Butch Clancy is the latest caviar and champagne to the trap music movement. A Beautiful Mind has extra tings, zaps and sticky hooks that make us want to pop the cork on Detroit’s rising star.
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VIBE: How did growing up in Detroit influence your musical tastes and eventually, your career choice?
Butch Clancy: Detroit has a certain style and sound. We like dirty, grimy, heavy music, and that plays a part in both my rap and dance music productions. “Genre” was never something I thought about, I just looked at it as making music and never want to put myself in a box. I’m glad that I made rap and hip-hop for so long because it influences my sound and adds something to production that others might not have.
How’d you get into dance/bass music and other elements of electronic music production?
Before dubstep blew up in the States, I came across a YouTube video of the “top dubstep songs” and discovered Rusko, Benga and Caspa. I fell in love with the sound instantly and started producing it that same day. I’ve always liked dance music, I’ve been to Detroit’s electronic music festival Movement almost every year since it started. For me, it was mainly about the live experience until I heard dubstep. After making dubstep, I started to branch off into everything else: electro, house, moombahton, etc.
Who are your musical inspirations?
There’s too many to name, but a few would be Timbaland, Skrillex, Zeds Dead, UZ, Skism, HeRobust, 501, Kanye West and Figure.
What about a straight up straight up rapper?
Meek Mill. I think he’s the best rapper to come out in a while. His voice and flow are perfect.
501. I think he’s one of the most talented producers in dance music and for some reason he’s still relatively unknown. I think he should be huge. His production value and talent are unreal.
Is it fair to say that TRAP could be called Rap-Step?
If by “rap-step” you mean rap mixed with dance music, then I think in a way, it is. I love trap because, to me, it’s the best of both worlds. I get to use my rap background and mix it with dance music. It’s right in my wheelhouse.
What’s your live set like?
I try to make it as crazy and fun as possible. Shows that are the most fun are the ones when the crowd is involved. I love to fill the stage with people and just get wild. It makes it more fun for everyone, including me. Trying to play while people are bumping into you and going completely insane is the greatest thing ever.