’ve been working on for a while. I’ve been working with some crazy talented people lately and I’m just incredibly excited to share those tracks with everyone. Hopefully lots of gigs and perhaps a tour at some point as well. 

 

Well, thank you once again for spending time with us, giving us valuable insight into your career. We wish you all the very best of luck in your endeavors. See you soon at a club.

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