Richard Wang (6TH STREET) has just released a killer new EP on the Producer Dojo Label which has hit #1 in top releases for Both Trap/Future and Dubstep and #3 in Electronic/Downtempo on Beatport. I caught up with Richard to find out the story behind the making of the Neon District EP.
Richard, tell us about the “Neon District EP.” When did you begin working on it and how long of an adventure has it been?
“Neon District” is a compilation of four songs, all very different genres and all conveying different emotions. I imagined the EP to reflect the diversity of a bustling city, a place where different kinds of people and cultures come together. This EP is also a roadmap of my growth within the Dojo as all of the songs were written for different monthly mixtapes. Some of these songs I remember writing them up to 6 months ago. Every mixtape challenge taught me something new about music production and I poured my heart out into each one these songs.
What is your live performance set up and approach?
My first “live” performance ever was actually through a twitch stream! My set up was a MIDI Fighter Twister and a MIDI Fighter 3D and I DJed sets through Ableton! For my first “actual” live DJ show I learned to mix on a DDJ-1000 and now feel comfortable on any Pioneer CDJ set up.
What is your home studio setup like and how often do you make music?
Honestly my home studio is pretty simple! Here’s a pretty complete list of the gear I use!
- Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface
- JBL 305P MkII 5″ Powered Studio Monitor
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
- Fender Stratocaster Guitars
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black
- HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor (22cwa)
- Akai MPK Mini MKII Compact Keyboard Controller
- WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0
- Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Bundle with Boom Stand, Pop Filter, XLR Cable
Yup I record all my vocals you heard on “Neon District” on a simple $100 microphone! It’s all about the processing. And the second MVP is the Akai MPK Mini, honestly such a versatile and useful controller for $100.
What creative ways do you promote your music?
I’m a big believer that we need to make content that frames our music in order to capture people’s attention. I will make visualizers and music videos to my music in order to promote it! One thing I’ve been really focusing on these days is putting my personality out there on the internet (specially through Twitch live streams) and I’ve found that people will check out my music because they enjoy my personality!
How did you come up with the artist name, 6TH STREET and what does it mean?
A lot of my life in Los Angeles has revolved around 6th Street. I used to work on 6th Street for 7 years and I used to drop off my friend at work downtown around 6th Street. I wanted a name that rolled off the tongue well and a name that called back to LA. I hope to travel and tour with my music one day and wanted a name that reminded me of home.
Tell us more about your Neon District concept and how do you plan to bring it to life on stage?
When I thought of my EP as a project, it made sense to call back the diversity of a city as the four songs are such different genres. I imagined moments of hope and moments of darkness both wrapped up in one project. In terms of a live performance, I’m excited to incorporate a ton of neon signs, street lamps, and street signs as physical visuals in my performances. I imagined a stage full of street lamps that would change color and accent my music as the set progressed. As I am a choreographer and dancer, I want to incorporate a very human and physical element to the set with dancers portraying the music and emotion.
Is there one song that you are most proud of on your latest EP? If yes, why?
This Type of Monday is a song that just spilled from my heart into the DAW. I can remember the night I wrote it so clearly and what a beautiful and creative process it was to write that song. The first verse are actually recordings from one of my therapy sessions. That song just has so much of my story and growth attached to it.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
If you want to ask me more about my journey in the Dojo or you’re looking for some live feedback on your music and join a dope community of Twitch producers, you’re more than welcome to stop by my Twitch stream! I’d love to get to know you and your musical journey. (www.twitch.tv/6thStreetMusic)
Leo Xia, the vocalist on This Type of Monday, and I are working on a four track EP together! Keep an eye out for that and thank you for supporting “Neon District” and my music! (https://fanlink.to/6THSTREET)
Much love to all of the Producer Dojo and the Class of 808! Can’t wait for what’s next for all of us!