Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: April 6, 2020
May I use your music in my video/project?
What is your name, how old are you, and where are you from?
My name is Erik, I'm 27 (started making music when I was 12), and I live in Seattle, but I'm originally from Boston. I moved to Seattle at the end of 2018.
Do you have another job?
I do not. I am currently a full time musician and have been since mid 2017.
What is your favorite song that you've made?
Burning Sands. Second place is probably Rum n' Bass.
Do you play any instruments?
I played drum set for 7 years and a bit of piano. See "What's the story of how you got into music" below for details.
On your streams you sometimes talk about "Daily-30s." What is a daily-30?
A daily-30 is something I try to do daily where I spend 30 minutes doing something new that's music related. Can be starting a new song, making random sounds, learning how to use a new plugin, or anything in between. It's a super useful exercise if you are trying to improve at any creative skill.
Do you play Geometry Dash or Beat Saber? Which is your favorite?
I do play Geometry Dash. I started playing in February 2020. My username is "NotBoomKitty". I have played GD SubZero for a couple hours as well. Whoever has the "BoomKitty" GD account is not me.
I have an Oculus Rift S and I have Beat Saber. I don't play super often, maybe a couple times a month. Good game!
I prefer Beat Saber to GD because the levels contain the whole song, and it's not insta-fail so there's more room for error. This let's me enjoy the music way more! Despite this, I still play GD much more often since it requires no setup and I'm more involved in the community.
How long does it usually take you to finish a song?
Depends on the song. Simpler songs like Shredageddon will take 50 - 100 hours while my complex melodic songs like Rum n' Bass take about 100 - 200 hours.
How did you get the name Boom Kitty?
In 2012, I was discussing with my brother what my alias should be. I knew I wanted something somewhat silly, and I love cats. I don't remember how, but we were testing out names with "adjective" and "cat" and somehow landed on Boom Kitty. I think my brother said that name first, but it was years ago and I don't actually remember. I loved the word "boom" because I knew my music would have serious boom.
What software do you use?
I use the latest version of FL Studio - Producer Edition. I have the Signature Bundle, but I don't think it's necessary for most producers.
What plugins do you use?
Generators - Serum, Kontakt, Omnisphere
Utility & FX - FL Studio stock plugins, iZotope Ozone + Neutron, Most Fabfilter Plugins, LFOTool
Distortion / Phatteners - TRASH 2! (I use it constantly), CamelCrusher, OTT, Sausage Phattener, Soundgoodizer
What speakers and audio hardware do you use?
Studio Monitors: JBL SLR305s 1st Gen + Acoustic Audio PSW-8 Subwoofer
Headphones: Sennheiser HD 650
Microphone: Rode-NT USB
Audio Interface: Native Instruments Komplete Audio 1 Two-Channel Audio Interface
Midi Keyboard: AKM320
I also have my speakers and headphones calibrated with Sonarworks Reference 4, which I highly recommend.
What are your PC specs and hardware?
Ryzen 9 3950X Overclocked, 32GB RAM, AMD RX480
Monitor is some 32 inch 4K LG with FreeSync that I got at Costco.
Keyboard is Logitech G613. Mouse is Logitech G602. Webcam is Logitech C920.
Who makes your artwork?
Historically I've had a friend who does the graphic design, and then I'd hire various artists that I find online to do the drawings. Sometimes I just hire artists online to do everything.
What's the story of how you got into music, and how much training do you have?
When I was 12 (in 2005) my brother came home from a computer summer camp and showed me this software called "ACID Music Studio" that he learned how to use at camp. Well I tried it and became OBSESSED. I spent hours and hours playing with it. This was in 2005 so there weren't many tutorials like today so I was playing around on my own and just experimenting.
In 2006 I started playing drums. From 2007 - 2011 (when I was in high school), I took drumming very seriously. I got regular drum lessons and played in multiple hard rock and heavy metal bands. At this point I was still making music with ACID, but I was taking it less seriously and focusing more on drumming. While in high school I took a few music theory classes and went to band camp for a few summers. I also took piano and guitar lessons for about 6 months, which helped me get a grasp on basic music theory.
In 2010 I went to a video game design summer camp and happened to learn about FL Studio there. From that point on I made the switch to FL Studio and used it for all my songs. However, I still wasn't taking producing very seriously. I was prioritizing drumming and at this point was focusing on going to college for computer science.
In late 2011 I started college with my computer science major. Music in general took a back seat and this is currently one of the biggest regrets of my life, as I wish I had not wasted time on computer science when I knew deep down that music is what I wanted to do. In any case, I played bass drum then snare drum in my college marching band, but otherwise was focused on school work.
In 2012 I had a classmate who was into EDM and she said we should make a song together. We collabed a bit and talked about artists we liked and it inspired me, so I started messing with FL some more. My passion for music was quickly reignited. Around this time in 2012 I made Shatter, Jam Rat, and The Floor. I started realizing that I didn't really want to do computer science and at the start of my sophomore year I became OBSESSED with producing again. I began getting far worse grades and doing the bare minimum school work I could.
I was constantly watching tutorials, taking online classes, and browsing reddit.com/r/edmproduction. At this point I also discovered Far Too Loud, who heavily inspired my bass sound. At the end of 2012 I came up with Boom Kitty and started the project. From 2012 - 2014 my production skills improved rapidly and in early 2014 I left school to focus on music. From 2014 - 2017 I worked part time at Starbucks then Whole Foods while doing music, until I was able to go full time on music. Producing is now my only job.
I no longer play drums except very occasionally for fun. I do occasionally practice my snare drum skills on a pad. I don't play piano either anymore, except for when I play simple melodies on my midi keyboard. I have thought about getting back into drums and playing my songs on drums live, but that's a long term goal, and I can't practice in my small apartment.
Do you know X artist and do you like their music? Who are your favorite artists?
- Creo - Haven't listen to much of his stuff but it's pretty good.
- Colbreakz - Good.
- Sharks - He's my boi and his stuff is great.
- MDK - Hit or miss, but I like some of his stuff. He ignores me which means we have beef.
- Teminite - Fucking awesome.
- Bossfight - I love all his stuff since Nock Em.
- Envy - Has good melodies but otherwise not a fan. Not my style.
- Dex Arson - His mixing is good and his drops go hard. I think a lot of his stuff sounds to generic.
- Xtrullor - Cool compositions, poor mixing. I think he focuses too much on being different than on making his stuff sound as good as possible.
- Acid Notation - Not a fan.
- F-777 - Really cool music but I think he needs to improve his mixing.
- DJ-Nate - Basically exact same as F-777.
- Waterflame - Talented dude. Awesome melodies, but I wish he made heavier stuff. Just not my style most of the time.
- Derpcat - Some good stuff but he's inconsistent.
- Ubi - Horrible "music". He should quit.
- DPZ - The next Skrillex.
- Ollaxe - The love of my life with the best music of all time and I will fight anyone who disagree.
- Virtual Riot - He's very talented but I'm not of fan of his dubstep. I like his other stuff.
- TheFatRat - Not my style but his melodies are fun and catchy. I like some of his stuff.
My favorite artists: Far Too Loud, Mick Gordon, Stonebank, Teminite, Pegboard Nerds, RIOT, Bossfight, REAPER, Tokyo Machine, and of course Boom Kitty.