Hats Off For The Twonk Master – An Interview w/ Brillz

*written by A’Damaged Pro for Electronica Life

When the music takes over, everything sort of fades into the background. This is true for event goers and artists alike. I’ll admit it’s probably harder for the person behind the decks not to notice the swarm of enthusiastic listeners right in front of them, but you get my drift. For a music enthusiast, you are able to form an unspoken bond with the artist because you can the emotion they put into their work as well as the swirl of feelings inside you that the song brings out. It’s always a plus when an artist notes and appreciates that the fans ultimately make the scene what it is.

I need you to imagine a character that is somewhere between punk rock and Trapstar. He’s the creator of the word “twonk” and the phrase “twonked out.” Before him, that never existed. Deep BASS blended with ample trap elements are helping this guy create a style to distinguish himself. He goes by the name Brillz and he had a few things to say about his musical influences and more.

A’Damaged Pro – Where did you grow up?

Brillz – I grew up in Ocean twp New Jersey, and I have lived in LA for the past 8 years.

A’Damaged Pro – Did you play an instrument when you were younger? If not, what would it have been and why?

Brillz – I did, and still do. I play drums, guitar, bass, and keys.

A’Damaged Pro – What were your earliest musical influences?

Brillz – Earliest influence was video game music. My parents didn’t listen to music really, and all those hours of video games and those 80s 8bit synthy songs def had an impact on me.

A’Damaged Pro – How have those influences evolved as you have matured?

Brillz – I think they have evolved into the area of my work called sound design where I am making all my synths patches from blank synths.

A’Damaged Pro – When did you know that you wanted to start making music?

Brillz – When I was 6 or 7.

A’Damaged Pro – Do you feel that where you have lived has affected your style of music?

Brillz – I don’t actually. I grew up in a cookie cutter plain old suburb. If anything, the internet has affected my style of music more than anything. It’s what was happening outside of my world that was inspiring.

A’Damaged Pro – Who are some artists that inspire you? How does their music speak to you?

Brillz – Musically on the come up I’m really into Milo and Otis and Loudpvck. The passion and vibe is so dope, the ideas and sounds are dope. It turns my neck cartilage into oatmeal from bangin to it to hard.

A’Damaged Pro – Do you enjoy producing or performing more?

Brillz – I enjoy performing more, performing is a pure release and exchange of energy with the crowd. Producing is a labor love and you gotta work super hard.

A’Damaged Pro – Name 3 artists that you would like to collaborate with and how you feel your musical style would complement theirs.

Brillz – In the hip hop world –

1 – Kendrick Lammar

2 – Missy Elliot

3-  Wu Tang

Oh my gawwddd would I love to make those records. Our styles compliment each other b/c its hype and dirty.

A’Damaged Pro – In regards to touring…any thoughts about life on the road?

Brillz – My favorite part of touring is getting to see friends in different cities, getting to play with my dj homies that I haven’t seen in months, and getting to make to new friends and relationships along the way. That’s the best part of this scene. There is a real sense of brotherhood amongst dj / producers, at least in my world.

A’Damaged Pro’s final words…

It’s a very bold statement to put so much personal reflection into having your fan base and the extended family grow with each show and track release. Knowing that everywhere you go people appreciate what you’re doing and you respect them right back, rightly so, is so simple and yet so beautiful. It’s how the spectrum becomes a circle. It’s how we’re all connected. Maybe it’s a touch too zen for someone that’s known for rattling the eardrums and baseboards, but how can you fault someone for appreciating others? That being said, it’s always a good time to get “twonked out.”

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Photo Credit: Oh Dag Yo Photo and The Super Maniak