Alice Gas is a musician of a different breed. The Texas-raised talent gives life to the underground through and through by utilizing her genre-pushing sound to inspire many, yet not a single act can quite match her creative spirit in full. From EDM, to happy hardcore, and everything in-between, she is willing to show everyone her skills in a variety of manners. 

Back in April, UVC sat down with Alice to talk with her about her workflow, future in music, and so much more.

How did you start making music?

When I was 11 I started messing with loops in GarageBand, but it was nothing too serious. A year later for Christmas my dad gave me his old computer with logic on it and I started making dubstep/house stuff.

What artists gave you the inspiration to make dubstep/house?

Doctor P, Skrillex, and Deadmau5 for sure!

What made you want to start djing?

I really didn’t get into DJing until fairly recently when I wanted to start doing my electronic project live. That was about a year and a half ago.

Well let’s backtrack a little bit then, how did you get from doing dubstep and house to djing?

Well I was doing the dubstep stuff when I was really young, between that time and now I made trap music for a whole, was doing hip hop beats, then I eventually moved to playing indie music. I wrote all the indie music but I had a band who would play with me, but I got annoyed having a band play with me so I decided to come up with a solo act and at that time, I’d also had been into hardcore for a while, so I started making some songs, dropped my first project, and starting DJing shows locally.

So is hardcore your go to genre now? What makes it appealing to you?

I’ve just always really liked fast music, and I’ve always liked pop music as well. I basically just wanted to make really fast pop music and I feel like the best way to express that is through hardcore. I also love being able to draw aspects from other genres and keeping it really fast and chaotic.

What’s your take on genres like speedcore and glitch?

Speedcore is really cool – I listen to alot of it – it’s just a bit fast and too chaotic for me. There’s a little pocket I like to stay in between 170-250 BPM — mainly so people can still dance to my shit. I haven’t really explored glitch as a genre much but it’s definitely cool to see rappers experimenting and pulling influence from that genre.

Switching it up a little, you talked about production earlier. What artists have you produced for?

DJ Lucas, Lil Eli, Blackwinterwells, Luvox, Saturn, Oaf1, Inochi, Angelwinter, plus I have stuff with Ericdoa and OSquinn on the way.

That’s awesome! Who was your favorite person to work with and why?

As far as vocal artists go, probably Lil Eli. We’re just always on the same page about music stuff and haven’t found an artist my sound so well with. He is also one of the first vocal artists I produced for and we are IRL friends so there is that aspect to it as well.

Along with the vocal artists, you said you also did some songwriting? was that just when you were in the indie band or do you still do some now?

Yeah, when I was in that indie band I was writing/recording/playing everything myself and would just teach people how to play the songs for shows. I haven’t written anything for any other vocal artists but all of my original tracks that have vocals on them right now are written by me. For future releases I will probably get people to write my lyrics for me though as I’ve been trying to focus most of my attention towards production nowadays.

So are you still using Logic as your daw? have you experimented with other ones like FL and Ableton?

Right now I’m actually using FL, and I’ve been using it for about 4 years. I used Ableton for a few months and also Maschine, but FL is my go-to nowadays

What makes FL the go to for you?

At this point, I’m just used to it… to be honest. I enjoy using logic when I’m in Chicago working with Andrew Goes To Hell, but I can just work so fast in FL and know it like the back of my hand. I wouldn’t say FL is any better than Logic or Ableton though, they all can pretty much do the same things it’s mostly up to preference.

If there was anything you could learn about making music, what would it be?

Probably sound design or proper music theory. I know pretty much the basics in both, but I feel like if I was more knowledgeable it would just make music a lot smoother and easier. Also when I hear the crazy-ass sounds that Beanboy and Techno Allah make it really pushes me to learn more about sound design.

What are your thoughts on the electronic and rap scene on soundcloud starting to mesh together?

I think it’s super sick, electronic music and rap music have been two huge loves of mine for years now so it’s really cool to see the two genres sort of become one. It’s definitely something I have wanted to happen for a while now so it’s really cool to see. I feel like it was only a matter of time honestly, since these scenes have been so close to each other just from existing mainly on soundcloud and whatnot.

What are your thoughts on the rise of URL festivals during this pandemic?

It’s definitely a bittersweet relationship for me. On one hand, I’m super bummed out about not being able to play IRL shows and have that human to human connection, but on the other hand, I think it’s super cool how the internet has allowed us to have some semblance of a live show. Also, these URL shows have allowed me to play with some really awesome artists who I usually wouldn’t get to play IRL shows with. But I really do miss having a bunch of people packed in a sweaty ass room with the music blasting loud as fuck, nothing can really compare to hit.

Do you think they will stick around past this global epidemic that we’re in?

Oh yeah I definitely think it will, These URL shoes are nothing new; People like Datafruits have been doing them for a while but I definitely think it was something that most people hadn’t thought about doing til now and I could see it sticking around

Here is a small showcase of songs Alice has made in her music making journey:

Who are your current favorite artists in the scene?

Techno Allah, Andrew Goes to Hell, Beanboy, Blackwinterwells, 99jakes, and OSquinn. All those artists are making some of the best music ever made right now. Pretty much everyone in 909worldwide is doing something really amazing right now.

Who would be your dream people to work with?

I would love to do production for Belis, Charli XCX, or Carly Rae Jepsen. I wanna do more stuff with Quinn and Killz soon. Production-wise it’s been a dream of mine for a while to make something with Laura Les, Goreshit, and A.G Cook.

Do you have any unreleased works that you’re excited to put out?

I have a bunch of new music coming soon: a few songs with 99jakes, an album with Andrew Goes to Hell, and probably a solo EP all this year, along with a bunch of production for various artists.

Would you like to give any shoutouts as we finish up?

Yes! Shout out to Andrew Goes to Hell, Techno Allah, Lil Eli, Manapool, 99jakes, and all of Goonncity!