INDEPTH005: Binary [ENCRYPTED AUDIO]
We’re back with our latest INDEPTH mix, featuring none other than 21 year old Denver badman Luke Bullock, better known as Binary. Binary has been producing now for a few years, under different aliases such as VALAC.
Recently being taken under the Encrypted Audio wings, we had a chat to Luke about his music, what he gets up to aside music, pizza, and Encrypted.
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So Binary! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Well, my name is Luke Bullock, I am twenty one years of age, and I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Been producing for a few years under different aliases, Binary is my first solo project.
So we understand you once produced under the name Valac with Matthew Philpott- Jones (Damnesia Vu), whats it like to be on the solo tip now? Is it much different? Do you find yourself managing everything yourself? Surely you feel the pressure a bit more!
Yeah I did, and to be doing the solo stuff is a bit more stressful, or at least it can be, but it is nice at the same time. Loved doing the collab, but it’s a good feeling to be able to know you have the ability and drive to do things on your own. Also, being on the label helps a lot, we all share each others bits and give constructive criticism or ideas to help finish them. And out to Matt!
What made you choose Encrypted as your home turf?
Lots of reasons. Great group of artists, everyone makes huge tunes and are their own entity so the releases are always different. I also have always had lots of respect for the two boss men Tony and Rich a.k.a. Content and Deafblind, so last year when they asked to sign Matt and myself, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Big ups to both of them and everyone on Encrypted.
Whats the dubstep scene like in Denver?
Unreal, we are so lucky. Sub.Mission is promoters of promoters. Their CEO Nicole Cacciavillano has brought and continues to bring some of the best artist through that I thought I would never get to see, let alone play alongside. Without her, Denver’s Dubstep scene would be non-existent. We have shows and line ups out here that other people from all over the US travel to just to see. And she has really matured the scene by always bringing good artists her whole career. Big ups Nicole!
Give us an insight into your studio, is there anything you find yourself constantly going back to?
Nothing special at the moment sadly, I use FL 11 and have quite a lot of different vsts and plug ins. A pair of M Audio AV 40,s, a small generic midi keyboard, a Tascam DR-07 field recorder and my girlfriends Lifetime plastic foldout table. Planning to step up my game here soon after I move next month. I have had my eye on the Adam Ax7’s for too long so I plan to cop those soon. Also thinking about buying a nice desk from Ikea at some point. And, something I always find myself going back to is Albino 3. I don’t use it near as much as I used to, but its my favorite vst. Rob Papen should have never discontinued it, it’s brilliant.
Is there any specific workflow you tend to stick to when producing your music?
It’s different every time, I try to render different synths and samples I’ve made before really starting anything just to have something to base the vibe off of.
Are there other mediums that influence your productions?
Flim mainly, there are plenty of other things that help too but a dark movies with good score behind it are defiantly the biggest.
Everyone’s always packing a tune that sets it off every time its played, what do you usually hide up your sleeve?
Content X Mesck X Deafblind – Fire Walker, Mershak – Perceiver VIP, Trisicloplox – Monolith.
If you were offered to go to 5 destinations or festivals around the world, where would they be and why?
Berlin, Brooklyn, UK, Japan, and Outlook. Berlin, for all the techno, art, and because I haven’t been back to Germany since I was a little kid. Brooklyn, because Max And Evan from Subverse are killing it and I have always wanted to play out there. UK, because I have never been and have gotten bummed out on facebook because I see flyers for shows in London and Brixton that are ridiculous. Japan, for those BTC shows. And Outlook because I want to play on a boat in the Adriatic Sea.
What would be your favourite show you’ve attended?
Don’t remember the year but Killawatt and Thelem a few years back and in 2008 or 9 Plastican and Distance. I was fifteen and it was my first show.
On that note, if you were to be booked on a line up and you had the choice to choose, who would you pick and why?
I think it be sick to have all of the artists on Encrypted as a full lineup. It would be a lot of fun to have everyone together at the same time.
Tell us a bit about your influences, where do they lie?
Like I said film a huge thing, I love old horror and sci fi. But a lot my musical influences come from a lot of classical music. I grew up going to musicals and going to see the orchestras in town, and all that music has stayed very relevant. I listen to a lot of different stuff though, and I think you can find inspiration from almost any kind of music or genre, you just have to look around and find stuff that catches your ear.
Do you find yourself being occupied by other hobbies? What are they?
Not really at the moment, all my time is used up these days. Between my job, production, re watching all the Dragonball Z episodes, my lady, and just hanging out with people my days are shot. I wanna get into yo-yoing though.
Describe the perfect pizza!
That’s hard. Recently, I’ve been on the New York styled pepperoni, jalapeño, bacon, but I have yet to have Had a pizza that’s perfect.
Is there anyone you constantly find yourself looking to for inspiration?
Content, not only in his tunes but he has really been pushing me to move forward in my productions and create my own sound. I was in a music rut for months and he really helped pull me out.
If you had to describe your sound in 5 words what would you say?
Techy, dark, bassy, heavy, and minimalish. Haha everything but minimalish sounds like a beatport sample pack.
What should we expect from you in the near future?
Putting together a little EP that should be out in the not to distance future. No bookings currently, at least that I know of, but that could change. And at some point farther down the line, I have always wanted to put out an album, so that’s a possibility.
Thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us Luke, big up on the mix!