Icon Presents: LA-Based Duo um..
LA’s outlandish bass music duo um.. talk about the creative process behind their collaborative project and converse about their signature style in this exclusive interview.
The LA-based production duo um.. assembled by Icon grads Ben Bruce and Dylan Gold is one of the most innovative bass music acts to hit speaker systems. Furthermore, their quirky, eccentric, and humorous approach has brought um.. much success and global recognition.
Our music has a playful feeling while maintaining top level quality production. That’s refreshing in a time where producers take their music too seriously and sacrifice creativity for commercial sounding tracks. We are not interested in following any other artist’s path. We believe in creation without creative boundaries, and we demonstrate that through our music. Without saying anything more, I think the music speaks for itself. Dylan Gold
The two have been making some serious moves ever since they met at the Collective. After several hit releases and an extensive lineup of gigs under their belt, we had the opportunity to catch up with um.. to talk about their musical vision.
The talented twosome discuss the creative process behind their collaborative project and converse about their signature style. Ben and Dylan also reflect on what inspires them and how Icon’s ‘The Art of Flow’ course helped shape their artistic path. In addition, they address the music scene while sharing how they have fun breaking norms by being silly and weird. The two also offer up some artist development advice as well as express the satisfaction of making it all work by following their hearts and intuition.
Um.. consists of two Icon Collective graduates, Dylan Gold and Ben Bruce. The duo met while at school and started making music together in September of 2014. Making music comes easy to the two. They both share a belief that there is a creative void in the electronic music space that their music can fill.
This project has come together completely organically, and we believe it is creatively innovative. Ben Bruce
Um..’s first introduction to the public came in December of 2014. Their remix of Awe’s hit “Griffin” landed a spot on LA’s Team Supreme Vol. 127 cypher. The duo was in great company for this release. The track grouped with dubstep legend Plastician, King Henry, Terrorhythm, DJ Pound, Murphy, Lord Olaf, Rainoh Cee Ross, Yung Orca, Lost Midas, NuTrik Ruff Draft, and Nalepa.
We don’t want to follow an abused and over saturated path devoid of any creativity or evolution. We have found a direction that is new, fun and creatively unique, and have a strong collaborative workflow that comes naturally to us which we have found to be extremely rare. Dylan Gold