American producer Crusher has built a devoted following over the years for her unique, fantasy-themed Vocaloid music. At the time of this writing, her biggest song “ECHO” has over 78 million views on YouTube, and as of late, she’s been hosting live FL Studio production sessions on her Twitch channel. She also makes music for VTubers (Virtual YouTubers), rhythm videogames such as the arcade game CHUNITHM by SEGA, and has written songs for artists across the world. We find her work particularly interesting and took the opportunity recently to learn more about her background.
Crusher – Wicked (feat. Eleanor Forte)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I’m a self-taught electronic musician and songwriter from the east coast in the USA. I’ve been writing music for more than 10 years using synthetic voices including VOCALOID and UTAU, but also my own voice.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
When the VOCALOID movement started I saw a documentary about it, and I told myself, “This is what I want to do,” so I had to get my first DAW. FL Studio looked like the one I wanted to use as my main tool (I thought FL-chan was pretty cute — a big selling point for me).
I had a piano to play music by ear, but I don’t consider myself a pianist. So, I applied the little knowledge I had from piano and put it into FL Studio.
FL Studio has become a huge part of my life as a musician. The intuitive interface and workflow helped me develop my ideas in an organic way and in a way that is applicable to more than music.
As a person with ADHD, FL Studio’s ability to color code and the easy experience with parameter and automation editing makes my creative process flow fast and precisely.
Crusher – ECHO (feat. GUMI)
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
Beside working with virtual singers such as Hatsune Miku, I’ve worked with Japanese singers such as Araki and the Vtuber AmatsukaUto. I also worked as a lyricist and songwriter for (fellow FL Studio Power User) The Living Tombstone.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
When I started making music, I just had my computer keyboard and mouse, my Sony MDR-7506 headphones, and a big smile on my face. After a long while and a couple of songs later, I added a Steinberg UR22 MKII audio interface… it was a big game-changer!
Crusher at Work
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I’ve started doing music production streams using FL Studio on Twitch with my own virtual streamer avatar. I think the experience of using FL Studio is exciting to watch for aspiring musicians and non-musicians as well. I’ve got the chance to reach my audience better because of that.