Rave Hard Radio recently caught up with growing Orange County, California artist Andrew Fox, A.K.A. Fox’d. We were able to dive in about his latest track releases, the ongoing attention he’s gaining from the underground house community, and the future for the Fox’d sound.
R: How did you come up with Foxd? What’s the background behind the name?
F: Well my last name is Fox, so it’s a reflection of who I am as a person. If you’re getting Fox’d, it means you’re letting loose and radiating while doing it.
R: When did you start producing and who influenced you?
F: 2017, making mediocre music until 2020 when quarantine happened. Went from working 60 hours a week to producing 60 hours a week (or more). Dr. Fresch, AC Slater, Wax Motif, Matroda and a bunch of other bass house DJs definitely have influenced me the most. I started DJing trap at first, I was like a floss[tradamus] boy (raises floss hands up).
R: Describe your sound?
F: Not your mother’s bass house, combined with hard hitting tech house elements that make you groove.
R: Tech house seems to be really popular, but often gets misinterpreted for modern bass house, in your opinion what do you feel about the genre and how do you combine it with your sound.
F: When I listen to tech house, I don’t wanna sound like I’m in a jungle, I wanna feel like I’m listening to aggressive bassy sounds that I can dance to. I want it to match my energy level.
R: Given your track record, how long did it take you to get to the level you are when it comes to producing.
F: Oh gosh, when I started, ideas took about a month to kind of elaborate on. Three years later, I am now able to make tracks in about three hours. How I got there was just having a better understanding of the tools & shortcuts while having the right information that works best for me resulting in a faster work flow. If you’re able to get 70 percent of your track finished in the first or second session then you’re setting yourself up for success.
R: How did you get your sound design to where it is today?
F: Honestly I just kept going on youtube and kept emulating so many different tutorials until I realized that I needed to discover new sounds for myself. I never get stressed about making sounds anymore because it’s become such an exhilarating process for me.
R: What would you say about people who want to learn better sound design but ends up in the pitfall of sounding like someone else?
F: I think trying to make a sound that sounds like someone else is really important to understand the synthesis of how things are made, and asking yourself “what about it sounds good to you?” From there you want to start applying the techniques you learned and let your curiosity take you on a journey to creating some wicked sounds.
R: So your new EP “Top” coming out on Ghetto Ghetto records Jan 23rd, tell us a little more about it.
F: I made the title track way earlier 2020 right around when quarantine happened, that kind of kicked off the new sound I’ve been working towards today. “Doing it Live” was a result of watching AC Slater’s demo stream and getting inspired by the likes of Petey Clicks who happened to host an open house ICON Collective class. AC Slater ended up playing “Doin it Live” the next week!
R: “Doin it Live” is really aggressive, while “Top” is a bit more groovy (yet also aggressive). Do you think this is a fair representation of your musical direction for your career?
F: If that’s what you’re sensing then I must be doing something right [he laughs]. I want to stimulate the senses like chewing “5 Gum.” I want you to have a bass face while you get down and dance.
R: How has quarantine affected you?
F: My understanding of the industry started right at the beginning of quarantine because of how many community Discords got setup between different artists and different record labels. Low level artists like myself were able to connect with these industry leaders on a completely new level which was so unprecedented. If anything, the camaraderie between artists like myself and big artists made the whole idea of putting myself out there a lot less terrifying. We also got a chance to see the inner workings of labels and what people look for in both someone’s music, and the artist themselves.
R: What kind of advice would you give to someone who can’t go out to network but wants to get into the industry and be known?
F: Honestly, the time you waste not getting involved with artists on twitch or discord is time taken away from your potential career and dreams. Knowing that you won’t be able to satisfy everyone with your music either because it doesn’t fit their palette or because you’re not producing at a high enough level is just something you have to accept. It can only go up from there.
R: Where else do want to release on?
F: By the end of 2021, I got the three main food groups on my mind: Confessions, Night Bass, and House Call Records. I can almost taste it.
R: How do you deal with distractions and get in your work flow?
F: I find incredible power in routine: Wake up, breakfast, hit the gym, and then work either on content creation or music itself.
R: Do spend more time sound designing vs producing?
F: These days I split my time right down the middle, where as before I would always open Ableton in the hopes of making some incredible song right there and then.
R: How do you know when a track is finished?
F: Well, I gotta be honest with myself in accepting that things are “good enough”. Not every song is going to be my best. And, like most artists, I battle internal demons regarding self worth which often times can (if not careful) turn into self loathing. If I’m able to dance and smile to my own music, I’m content.
R: What can we expect from you in the coming months?
F: Every month in 2021 will have new music from yours truly: happy sounds, aggressive bass, hard hitting grooviness. The whole Fox’d sound enchilada. What’s really cool about this year is that most of my releases are primarily on record labels, some of which those reading this will definitely be super stoked about.
R: What do you want to say to everyone reading this, and to those that come across your music?
F: Not only do I want you to listen to my music, but I want you to be my friend. My social engagement with people means a lot to me as a human and connecting through music. Not only is my music releasing this year, but I will be doing production tips through my socials as well! I want everyone who makes music to be able to express themselves better, which is why I’ve started teaching and mentoring young producers.
Fox’d is an artist to keep your eye out for; many of his tracks coming out this year have had support from AC Slater and Dr. Fresch. Additionally, Fox’d is now teaching students the basics of production and putting out production tips and tricks to fast track beginners to where they want to be. We’re looking forward to see how the rest of 2021 turns out for him, as it looks like the world is about to get Fox’d.