Next in the Heavy Set lineup is straight out of New Hampshire from Ethan Ward aka E-603. This producer has been playing with sound for years, and is entirely self-taught. He has mastered the art of dance heavy mashups and shares the love with free track and album downloads on his website.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start making music? Who was your inspiration?
I started making music when I was young. I was probably around 14 when I got my first four-track recorder. I used that to record drum and guitar parts in a small room in my house. Then I would typically use samples over it that I could play via a crappy keyboard I got for Christmas one year. After a while, I started recording into my computer, became more interested in the typical style of producing (which made everything a million times easier). I got into artists that could use samples on top of the music they produced.
I was inspired by Prefuse 73 and OCDJ who was a Wham City guy in Baltimore. Then when Girl Talk became popular I thought I could produce albums that are entirely samples. I made a name for myself doing that, but over the past few years I have been producing more original music and a lot of remixes.
How about your name, E-603? Is it because you're from New Hampshire? If so, how is the music scene in New Hampshire?
Yeah, 603 is the area code for all of New Hampshire. I liked the name because it was cryptic, however everyone figured out where the name came from pretty quickly. However I did lie about it a bunch and made up other reasons for the name.
The music scene in New Hampshire was not all that interesting. There were the typical small bands that were kind of making names for themselves. However, the small amount of actually decent bands created weird shows where bands that should never play together would get billed together. I was in a indie-esque band in high school and we would occasionally play shows with a Post-hardcore band that later signed to Epitaph which is pretty much just a metal label, they were rad. I grew up pretty close to Boston so that's really where there were actual electronic musicians nearby.
You mentioned that you ghost-produce for other artists. What is that like? More or fewer headaches than being a public-facing artist? Any big names you can tell us about?
I would say it has fewer headaches. If you are producing for your own name you over analyze everything and the stress of trying to properly represent yourself through music is taxing. I love producing for other people, because I can make music that I would never put out as E-603. I have done a disco song, a pop song, a dance song with a rapper on it. I have too much ADD to be producing the same style for too long, so its great for me. I have learned a lot about how the music industry works through producing for other people. It shows me a side that I never really thought about but it is really present when you start dealing with artists that don't produce or write their own songs (pop artists). I haven't done anything for a big name yet, maybe they will get big maybe they won't. A lot of the material has yet to be released and I try not to jinx myself.
Any big plans for E-603 for the future? Any upcoming projects/shows you want us to plug?
I have a few remixes that are pretty much ready for release, one is the first track on the mix. Once I release them there will be another remix collection album called "The Remixes Vol. 2" available for free download. The first collection of remixes is available on my website and everything.
0:00 - Paula DeAnda - Walk Away (E-603 Remix)
2:24 - Flight Facilities - Stand Still (Wave Racer Remix)
2:24 - Ray J - Sexy Can I ft Yung Berg
4:31 - Murphy Lee- Wat Da Hook Gon Be ft Jermaine Dupri
5:04 - Migos - Fight Night
6:18 - Clipse - When The Last Time
6:38 - Juvenile - Back That Thang Up
8:12 - Kid Ink - Body Language
9:48 - Robin Thicke - Give It 2 U (Trippy Turtle Remix)
11:03 - QT - Hey QT
12:25 - Jackson and His Computerband - Vista (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
13:00 - O.T. Genasis - Coco
13:53 - DJ Yolo Bear - That Good Good
14:35 - Ty Dolla $ign - Paranoid (DJ Hoodboi & Falcons Remix)
15:53 - DJ Tray - Steelo
16:50 - Big Sean - Marvin & Chardonnay (DJ Hoodboi & Trippy Turtle Remix)
18:15 - Iggy Azalea - Work
18:35 - T2 - Heartbroken ft Jodie
19:31 - Chief Keef - Love Sosa
20:32 - 813 - Party Diving
21:24 - Sophie - Lemonade
22:18 - M-Phazes - Is It Good To You (Vindata Remix)
24:04 - Destiny's Child - Say My Name (Cosmo's Midnight Remix)
24:52 - AO Beats x Manila Killa - Waterside
25:56 - RL Grime - Art Money
26:04 - Dorrough - Club On Fire
26:40 - Hitmane - Better Friends
28:03 - Tweet - Oops (Falcons Remix)
30:10 - Bobby Shmurda - Hot Nigga