#RealTalk | Q&A: LTMR
LTMR brings unique perspective and style to the electronic music scene with his latest release Miles. The Philadelphia-based producer and multi-instrumentalist presents a smooth fusion of soul, electronica, and breakbeat in this chilled out euphoric original.
Dylan Scott (aka. LTMR) began his musical pursuits as a child, devoting the majority of his time to the guitar and drums during countless hours of practice. After years of pursuing his passion as an instrumentalist, Scott was introduced to DJing and production in college. During this time, he continued to study his musical instruments while working to develop a personal sound in his productions, breaking free of the confines of today's standard 'big room' club music. LTMR has certainly achieved just that, as his debut original Miles is a stunning release.
We were lucky enough to catch up with LTMR and learn more about his roots in musicology and background in sound design.
The Beatforest Music Blog (TBF): When were you first introduced to music? Who were some early influences as you began learning guitar and drums?
LTMR: Music has been in my life for as long as I can remember. My parents love all styles of music and I come from a musical family, so I had tons of different influences at a young age. My dad's a huge hippie, so when I started on the drums in 5th grade I went through all the classic rock greats: Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Paul Whaley, Ginger Baker, etc.. I moved onto jazz music when I was old enough to understand it. I then started playing guitar and studying with a local Philadelphia jazz great, Chuck Anderson. I played in many jazz groups in high school even before I began at The Hartt School, where I had the opportunity to play with some more talented musicians.
TBF: It's really great that you've devoted so much time to the drums and guitar and can incorporate that into your electronic music productions. Those influences are definitely apparent when listening to Miles! Can you talk a bit about why having a background in studying an instrument and attending an academic music program (like you did at Hartt and Ithaca) are important to contributing to a career in producing electronic music?
LTMR: With the electronic music scene exploding so much in the past few years, you have to bring a unique perspective to be able to stand out and I think my background brings that out for me. My experience and training give me my own vocabulary to draw from when I'm writing chords or programming drums for my songs.
TBF: When did you start producing? Can you tell us a bit about your studio set-up? You're incorporating both acoustic instruments and synthesizers/samplers into your productions, yes?
LTMR: I started messing around with this old DJ software that came free with Protools, called Torq, in 2011. I was doing really basic dance music, mashups and simple mixes, when the whole 'big room' sound was super hot, but I quickly got really tired of the lack of creativity in that scene and the superficial feeling of that music. I started taking things more seriously when I transferred to Ithaca College and began getting gigs DJing at parties and bars in the area. When I discovered people like Cashmere Cat, Mura Masa, and Chrome Sparks, it really inspired me to start working on my own productions. Right now I'm working with a really simple set up. I use Logic Pro X on my MacBook run through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and I do all my mixing with Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones. I record guitar and bass directly into the Scarlett 2i2 and also incorporate different plugin synths. I'm a big supporter of using a sampler, in my case Logic's exs24, to take little pieces from music that inspire me, especially drum sounds... anything different that I can incorporate. I'm all about using nature sounds to add atmosphere and often browse freesound.org to find interesting effects to create a good vibe in my tracks.
TBF: Where did your producer name originate?
LTMR: LTMR is an abbreviated version of Latimer, my middle name. Its been in my family for a long time on my mum's side. Also, fun fact: my cousin named Latimer saved me from drowning in the ocean when I was a kid, so big shouts to him.
TBF: We really love your sound in Miles... a little rnb, soul, jazz, breakbeat. Do you look to any specific genre as your primary influence when you produce? Or do you tend to avoid categorization and just experiment?
LTMR: I don't really think about genres when I make music. All I want to do is make music that captures a feeling, takes people away, and helps them relax. Music has always been a huge source of comfort when I'm anxious or stressed and I want to make music that can be therapeutic in that sense.
TBF: What are your plans for the future? Do you plan on releasing an EP, album, etc? Any collaborations in the works?
LTMR: I have a vision for releasing a body of work eventually, but I don't want to force it. I like to try to let things happen organically and I've been super encouraged by all those who have reached out to support my music. Thank you all so much! I can tell you that I'll have another original song coming out in March called Waiting. Stay tuned :)
Be sure to listen to LTMR's latest original Miles in the Soundcloud player above and follow him at his socials below to stay updated on this talented musicians upcoming tunes! We're looking forward to hearing what LTMR has in store for the months to come!