Tyord Interview

In early spring of last year, I created a Facebook group called fєёd му ёaя₴. ёжpaпd уоцґ мїиd. The group was dedicated to electronic artists who were interested in getting feedback and growing relationships. From the start, we had a young and lesser known who was all in. He was always commenting on peoples tracks and eager to see what people had to say about his music. He even made a remix of Justin Bieber’s song, Baby for a remix contest we held (and he won). This artist was the Miami based producer, Tyord.

It has been a very cool thing to see him progress and grow in his music. I know there have been times when he, like all of us he was ready to throw in the towel and call it quits. But, I’m so glad he didn’t. When listening to his music, you can tell this is his passion. This is what he loves. Tyord is an amazingly inspiring musician and I am glad to call him a close friend.

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Hey my friend! Thanks so much for the time! How are things going?

Yo! Thanks for having me do something for Svnset Waves again. I’ve been good. Same old same old.

How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard it?

Well back when I first started doing music I use to tell people that I sound kind of like XXYYXX, but only because that was the only artist people really knew back then before the future scene started going more public. Now, with the new style I’m going for with these remixes, I guess I would say “emotional trap” with more emphasis on vocals than hard synth chords and melodies in traditional and festival trap.

Where did you come up with the name Tyord?

Tyord was a graffiti name I chose back around 2010 to join NBF, the recruiting crew of TCP. I never went through with the crew since I left the art high school in downtown Miami I was attending to focus on music.

Art has always been a key part of your life… Graffiti, painting, graphic design, and now music. How do you feel all of the different art forms tie together?

All the different art forms I’ve been involved with have made significant impacts on my music. I design all my own work and sometimes even do my own photography and video editing e.g. the image for this interview. But I think the most influential art form that I have led over into my music is my work with painting; all black, simple yet interesting and full.

You just released your 3 track EP, Winters Wither With Her. What is the story behind it?

There’s a lot behind that EP. Each song kind has its own story that directly and indirectly ties into the other. “Winters”, which I sampled “Ice Dance” by Danny Elfman and “I’ll Be There” by Jackson 5, is about something or someone that you’ve known for such a long time that you know something bad is bound to happen to it or them, but you never know when or what will happen, so you just try to cherish every moment you have. “Wither”, which I sampled “Romance Is Dead” by Parkway Drive, is about that moment when you first hear the bad news and everything else just goes down hill from there. Things fall apart, the people you know and love fall apart…you fall apart. Finally, “With Her”, which is all my original work including all instruments and vocals, is the conclusion to the relationship that was there for “Winters”. But its not like a break-up. Its more like knowing that there is an impending tragedy like how I mentioned in “Winters”, but this time you know what it is and when its going to happen so you’re just trying to make time go slow until every things done. Until she’s gone.

You are with the Paris based label, Moose Records. There is so much good talent over there. How do you feel to be a part of the things they are doing?

Pretty good. I’ve always loved Moose and everyone on there is a homie. Unfortunately, they are over-seas, so they can’t really help me with booking shows. For this reason I have also recently joined XYZA, a Miami based booking group with some mad cool producers on it who I do shows with.

You have a great talent for remixing. How does remixing and editing songs progress our music scene?

To be honest, remixing is how I progress with my own style. I learned everything from remixing and then apply what I learned from remixing into my originals. As the music scene entirely, remixing gives us a foundation for the identity of all the music we do and where to branch it off to. I can’t think of any artists of this music scene who would do or has done a remix or edit of a Tiesto song. But most of us would for sure go and download that R.Kelly acapella, chop it up over a loop of a guitar snippet sampled from Emancipator, and add some 808 drums.

What are some of your biggest goals as a musician?

SHOWS SHOWS SHOWS!!! I dig producing. But my heart is in performing. I want to play with all the dope artists at all the dopest festivals and events and venues.

You always have amazing things up your sleeve. What can we look forward to in the coming months?

Well, for now I’m releasing a remix once every month for my “Tyord // Remixes 2014” EP. “They Say” by Kilter was my first one to drop. Not sure which one I will drop next but it’s either my remixes of “Clouds” by Female, “Sleepless” ft. Jezzabell Doran by Flume, “Eyes For You” by Chrome Sparks & Steffaloo, or “Time” by Hans Zimmer (Satellite Empire remix). Starting next year I’m thinking of working on an EP…maybe finishing up “Rituals Religions Relations”, but I am unsure about that as of now.

Thanks so much man! Keep up the good work!

No problem! Thanks for having me.

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Make sure to follow Tyord on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter.

Also be sure to download the Winters Wither With Her EP.

PICKS OF THE WEEK (April 20, 2014)

kuRt released this short and sweet synth heavy track, xx earlier this week. It has intriguing little percussions and a wonderful atmosphere. I’m looking forward to more music from the talented young artist in the coming months! 

British sample master JVNTG released a new single called Cry 4 u. The emotional and vibey feel of the song pulls you in right from the start. This is the perfect song to listen to while cruising down the strip late night with a car full of friends. 

Although I don’t know a ton about Escaping Animals, I do know that the newest track, Casuarina is amazing. The track is super laid back and fragile. I feel like this song would be playing as you slowly got glimpses of the future. An ephemeral yet dreamy musical trance. 

Both SVNSET WΛVES compilation veterans, TOTΛLMΞSS and WEHTAM YELTHGIEK teamed up together to create this amazingly dream atmosphere, Second-Hand Touch. The sleepy and dreamy track takes me to a world not of my own, but a place where only peace and good vibes exist. I like this place.

18 year old producer kuma never ceases to amaze me. His new song sumimasen will make you grab the nearest woman, take her in your arms and dance until the replay button breaks. •ᴥ•

Australian producer Female's take on the classic Little Dragon song Twice is nothing but breathtaking. I have nothing but love for both of these artists. Female was one of the first artists I ever interviewed and appeared on my first compilation and the first vinyl I ever had was Little Dragon’s Ritual Union. This song brings back memories and takes me to a place on a dark night sitting with someone I love and taking in the world around us.

Texan producer, slow haze bursted out into the music scene with a lovely bang. His first release ever you were under the sun is the type of track that gets you antsy for the summer air that is slowly making it’s way into the world. The song brings back old summer memories and allows you to envision future summers to come. I can’t wait!

Ryan Evans Interview // pureland Review

School is nearing an end. Only a few more weeks and I am done with grade school for good. At the moment, I am only anxious and ready for it to all be over. But, I know as the end draws nearer, a strange sadness will settle over me. Change is hard, and moving out of high-school into the real world can be a weird transition. Most likely, soon I will realize how easy I have it now. I will probably become sad and worried, not being able to relinquish the futures grasp on my mind. But, it is good to know that there is a comfort. Like usual, that comfort is music, and I already know what I will be listening to when this sadness hits. 

I first discovered Philadelphian producer, Ryan Evans back in the fall of 2013. His song Fall Asleep Together took my breath away and I even made a post about it on the site. But Ryan is back yet again with another fantastic release, this time a post-dubstep and ambient inspired EP called pureland. The album has themes of sadness, heart-break, and fear, but also glimpses of hope. I know this is what I will be needing quite soon. I am looking forward to growing closer to this EP and Ryans music over the next few weeks. 

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Hello Ryan! Thank you for taking the time to talk! How are you?
No problem thank you for asking me! Everything’s good. I’m actually on my way home from class so I’m doing incredible now that its over haha.
You released your first album called broken axioms in late 2012. How has your music progressed since then?
I think the only thing that really changed since then is my relationship with the music. Before broken axioms I had absolute no confidence in what I created. I sent out beats to artists I really wanted to work with. Every now and then a handful would respond and let me know I had something but the rest would either ignore me or tell me ten ways to change it. 
I created broken axioms to show other artists what I was capable of and it led to bloggers and fans telling me I should not only send beats to rappers/singers but I should work on solo material as well. After I released it my confidence grew and now I feel less weird when promoting it (sometimes haha)
What is your personal favorite song you have made and why?
To be honest my ego doesn’t let me pick a favorite song haha. Normally it’s always one or two tracks from my latest project. I’m always looking forward so I believe my new material is always my best material. If I had to pick it would either be “alotofapathy” or “shameisthemuse” both from my latest EP pureland. I think both represent my style to date. I’m all about combining multiple genres, a friend of mine said pureland was the perfect culmination of Trap, Post Dubstep, and Electronic and I almost shed a tear haha.
How is the electronic music scene in Philadelphia?
Man I wish I knew and was a part of it! I’ve been trying to get my act together for live shows for the past year or so. Hopefully I’ll know soon haha! Most of the networking and music scenes I’m apart of exist online. 
You just recently released your new EP, pureland. What is the story behind the album?
I had been working on a full length LP and I wanted it to be my best project to date. I was contacting rappers and singers for features and getting the main concept together when I got stuck. I was mixing vocals, making album art, but I couldn’t make new tracks for shit. There was almost a two month period of me trying to make music and desperately failing. I started to figure out that I was putting way too much thought in the minutia and too much stress on myself. So I decided to put the LP on the back burner for now and start something new, and so pureland was born.
During my artist block I was also interning at a digital marketing agency where I had a two hour long commute. I didn’t really enjoy the job and the ride didn’t help how I was feeling about my music at the time haha but as I was driving I looked over into an empty chunk of farmland. It was an odd time in the morning where it didn’t know if it wanted to be morning or night, fog was creeping up from the ground and I saw a large decrepit street sign that said “Pureland 15mi”. I instantly wrote down pureland in my phone and knew I would use it for a title.
What are your biggest musical goals?
My first goal was to make money off of music. I know it sounds sad, but I think once you make money from something you love to do, you  hit another level. If you just keep creating music and putting in your time just to give everything away for free it turns into a hobby more than something you want to do with your life. Luckily broken axioms was the turning point for me and I have been able to make a little money here and there from my solo projects as well as selling beats.
The next goal is definitely having a label (small or large) to help me put out my next project. It would be so incredible to only have to worry about making my music and artwork and forget about the promotion side. I’m also looking to do a physical release of some kind, perhaps releasing a project of mine on cassette or cd!  
Last is getting together my first live show. In my head there’s thousands of people dancing with one another, crying and possibly playing with balloons? We’ll see what happens haha
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you choose and why?
This is probably a lame answer, but since I was sixteen I’ve wanted to make music with Kanye West. He is the main reason I started making beats. I use to listen to College Dropout on vinyl and hunt for all the samples. I would then buy the records Kanye used and try to remake the songs myself. It was the first time I started to play with samples and pitch and it really helped me turn into the artist I am today. Kanye is one of those artists that keeps his finger on the pulse of underground music. He harnesses that young talent and creates something so sonically new it’s impossible to classify. I pray to Yeezus that one day I get called upon to help work on a Kanye West album. I would probably weep on spot haha.
After Ye, I would love to work with all the artists I have so far but IRL haha. The internet is incredible for finding amazing talent but all the people I’ve worked with live so far away. If I could lock these artists in my little bedroom studio for a week I really feel like it would be a lot easier to conquer the world haha.
What is your biggest musical belief?
Be open to criticism but remain confident in yourself. There is a lot of people out there that just want to shit on whatever you’re making just because they don’t have the balls to make it themselves but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be open to constructive criticism. For every asshole that wants to be negative there’s two people who truly want to help you. It’s about being open enough to find those people and confident enough to let the negativity roll off your back.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
I’m always working on solo material whether it be albums, mixes, remixes etc but expect more of my production as well. I’m working on a collaborative project with experimental rap legends SWAG TOOF, always sending beats to my dudes from UDF, and a few secret projects that I can’t talk about but I promise you great stuff to come for sure!
Thanks so much for the time Ryan! Best of luck with all of your future endeavors! 
Thank you SVNSET WAVES for supporting me I seriously appreciate it like crazy and Thank you to anyone reading this, you guys are the reason I haven’t quit this dream of mine!
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Make sure to follow Ryan Evans on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter!
Also, be sure to download pureland form the Ryan Evans Bandcamp

PICKS OF THE WEEK (April 13, 2014)

Producers // Y E Λ R S // and Y U M I - 由美 teamed up to creat this beautiful piece called ビサイド島. The song samples Final Fantasy which automatically caught my attention. This track allows emotions to flow, memories to be relived, and love to slip its way back into your heart.

I have the privilege of being Snapchat buddies with 19 year old bedroom producer Rolmex. After seeing a lot of his newest clips, I was extremely excited to hear the final product of his collaboration with vocalist Sofia. Although I took Spanish class last year, I can not understand the lyrics, but theres something beautiful in that for me. I don’t need to know what the words are because the emotions are still being portrayed. 

Phoenix based musician A Cloud For Climbing released his first single off of his upcoming debut album. The progression of Dala. leaves you in a dreamy state of mind where limitless adventures are at your fingertips. When I go skydiving someday, I’ll have this song playing the whole way down. 

Teenage Australian duo L W K Y is back with yet another fantastic single. Too Late is a song for the sleep deprived, heart broken, and the lonely. Get ready to put this on replay and vibe (cry) to all night long. 

Fourteen year old producer petit biscuit has been on a roll as of late and his new song, Voyage, a song I will be listening to for months to come. The track sound like it is being played straight off of a crispy and crackly record player. The synthwork and vocal samples all work out to perfectly form this beautiful track.

Yet another teenage duo teams up to bring us this amazing track, Leave Slow. Tin Gardens is the Chicago brainchild of Foghound and Dazed For Daze. Emotional. Experimental. Unique. Beautiful. That just about sums up this song. 


Art by Jacky Wong.

iglooghost Interview

In late 2013, an artist by the name of iglooghost caught my attention. I first heard his song peanut_smoker (raja.ram) and automatically knew I had found something very special. At the time, the young British producer was only 16 years old but his musical presence was well beyond his years. His beautifully quirky and busy beats pulled me in close and put me in a trance.  Shortly, I introduced myself through Facebook and started talking with him and realized not only does he have amazing music, but also a great personality and a very humorous character. In many ways, he reminds me of myself (other than the amazing music part). I have been wanting to conduct an interview with him for quite some time, but the opportunity just recently presented itself. 

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Hey man! Thanks for taking the time to chat!

hi hey oi waddup wagwon.

How are you?

i’m ok i think. i have 1 day left of school until i get like 2 weeks off n i’m gonna finish this record with milo. it’s really foggy here which is cool.

First off, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you chose the name iglooghost?

hahahar i’m not sure uh i think i was drunk freestyling w my dumb friends in some woods @ an ungodly hour & i did some line about being a malevolent inuit spirit. wait it was like ‘INVADING ABODES LIKE A MOUSE IS//HAUNT INUIT HOUSES//COOL SWEATER BUT POORER QUALITY TROUSERS.” i recorded it all on my phone n i watched it back then made a song called cool sweater. wow full circle wow

The music video for peanut_smoker (raja.ram) is one of my favorite music videos of all time, What was the process of making the video and how did you come up with the idea?

loooooooool shut up. that’s v kind. thank you. me and my main fellas luke & tim are into goo so we shot loads of shitty views in our shitty town & i stayed up for 3 days n drew goo on em.

You have done quite a few collaborations with rappers. What is it like producing a song for someone and how do you vibe off of each other?

uh it’s pretty hard tbh. you’re making the shit with them in mind and trying to pander to their tastes but simultaneously feeling like a lil bitchman. i only like working w milo & this dude called king kow//cow yote//mr yote. watch out for him he’s better @ rapping than you & prefers japanese mech figurines 2 trap beats.

You live basically in the middle of nowhere like me. Do you consider this a disadvantage or an advantage musically?

uh it’s shit. speaking of trap beats i feel like my music would have hella hi hats if i lived in the city cus i’d be trying to impress hypebeast ass lame girls n breed w em. but the girls here think avicii is cool… so i can do whatever i want stylistically i guess, i’m not even gonna try and woo the ladies. i think the isolation is good in terms of productivity. i can do weird things cus i only show em 2 like 3 other ppl.

You played your first live show ever this January. How did it go and how was your music received by the audience? What are your hopes for future live performances?

hahahaha yeh that fun. it was with SWEDE:ART & my panda shall fly. i love both those dudes’ stuff so it was an honour. it went down real gr8. i got v clunky hands & i was balancing my shit on this circular table the whole time n i sweated like a sweat lord but it was all good. very fun.

You are a self proclaimed “original badboi rudeboi”. I would agree being that you cut through an elderly mans lawn every morning to get to school. But on this journey, you have to climb through a tree tunnel and of course, you brand new release with Error-Broadcast is called Treetunnels. What was the inspiration for the album and how was the process of making it?

lmao yeah i’m awful. sorry old man w nice car. my inspiration was being nervous about everything maybe, but also sedated w benzodiazepines @ the same time. the ep is really hard 2 explain so here are some key words: twinings jasmine green tea// ram horns// small green leaves// tits// bears// dust// meteorites// the smell of photos when they get leaky and inky// must// nag champa incense sticks//

As a graphic artist, I am quite fond of all of your art. Do you make it yourself?

yeh that’s a thing i’m real anal about. i hate shading & “good art.”

Your sound is super unique and easy to get down to. Who are some of your largest musical influences and role-models?

gee thanks boi i’m making a concious descision to duck the brainfeeder comparisons w the next thing but not change my style. &&&&&&&&&& uh i like aphex twin, old sonic youth, pharcyde, miles davis, clipse, swans.

You are only 17 making you part of an awesome world of teenage producers. What advise would you give to young artists like yourself and how do you think your music career will change when you turn 18.

i think 18 might be still notable but idek. that’s a fucking issue. 19 is usually mentioned so maybe i have a few years left of bitching out. i dunno. & uh young artists………….. shouldn’t take things seriously. use a burp as a snare. make heavy stuff when yr older and boring.

Thanks so much for the chat. Keep up the amazing work!

thx man everybody cop my new mixtape bugatti bandits 3 presented by don cannon. just kidding but go watch my new vid w RUFFMERCY if u feel like it but its fine if not xooxxxxoxoxooxox ex oh ex oh

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Make sure to check iglooghost out on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Bandcamp.

Also, be sure to get Treetunnels from the Error Broadcast Bandcamp.

PICKS OF THE WEEK (April 6, 2014)

London based producer, et aliae created this beautiful masterpiece, you remind me…, for the trying to find love in a parallel universe compilation. Make sure to check out the 26 artist album because it is packed full of good music! Also, keep your eye on et aliae. Good music is no doubt just around the corner.

Italian beatsmith, intrøvert captured my attention with his laid back hiphop beat, Thoughtless. I knew I liked what I heard and as I listened to more of his sounds I recognized him as an artist to keep my eyes on! You should too!

kwok is one of those artists that I heard and immediately fell in love with. And his chilled out R&B influenced track, I Got is the one that started it all. The Netherlands have a really cool music scene being born with minds such as kwok and NT.MMXIII. Keep your eyes out for a cool Netherland beat scene birth in the coming months. 

ƒΔÐÊS creates these peaceful joints that use amazing sampling. Songs like smile make me long for summer, which is only five weeks away for me. If you like hip-hop and jazz influenced beats, look no further because ƒΔÐÊS has everything you need.

ATUMIS is a super mysterious producer, and there is something super interesting about that that makes you want to get to know the artist in a better way through the music. I’m talking, so mysterious, you can’t even comment on the tracks. Regardless, if you know me I’m quite a ham for some quality trap music that I can get down to. All of ATUMIS’ music satisfies that need. 

Tyord recently released his Winters Wither With Her EP. I was such a fan of the release, I wanted my first ever video interview to be with the Miami based producer. Unfortunately some things didn’t work out the way they were expected and the interview was never posted. But, in the interview Tyord talks about some of the artists set to remix the songs on the EP and I was thoroughly excited when I heard that Mosaicc would be conducting a remix. Mosaicc has been a favorite of mine for quite a while now and I was not disappointed at all by the outcome of the remix. 

Wisconsin based artist SLOWPOKE released this song about three months ago but I just found it this week and I sure am glad I did! His song You’ve Got Me is a chilled track that has me tapping my foot and bobbing my head. Make sure to check out his other tracks which range from dub to house to chill to hophop. Regardless of what you like, you will find something that catches your attention.


ART BY Page67_Lynette Jackson.

BEΛR//FΛCE Interview

When I first started getting into experimental electronic music, Majestic Casual was one of my main sources for finding new artists. Shortly after I started following Majestic, they posted a song called Taste My Sad. As always the art lured me in and with a name like Bear//Face the artist must be pretty unique. Little did I know I was about to fall in love. The song brought so many different things to the table. Sadness. Hope. Tears. Longing. In the desperate state of life I was in at the time, this music was everything I needed to help me through the hard times. Majestic went on to post a few more songs from Bear//Face and for some it took a few songs or a few listens to make up their mind on the Belfast based artist… But I for one fell in love within the first ten seconds I heard his music. Bear//Face automatically became one of my favorite artists and I have been keeping up with him ever since. 

This year at SXSW, I had the amazing privilege of going to the #spf420 house party. Among the performers were some of my favorite artists of all time including Giraffage, Spazzkid, Different Sleep, Ryan Hemsworth, and none other than Bear//Face. He was the second artist to play (just after Tony Hawk Pro DJ) and I was shaking with excitement. One of the greatest musicians in my mind was about to play a set for me and a handful of other people. The set was my favorite of the night. I got to hear some familiar songs, unreleased tunes, and of course, the song that started it all, Taste My Sad. After a few more sets I finally got the courage to go over and say a few words. He was so humble and kind and at the end of our little conversation I felt like I just got done talking to a long time friend. One of the beautiful things about music is that even if someone lives in another country and has never met you in their life, you steel feel a connection because of a similar passion for music. 

When I returned home, I messaged Bear//Face on Facebook and asked if I could interview him and I was overjoyed when he agreed to answer some questions for me! So, without anymore talk, here is my interview with the great Bear//Face.

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Hey man! How are you doing?

Great! thanks for asking. 

I had the amazing honor of seeing you play at SXSW and your set exceeded my high expectations. So, speaking of live performances, what is the craziest thing that has happened during one of your live performances? 

I haven’t played that many shows so nothing really insane to be honest, playing the spf420 show while dogs pooped in the kitchen adjacent to me was chill. 

This was my first year at SXSW and it was also your first year. What did you think and what were some highlights of your trip? 

Had so much fun, too many highlights, the aggressive dance circle we started down 6th street while being surrounded by a group of people pounding african drums was an experience though.

For SXSW you made the long trip from Belfast to Austin. How is the music scene in Belfast? 

I actually flew there from Anguilla, but the Belfast music scene is pretty strange. Mainly consists of bands and stuff, very little electronic music unfortunately. Some good bands though.

I first discovered your music through Majestic Casual when they posted your track Taste My Sad. I automatically fell in love. That was your first Majestic feature and since then you have been featured on the channel seven more times. How did you feel the first time you saw that Majestic had posted your track and do you still feel the same way when you see that they have uploaded another one of your tracks? 

Thank you! It was really cool when I saw they posted it, I was aware of them before so it was cool to get that recognition. They definitely helped me a lot. 

Many young artists like yourself would say that your music has been an inspiration for their own musical endeavors. When did you start making music and what affect has it had on your life? 

I started like properly writing music around 15 or so when I was playing in bands and things like that. I’d say it’s had a pretty big affect on me, theres not much else that I feel as comfortable doing. 

You released Beat_Tape in October of 2012 and it got a ton of love. What was the process of that release? Did you expect such a huge response to the album? 

To be honest it was just a load of tracks I threw together that I had been working on over the past year. It was a totally passive release, I really wasn’t thinking much about it. I just wanted to get some feedback from people who weren’t my friends, the response felt pretty crazy. 

You are a member of Moose Records along side your friends Dream Koala, Andrea, and Julia Losfelt among many other talented musicians. How did you get involved with Moose and what do you think of the label as a whole? 

I’m actually not officially a part of Moose Records or anything, I’m just affiliated with the dudes who run it. All great people by the way, super super talented. I was introduced to Andrea online through Yndi (Dream Koala) initially, and have just been talking and stuff ever since. 

Who were some of your musical inspirations when you first started making music? 

In terms of electronic music, dudes like Gold Panda, Balam Acab, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus etc. But all the music I listen to definitely inspires me to some degree, regardless of genre. 

If you could collab with any artist in the world who would you choose and why? 

Young Thug. I really don’t think I need a reason. 

It’s been a while since you have posted new music. You must be working on something good! What can we hope for from you in the year to come? 

Sitting on a lot of new stuff at the moment. It’ll all make sense soon. 

Thank you so much for spending the time to chat, my friend! Take care! 

No problem, thanks for hitting me up!

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Make sure to follow Bear//Face on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter.
Also be sure to download Beat_Tape and Bear//Face’s Remix Compilation

FOGPAK x SVNSET WΛVES

Brand new compilation from myself and FOGPAK

FOGPAK has been a huge influence on me while putting together compilations! 

This album is so diverse and reaches so many different styles and tastes. 

Make sure to check it out and download it because it’s free! A big thanks to every artist who participated! 

And download it for free right here!

EEST COAST INTERVIEW // ‘MY LUV (EASY GIRL REMIX)’ SVNSET WΛVES Ξxclusive Premiere

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I am always extremely giddy when I have the honor to interview a Shoeboxx Recordings artist! Every release they have is extravagant and each of their artists are so talented and unique. And today I am extra lucky because I also get to release the fantastic EASY GIRL Remix of EEST COAST's song, My Luv.

To begin with, the remix. 

EASY GIRL could easily be called one of the most amazing remixers of our time, and his remix for EEST COAST’s single, My Luv, is no exception. EASY GIRL creates an amazingly simple yet beautiful world with his upbeat take on the track. EASY GIRL is definitely not one to follow trends, but one to set them. 

Now to EEST COAST and his single.

I have been following EEST COAST for quite a while and I am always amazed at his work. On April first, Shoeboxx Recordings is releasing his single, My Luv featuring remixes from SAINT PEPSI, Snubluck, and, of course, EASY GIRL. My Luv was the second time I had ever heard a track from the seventeen (sixteen then) year old producer based out of Connecticut. His production is flawless and it is very evident that he has talent beyond his years. 

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Hey man! Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions!

Thanks for having me, I am very ‘jazzed’ to be here.

Who is EEST COAST?

I’m a seventeen-year-old kid named Adam who lives in Connecticut. There’s nothing else to it other than that, I don’t think.

You have been making music since a very young age. What got you into producing and what impact has it had on your life?

I started playing drums when I was like, eleven or twelve years old. I picked up learning more and more instruments after that, like ukulele, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, among others. I was really big into folk and pop-rock music for a while, then I started making music on my computer when I was 14 or so and it went downhill from there.

Music production has had some ‘impact’ on my life, I think. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘emotionally’ impacted me as much as it’s just become something I spend nearly all my time on. I make music because I love it and there’s nothing else I want to spend my time on. It’s also a good form of stress-relief, ‘catharsis,’ for me, I feel.

You are still in high-school. What is it like juggling school, work, and music at the same time?

Music is something I do late at night or early in the morning. Most of my free time (that isn’t at school or work) is spent on music. School always comes first, or whatever, kids.

You joined Denver based label, Shoeboxx Recordings in June of 2013. What is it like being a part of the amazing dream team they are building?

It’s so great, they’re an amazing group of people. They’re all very talented and some of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met. I have no clue where I’d be without them right now. Eric and Paul are the two people responsible for helping me get this far, I can’t thank them enough.

You are about to release your single, MY LUV, with Shoeboxx Recordings. You first released the track eight months ago and received a ton of love. What was the inspiration to making this track?

I had always wanted to make songs that sound very ‘summer-y,’ because I enjoy summertime. It’s my favorite season. It somehow feels very happy and very sad at the same time, like morose in a very endearing way. I wanted to make a track like that, simultaneously poppy and sad. It’s a very desperate song, I feel. It’s like the emotion of being upset but being happy with being upset. Like sugar-coated depression.

The release features some amazing remixes from Saint Pepsi, Snubluck, and Easy Girl. What is it like hearing other artists takes on your song?

Amazing. It was great to hear artists use my music in their own way. It was like a ‘wow’ moment, I never even thought I’d ever hear anyone remix anything I made. I never even expected anyone to listen to anything I made to begin with, really. It’s exciting.

The release is being put on 7” vinyl. How does it feel to physically hold your music?

I love vinyl, I think it’s a great medium. I love this vinyl especially; the cover art on the single is actually a picture of the wallpaper in my house, and coupling that with the clear vinyl, I think it’s a really good representation of ‘me.’ It’s like a small piece of my life and I’m glad I get to share it with people.

What should we be expecting from you in the coming months?

I’m going to be releasing my debut EP with Shoeboxx Recordings this summer. It’s a good summertime EP, I feel. It has four new tracks and has artwork created by Tao Lin. That’s all I can really say. You’ll also be hearing new stuff from me before then, though I can’t say much on that front either.

Thanks so much for the time man! Best of luck with the release!

Thanks for having me. Much love.

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Be sure to follow EEST COAST on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter.

Also be on the lookout for My Luv on April 1st on the Shoeboxx Recordings Bandcamp. And be sure to snatch up a 7” vinyl before they are all gone!

Gangplans - Tinue feat. Voyager (SVNSET WΛVES Ξxclusive Premiere)

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SVNSET WΛVES is proud to release an exclusive single from Gangplans, the talented duo out of California. The track, Tinue, features the talent of Norwegian producer, Voyager. I can’t think of a better song to start the spring season off with! You can hear the blooming and growth within the upbeat track. Listening makes me feel hopeful and keeps me anticipated for the fresh smell of flowers, warm sun on my skin, and the songs of birds in the trees.

"This track started with an idea tossed to us by Voyager, which was a church organ based groove. We added some guitar, bass, keys, bells, additional beats, and rearranged the song according to the vocal narrative of on our own vocals pitched-up and sampled. Voyager then sent us notes and a crucial addition of underlying strings that we used to lush out the vibe here and there. During the making of the track we became obsessed with the movie Her, which is about man loving a entity that has been constructed by man, which ends up becoming more than man. In a way, that’s what this track is all about. It’s a celebration of the impending singularity and the triumph of post-language communication. And at the very end there is a little easter egg to keep us in check." - Gangplans

Lyrics:

I will stand here and keep it going on

You deserve it live on live on

Make sure to keep up with Gangplans on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Bandcamp.

If you are an artist and would like to collaborate with Gangplans, email them at gangplans@gmail.com.

Gloom Interview // High Tide Review

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The transition from winter to spring is one of my favorite times of the year. Winter seems to bring around the saddest times and dreary minds. For me, this winter just looked like a ton of stress. Applying for colleges and scholarships is pretty annoying, frustrating, and time-consuming. But, I also have to balance the time I spend with school and education with friends, family, and music. And I just turned 18 so I am finally starting to feel the pressure of growing up and being an adult, which can be a very hard thing to grasp. But, as the snow melts away and the flowers start to blossom and the trees start to bud, the feeling of renewal and peace is all around me. 

As I have been making these transitions, there is one release I have really had in mind as a soundtrack to this transition. That soundtrack is Oregon based musician, Gloom's new release, High Tide. The EP starts off with the title song, High Tide. This song reminds me so much of winter with its cold and emotional atmosphere. The next track, Dream Scheme features the remarkable talent of Bijou. To me, this track symbolizes the last push of winter. The knowledge that you are so close to coming out of the storm and breaking free of your bondages. The next track, (my personal favorite) Laguna Beach shows the first signs of spring. I can just hear the rebirth and hopeful anticipation in the piece.  The last track off the EP is Longitude and this track reminds me that even though the storm has passed, there are more coming. But, not to fear the storm… Look forward to it, because along with the storm comes new lessons and growth through the struggle. The EP is an amazing listening experience that can be really healthy for someones mind and soul in times of transition. 

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Hey man! Thanks for stopping by to chat!

Thanks for having me. 

First off, can you tell me a bit about yourself?

I’m 27 years old. I live in Eugene, Oregon and I like to make music and video games. I want to be free.

How did you choose your name?

One day I said to myself, “I’m tired of being such a gloom prophet” and for some reason I thought it was a good name for my musical project.

When did you start making music and what impact has it made in your life?

I got into playing guitar when I was 13. I didn’t really go to school so most of my days I spent playing music. I tried any instrument I could get my hand on and played them all terribly with an almost refusal to learn music theory or any other rule that someone else has made up. Music has impacted my life in ways both positive and negative. While it has provided me with an outlet to express myself it has also made it difficult at times for me to be successful in a society I am almost forced to participate in.

You just recently released your EP, High Tide. What was the process and inspiration for the release?

I started it on a trip to California. It was inspired by the warm beach and the way the waves sweep in and out, and the haze and fog of a mountain trail here in Oregon. This provided the heavily melancholy feel of the album. I started out working with audio samples from old field recordings and previously unfinished projects. I proceeded to chop them up and lay down a foundation which I then would record instrumentation over. Most of the time from there after was shaping and moving the captured audio through three dimensional space as well as creating thick harmonic textures. In sound design, I find a way to tune my nervous system and release chemical reactions in my brain, so the intention while creating a song is very much about how it “feels”.

You released the EP with Los Angeles based label, Tipping Hand Recordings. How did you get involved with Tipping Hand?

I was approached via internet by Drake about releasing music for a label he was launching. CoMa had turned him on to my music. They are both wonderful people and I’m glad that I have come in contact with them both.

What can we expect from you in the coming months?

Just starting to play shows I have one Feb 15th in Portland with Bluetech. So I hope to do more shows and work on making video games.

Thanks for taking the time to talk! It was a pleasure!

Take Care.

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Make sure to download High Tide from Tipping Hand’s Bandcamp

Be sure to keep up with Gloom on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Bandcamp

WTCHDCTR for SVNSET WΛVES

January Ξxclusive Mix from WTCHDCTR

These are my favorite electronic-based artists. The ones that inspire me and have shaped me into the musician/producer I am today. I could listen to all of these tracks and artists no matter what mood I’m in, anytime of any day. Tracks like these make my heart happy and my soul warm. They each make me feel a certain way, but I ultimately love them all the same. I thank the beautiful minds that created them." -WTCHDCTR

Sweet Valley - One

Nathan Williams is probably my biggest musical influence. So of coarse when Nathan and his brother Kynan started producing, I knew it’d be magical. Topped with Zelda and Final Fantasy samples/references, SWEET VALLEY is just one of those things that are so amazing I can’t believe it actually exists.

Shlohmo - Anywhere But Here

Shlohmo is light. He is definitely my favourite electronic producer. Anywhere But Here is my favourite track off the album, “Bad Vibes”. It’s incredibly difficult to pick just one Shlohmo track because I love them all but Anywhere But Here takes me somewhere I’ve never been. Makes me feel so darn good. I can’t explain it. I love it.

Shigeto - DEAS 2 

Ooo, jeez. Shigeto. Ugh, so amazing. This track reminds me of the rain. It makes me think of staring out into the calm grey with a hot mug of tea. I absolutely love all of Shigeto’s work. All of his jazz infused organ, it feels like it’s wrapping itself around me and loving me right back.

Perfume (パフューム) - Dream Fighter

I love J-pop. I could listen to it all day… Because I have. Perfume (パフューム) and Capsule are really fantastic for anyone who wants to get into electronic production. Yasutaka Nakata, the producer for both groups is a genius. Dream Fighter just puts me in a great mood and it’s my favourite song off their album, “Triangle”.

Daisuke Tanabe - Ghost

My favourite Japanese artist/producer. His mind is incredible. His use of atmosphere and samples amazes me. Every song he creates has it’s own distinct feel and personality. Once again, another producer too difficult for me to pick just one favourite song, but Ghost was my first Daisuke Tanabe track I heard and it changed me. He is definitely a very huge influence on me.

Salem - Skullcrush

Salem is one of my top three favourite full bands. What can I say about them? They make me think of bruised knees and strobe lights. They make me think of burning things down while making out with you’re significant other. Seeing them live would be transcendent.

J Dilla - Life

A master of his craft. One of my biggest influences in hiphop music, and production. An inspiration to so many, he definitely paved the road of producing. I don’t think I need to say much. I just love this track, and if you haven’t heard Dilla… what the stuff you doin’ with your life?

Aphex Twin - Stone In Focus

My first electronic music encounter… eight years old, didn’t know what I was hearing… but it was good. Very good. I can imagine I must’ve heard some other electronic music before that through the radio or my older brother but Aphex Twin was the first that sat with me. I’ve never met an eight year old so effected by music, so amazed and confused. I remember seeing the video for Windowlicker when it premiered and being so mesmerized. Since then Aphex Twin has been one of my favourite artists, and Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 is easily one of my top 3 favourite albums.

SNSCRN Interview

Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, 21 year old beat maker, SNSCRN has officially stolen my heart. Many music lovers spend quite some time looking for that perfect sound that they hear for the first time and know something magical is happening. That is how I felt when I first heard SNSCRN’s funky tunes. 

SNSCRN’s most recent release is his EP, Lips. The album is perfect in every which way. Sampling perfection, groovy beats, and outstanding uniqueness. The second track off the release, Ave. B, is the first SNSCRN song I heard and it was at that moment that I fell in love. Lips is SNSCRN’s 4th release which also includes an amazing single called Miss You. Make sure to check this guy out and keep him on your radar! Chances are you will love him just as much as I do!

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Hey man! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hey, Corbin! I’m 21 years old, from Las Vegas, NV. I make music everyday when I’m not at school.

How long have you been making music and how did you start?

My mom bought me a Korg Electribe EM-1 when I was around ten years old. I would come home from school and go straight to it. I started rapping over the beats after a while. I eventually got in touch with someone at a local recording studio, and they let me record my songs for twenty bucks an hour. I recorded four songs with them at the expense of my folks. I still have the CD with the four songs but I will never show it to anybody because my ten year old rap voice was hilariously embarrassing.

Whats is your strongest musical belief?

I don’t know. I think a lot of people get discouraged from letting the world hear their music because of all the music being released everyday. It’s easy to get thrown under the dog pile of music, and musicians see that. But the music won’t ever get heard if you only allow yourself to hear it. So, let the world hear your stuff! If it’s good, it will find it’s way to the top of the dog pile.

Your newest EP, Lips was absolutely amazing! Can you tell us a little bit about it? 

Thanks, man! I really appreciate that. I was trying to release it for a year before I finally did. I had a bunch of songs I knew I wanted to release, but they just didn’t quite fit together. Eventually after making more and more songs, the EP started to take form.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

My friends. We all kind of influence each other. They’ll make a song and send it to me, I’ll make one and send it to them. They inspire me a lot.

You are from Las Vegas. Of course, everyone knows of the tales of love, wealth, and fame in the city, but how is the music scene?

Honestly, the music scene isn’t great. I remember when Myspace was king I would message my favorite artists asking them to come to Las Vegas and play shows. Only one ever responded. Their manager said there just wasn’t a big enough demand for independent music in Las Vegas. But, occasionally we’ll get some bands that play the Beauty Bar. I think Ty Segall is playing in March. Stoked for that.

You just recently joined Denver based label, Shoeboxx Recordings. Can you tell us about that relationship?

They’ve been really cool so far! One of my friends showed the guys at Shoeboxx my tunes and they dug it. So they shot me an email offering me a spot on their roster. I couldn’t say no! Paul and Eric have been super professional since day one. I’m super happy to be a part of Shoeboxx.

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be and why?

Probably a mouse. Because I’m quiet and I only come out for food.

What are a few of your musical goals?

I really just want to inspire people to be creative.

What can we expect from you in 2014?

More music! I have a couple of singles I’m working on. I plan on getting them released in the next month or two.

Thanks so much for the time! Best of luck with the new year ahead! 

Thanks, Corbin. You too!

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Make sure to download Lips EP from SNSCRN’s Bandcamp!

Follow SNSCRN on SoundCloud and Facebook!

ΛRTIST // Master Control (Interview)

Many of my followers would recognize the name Master Control as the guy who made the amazing WINTΞR WINDS vol. 1 artwork, but you are really missing out if you haven’t checked out his other work! I had the privilege of interviewing Master Control and getting to pick his mind a bit! 

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Hello Master Control! Thanks for taking the time to talk with me! Can we start of by you telling us a little bit about yourself?

Hi. Thanks for the opportunity! I’m a 26 y/o art school drop out fascinated by dreams & altered states of consciousness. I currently live in Bellingham, Washington. 

Was there a certain point where you absolutely fell in love with design and knew it was what you wanted to spend your life doing?

My transition into art/design was a pretty slow process. I drew a lot as a kid, but my sister was always the artist in the family. I guess that kind of discouraged me when I was younger, so I never put much focus on it. After graduating high school in 2006 I was kind of lost and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. That’s when I got introduced to Macromedia (now Adobe) Fireworks by my old roomie. That really opened my mind up to a lot of possibilities. Creation became my therapy and my escape from life. That’s when I really fell in love with it. Even at that point though, I wasn’t sure if it was a realistic career. It was more of just a hobby I was deeply passionate about. I never thought I’d be able to make a living out of it. As things progressed I started getting more and more requests for artwork and I was actually starting to get paid for it. That kind of blew my mind. It then became apparent to me that this was what I wanted to do with my life. 

You have an amazing talent for album covers! If you could design an album cover for any musician in the world, who would you choose?

Boards of Canada. Without a doubt. I have so much respect and admiration for the brothers and the dedication they have to their art. To work with them would be a dream come true.

Your Visual Transmission series is absolutely stunning! Where did you travel to take such amazing photographs?

I’m very fortunate to live in an incredibly beautiful area of the world. Most of my photos are taken not too far from my home. Travelling is another one of my passions, so I jump at every opportunity to hit the open road. My camera is almost always by my side. 

Where would be your dream destination to vacation and photograph?

I’d love to tour around Africa someday. That’s definitely a dream of mine. From the desert landscapes to the tropical jungles… it would be an incredible place to photograph/visit. 

Obviously, music is a big part of the creative process. What have you recently been listening to while working on art?

My work is primarily influenced by music, so it’s a huge part of my process. I’m constantly looking for new artists to inspire me. Boards of Canada, Teebs, and Tycho are always in the mix for me, but lately I’ve been really into Lone, Manatee Commune, Shigeto, and Clu.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to design?

The best advice I can give is to put everything you’ve got into it your craft. Study it. Obsess over it. Live it. Breathe it. Sleep it. Don’t ever go half ass on a project.

Whats coming up for Master Control?

2014 is going to be big year for me. I have my first solo exhibitions coming up. I’m collaborating with some incredibly talented musicians. And I’ll be setting up an online store to sell prints of my work.

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Check out more work of Master Control on his website

Also, make sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram!

André Obin - SVNSET WΛVES Mix

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December Ξxclusive Mix from André Obin.

Le Thug - Of Europe (Arc 1993)

Boston is lucky to have some great college radio stations like WMBR and WZBC.  ZBC has a phenomenal program called Flyweight which plays classic indie and post-punk, but also features brand new artists carrying the torch.  That’s how I discovered this song.

Jazz Tapes - Higher and Higher  

I met the very talented Matt Guess (Jazz Tapes) while on tour last year in Raleigh, NC.  We were billed with his formidable shoegaze band The White Cascade.  I only found out about his side project Jazz Tapes much later on.  I love the warm open-heartedness in this track.

My Bloody Valentine - Kevin Song

I am a gigantic MBV fan and had the privilege of seeing them live for a fourth time last month.  When Kevin Shields collected and released the MBV EPs from ‘88 through ‘91 in 2012, I was somewhat surprised to see this left off the release.  While “Bilinda’s Song” was retitled “Angel” and other gems like “How Do You Do It” were featured prominently, Shields elected to keep this one buried in the vaults. 

Small Black - Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix)

This is more like a cover than a remix as I believe Ernest Greene is singing Small Black’s lyrics.  If you liked “Feel it All Around” but can’t get into his new stuff, be sure to give this a listen.

People at Parties - Tides 

One of my favorite synthpop groups around.  They hail from NYC and San Francisco.  Lori Napolitano’s voice is amazing.  She reminds me of Annie Lennox in her prime.  I recently remixed PaP’s track “Mazes”.  

André Obin - Gazelle (Artisan Loyalist Remix) 

Artisan Loyalist did a great rework of my song “Gazelle” for my most recent release.  The synths are big and boisterous.  

John Maus - I Don’t Eat Human Beings

I’m quite excited for a new John Maus release.  This guy does not shy away from lo-fi production and I honestly can’t imagine hearing his music any other way. 

Jensen Sportag - Rain Code (Fennesz Remix)

Fennesz is a master of manipulating guitar sounds with laptops. His album Venice is untouchable. Very cool remix here.