*Exclusive Interview* With Music Producer Intermixture

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Intermixture (Charleston, SC) – Marc Fennessy

Marc Fennessy, a.k.a. Intermixture, is a  music producer native of Charleston S.C. He has a new album, new equipment, upcoming shows, and a lot to say when it comes to being a producer as the Electronic music scene is erupting.

After just four years of performing in the U.S., and with over a decade’s dedication to music production and sound designing experience, Intermixture has had the privilege of performing at  Camp Bisco, Impulse Music & Arts Festival, Lake Crazy Fingers Music & Arts Festival, & FamouslyHot Music Festival. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the scene’s most popular artists such as Big Gigantic, Ana Sia, Zoogma, Pretty Lights, Mimosa, Minnesota, Conspirator, Mochipet, BoomBox, The Malah, Eliot Lipp, NastyNasty, Michael Menert, Archnemesis,Two Fresh & More!

You can find Intermixture on SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/intermixture Facebook: www.facebook.com/intermixture Follow @_intermixture AND find 8 albums for FREE DOWNLOAD at www.intermixturemusic.com!

After just four years of performing in the U.S., and with over a decade’s dedication to music production and sound designing experience, Intermixture has had the privilege of performing at  Camp Bisco, Impulse Music & Arts Festival, Lake Crazy Fingers Music & Arts Festival, & FamouslyHot Music Festival. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the scene’s most popular artists such as Big Gigantic, Ana Sia, Zoogma, Pretty Lights, Mimosa, Minnesota, Conspirator, Mochipet, BoomBox, The Malah, Eliot Lipp, NastyNasty, Michael Menert, Archnemesis,Two Fresh & More!

 

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Intermixture? How did you come up with that?  

Intermixture is one of those funny words people sometimes use in certain contexts, it’s a word used mostly in theory. It came to me as the perfect expression of what I wanted to achieve with my music, which is to blend as many genres, sounds, and styles as possible with every production.  For several years I couldn’t come up with a name I felt represented my music until one day I realized that by “intermixing” styles and sounds, I would also be able to create an identity for my music using the same term.  For the record, it’s Intermixture, not “Intermixer, “ because it’s about the music that is created, not the one creating it.

Do you ever get stage fright?

I have such bad stage fright that I intentionally grow my hair out before every show so that it will completely cover my eyes and shield my view of anything or anyone around me.  The worst anxiety comes from computer/equipment malfunctions, because theres nothing more uncomfortable than standing alone in silence on stage in front of a rowdy crowd with a computer that has suddenly pooped out.

Does musical ability run in your family?

No. No one in my immediate or distant family on either side plays a single instrument or is involved in the music industry in any way. I think I inherited music from my Mom. She is very auditory and started teaching me to isolate sounds and instruments from various songs when I was a young child. She would quiz me too!

 

Do you play any instruments outside of electronics? Are you/were you a part of other bands?  

Yes!! I play Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keys, and Saxophone. One day I will learn to play the Sitar. I’m not currently a member of any bands or groups, but I collaborate with others and invite artists like Seth Fankhauser (The Malah) to play drums live with my set. I played guitar in a Punk Rock band for good chunk of time and was a volunteer drummer for Church’s worship team.

Wow! That’s pretty cool! Did being in a band inspire your solo career at all?

Oh, definitely! It was a good experience and I learned from it, but ALL band mates tend to bicker. When the band broke up, I was inspired to start Intermixture. There is more freedom being a solo artist and no arguing with others. Knowledge and ability of instruments and music in its entirety is kiiiiind of a key element to music production…

How long have you been producing music? 

I began producing music 13 years ago when I was eleven years old. At age five I started playing guitar, and after a few years I picked up the bass and piano as well. Around the same time I began experimenting with drums and discovered I had a natural inclination for rhythm.  I was gifted an 8-track Tascam Cassette recorder when I was eight and began making my first recordings on every instrument I could get my hands on.  3 years later, I had my first computer, complete with my first production program – Image-Line’s FL Studio.

 

What steps did you take to progress as an amateur music producer?

At age 14 I built my first true studio with a custom built computer and spent nearly all of my free time at my desk creating, studying, and experimenting with different styles of electronic music. I discovered Mixman radio and Acidplanet.com, where I began posting music and made friends with a few other rising producers who influenced me and helped me learn alot of technical aspects of the programs I worked with.  One of the closest producers I worked with, an artist known by his stage name as Vaski, has since blown up in the EDM scene.

What was your biggest motivator to becoming a producer? 

The biggest motivator would be my fascination with the music I grew up with.  At an early age I was introduced to unusual music that is now considered the building blocks of the current electronic music scene.  My first CDs were The Crystal Method – Vegas and The Prodigy – Fat of the Land, both of which I became enamored with and prompted me to ambitiously explore how music could be made with the absence of conventional instruments and vocals.

What was your biggest challenge in the beginning stages of your career?

 

The ultimate biggest challenge for any producer, professional or amateur, is having patience with your work.  I found myself constantly trying to rush the production process and ultimately leaving behind a stockpile of unfinished projects to start another.  It took several years for me to begin seeing each project I started through to its completion.

 

How long did it take you to acquire the knowledge allowing you to make the sounds you wanted? 

I have always battled with this, and even over a decade later of countless hours spent in the studio,  I still discover something new with each track I work on.  One of the reasons I have such a passion for electronic music is because of the infinite possibilities of every sound and detail within it.  Though I have gained a significantly better understanding of creating the sounds that I want to utilize, I still  always attempt to take it a step further and explore the various outcomes.  I believe it would take me a lifetime to completely master the art of creating sounds precisely as I want them to be, but every bit of knowledge I continually acquire along the way takes me one step closer to that ultimate goal.

What is your favorite genre? 

Outside of electronic music…I like old school Rock and Rap. Anything if it’s aurally pleasing or fun. The EDM explosion has spawned more genres than I can keep up with, but my favorite basic genre would probably be Trip-Hop.  When I chose the name Intermixture, it represented my desire to incorporate elements of every genre and essentially blend them in a way that would make it difficult to classify.  I always find something unique to every genre that influences and inspires me when creating my own music.  The techniques and ideas behind multiple genres are intermixed together to become Intermixture.

 

Speaking of EDM, what is your opinion of those three letters? 

“Everyones Doing Molly”. I truly think there would be much less confusion and much more respect for the electronic music industry if the focus wasn’t on the crowd and their stupid substance and fashion choices. Everyone thinks I’m just a D.J. who plays dub step and does drugs. NOT TRUE. EDM is over rated and has become a negative connotation with electronic music and it’s overly used to define an enormous spectrum of various artists and music genres.

What inspires you to make music? 

Everything from listening to other artists, to the simple little sounds of nature and the outside world.  Many times, just everyday background noise or even silence will manifest itself into something inspirational completely out of the blue.

Who is your favorite artist? 

My three favorite artists, because of their genius production skills and outstandingly unique and inspirational sound, are Ott, Opiuo, and Tipper.    

What was your best source of information to learn what you know? 

Trial and error. You can spend countless hours watching tutorials on YouTube learning someone elses’ way of doing things and think its the right way, but the truth is that you have the freedom and ability to create things yourself that are unique to you.  Once you have learned the basics of production, experiment with your own methods of creating and you may just think of something that no one else has thought of.  

What advice would you give someone just beginning to produce? 

Having outstanding patience and diligence is key to growth and success as a producer.  Don’t rush your productions or ideas; give them time to develop themselves, even if it takes months or years to get just right.  Be unique with your creation, set yourself apart, and always try something new while learning from every mistake. Don’t expect to be a pro after just a few months.  Take every bit of feedback and criticism with an open mind and use it to better yourself.  Don’t have an attitude of arrogance about yourself or you will lose respect with those who support you and diminish your future accomplishments.  Seek out great connections and maintain a respectable image.  Avoid partaking in a lifestyle that will hinder your success.  If you’re truly passionate about it, you will always persevere, no matter who or what stands in your way.

What is Intermixture up to now? What’s next? Where can we get your music?

Let’s see…Zoogma is having me play with them on Halloween at the Pour House! Intermixture studio has reached its goal for 2013 which is big news! Not only were three albums created and released, intermixturemusic.com was launched, AND I’ve added new hardware to the studio! Pride and joy is my new drum kit. Intermixture has also gained more online attention the release of Infinite Loop (a mix of old favorites and a new album.) It happened at Camp Bisco-we handed them to everyone. We had 1,000 copies of the CD, only available in person and always FREE!

 Recently, I noticed some of my favorite  artists putting out back to back remixes. I realized I’ve built up a solid collection of remixes myself. A few fans had asked where they could find my remixes. So, with the release of the latest remix,” I’ve GOT THE POWER,” also comes the release of the REBOOST Remix Anthology. Here, you can find any remix whether its unreleased or on SoundCloud, ALL available for free download. I’m also looking forward to being featured with Oldsgrowth Records (CA) this November.
All Intermixture music is released for free and available at: www.intermixturemusic.com and www.soundcloud.com/intermixture.

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Tell us a secret about you that nobody else would know.

I suffered from childhood obesity and reached a maximum weight of 220 lbs at age 15. Before I turned sixteen, I spent 8 months playing Dance Dance Revolution 7 days a week and lost a total of 85 pounds. I am now a certified personal trainer by day and music producer by night.

Catch Intermixture at his next show in Charleston with Ghost Owl and ZOOGMA Halloween Night!

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You can find Intermixture on SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/intermixture Facebook: www.facebook.com/intermixture Follow @_intermixture AND find 8 albums for FREE DOWNLOAD at www.intermixturemusic.com!