Stephane Deschenes, known by his moniker Damn Kids, grew up musically inept when it came to playing instruments. Like many modern producers, he found solace in computer production. After completing his certification in audio engineering & music production at Harbourside Institute of Technology in Vancouver, it was time to take his work public. Since then, he's done releases for Trouble & Bass and Provoke and remixes for Green Velvet, Pleasurekraft, and Mark Knight. Today, we have the fortune of exclusively featuring his latest release, "Cry".
"Cry" begins with bubbly vocal effect likened to "Estimated Prophet" by the Grateful Dead, but quickly builds into a trap-style riser. You can hear faint semblances of hardstyle in the beginning, but they don't become fully explicit until halfway through. The pitched and distorted kick drum attributed to hardstyle compliment the snare rolls and timestretched "Turn up the bass!" sample. "Cry" also features a trick many artists are afraid to attempt: the fake drop & double build. In this case, the two provide anticipation for the drop wherefore making it more effective and powerful, especially with the intensity of the styles used. Creating the double build is a tough skill to master, but Damn Kids and his certification in audio engineering clearly have a firm grasp on it. We look forward to hearing more from him.