We got a chance to catch up with electronic producer Amp Live who recently released his newest EP Divine Delay, a follow up to 2017’s Atmosphere. Amp Live has quietly been making a splash over the years and has produced beats for major artists such as MGMT and Linkin Park and collaborated with producers such as Lorin Ashton (Bassnectar). Amp Live first came into the limelight as part of revered hip-hop group Zion I, which he was part of for over a decade. Since breaking off from Zion I in 2015, Amp Live has steadily proven his abilities as a talented solo artist and producer. 2018 is proving to be a big year for Amp Live as he gears up to release his new collaborative project with Del The Funky Homosapien (The Gorillaz & The Hieroglyphics). Their album will be released on high holiday 4/20.
What is the main idea behind Divine Delay?
The EP was actually inspired by a relationship I just got out of. It was a way of getting over it and kind of moving on. So the title is basically saying things may not happen when you want them to, but they always happen at the right time.
Which software did you use to produce Divine Delay?
I produced this EP mainly in Ableton
How do you describe your style of music on Divine Delay?
I called it Future Dub. I tried to mix hip-hop, bass music, and the So Cal reggae vibe together in interesting combinations. You can definitely hear that in songs like “Anything”.
What was it like collaborating with The Grouch?
I have been working with The Grouch for around 20 years. He is always fun to work with. I know he is going to come with the heat on his verses and have something witty to say.
What was it like working with Eric Rachmany of Rebelution and what projects do you have with him?
Working with Eric is awesome. We get each other and that’s why it works so well with our group Unified Highway. We have been working with each other for around 10 years now, so the flow is really easy. For “Don’t Stop No Rest,” I basically sent him a melody without the beat and he wrote a hook to it. I took it and worked it into the track.
Your new album with Del The Funky Homosapien drops next month. Can you please tell our readers more about this?
Gate 13 drops on 4/20. It’s the first of many more to come out. Basically, Gate 13 is an intro into our world. Be expecting crazy beats and challenging rhymes.
Describe your stage set up. What is your solo performance like?
I definitely try to have big energy and fun on stage. I don’t sing or rap, so I have to replace that space with other things. I like using a few live musicians and also instruments that are unique, so most of my computer controllers are custom made.
Is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?
Just look out for more music and come see me if I am in your town. I have another EP dropping this summer and my Amp Live album coming next year.
Check out my instagram at amplivesworld and website is www.amplivesworld.com
Divine Delay is out now on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.