Name: George Cotton
Also known as: Grace
Working primarily within 140bpm, dBs Music student George Cotton AKA Grace has been making himself known throughout 2018. The 18-year-old producer is currently completing dBs Music’s Level 3 Music Production extended diploma, whilst putting out a steady stream of music online, including a release with Spanish label Breaking Bass.
He dropped his name-your-price, four-track EP O N E on Bandcamp at the beginning of the year, followed up with a few singles, including his self-released track Hush-Hush. The release was premiered by Magnetic Magazine and received remixes from Bristol peers including Too Much Collective’s Muhla and grime game-changer L U C Y.
The release was premiered by Magnetic Magazine and received remixes from Bristol peers including Too Much Collective’s Muhla and grime game-changer L U C Y
His latest release, a remix for fellow dBs Music student Hartta (formerly known as Shoksuit) came out on Breaking Bass this spring; and he’s got plenty more up his sleeve, George tells us, when we paid him a visit at the dBs Music Bristol FE Centre in St Pauls…
Where are we most likely to find you in the building?
If I’m not in class, I’ll most likely be at home working on my own music.
Favourite piece of equipment?
Right now, It’s definitely my Nord keyboard. The synth engine is great and I can create some real nice sounds with it.
Are you working within a particular genre, and if so, what draws you to it?
I like to just say ‘bass music’, as that covers the wide range of different sounding tracks I’ve produced. I’m draw to grime and dubstep as that’s the music I listen to most, and I feel some of that influence is apparent in my sound.
Can you describe your ‘sound’ in a nutshell?
I’d say I’m just channeling all my influences and my sound is the product of that.
I’m currently finishing up a new project which should be announced soon
What are you currently working on?
Aside from dBs Music-related work, I’m currently finishing up a new project which should be announced soon.
Can we hear something you’ve finished recently?
Here’s my most recent release: A remix for Hartta of his tune SVQ – BRS.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned at dBs Music?
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to keep an open mind when critiquing my own music. It’s easy to become precious about your stuff and that makes it harder for you to make the right decisions. When I started at dBs Music I found it really hard to be happy with my own music, but now I’m a lot more comfortable with my own and other people’s criticism of my work.
It’s easy to become precious about your stuff and that makes it harder for you to make the right decisions
Have you got any words of advice for people considering a professional qualification in music production?
Definitely go for it. The amount I’ve learnt from studying the past two years has been staggering. Surrounding yourself with people who share similar interests is always a bonus and to have that every day while you’re studying helps a lot.
Photos by Dominika Scheibinger
Find out more about studying at dBs Music at dbsmusic.co.uk.