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Big Chocolate.

Name:
Cameron Argon, a.k.a. Big Chocolate
Location:
Reno, Nevada USA

Links:
www.facebook.com/bigchocolateofficial
www.soundcloud.com/big-chocolate
www.twitter.com/bigchocolate
www.instagram.com/argoncameron
Snapchat: @CamEveryday

When and how did you discover your passion for music?
– Was exposed to a lot of music growing up on the home stereo. Both my parents are music lovers with their own individual tastes. Both my parents also can read/play music on a piano, something I can’t do! haha. Was always into sounds and songs when I was little. I vaguely remember E.L.O. , The Doors, The Beatles, Sting, and Celtic music (my mom’s Irish and a huge geek). I for sure found my own love for music with a Walkman and a handful of CDs which includes Rage Against the Machine, Blink 182 (“Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”) and Pantera. I should mention that my intro to heavy metal started with playing guitar. I picked up my first guitar when I was 11 and was introduced to Pantera by my guitar instructor (who was badass), which started my own lick of music playing and getting me more into metal/rock music from a guitar player’s standpoint. I do remember being really into the songwriting as a whole having an interest for drumming and vocal flow/tone. As I grew up — so did my tastes. By high school I was a big fan of all the various sub genres of extreme metal, huge fan of electronic music (trance/DnB/hardstyle/ambient/breakbeat), hip-hop/rap and various other bands and movie soundtracks.

How come you ended up making electronic music?
– I got into making electronic music as soon as I got Logic at some point in tenth grade. Very inspired by Moby and Thievery Corporation type of stuff. I was mainly inspired by all the possibilities of Logic. Originally obtained the program/computer/interface to record bands I was playing guitar in, but quickly (almost instantly) started dabbling with electronic music and hip hop composition. By the end of high school I made a couple full length albums (no longer obtainable) of experimental music under various names and various hip hop beats for all the local rappers looking to record/beats. Along with all the early Disfiguring The Goddess material. Fast forwarding till after high school, I was further pushed into music when I took a semester off my first year of community college to do a record vocally with the band Burning the Masses – along with a european tour. After the tour, I wasn’t really feeling the path of a death metal vocalist musician and continued solo on my own material. I was linked up with Suicide Silence vocalist Mitch Lucker to do my first remix for his band. We clicked really well and after the remix was done – he approached me to make more of this music My experience in EDM has been very eye-opening and inspiring to learn about all the bass/dance culture there is in the world. I was learning about dance music as I was “doing it”.

How would you describe your style and do you normally draw inspiration from across genres?
– I would have to put most of it under “bass music” although I have a lot of music in my catalog which I consider simply experimental or hybrid electronic music. Also a big fan of house and techno, which rarely seeps its influence on my tracks over all, it is still inspiring to me. I draw inspiration from literally everywhere. My environment plays a big part. Music gets pretty personal most of the time and I’m trying to find most of these vibes from myself.

What’s the best thing about working as a musician and songwriter?
– I feel a large sense of self worth when I’m “doing my thing”. Whither that be on stage throwing down a groovy DJ set or spending hours upon hours in my studio working. Love what you do — do what you love. I love meeting people too. Music lovers and music makers alike. The people I meet really add a lot to my life and my life experience. So, if I’ve met you! What’s up!

Is there a typical formula or scenario that keeps repeating itself when you write? Walk us through how you usually go about writing.
– My tracks are start differently a lot. Sometimes it starts with a jam session on a guitar, sometimes it starts with a key sample – and sometimes it just starts with a beat. I seriously never know what to expect most the time when I set down to create something new. Usually includes mass amounts of coffee and a good nights rest to help me put the hours in to see my demos come to life. Really enjoy jamming with other musicians to start beats too. I can form all kinds of great textures off of some guitar takes.

What are you currently working on and what’s next on your agenda?
– I’m currently hard at work on my “Midways” series which is a bi-weekly free release. All the tracks have been different so far. It’s a way for me to get some clarity on a lot of the new sounds/tracks I’ve been working with, all the while give back to all the Big Chocolate fans. I’ve got a GOOD amount of music set in progress for projects I’m planning throughout the rest of the year as well.

Name a few career highlights so far.
– Movement (DEMF), Ultra, Getting my tracks played out by A-list DJs. Getting my tracks placed in Hollywood movie TV spots. Buying my house next to desert and building my studio in it. Simply getting to do what I love and connect with people who resonate with that is really all I could ask for– and to keep me happy.

How does Toontrack tie into your songwriting process and what Toontrack products do you regularly use?
– Haha!!!!!!! LOADED QUESTION. I’ve been using EZdrummer (Claustrophobic EZX and Drumkit From Hell EZX) since 2008 to help me start tracks. I’ve used Superior Drummer 2 on numerous projects, but since EZdrummer 2 came out, I’ve mainly resorted to using the various EZX packs. I use EZdrummer 2 in just about every project I’ve ever done. Big fan of the Reggae, Hip-Hop, Jazz and the Latin Percussion EZX as well as the 4 mic setup in The Classic EZX. EZmix 2 is also a huge plug in for me. I use it as an effects processor most the time. The guitar amps and processing sound really great on so many elements – you can really experiment with different sounds at a really really fast pace. Since it’s a preset-driven plug in, it’s really hard to like over tweak and over think. Works really well in my Ableton workflow.


EZDRUMMER 2 – QUICK-TIP VIDEOS.

Here’s a collection of short and inspirational EZdrummer 2 videos. Learn more – create more!

MARCO SFOGLI – PLAYTHROUGH.

Marco Sfogli performs one of his tracks using guitar tones from the JamTrack Amps EZmix Pack.

MEET RONNY HEIMDAL.

Meet the second week’s Customer Spotlight, the amazing Ronny Heimdal from Norway.

THE CUSTOMER GUITARIST JUKEBOX – WEEK 2.

Check the second week’s Jukebox of awesome guitar-related tracks – by you!

WRITE YOUR OWN BACKING TRACK.

Lay out a basic backing track using EZdrummer 2 and EZkeys.

THE CUSTOMER GUITARIST JUKEBOX – WEEK 1.

Check the first week’s Jukebox of awesome guitar-related tracks – by you!

DI GUITARS + EZMIX 2 = TRUE.

This quick video explains how to best work with EZmix 2 when recording DI guitars.

BIG CHOCOLATE.

Meet Cameron Argon, a.k.a. Big Chocolate: EDM producer, songwriter and Toontrack user.

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2 – GOES PROGRESSIVE.

Watch the first two episodes of Rabea Massaad’s awesome tutorials on mixing and programming using Superior Drummer 2 and The Progressive Foundry SDX.

MEET OSCAR "FUNTWO" LIM.

Meet the first week’s Customer Spotlight, the amazing Oscar Lim from New Zealand.

MARTIN MILLER.

Multi-style and super-talent Martin Miller talks gear, influences and top-fives.

TOM QUAYLE.

What five guitarists shaped Tom Quayle as a player? That and much more right here!

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