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501 Redefines "Crystallization"

Friday, December 19, 2014

Currently one of the strongest forces in dubstep, were excited to announce that Finland's 501 has just released his first EP in a year."Crystallize" is a four track collection that shows what he does best - presenting musically polished pieces of work that are always distinctive. We caught up with 501 to hear more about how he made the EP, and where he plans to go from here.

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OTB: Great to speak to you. How would you describe an experience with 501? 501: "A musical journey through humanly aspirations and anxieties, mixed with the urgency of knowing that you get to dwell on this earth only once." OTB: Is there a story behind this EP? 501: "I wanted this EP to crystallize everything I’ve experienced this year. I stuffed all the good, the bad, and all the in-between-realize-later stuff into a four-piece EP. Wikipedia defines a "crystal" as a “solid material whose molecules are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure extending in all directions”, I wanted the EP to cover a mixture of feelings and events all wrapped up under the dubstep umbrella." OTB: What drew you towards the Barely Alive remix to get it on the EP? 501: "Barely Alive have just seemed to go from strength to strength this year, and I felt privileged to get them on board with the remix. They have a sound that’s so in-your-face it’s scary, but they’re still able to pull off immensely groovy stuff, like the drop on their "Kill Your Boss" remix. It sounds like it’s just another day at the studio for them." OTB: Outside of electronic music, what do you find yourself listening to, and does it affect your writing? 501: "White Lies, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Jose Gonzalez, Led Zeppelin, Weezer, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan… in some ways all the music I listen to affects my own output, but it’s not that direct and obvious. It comes across in the subtleties, like choice of chord progression and sounds, but I think listening to some great music mostly just gets me in a creative mood." OTB: If you had to choose one, what would be your career highlight so far? 501: "I’ve only been to New York once in my life, and that was for a show at Webster Hall with Nero a few years back. I’d say the whole experience still holds a special place in my memories. It kind of made me realize this whole music hobby thing that’s spawned from my bedroom isn’t just a pipedream in my head anymore, I’ve actually managed to do some things I’ll probably reminisce till I die."  

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