Figure has been a pioneer on the American dubstep scene, being active since 2009 and spreading his fear laced drumstep throughout the genre with his Monsters series. Today, we had the chance to sit down with the producer and avid horror fan to chat about his new Asylum EP, what he’s been listening to, what he’s been watching and a pretty exciting email he got from the gang. Check out the interview alongside his newest release below, and thanks for reading!
H: When did you first start making music? What age? What inspired you?
F: I got a Mpc2000 when I was 15, and wanted to make instrumental hip-hop.
H: Who are you listening to right now? Any genre.
F: I pretty much only listen to Metal, old punk, and soundtracks. I’ve been listening to a lot of Vanhelgd, Aborted, and Gruesome this month. Recently I really got into this band/group called Ho99o9, Its like gutter punk and rap combined.
H: Do you ever listen to your friends’ music?
F: Well, I listen to tons of promos my friends send me. Unless it is older, I don’t listen to electronic music as much as you may think. I believe the more I roll around bumping dubstep, the more (as a producer) I am going to unintentionally mimic things I hear.
H: What do you do in your free times besides producing? You can’t say watching Horror flicks!
F: Normal stuff! Playing video games, I’m still obsessed with the new Spider-Man game. Drinking and listening to records with my friends, and always trying to find new things to cook.
H: You’re obviously well known for your Monsters series, What was the first horror movie you remember seeing?
F: That would be Nightmare on Elm Street, at my Aunt’s house. It really fucked me up, in a good way.. I was only maybe 6 years old. When I went to visit her, I used to have to stay in the bedroom in her creepy basement.
H: What’s your favorite? I’m sure that’s a hard question so feel free to give a few.
F: Honestly, that changes day by day. I’ve been on a classic kick this past month, it seems like almost 80% of the things on my TV have been black and white. That goes for all the Universal Monsters, Vincent Price, and Peter Cushing movies. My end all always goes between The Omen, The Exorcist, and The Shining.
H: Did any specific films serve as inspiration for The Asylum?
F: Oh, tons; Doom Asylum, Dr. Giggles, Frankenstein’s Army, The Ward, Session 9, Both Grave Encounters, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and soo many more. There are so many documentaries out there as well.
H: What do you want your fans to know about The Asylum?
F: I want them to just listen front to back, and try to picture the story. I want them to put themselves in the story.
H: Just because it’s my favorite show in the entire world and I can’t wait to ask about it, what was your initial reaction when you found out your song would be in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Your track “Monster Mania” is in the episode Being Frank. Tell us a little about that.
F: Oh I freaked out, I love that show as well. When things like that come along in your email, it doesn’t mean its always going to actually happen. But in this case, it did!!
H: Lastly, any movies (horror or not) you’re really looking forward to seeing coming soon?
F: Suspiria, the original is one of my favorite Italian horror movies.. so I can’t wait to see what they did with a new take. OverLord looks amazing, Mutant Nazis.. I’m in.
H: Thanks so much for sitting down with us!