Sharing with our readers our recent interview with a talented music producer and remixing expert Foreign Warren.
Twist Online : Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Foreign Warren : Hey, I’m Foreign Warren. I’m 24 (even though I’ve been told I look 16 lol). I was born and raised in Orange County California. I produce music and make remixes under the name The Knuckledusters.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Foreign Warren : I’m not sure. My neighbor was a wedding DJ, so seeing all his cool lights as a kid influenced me. The Southern California all-age club scene of 2008-2011 definitely shaped my path. There was so much culture back then with electronic house music. Not to be a hipster, but it’s really not the same anymore. There was an instant comradery when you told someone you listened to electro. Back then I wasn’t old enough to go to Dim Mak Tuesdays, but I’m talking about that era: Heist with DJ Hyphy Crunk, Gotham City Fridays with DJ Rowdy A, and DJing at Strawberry Sundays.
Twist Online : Some of your remixes got viral on Facebook and YouTube this year. You must be excited about the response?
Foreign Warren : Absolutely. Huge stepping stone for me. I admit, viral video remixes are a “cheap” way to get views, but don’t knock it. It still takes a lot of creativity to actually use the vocal sample as a synth in a track. I don’t just throw a viral video sample in a track and call it a remix. I make sure the track can stand on its own, even if you didn’t know it came from a meme.
Twist Online : Is there any story behind the name ‘The Knuckledusters’?
Foreign Warren : Ah, funny story. Long story short but I got suckerpunched at a house party in like 2009. After that, I knew I always had to carry something on me to defend myself. I’d be too queasy to ever use a knife, so I went to Chinatown in LA and got me some brassknuckles, also known as knuckledusters. Back then I was DJing under the name “Foreign Warren”, and my brother and I were going to start producing as a duo and we thought the name “The Knuckledusters” was fitting for our attitude and sound.
Twist Online : Millionaires and some other artists played your tracks and the songs got more exposure. How do you feel about other artists performing on your tracks and playing them?
Foreign Warren : There is nothing like knowing that people are performing or playing my tracks for people all around the world. It is just indescribable knowing people are dancing to sounds I made by myself on my computer. I just wish I’d play more live shows. I’m working on it though! Haha.
Twist Online : All of the sudden it seems that your brother disappeared? What he is up to?
Foreign Warren : Yeah, he’s really doing his own “Bad Vibes” Unaffiliated thing for now. No beef. In his own words he said EDM is not really his thing. I’d say he’s really more into hip hop and lyricism now. He’s got me tinkering around making hip hop beats sometimes at the studio, but I’m married to house music.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent work?
Foreign Warren : Right now I’m just releasing tracks that didn’t get “picked up” for vocals. I have about 3 bangers I’ll release by the end of the year. I am also releasing a little Damn Daniel Holiday greeting. I know it’s late, but it’s just a call back from a great year I had thanks to that little remix. Thanks “Damn” Daniel Lara and Joshua Holz!
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
Foreign Warren : Yupp. You’ll just have to wait and see what I come out with in 2017!