I would like to introduce Mr. [Sicx] aka the grim reaper of bass. At only 21 Mr. [Sicx]’s sound and style have made him a force to be reckoned with. While rising to the top ranks of the EDM scene, Mr. [Sicx] still stays true to his fans and to the idea of making amazing tunes and not just crazy drops (he still drops it incredibly hard though). In celebration of Mr. [Sicx] reaching 20k followers on Twitter, he was kind enough to do an interview for us. With this being one of the best interviews we have seen, we are breaking it up into two parts. Part One being an exclusive look into the story that is Mr. [Sicx] and Part Two, an in depth look at Mr. [Sicx]’s production. Be sure to check in every day for some exclusive remixes, special 20k follower wallpaper and much much more! Enjoy!
An exclusive look in the story of Mr. [Sicx]
Q. So what is your real name Mr. [Sicx]?
A. Austin Seltzer
Q. How old are you Austin?
A. I am 21 years old
Q. And where do you live?
A. I live in Dallas, Texas. More specifically a town called Sachse.
Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A. Well, it depends on who you want to get to know. Austin Seltzer, is a 21 year old fun loving, outgoing, and social guy. He’s crazy passionate about music. I’m most at home when I’m hanging with friends, hitting the bars, throwing obnoxiously loud parties and checking out what’s happening in the music scene. Now, if you’re talking about Mr. [Sicx], that’s a whole other demon.
Q. Really, interesting. Tell me about this demon?
A. Have you ever wondered, ever thought, that there’s who you are, who people see you as, but there’s this whole other you. An aspect of who and what you are, but maybe nobody sees that other you, except you? Don’t answer that question. I know the answer. Everyone, yeah, everyone, has wondered in that way. There’s another truth that I’m tapped into. In spite of all of these arguably insane dichotomies in all of us, there’s one thing that unifies us all…the need to be a part of something, to belong.
Q. So is it safe to say that Mr. [Sicx] is the other you?
A. That is correct.
Q. So tell me about Mr. [Sicx]?
A. He’s my alter ego, the human incarnation of the grim reaper.
Q. Wow, sounds kinda scary?
A. Yeah, I can see that. The grim reaper is conventionally viewed as a scary dude. I get it. But have you ever thought, he’s just a just a guy doing his job? Tons of people out there are doing jobs, because that’s their lot in life, they’re just doing a job. Think about the poor guy who’s a tax collector. He has no personal agenda to screw people. He’s just a poor working stiff, punching the clock, doing what the man has told him to do. He’s not necessarily evil. Again, he’s doing a job.
Q. Let me get this straight. What is the relationship between Mr. [Sicx], this grim reaper guy, and the 20,000+ followers you’ve picked up on Twitter in the past few months?
A. When we pass to the next plane, when we leave this world, Mr. [Sicx] is a guide of sorts, there to guide people through their new reality, sort of a father figure like Dumbledore is to Harry Potter. So you see, what we’re talking about here is something broader in scope than just a new sound, though I’m all about that as well. This encompasses an evolving story, with powerful, emotional music and i think the 20,000 people following me can see that this community is going to be something very unique and worth being a part of.
Q. So, who is your audience?
A. My audience has no face, no age, and no gender, no real allegiance so to speak. These are people who love my music, but there are a lot of artists who can say that. What makes my family, my fans different, is that there is a real sense of community. A community of fans on the one hand, but also players in the story on the other hand. My approach to music, is to insist that the story I’m telling musically, evolves as my music progresses. I have an incredible artist Jenna Barton AKA CalamityChemist who I pass all of my creations to, and she is able to bring my ideas to life. The music and art combine to put the listener in a surreal world. The lines between artist and the fan in turn will be blurred.
A. What does that really mean, lines between artist and fan are blurred?
Q. Well, A frontier which I believe remains unchallenged in the electronic music scene, is to tap into universal realities. Those experiences and emotions which make us who we are. Right now, artists are to focused on making crazy “bass drops” and the nastiest sounds. What happened to making great music that moves someone physically and mentally? I think that my fans have sensed that in what I’m doing, and I feed off of that need to connect musically. Along with those beliefs I make it top priority to talk to all of my followers, I can’t stand artists who don’t have the decency to talk to fans.
There is one last thing I wanted to say on the subject of tapping into universal realities. If you’re familiar with the metal world, you’ll know that Slipknot for example has fans who are so emotionally connected to the music and the band, to both the sound and the idea of what they’re doing, that there’s just nothing else like it in rock fandom. That’s a fucking community. Corey Taylor, Slipknot’s lead singer, who’s work I happen to love and admire, is also the lead singer for the band Stone Sour. Stone Sour has great tunes, and they’re a really good band, but they just don’t evoke the same sort of us “us against all enemies” kind of vibe that comes from Slipknot. That’s what I’m talking about.
Rock Star EP
Rock Star ft. Nate Anderson (Original Mix)
Rock Star ft. Nate Anderson (Phoseph Remix)
Rock Star ft. Nate Anderson (SoundGrave Remix)
If you like what you hear be sure to go and show Mr. [Sicx] some love.