By now, most of you have heard the name Butch Clancy. Whether it be his sinister dubstep remixes or his newfound appreciation of trap music, Clancy, a Detroit-based producer, has kept his sound relevant in an ever-changing music scene for the greater part of three years. No genre has been outside his reach, but his latest album, "A Beautiful Mind," focuses solely on progressing the sound of trap-rap and hip-hop.
I recently had the great privilege of taking Clancy aside for a bit and picking his brain. We discussed not only his own music, but the dance music scene as the whole. Read on for a look inside this talented producer's head.
Into the AM: A lot of dance music producers, such as yourself, are really starting to embrace the trap music movement. Why do you think that is?
Butch Clancy: I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I know I love and enjoy making trap because I produced hip hop for 9 years before getting into dance music, so for me its perfect. It's the best of both worlds.
ITAM: Bird Peterson recently said that the only problem with trap music is that it's slowly becoming a man's game and it doesn't get as much love from women as it deserves. Would you agree with that?
BC: I don't think so. Whenever I play trap live it seems to go off just as much with the ladies. I think it’s just really fun music that's easy to dance to and really fun to hear live. Everyone just needs to stop taking it so seriously and have fun.
ITAM: You obviously have a pretty special relationship with Zeds Dead. Your remix of "Cowboy" put up big numbers on Ultra Records. Can you describe at all what it's like working with them?
BC: I don't know them very well personally, but they have been great as far as showing support for the remix. I was really surprised that I won and that the track did so well on the Beatport chart. I'm just glad people are enjoying it.
ITAM: You've done some phenomenal remixes of everyone from Band of Horses to Sia. Which has been your favorite production to work on?
Hard to pick, but the Band of Horses track came together so nicely I'd probably go with that. I love making pretty songs, but still having them be extremely heavy.
ITAM: The electronic scene in Michigan is blowing up nowadays with guys like you and Griz on the forefront. Are there any upcoming guys from the Motor City we should be on the look out for?
BC: It's hard for me to keep track of or find new artists because, when I am home, I'm usually making music all day. There are a lot of great artists coming out all over though. HeRobust, Boombox Cartel, Alex Young - I'm loving all them dudes right now. I'm sure there are some great artists coming out of Detroit and hopefully I can find out about ‘em before everyone else.
ITAM: Bassnectar put his own spin on Russian Lullaby at North Coast a couple years back. Seeing as that's one of your biggest claims to fame, have you ever followed up with Lorin about a possible release?
BC: I'd love to have him release it, I know he loves the track, but I can't say when it’s going to be released or if it will be. I will say that the Russian Lullaby EP will feature some special extras that I'm really excited about though.
ITAM: You've never been one to have the same niche or sound for too long. So it's a little hard to answer, but what do you see as the future of Butch Clancy?
BC: Making lots of music and trying new things. I love dance music because there are so many sub genres and if you really love dance music you can appreciate them all. I love making things that people never thought I'd make. I think that's part of the fun with dance music. People should just stop worrying about who should or shouldn't be making what and really just start loving the music.