Fabian Mazur is a highly talented DJ/producer from Denmark who is beginning to gain traction all across the globe. His pristine productions have landed him releases on Lowly Palace, Armada Trice, Spinnin’ Records, Elysian Records, Dim Mak and so many more. Whether he’s working on hip-hop influenced electronic anthems, hard-hitting trap, or vibe-filled melodic tunes, he always delivers incredible work.
Fabian Mazur has also gained a lot of attention via Splice, thanks to his creative and fan-favorite sample packs. We sat down with the up-and-comer to talk about music production, influences, sample packs and more.
How did you get started in music production?
My parents are both jazz musicians and I started to produce because of them, but more so because I had a friend who started DJing and I got into the whole electronic music thing through them. As a kid, I wanted to play soccer, and at age 16/17 I fell in love with doing music and being creative, so I started DJing and producing at this time. Obviously I was terrible at production the first few years, I learned DJing quicker than I learned production, so the DJ thing was going better, for at least 5 years.
How did you make the transition from DJ to producer? Are you self-taught?
I kind of just learned through YouTube, I grew up in the whole YouTube tutorial era. I did take a class when I was 23–it was a music course, just a theoretical production thing and that’s actually it, so I learned most of the stuff by doing it, and a lot of YouTube tutorials.
Do you think it’s crucial to know music theory to become a successful producer in this day and age?
I mean, it’s a sensitive topic. I don’t think music theory is crucial, but it’s a plus to know your theory if you want to be a great producer. For example, I’m not that great at playing piano, and I had a session with a producer who was a really talented piano player, and it just made my workflow like 50% better. I wouldn’t say that it’s completely irrelevant to know music theory, but then again I’ve been putting music out for 10 years without knowing music theory.
What is your studio setup?
I have a studio now, which I created around four years ago. I recently bought a laptop because I want to be the producer-on-the-road kind of guy. As a matter of fact, I make better music when I’m down in my studio. I had a studio for so many years, after I moved out of my parents house where I had a bedroom studio. I just work better in a studio environment. I know so many producers who can do songs on the road, or on an airplane, but I can’t do that at all.
So when you are producing tracks, what do you start with first?
It’s a funny thing because I used to always start with the drop. I would open the project and do the drop straight away, but now I actually almost always start with the beginning doing chords, so I always start with the piano sound. I make some chord progressions and go from there, so I switched up my workflow quite a bit.
When someone asks you what genre you make, how do you respond?
It’s a tough thing because it happens to me almost every day, so it’s hard to explain. If I had to explain it to someone, I would say I do heavy electronic stuff. I would classify myself as trap, so even though I’m not one to focus on the genre thing, I don’t want to be the guy who makes trap, but I guess I am a trap artist or I’m an EDM artist, even though I hate that word.
Right now I’m working on blending different genres. I try to take a lot from hip-hop and R&B and then blend it into electronic. If you put it into one word, I don’t really know. I guess it would be electronic.
It seems like you have a lot of jungle influences. Is that correct?
I wouldn’t call it jungle, I just love the whole ethnic vibe. I really love the whole soundscapes of the Indian stuff and Asian stuff and also Middle-Eastern stuff. I love flute instruments and atmospheres, like really mellow and organic sounds.
I’d love to talk about your sample packs with Splice. They’re really creative and useful! How did that come about?
I have actually done sample packs previously to the Splice ones, and I think Splice got word of it and wanted me to do a sample pack. I wanted to do it under the condition that I’d have a lot of time to do the sample pack. It’s a really thorough process to make sample packs, and especially for this one, I wanted it to be really big because it’s the Fabian Mazur signature sample pack, and the ones i did before were regular trap sample packs, my name wasn’t featured or anything.
Wow! How long did it take you to put it all together?
I think I spent 3-4 months crafting all the samples, and I went to my mother’s studio and recorded her percussion for the pack, and recorded my own kicks and snares and my own vocals and everything. It was a really thorough process. Along the way, I got really tired of making samples, because as a producer you just work on a project, and it’s more of a continuous thing, but when you make sample packs, I had to think, ‘How do I make a kick sound good?’ so I really had to go in depth with production.
Now that we are talking about sample packs, I am premiering my own sample pack label on Splice. I am planning to to do a lot of sample packs for it,
Interesting. Will you be recruiting other artists for the packs or will you be creating all of the samples?
I’m actually going to make every pack myself, so I already finished a bunch of sample packs. The reason I wanted to start a label is so I can go in different directions. For example, I can do a bass sample pack or a pop sample pack.
Do you ever experience writer’s block considering you spend so much time in the studio?
I did at one point, but I wouldn’t say it was writer’s block necessarily. It’s good to do the sample packs when I get stuck and work on samples for a couple of hours, then I go back to the the project because it’s more work. You can do samples even though you’re not the most creative mentally.
Do you have any other interests aside from music?
Other than music, I’m really into fitness and I’m really into food as well. I love cooking, I wish I had more time to do it, but I really don’t have time. I spend so much time in this basement, there’s not much time for other hobbies.
What’s next for Fabian Mazur?
Besides sample packs, I have a bunch of tracks coming out. I’ve had a really productive summer, I think. In the summer, I almost finished all of the tracks that I’m releasing right now. I’m working on a lot of stuff and I have a lot of tracks coming out, which are kind of different sound-wise to what I’ve been releasing the past year. I’m going more into the R&B/pop direction while trying to keep the whole electronic thing. I’m trying to pull off a DJ Snake, but more of a hip-hop thing.
Do you have plans to tour America?
I want to tour America so bad! Right now, I’m still working on the good old Visa issue, but I really want to come in 2018. That’s one of the goals for 2018.
Who are some artists you regularly listen to or feel inspired by?
Right now, when I’m not in the studio or touring, I’m only listening to R&B and hip-hop shit. In the bass scene, I’m really into Boombox Cartel. I’m the biggest Boombox Cartel fan, I love that stuff. They’re so inspirational right now. Other than that, I listen to a lot of bass music. I love QUIX, he has the elements of a hip-hop artist within the realm of electronic music. I love when you can hear on someone that they have ‘the bounce.’ When you listen to their music, it makes your head bop.
Check out Fabian Mazur’s new single “Don’t Talk About It” feat. Neon Hitch, along with more of his current favorite tracks, in his exclusive Spotify takeover below.