Producer Sessions 022: Rising bass star Ace Aura walks us through debut Disciple EP, ‘reset_environment’ [Interview]

If you haven’t heard the name “Ace Aura” yet, it’s safe to say that you’ve been living under a rock. With a quickly growing list of heavyweight supporters in the bass music scene including SVDDEN DEATH, Subtronics, Riot Ten, and more, Ace Aura’s wildly innovative take on dubstep has catapulted him into the 2020 spotlight. Combining chord-based sound design with the rail-breaking headbanger energy of heavier modern dubstep, Ace Aura’s self-proclaimed “melodic riddim” sound started making waves late last year when a clip of an unreleased track went viral on Twitter. That track was later revealed as “Coma,” and went on to be included in his Circus Records-distributed EP, Comatose, released in February. As heads began to turn, titan bass music label, Disciple Records, took notice, and Ace Aura’s 5-track EP, reset_environment came to light. Ace Aura is no stranger to Disciple. The upcoming producer previously released a collaboration via Disciple Records, “Interdimensional,” with longtime friend and Rushdown Records label head, Chime. Shortly thereafter, the Dallas, Texas native was included in Disciple Round Table’s Reinforcements Vol. 1 collection, with his heavy hitter, “Glass Cannon,” nabbing a spot on the offering. Now, with a full Disciple Round Table EP under his belt and much more in the pipeline, Ace Aura is talking production process, COVID-19 complications, and more with Dancing Astronaut.______________________________________________________________________________First off, congratulations on the release. Working with Disciple is a huge goal for many bass music producers. How are you feeling right now?Walk us through the writing process for this EP. How long have you been working on it? What was the inspiration behind it?Each track from the EP has its own “alternate title.” Tell us more about these. What story does the EP tell?Do you ever see yourself doing a full story-driven album in the future?You have an extremely recognizable signature sound, fusing heavy elements with bright, melodic influences. Did you always know you wanted to make this kind of music, or did this inclination arise through years of experimentation and practice?Your sound seems to really be gaining traction within the scene. From Chime’s Rushdown label, to Oolacile’s recently launched Halcyon, do you think this style of sound is the future of bass music and how big do you see it becoming?Who are your biggest inspirations? How did they help shape your sound?2020 has certainly been an interesting year for the music industry, I know you had a tour in the works that was cancelled. What have you been doing in the meantime? Do you have any exciting plans in the works you can share?Who are some underrated producers in the scene right now that you think deserve some recognition?If you could go back in time and tell middle school Ace Aura ONE thing, what would it be?Anything else you’d like to add? Any final thoughts?In the time since this interview, Ace Aura announced a brief drive-in tour with Riot Ten, Squnto, Al Ross, and Subdocta, as well as an Electric Zoo Adventures show in Cancun with NGHTMRE, Svdden Death, and Wooli. Tickets for the drive-in tour can be found here.Tags: , , , , , ,
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