Dan Nelson, or known under his musical moniker; Espioth is a Colorado-based bass-music producer who is slicing and dicing his way up the hill. His airplane hangar of tunes, collaborative works, and creation of his own record label (Mythos Records) are all grand examples of his meteoric rise. Keep your eyes peeled for this spitfire.
Please welcome Espioth to the storm!
Q1: Welcome to the storm! We are pumped to have you!
What can you tell us about the origin story behind the Espioth craze?
A1: Hey! Thanks for having me on! So, “Espioth” is a project I’ve been devoting time toward for only a couple years seriously now, I produced a couple songs (Mostly “Beats“) on and off throughout high school with a close friend of mine and then once I graduated I started running head first at my goals. That has landed me where I’m at now where I feel like I’ve been learning faster & more than I ever have! The name “Espioth” comes from somewhere around 2006, when I had gotten the brand new Xbox 360. I had to make an account and I was looking for a name that mostly just sounded neat and around the same time another friend of mine was showing me a book about magic and dragons and such. He was showing me a tree called the “Episoth” tree and I read it completely wrong and from there on I was Espioth.
Q2: How long have you been producing?
A2: I’ve been making music for just about 2 years now. I have tracks on my soundcloud from before 2 years ago but I’d consider my legitimate “Production timeline” to have started 2 years ago with the public release of “Downs” and “Warp Mind” shortly after. That’s when I started taking music seriously.
Q3: What is your favorite part about making music? And why is it your favorite?
A3: Well, I enjoy impressing myself with sound design and trying to make sounds, flows & patterns I haven’t heard before. More recently I’ve been more focused on the composition of my releases to invoke a feeling of some sort.
Q4: Remixes or originals? What do you like about each, and dislike about each!
A4: Personally, I like originals more because I feel like I have more of a chance to get lost in my own creativity where with remixes I feel like it makes more sense to stay more true to the original in some regard. For example, I can rewrite the entire intro, chord progression & all, with an original, but with a remix that melody or that chord progression is what makes it a remix and not a new song with the same name. Remixes are fun though because I get to see how I would have done a track and it makes for a really interesting reveal especially when involved in a remix EP.
Q5: What has been the highest point in your career? Walk us through that moment of excitement!
A5: Honestly I don’t think I’ve seen a “highest point” yet. If I had to choose one of my favorite things that has happened in the recent months it’d have to be “No No” Hitting 1k plays on my SoundCloud! It’s my first track to hit 1k that wasn’t released on a label.
Q6: What do you expect to gain from 2020 that you can use in 2021?
A6: I expect to gain connections and knowledge mostly. Basically I’m getting to become friends with people and that’s something I haven’t really had experience with. Normally I get to sit in a discord call and just bounce ideas off of everyone I know to try and make the best track I ever have and I genuinely feel like I keep besting the last thing I’ve made. On top of that as I mentioned before I’m learning faster than I ever thought possible since my friends are such talented producers.
Q7: You recently dropped your remix for Metalliks ”The Axe” what went into that remix mentally? What about “No No”?
A7: With the remix for MetalliK I wanted to try and make something that was completely different but felt familiar. So I used the Guitar Arp in the intro to give the feel of the original track but built up to something completely different in feel, sound design & flow than the original. That remix in particular was interesting actually. Once I got the initial idea down for the drop I basically didn’t touch it. I found myself wanting to add more and more to it but everything I added took away from the motif instead of adding to it. I decided to leave it alone and go on to the second drop but still to this day I really enjoy how simplistic the main basses are and how simple the flow is. With the second drop of the remix I wanted, again, to do something completely different. I ended up sending a delayed pluck through 2 or 3 vocodexes and it gave this weird alien-y robotic vibe that I was super happy with.
With “No No“, the idea came from a Joshdub video where he was playing VRChat with a bunch of friends and he was doing a little dance singing the jingle I used in the song. I found it very funny and catchy and in Riddim and Dubstep it’s a common theme to remix or sample funny stuff like that. So I tried it and quickly fell in love with the sound design & vibe of the intro so from there I started to use that sound design in future tracks in hopes of making it somewhat of a “Signature Sound“.
Q8: Whose in your radar as far as collabs go?
A8: Currently I have a bunch of collabs lined up both for release & to still work on. I’ve been working with people like Jvmpskare (this will be our 4th Collab), D00D (This will be our 4th collab as well), Scafetta, Joey Ebmarah, Emphoria, Tinkture, Krimsin, Ev0, Trillanakis, Kerberus, & MetalliK.
Q9: Who do you see killing it these days? Give them a healthy shout-out!
A9: Jvmpskare, D00D, Joey Ebmarah & Ev0 are all killing it rn. Love to see what Krimsin, Emphoria & Tinkture are up to as well, be sure to check them all out!