After the release of The Pit, Versa swung by to chat about his production process, how he got connected with DPMO, and his goals for 2021!
Versa went from an unknown bass producer to a superstar seemingly overnight. However, once you dive deeper into the sound design he puts on display in each of his tracks, the meteoric rise begins to make perfect sense. Each passing release from Versa is dominated by distinct, heavy dubstep elements that consume the soul of anyone who listens, leaving them gasping for air and craving more simultaneously.
It was back in August of 2019 that Versa began to set the stage for what was to come from his brilliant mind. That year, he collaborated with FuntCase on “Death Stomp.” The song quickly became a favorite amongst bassheads for its witty vocal snippets along with Versa’s trademark bass stomps and overall evil atmosphere. Versa followed this up with his track “Welcome Tune” and he continued to drop singles throughout 2020 while the buzz surrounding him continued to grow.
Then, to kick off the new year, Versa dropped his debut EP, The Pit to the delight of bass lovers near and far. Featuring vicious drums, aggressive drops, and glitched out elements, it further exemplified the demented world that he creates in the studio. Having been stunned by the release, there was no doubt that we needed to dive into the mind of this rising star to find out more about this EP, how he and FuntCase linked up, and more.
Take a listen to the The Pit EP on Spotify below, download or stream it on your favorite platform, and read on for our chat with Versa!
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Hey Versa, thanks for chatting with us! Let’s talk about your debut EP, The Pit, that was released recently on DPMO. How did this EP come about and where did you draw your production process from?
For as long as I’ve been producing, I’ve always wanted to put together an EP. It took roughly two years from start to finish but I was able to select four tracks that really highlight my favorite styles and sounds in modern dubstep.
Let’s take a step back and talk about how you got started. What got you into electronic music and when did you decide you wanted to make dubstep?
I first got into EDM by listening to a Pandora radio station. I remember hearing a UKF compilation and the sound design instantly caught my attention, I had never heard anything like it. From that moment on I knew I wanted to try and create sounds like what I heard. I’ve loved watching the genre evolve over the years to become what it is today.
One of the first songs you released was the massive “Death Stomp” tune with FuntCase. What was it like working alongside a legend in the dubstep world and then seeing that song get played out so much by other DJs?
It’s still surreal, to be honest. Working with FuntCase was a dream come true and seeing him support my tunes so heavily is extremely motivating.
Speaking of FuntCase, he’s been a huge supporter of your music since day one and has rinsed multiple songs of yours in his sets. How did you come into contact with him and establish that relationship?
I had submitted an earlier version of “The Pit” to the DPMO demo email and he freaked out, immediately asking to sign it. Later on, I sent him half of “Death Stomp” (it was still a demo at the time) and he ended up asking if he could jump on the project to finish it. The rest is history.
Your sound is distinguishable. You can easily pick out a Versa song in someone’s set. What influenced you to come up with such an intense and electrifying sound?
I was influenced by artists like Marauda, Phiso, Executioner, and Dala. I wanted to make the heavy type of dubstep that when you hear it live for the first time, makes your jaw drop at the sheer ridiculousness of it.
Aside from the pandemic happening, what has been the biggest struggle that you have faced so far as an artist, and how did you overcome it?
Writer’s block. I find the best way to combat this is to take some time off, reflect and set realistic, obtainable goals to get back on track.
With a fresh start upon us with the new year, what are some goals you’d like to achieve in 2021?
I really just want to push my production as much as I can and release more music this year.
Outside of the music, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Have you picked up any new hobbies?
When I’m not producing I enjoy riding my bike or looking at my saltwater fish tank, its the most relaxing thing in the world.
Finally, if you could offer up an inspiring message to your fans during this uncertain time, what would it be?
Use this time to focus on what you love. If that happens to be music, then this is a great opportunity to learn more and expand your production capabilities.
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