HE’S WORKED WITH BRUISER BRIGADE AND IS A MEMBER OF WORLD’S FAIR, BUT BLACK NOISE ISN’T YOUR AVERAGE RAP PRODUCER.
Firstly, briefly introduce yourself. What’s your name? Where are you from? How would you describe your style of production?
My name’s Rob Mansel aka Black Noi$e. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, now residing in Metro Detroit. My style of production would be a blend of rap, R&B, house, techno and grime… just urban music really.
What is your favourite song you’ve worked on and why?
Thats a hard questions because there have been tracks that ive had the most fun in my life creating and then it sounds like trash the next day. But Blacklisted started out as a loop that i made in New York with World’s Fair, i didnt think they were going to use it, but one day they sent over the vocal tracks and we turned it into a song. Its definitely one of my favorites because its a deeper cut. On some emo shit, but on some “we gon make it” type emo shit.
Do you think that production software becoming more accessible to just anyone is a good or bad thing for music? Why is that?
I think that the accessibility of music software is a great thing for creativity. I feel that there are people really pushing these programs to their limits and that is a great thing. Some of the production coming out of Chicago at the moment is mind blowing. From Juke to Rap. People are pushing these programs and creating new sounds and rhythms off of cracked versions of fruity loops, Reason, whatever… You can buy all the synths, hardware, or programs in the world, but its all about the feeling you get off of the music at the end of the day. To me that is the end goal. So i do not look at the accessibility of these programs as a bad thing, if i can feel something, the job has been done.
What influences you as a producer?
I am influenced by Detroit, traveling around, new ideas, new sounds, record digging, tape hiss, vinyl crackling, the internet, bootleg movies, raves, goth girls on tumblr, Denzel Washington, when the sound system at a rave is on point but still in a dirty room, pictures of islands and stuff. Normal inspirational stuff