Oct 16, 2017
Rabbitt: Me And My Shadow
Talented New York producer Gary Rabbitt is currently celebrating the achievement of a major career goal and we caught up with him to join in the celebrations. He’s self released his first solo album, and you can hear and feel the significant meaning that each tracks holds for him when you listen. Gary shares a deeply insightful look into the milestone, each production, and the Me And My Shadow album as a whole.
Can you talk about what it means to you to self release your debut album? In a world where singles are becoming ever more prominent, what were some of the driving factors in deciding to release these tracks as an album?
I simply didn’t want to be bound to the rules. Yes, singles are more prominent, but I wanted to take a completely artistic approach at making an entire work of art, so to speak. By releasing it independently, I’m allowed the ability to do whatever it is that I want, not necessarily because it’s what’s trendy and what’s hot, but because the music is an expression of the artist and that’s something I really wanted to stay true to.
How’d you decide to name your album Me And My Shadow?
The name Me And My Shadow has a few meanings behind it. It stems from being an artist in the industry and knowing that there’s no one better to trust than yourself. It also reflects a thought of, there’s what you see and know of me (Me) and there’s what you don’t see or know of me (My Shadow).
What do you feel is a uniting theme musically behind tracks on the album?
Musically speaking, the records fall along the lines of tech house/techno. I love to create movement in the low end and I really wanted to keep that hard electronic sounding bass so I used a lot of lfo’s and compression to keep it in your face, but still give you the feeling that it’s moving. It’s pretty much the base (no pun intended) of all of the records.
Can you pick a couple of tracks from the album and tell us about the production process that went into them?
Most of the time, I have a pretty solid idea coming into the studio and I prefer to write a record from start to finish so I don’t forget what’s in my head. I just write the base or melody on piano first in real time, and then use that as my timeline as I build the project with more instruments.
In regards to “Dark Secrets,” I knew that I wanted it to feel like you were getting hit by a freight train. The song’s theme has to do with adrenaline and I really wanted it to feel like that at every drop. Even at the break I wanted it to still feel like suspense, as if something was lurking around the corner.
On the other hand, I wanted to have a way smoother approach with “Can You Hear It.” It’s based on that feeling of waiting in line outside the club and just grooving to the sound pushing through the walls. To me, the music is a story and with the themes of each, I try to find or create the best sounds and melodies that can really put you in the driver’s seat of my thoughts.
Is there any song that is especially meaningful to you or one that you are particularly proud of? Why?
I really do have a love for all of them. Each composition is a piece of me. From a learning standpoint, I stumbled upon a little trick while I was writing “Up And Down.” I’ve put that into use in all of the records to really help me commit to the sound and feeling of each. By using filters and lfo’s, I was able to manipulate the sounds into the vocal arrangement that you hear in the record.
Which tracks from the album do you see making their way into a Rabbitt DJ set?
I’ve had the opportunity to try some of the records live already and I really love seeing the reactions. I played a pool party recently with Mark Knight and Chus & Ceballos, and they really rocked with “Up And Down.” On the other hand, I played “Dark Secrets” for the first time at Haven Nightclub in Atlantic City and it was crazy! I might have cheated and played it with an accapella of “Numb” by Linkin Park, but I still remember everyone’s hands pumping so hard when it dropped! Needless to say, it’ll remain in rotation.
This is a major achievement and investment! Obviously the returns are early, but is this a process you would want to go through again?
It really isn’t easy by any means, but if it was I guess everyone would be doing it. Like I had mentioned earlier, I just really wanted to put out an entire work of art that was me and told a part of the story that is me. It was more of a personal achievement and I’m glad I reached it, but I couldn’t do it without the support from my friends, family, and team. Music is just how I tell my story and there’s plenty more of this story to tell. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you're feeling the music, be sure to show Rabbitt some love and grab your copy off iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y6uua5hd
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