Video by Tomas Morgan
Josh Berry aka Notorious Conduct, presents his second album ‘Love Triangle‘ with MHSM Records. This 7 track album is loaded with heavy hitting, yet downtempo bass and hip hop melodies resembling an old-school Mimosa vibe that gets you bouncing. His music encompasses a classical piano sound, hard hitting bass, grimy synths and upbeat tempos that makes for an adventure of the mind through his music. Each song blends all the elements into a unique experience. After performing at his first music festival this Spring at Euphoria Festival in Austin, TX, we are ready to see Notorious Conduct breakthrough.
We got a chance to sit down with Josh Berry and get to know him a little better. Read below to learn more
- When did you start creating music?
Technically I started DJing about 5 years ago and didn’t start my producing career until I moved to Colorado 4 years ago. I was always intrigued at how these artists I follow made these amazing sounds so I looked into it and fell in love with sound design.
- Who are some of your influences for your production style?
For this EP I was really dug in my hip hop influences and when I was coming up in the scene Mimosa’s older tracks and the older PantyRaid really caught me and when I had the chance I wanted to try to push the limits of that genre of sexy bass with melodic synth lines.
- What is your creative process?
What helps me with the creative process is making myself have discipline. It’s huge and I have come to terms with that. I love to sit and listen to what other people are making and it drives me to learn and to figure out something that I could do.
- Describe the programs and equipment you use!
I am an Ableton user and a big fan. I use Ableton Push to help me with my patterns and use the APC40MKII for my live performances with a touch of piano to go with it. I love to play the keys and it’s developed my music in so many ways. But my main sound designer is Serum it’s a blast to work with wavetable synthesis makes it easier to understand what shape you really are going for.
- What is a musical skill you would like to learn, that you don’t already know?
I would have to say the trombone. It’s always been fascinating to me and there aren’t a whole lot of people that play it. Coming from Mississippi, New Orleans wasn’t that far so Jazz has always been a part of my life and if I had to choose it would be the Trombone.
- What’s your dream city and venue to perform at?
The dream city would be probably somewhere in Europe like Paris or Vienna seeing that I’ve never been over there I think that it would be an amazing dream come true to travel overseas and share my passion. As far as the venue goes there is no place like home. RED ROCKS. It’s always been the a huge dream of mine to look up at all those smiling faces getting down to my music. That would be incredible.
- Tell us about your first show and the experience you had.
My first show I had was at Dave’s Darkhorse Tavern in Starkville MS. It was a super low key night and I just discovered what a DJ was about and tried it out for myself. There were about 30 people there but it looked packed because of how small the place was hahaha. It was a great experience and made me fall in love with being on stage.
- What have you learned about performing thus far?
For one thing I’ve learned that i love to be on stage. The feeling of having people dance to music that took me hours to make and sometimes days to weeks even years, is the best feeling in the world. I do admit I get butterflies before I go on stage but once the music starts I forget all worries and live for that moment. It’s the best high you can get above any drug or anything. I make it a goal to keep my signal clear upstairs when I perform to make sure the message I want to put out is heard in the best way possible.
- You recently performed at your first festival at Euphoria in Austin, how was that experience?
This was one of the best experiences of my life. The whole drive down I was on cloud 9 just thinking what I was going to bring to the table and when we arrived it all seemed surreal. Checking into the artist check in made me feel super important and cool I gotta say. Going to music festivals my whole life as a fan was fun but as an artist you’re treated like royalty. It was absolutely the best time of my life and I can’t wait until it happens again.
- If you could live in a book, movie or TV show which would it be? I am kind of geeky when it comes to movies. If I had to choose to be in one it would be a Marvel movie. I’m thinking Thor, just because he’s basically the baddest of the bad when it comes to being able to fight, fly, and the ladies. It seems like Asgard is a pretty dope place to be and I think I would fit in with them quite well.