DAD IS BACK! Cory Enemy might very well be my favorite producer of all time, simply because of how influential he is. Did you know he taught Dillon Francis how to read? Or maybe it was how to Ableton, I can’t remember. Anyways, Cory had been pretty absent from the EDM production scene until a few months ago when he decided to grace the world with his sounds once again. This remix is his most recent creation and it is coming out in anticipation of HARD Day of the Dead, but there is nothing dead about this track..IT IS LIVE AS HELL! This is one of those songs that you’ll be listening to and then have the urge to text all your friends “Holy shit this song is awesome!” and they won’t know what song you’re talking about, but you’ll know. And Cory will know. Seriously go download this song along with the rest of the HARD Day of the Dead 4-pack! GO CRAZY!
Bro Safari – The Drop (Cory Enemy Remix) | Download |
So over the Summer at HARD I had the opportunity to sit down with Cory Enemy and talk about life as an professional stripper/producer.
TSS: Tell us who you are.
Cory Enemy: Hi i’m Cory Enemy. I’m an electronic music artist, DJ, producer..And a really fun guy. I also like long walks on the beach.
TSS: How did you get started producing?
Cory Enemy: Well ok, when I was growing up I played a lot of different instruments and I knew I loved music, and I played in bands and stuff but when I started to hear music that wasn’t rock bands or anything but was more reliant on the production, I was like ‘Woah, how are they making these sounds?’. It intrigued me way more than any other sound or learning how to play an instrument. It really peaked my interest and I just said ‘I wanna learn to make sounds!’. Once I started doing more research I said ‘Oh ok it’s called producing, these are all producers..They’re behind the music’. It just became very exciting to me to figure out how to make as many sounds as possible. EDM was definitely the most interesting of it all, but I also got into recording live music, string arrangements, etc. When I finally started making my own music it was all about combining those two things, electronic sounds and live instrument sounds.
TSS: When did it become a job?
Cory Enemy: I made my first money off of it maybe 8 years ago and I was so taken aback by it like ‘Wait I can make money doing this? This is weird…’. Then I realized it could be a serious option for me and pursued every opportunity that came my way and it just all started to fall into place. Before I knew it I was a professional music producer, I was supporting myself by doing what I love. It’s been a long journey since then, I’ve gotten into pop production, radio top 40 stuff, film scores, i’ve pretty much produced every type of music out there.
TSS: How was HARD?
Cory Enemy: This was my 2nd time playing HARD, the first one was in 2006. The first HARD ever, actually. From that point until now I had basically taken a hiatus from being a DJ/electronic artist and got into producing pop music for other artists. I didn’t do it intentionally though, all these opportunities just started falling into my lap and I thought ‘Maybe I should just see what happens’ and I ended up getting nominated for some Grammy’s last year. Just in the last 8 months I decided to focus on my artistry and that’s why I decided to play HARD this year, because i’m getting back into the circuit again and I have a bunch of releases coming out soon. Obviously since I haven’t put anything out in a while I had an early slot and I was a little worried that no one would be there but I decided to just say ‘Fuck it’ basically. Whether i’m playing for 2 people or 2,000 people, i’m going to have a blast doing it. I’m just happy enough to be on the bill. So I was really surprised that when I walked out on stage there was a decent crowd and how many people do you think were there by the end? *At least a thousand*, yeah it was crazy. So I was pretty excited, it felt good to be able to play for that many people. It was also fun playing a lot of my unreleased music and seeing people get really into it like they already knew the songs or something. For any producer, to see a response like that from a crowd when they’re playing their own songs..That’s the payoff right there.
TSS: How was the after party at Exchange?
Cory Enemy: Well I had no idea what to expect. It was the official after party for HARD and I played with Alex Metric, Destructo, and ETC!ETC!, and I closed out the night. People the whole night were just really sleepy after a day at the festival and everyone before me was playing kinda ambient/chill Deep House stuff. I went on at like 3am, peak hours, and just said to myself ‘You know what? I think these kids want to hear something a little crazier.Fuck it, i’m a little tipsy, I’m gonna shred dicks tonight’ and just played one of the hardest sets ever. To my surprise, everyone was really into it and had an overwhelming crowd response. There was confetti falling from the sky and crowd surfing and I was like ‘What the hell is going on?’. I basically became the headliner, on accident. When Gary (Destructo) was putting this after party together he just called it “Destructo and Friends” so no one even knew who was playing. So when I went on stage, for the first 15 minutes of my set they had Flux Pavilion’s name up on the LED wall behind me because they thought I was Flux Pavilion. Maybe it was because of my hair. Even after I played my set kids in the club were coming up to me and saying ‘Flux! Great set!’. Maybe I should have gone along with it like ‘Thanks..mate’.
TSS: What has been the most surreal moment of your career?
Cory Enemy: Oh man..Hard question, it’s all been so surreal. Everything that’s happened to me, everywhere that this music has taken me, none of it has been expected. At all. When I first started getting into music, I never thought that it was a serious or viable option as far as careers go. Even now, years later, when i’m supporting myself by doing what I love, it’s crazy. It never stops being amazing. I wake up every morning and think ‘Holy shit..This is real!’.
TSS: Why do all of your tracks sound so different/Why the genre hopping?
Cory Enemy: I modestly like to credit myself as being a very diverse producer. Mainly because i’ve been doing it so long and play so many instruments. It goes back to my fascination with sound design, it makes me want to listen to all these different types of music and find out how they’re made and recreate all these different genres. I feel so enthusiastic about so many different types of music so i’ve never been able to just make one type of music. I get bored. Now it’s exciting because the general vibe of the music scene, especially EDM, has shifted towards breaking down genre boundaries. It used to be very segregated, but now for the first time we’re seeing a lot of cross-pollination and the scene has become a lot more accepting of different genres and they’re all starting to come together. It’s created an environment where now I, as a producer, can finally produce all these types of music and put it out under my name and there won’t be all these people saying “Oh you should stick to this genre or that genre” but they’ll accept it and enjoy it.
TSS: How do you know when you’re done with a track?
Cory Enemy: I never feel like a track is done. It’s a weird perfectionist quirk that I have. One of the big problems with that is that I would never put my songs out because even though most people thought that they were done, In my eyes it wasn’t “done” enough. Finally I just embraced the fact that none of my tracks will ever be finished, I just have to see what other people say. If I play it in a set or for friends and everyone says “Yep, that sounds great, it’s done” then I have to trust them.
TSS: What is it like working with Brooke Candy?
Cory Enemy: The first time I saw her I was at a drag show in a warehouse in downtown LA, I had no idea what was going on or even how I ended up there. This bitch comes out wearing literally nothing, within the first 15 minutes of her show her full on titties were out, basically naked. And she was just SHREDDING on the mic. I was like ‘Who is this bitch? She is crazy’. So I approached her after the show and we got to talking and we ended up meeting up a few weeks later and decided to start working together. We had an instant chemistry and I knew, based on her presence, that she was a star. She has the talent and the personality to win, to be a winner, and I wanted to help her win. That’s what good producers do. So since then we’ve been working together a lot in the studio, we got a record deal with a major label and we’re working on finishing her album. For me, she’s been building this huge fan base and I wanted to try to start to expose her into the EDM world a little bit.
TSS: Your roommate, Luke Shay, is also a producer. Have you guys worked on anything together?
Cory Enemy: Luke just did a remix competition for Bro Safari and he had been working on it for about a week or so and I was in Atlanta working with TLC for their new album. I came back a week later and he just said “Hey I think i’ve got this remix done” and he played it for me in the car when he picked me up from the airport. And it was actually really sick, very much in the lane of what i’m trying to do now with my music, kinda minimal techno sound. So I just jumped on it with him and said ‘Let’s win this competition’. So we walked into the studio and we spent 8 hours straight on it, rebuilt the sound design a bit, and put it online. Dillon Francis tweeted about it, Bro Safari said he loved it. So far it’s been posted on a few blogs and getting a lot of support. I played it last night at the after party and I played it today during my set and it’s been getting a really good response from the crowds.
TSS: You and Dillon Francis are known to be good friends, what is your relationship with him like?
Cory Enemy: Dillon and I have been friends for many many years. Just from living in LA, a lot of mutual friends, going out to parties together, stuff like that. I was living in Atlanta several years ago working on some pop music stuff and he hit me up and said ‘Dude I really want to get into DJing and producing, i’m really serious about it’. I saw that he was really dedicated and at first I was a little hesitant but he just kept hitting me up about it like every day. So I told him to come to Atlanta and see what happens. He came and we really hit it off and became really good friends. He just sat in the studio with me and watched me on Ableton and took notes and took it very seriously over the course of a few months and started becoming a really good producer. Once he developed his own sound and got his chops up to a certain level we started collaborating on some tunes together and ended up self releasing that Ultra EP before he exploded. The rest is history. It’s been amazing, I honestly feel like a proud father in some ways just seeing what he’s done with his music. He asked me to come along with him on the World Turr and it was just so amazing seeing the fan base that he’s accumulated and how fanatic they are. I felt so proud. We ended the tour at Coachella, which was his first time playing that festival. He had an early slot which kinda bummed him out, but I told him not to worry about it. We get there and it was completely packed; Front to back. His face lit up and he just completely murdered it, and I got really emotional. We’re actually working on some tracks right now, so you can look forward to those coming out soon.
TSS: What is next for Cory Enemy
Cory Enemy: Keep focusing on getting as much music out as possible. I’ve got some releases scheduled in the next few months, a lot of remixes. I’m in full on work mode. Dim Mak is putting together their compilation album and i’ve got two tracks on there. One song with Adam F and another one with Jesse Marco. I’m label shopping right now for a track with Dizzy Rascal, deep house stuff. A lot of tunes with Brillz, we’re trying to reboot the Nu Jack Swing genre. I’m just trying to collaborate as much as possible.
TSS: Any other words for your fans?
Cory Enemy: …I am everyone’s Dad.