If you were a teenager in the past two decades who played online video games (probably while you should have been paying attention in class), chances are you’ve come across Madness Combat. To our immense pleasure, we recently found out that Cheshyre, the American producer behind much of the music in the series over the years, has done it all using FL Studio! We took the opportunity to catch up with him and learn more about his interesting and prolific career to this point.
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
Hello, my name is Cheshyre. I’m an energetic and active person. I always have been, but that is at odds with my shy and gentle nature. These, and many other, conflicting attributes have led me on an incredible, and often times, difficult and confusing journey. My communication skills have always suffered from this confusion. I learned from an early age that playing notes on a guitar was a more gratifying, and sometimes more effective, form of expressing how I felt. So, I began to rely on music more and more as a means to convey “myself” to the world. Music seems to have some sort of ancient power over all of us and no other pursuit makes as much sense to me. Or whatever.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I started using FL Studio as a last resort, but more than 2 decades later, I continue to use FL Studio because it is easily the most powerful program that I have found. It has the most refreshing and intuitive user interface, the most flexible and malleable sound design tools, the most effective incorporation of 3rd party software out there, and the most authentic and helpful team of designers, engineers, musicians, and support staff in the industry. FL Studio is a tool that has boosted my self-confidence and unlocked a level of self-expression that I never knew existed, seriously. Oh, and lifetime free updates? Who does that?
Cheshyre Producing in FL Studio
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I created the soundtracks for a number of episodes to the animated series Madness Combat, created by Krinkels and hosted by Tom Fulp on Newgrounds.com I scored the soundtrack to the first Madness Combat video game also hosted by Newgrounds.com. I teamed up with Locknar, a ridiculously talented musician, to co-score the soundtrack to the widely popular sequel Madness: Project Nexus, created by Krinkels and Swain of Gibbing Tree LLC and released on Steam. I have had the pleasure of working with RyuuAkito, the creator, organizer, and contributing member of Somewhere in Nevada (SiN), a musician-based, copyright-free collaboration featuring artists: RyuuAkito, Dappa, MonoCronic, Lothyde, Whalefat, Navoj, CRY.NN, Ristik, SentryTurbo, Merct, Cheshyre, Locknar, and Fleetwire. And then again on SiN 2 and SiN 3 with additional artists: Stoofer, SquashHead, EinMeister, Ristik, DigDuggy, Demonicity, and Vestik. I’m always working with new musicians and looking for every opportunity to collaborate. I have also produced 6 solo albums and countless singles throughout the years. I have a YouTube Channel where I upload music videos, collaborations, tutorials, live streams, and whatever else I think will brighten people’s day. It has always been my goal to be able to provide positivity, creative inspiration, support, knowledge, or entertainment to anyone who needs it.
Cheshyre: Working on Electro Juicy Bits
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I produce music from my home studio in Colorado, U.S.A. where I’ve got a clear view of the Rocky Mountain Range. FL Studio is a staple on any device that will run it. I have the FL Studio All Plugins Edition installed on my Windows-based computer, laptop, backup computer, and smartphone. FL Studio flawlessly incorporates the various Native Instruments, Heavyocity, Newfangled Audio, Arturia, Izotope, Vengeance, Output, Tokyo Dawn Labs, Voxengo, and Xfer Records plugins that I use. I have a FL Studio Akai Fire midi controller, a NI Komplete Kontrol M32 MIDI keyboard, a NI Maschine Mk3, a pair of V-Moda LP2 headphones, a pair of V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphones, and a Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB audio interface.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Yes. I wonder sometimes where I would be in my life if I had never stumbled across FL Studio all those years ago. I was one of those people who would bounce around from one job to another, countless times, desperately searching for something… I was a terrible student, got in trouble with the authorities a few times, moved around a lot, and never felt like I belonged anywhere, or that I was skilled at anything. I’m not saying that FL Studio saved me from a life of crime… I’m just expressing my appreciation towards it. It really is a very user-friendly program, especially considering everything that it’s capable of. I’ve been using it for decades and I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of what it can do. I’ve made some acoustic recordings with FL Studio too and it’s just as straightforward as the electronic music side was. I never expected that I’d be able to make a career out of this. I never expected that I’d have all of this equipment. I was just looking for something that I could do in my free time that would feel rewarding and give me a sense of accomplishment. Something that I could be good at. Now, I’m not saying that I am a master with FL Studio — far from it, but I tried other DAWs before and I was just lost. I couldn’t make sound come out of my speakers. FL Studio just made sense to me.