Music trends always have a progressive evolution where each sound gets it’s time in the spotlight. During this musical dynasty, the style branches off into various genres, some good, some bad, but always innovating the next great artists to provide fresh for the next generation of listeners. Making big waves is Norway’s Jakob Bjorn-Hansan, better known as Bearson, who’s gained a significant following with his consistent batch of free releases, all of which are A+ quality tracks that feature the highly trending tropical house sound. But tropical house, like other subgenres is merely a stepping stone for the young producer who has big plans for his bright future. We were lucky enough to get a few words with Bearson and find out why 2015 is going be a huge year for the young producer.
How've you been? How's the last couple years been for ya?
I've been great! The last year has been very good as I graduated from high school and got to do music full time. There was always this hard decision whether to study or make music. But now I get the chance to do what I love everyday, and to me that is very special.
Tell us about your musical background and how you got into producing electronic music.
I don't have any formal musical background, I've just been really interested in music all my life. Played the guitar for some years back in the days, I should actually pick it up again, I'm just so comfortable using my computer, haha. The way I got into producing electronic music was through a couple of friends in school. I was very fascinated by the fact that you alone with a computer could create full songs. I got myself a 1 month of Ableton Live 8, and had to buy it immediately after the trial expired. This was back in June 2011, and I've been hooked since.
How would you describe your sound for those who haven't heard of you?
My sound until now has been fueled by soft synth, sweet melodies and slow beats. But I'm tend to get very bored by doing the same thing over and over again in the studio, so I have to switch up things and discover new musical directions. The music that is set to be released next year is a bit different, but I want to keep it a secret as for right now. I'm very excited to share it with my followers.
You have some of the best remixes on soundcloud. How do you choose a track to remix and what is your process for making it dancable?
Well, thank you! I've chosen songs that I really like, but still feel like I could add value to. I love finding new music through Spotify‘s radio function, and that's the same way I've found most of the songs I've remixed. I have no specific process for making songs danceable, it's just what happens right there and then when I make the remix.
Here's a question for the producers. What DAW do you use and what are some of your favorite pluggins?
I partially answered that question already, but I've upgraded to Ableton Live 9. It's been my DAW of choice since I started out producing back in 2011. Ableton is very good for producers that want a good workflow when they produce. As for what some of my favorite plugins are, I'll have to say Sylenth1, Blue by Rob Papen, Massive and Nexus.
What are your dream projects/collaborations and do you currently have anything special in the works?
Oh, the list is long. Producer-wise I'd love to work with Flume, Porter Robinson, M83, Neon Indian etc. Vocal-wise I'd love to make something with MØ, Tove Lo or Lana Del Rey, to mention a few. I have quite a few exciting projects in the works that my listeners will get to hear in 2015!
What are your favorite places to play so far? Can we expect a US tour soon?
I haven't played that many gigs yet because I want to find out what musical direction I wanna take. I've played a few shows in Norway, and they've been good experience for me as a performer. I'm hoping for a US tour in 2015, but nothing is set in stone yet. If not a tour, then at least some shows! Time will show.