Tecs Evergreen Interview // Overtones Review

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Based out of New York City, Tecs Evergreen is an artist I have only recently started following. And I’m so glad I did. A member of Californian label, Dusty Records,  Tecs Evergreen just released his brand new LP, Overtones. With lo-fi vibes, trap influence, and a rainy atmosphere, this album is a perfect soundtrack for stormy afternoon. 

I am currently sitting in my dorm room. I moved in last week and am almost finished with my first week of college. It’s been stressful to say the least. From moving into a room with someone else, to being the young kid again, and staying up until 2 AM doing homework (on the first week remember… who does that?). Tomorrow, my tedious first week will finally be done with. With all the hustle and non-stop running around and doing stuff that has occurred in the past month, I have loved being able to lock my door, turn off all the lights, and listen to Tecs Evergreen’s new release. It calms the nerves, relieves the pressure, and puts the mind at ease. The LP is twelve songs of hypnotic and mind expanding tunes, each with a different influence. 

This is a season of change. You can’t stop it. It’s coming. So instead of trying to run away, sit down and relax. And if you take my advise, theres no better thing to listen to than Overtones.

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Hey man! How are you?

Im doing good thank you :)

Can you start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am tecs, a music producer and artist from new york city.

How did you get into making electronic music?

I’ve been making music since i was about twelve years old, i played guitar in heavy bands until i was about 17, then started messing with computers a lot. It was always the grooves and rhythms that i liked the best, it gets people moving, so the understanding of drumming techniques was integral to my music development as well. Back then i really took time to learn mixing and studio techniques on ssl and neve boards with live instruments. Since moving to new york in 2009, i’ve been writing music a lot on digital systems, integrating the studio as an instrument itself, and the possibilities are seemingly endless to create something out of nothing now, especially when one is alone at home.

You live in New York City, I’d imagine there is an unlimited amount of things for a young music producer to do in the city. What are some of your favorite parts of the Big Apple?

I enjoy going to prospect park, and also anywhere by the piers or waterfronts, the beaches in south brooklyn are a nice change of environment too. I ride my bike pretty much everywhere, there is a lot of cool shops and lunch spots, local movie theaters, friends’ studios, you never get bored just traveling around.

You just released your 12 track LP, Overtones. Can you tell us about it?

Dusty Records out in california reached out to me as supporters of my work, and i really liked what they do, so they made some tapes that span my first album “Lone Wolf”, and also unreleased material of this year to prep for my 2nd record. Its a collection of songs that deal with how one might feel even more alienated living in an age of advanced technology, pop culture and networking, but the vibe is one of deep love, and appreciation for the pure things there are in life. you can pick up the limited cassette release from the Dusty Records webstore.

The release shows quite a few different influences! What artists and styles have had the most influence on your music?
A lot of my influences are life long, from 90’s metal grooves to 2000’s screamo/hardcore, the synth textures in southern trap and rnb music, early 90’s rap tapes from both coasts, screw music, deep/minimal/tech house, all sorts of pop and ambient music, female reggae/dub/caribbean, uk garage, music from my friends and local labels, and those 10 hour long rain/beach sounds you can sleep to on youtube. 

What should we be watching out for in the coming months from you? 
Im going to release volume 2, currently untitled, by the fall, and keep playing more shows. i would love to release something on vinyl, and I would like to soundtrack a short film.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk! Much love! Keep up the good work!
Thank you for the interest in my work, and likewise.
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Make sure to follow Tecs Evergreen on SoundCloud and Tumblr.
Also, download the LP and buy a cassette from the Dusty Records Bandcamp page.

SVMMΞR SVN vol. 2

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SVMMΞR SVN vol. 2 is summers soundtrack. Downlod the entire 36 track album for free here!

X3SR - a e r o d y n a m i c

X3SR is everything that you can imagine, from every dream, to all the love and passion that we submerge to create a limitless journey to carry ourselves into. it’s whatever the mind wants or wishes to perceive. the track s u b l i m a t i o n on the EP is a song about the constant build up of such divine moments in time and how we go through life enjoying the most intimate and most passionate moments. next couple months we’ll be doing a lot of live performances.”

- X3SR // Miami, Florida

HOME - Galatea

Short and simple, I’m HOME. I make music. I recently released an album called Odyssey. My track, “Galatea” is on SVMMER SVN Volume 2. I wrote it really early in the morning over a cup of coffee while playing with a Casio VL-1, and i was really liking the sound I was getting out of it so I wrote it into a full song. Over the next few months I plan to write a bunch of material, and start getting a live act together, but other than that I’m pretty much going to stay at home and make a lot of coffee.”

- HOME // Punta Gorda, Florida // Midwest Collective, SOMICO Collective

Tuuwa x Rollergirl - StarClub7

I like dancy stuffs, funk, soul, RnB. This collab just kinda fell into place, so lucky rollergirl was down for it. Many singles to be released soon.”

- Tuuwa // Denver, Colorado // Midwest Collective

"Two hot boys looking for love."

- Rollergirl // Athens, Ohio // Keats Collective

DRIPMOB - Wisdom Drips

Dripmob is a production/DJ duo consisting of myself— Charlie Davis (KAMAU), and Manolis Sueuga (ClearEyes). We grew up in Berkeley and Oakland and went to Berkeley High together, where we did a lot of beats and rapping. We started the Dripmob project over a year ago, after we started attending different universities. Wisdom Drips is a song we made a while back, which is a bit different from our signature sound which relies heavily on our use of synths. In the next couple of months we will be working on doing primarily warehouse shows with some friends in Berkeley, and pushing a beat collective/label we recently founded with our friend and fellow producer Slimburn called the Like Minded Collective. Manolis is taking time off school to work on beats and push LMC, and he and I will continue to collaborate under the Dripmob alias, hopefully releasing an EP in the next year. Since our formation, Dripmob has performed at venues such at 1015 Folsom alongside artists such as Kaytranada, Purity Ring, Giraffage, Falcons, and Local Hip Hop Legends Zion I, to name a few.”

- DRIPMOB // Oakland, California // Like Minded Collective

Tin Gardens - Crossed My Mind

Tin Gardens is the collaborative effort of producers and multi-instrumentalists Cody Samson and Matías Añon. Based in Chicago, the duo has been together for just over a year and in that short period of time have developed a unique blend of indie rock and experimental electronic music. “Crossed My Mind” is just a preview of what is soon to come from the midwest duo as they prepare to take their sound in a more live-instrument oriented direction. Keep your eyes peeled for the next few releases, more to come very soon…”

- Tin Gardens // Chicago, Illinois // TDS Collective, Kolossus

et aliae - never let u down

i’m a girl who makes music on her computer. this is just a fun song i made. working on some things right now but shh. i love you and thank you for listening!”

- et aliae // London, England

Shark Anthony - Always There

My name is Shark Anthony and i’m a 22 year old producer, vocalist, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. “Always Here” actually started off as really fast electronic song that I was starting to write MIDI information for last year. I came across the session file a few months ago and started to create the version that is out now. I’ve been playing this song live these past few months and I always have somebody come up and ask me about it. I was intending on adding original vocals along side the sampled ones but I’m just too eager to release this jam as is. My plans for the future include performing locally, releasing more singles on SoundCloud, and preparing for my 3rd album titled “Aquarian”! Till then, enjoy the track!”

- Shark Anthony // Boca Raton, Florida // Midwest Collective, Forever Underwater

Alper Atrek - Ok

I’m Alper Atrek and I’m a 20 year old from Orange County who goes to school in Boston. The song I contributed to the compilation is called “Ok” and I hope it makes you feel tingly inside. In the next couple of months I’ll be working on performing my music live so I can play shows and such by the fall when I get back to school, in addition to playing lots of piano.”

- Alper Atrek // Boston, Massachusetts

A Cloud For Climbing - Over the river, over the woods

incndscnt - wishing she was here

I dont really know who I am. I guess I’m just a boy, trying to discover who I am, and what I want to be in life. I do know that I am adventurous, I like to travel, make music and take polaroid pictures. One day I want to hitchhike across the U.S. with a beautiful girl I can call mine. I like the ocean, being alone sometimes, and vintage synthesizers. I use music to try and express my feelings and emotions. I can never tell if its working though. The song is basically about what the title states. Its about this girl I met that I really liked, things were working out but she wasn’t willing to be mine. At first I felt pretty lousy and wrote this song, but now I don’t really like to think about it. I moved on, life goes on. She wasn’t the one. ‘m not sure what I plan to do. Maybe I’ll put together an EP or just a single with some remixes or something. It’d be nice to do a cassette release too, I really like tapes.”

- incndscnt // Middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin

☿bluecrew☿ - ❦lυv yr gιrl❦

Hey, my name is Danny Diaz and I make music under the pseudonym ‘☿bluecrew☿’. my submission for SVMMER SVN vol. 2, ‘❦lυv yr gιrl❦’ is about being in love with the girl you have [(alternatively it’s about being infatuated with another guys girlfriend)but I didn’t say that] Senzu Collective recently reissued a mixtape I made last year called ‘ΜΕΡΧΥΡΨ’ to gear up for my LP ’ Life in Technicolor’ also being released thru Senzu! I’ll also be putting out a super awesome remix compilation later this year; featuring some friends. that will first see the light of day thru a mix for AMDISCS! I’m super grateful to be apart of this compiliation, and I hope to be apart the next!”

- ☿bluecrew☿ // Redondo Beach, California // Senzu Collective

Dan∆logOne - Pantone

My Name is Jeremy Moorer though for Music i go by Dan∆logOne. I’m from Northern Va and i just turned 22 As soon as i heard about Svmmer Svn Vol.2 i was Excited to start working on some beats immediately. My track is an Electronic, Experimental trap kind of beat that i tried to make as summer like as possible It was heavily inspired by some of the artist at Soulection! As for the Future i’ve been working on some vintage sounding EDM/House music that will drop August 10th, I.m also working on another collab EP with my brother Joeru and my homie Kai. I’ve also been working on some more live material that is going along well!”

- Dan∆logOne // Woodbridge, Virginia // Outer Limits

R.O.M - Storm

Music has been in me from a young age when I got my first guitar at the age of 6. I’ve always loved old school Rnb or anything with smooth vibes so you can just listen and think and that’s what I’ve always wanted to recreate. The hand (R.O.M logo) represents just being yourself because you cant change who you are just like a handprint plus it looks pretty cool. All my music is made for a reason, a release of emotion or it it was relevant to what was happening at that moment. The track storm was created when there was a storm outside So I decided to to kind of recreate a storm sound at the start then I started to hear the rest of the track in my head and it all fell into place and the melody in the chorus part of the track represents the rain falling down. My future so far is amazing with releases through Future Haze and being part Of the future haze roster, being Part of Souletiquette and forthcoming releases through them as well as releases through PlayItLoudrr and Future Beats Records. I also have some collabus coming up with 10A, D.H, Guffstar and Myke Forte. I also have Seasons EP coming up which is a 4 track EP based on the way I feel about all the seasons and you can check out ‘Fall’ on my Soundcloud, excited for the future and what is to come and shoutout to Svnset Waves for supporting me”

- R.O.M // Dudley, United Kingdom // Souletiquette, Future Haze

polo - clouds

Flamingosis - Windy City

 I’m originally from morristown NJ and just recently graduated from Franklin and Marshall college with a major in American Studies and a minor in Film and Media. Now I’m busy traveling and doing music stuff for the time being. I named this track “Windy City” because it was inspired by my recent experience of performing at a show in Chicago, Illinois. That place has great music, great people and great deep dish pizza lol. I’m planning to come out with a new album relatively soon and finish up my music tour within the next couple of months.”

- Flamingosis // Morristown, New Jersey // KEATS//COLLECTIVE, Rootnotes, Em La La Terra

Beerlover - Don’t Let Me Down

Beerlover is a Brazilian producer who first gained a passion for funk music while working on a project called ‘Go Go Bizzkitt’. Since 2012, Beerlover has been creating future funk and French house music and has no plans of stopping soon. ‘Do Not Let Me Down’ is a new track made for dancefloors all around the globe. In the future, Beerlover plans on releasing an EP and continuing on with his funky sound!”

- Beerlover // São Paulo // Winter Club Records, KEATS//COLLECTIVE, Horeazon

OVRJYD - Before

I am a mysterious producer from the coasts of the UK. “Before” was written before everything ended with a girl, it’s mostly about hope yet there is an aspect of sadness in there. And my future plans are to write an EP.”

- OVRJYD // South England, United Kingdom // La Montagne

Eest Coast - November

My name is Adam and I’m an idiot 17 year old kid. I started making music as Eest Coast last June as the result of emotional self-conflict, or something. My track, ‘November’ is about November 2013, which was the best and worst time, where I knew the best and worst people in my life. People are bad sometimes. Life has been uphill since then, I think. Next month I’m going to be in Denver, CO as a part of the Svnset Waves showcase, and then shortly after, my debut EP will be out through Shoeboxx Recordings. Much luv, stay positive or whatever. s/o to madygloom.”

- Eest Coast // Waterbury, Connecticut // Shoeboxx Recordings

RACYNE - TESLA

I’m a 19 year old french producer who sees music as an emotion. Thus, I use influences from all backgrounds who inspire me. TESLA is a mix of relaxing music samples and trap music, and put upward, a powerful and harmonious sound. The perfect harmony between the sunrise and the storm. In the future, I will continue to produce music that makes me feel good, and everythings gonna be alright.”

- RACYNE // Nancy, France

Uncon Sci - Summatime

Uncon Sci is a man on a musical mission. An avid traveler and music collector, he tours the globe bringing his music door to door. He’s spent the last 10 years moving from city to city and always enjoys the challenge of engaging a new scene. His years on the road have imbued him with many unique reference points that have all led to his current eclectic style. In a career spanning nearly 15 years Uncon Sci has released dozens of projects, 4 of which have been pressed up on vinyl. With early roots in instrumental hip hop and also as a rare groove DJ he moved into the future with a great knowledge and collection of old jazz, funk, and rock among the many modern influences he’d acquired. He was once a resident at the legendary “Funky Sole” party in LA and has also held down many other residencies around the globe, pushing a diverse menu of sound. Somewhere along the way sound system culture took hold and since then he’s been working to blend the sounds of jazz, psych, and soul with modern bass music.”

- Uncon Sci // Edwards, Colorado // Liquid Geometry

P∆ZM∆L - The Odd Ones

I grew up around a lot of guitar players and amateur singers in my family. After being exposed to that as a child, I garnered my own interests in music by playing guitar and singing cheesy covers as I got older. About 4 years ago I started making beats that strove for an electronic, dreamy sound, soon after I had begun DJing and performing. I developed a fondness for hip hop drums and they became my weapon of choice in creating those beats, and I’m still using them for my newest sounds. My song for Svmmer Svn Vol. 2, “The Odd Ones,” started as a jazzy chord progression and then soon became this synth-like sound that complimented the soft swing of the drum programming. I am currently working on an EP I plan to release this year, full of airy and soulful sounds, and looking forward to performing alongside other artists from the XYZA Collective.”

- P∆ZM∆L // Miami, Florida // XYZA Collective

WILDCATbeats - dawn breaker

WILDCATbeats is an east bay cali producer making use of his time in the desolate suburbs. WILDCATbeats has a variety of sounds from dreamy chillwave to drunk trap beats. His second Ep will be coming out soon on Dusty Records called “BAD TIMES” hailing from influences of Shlohmo too Gold Panda. The song DawnBreaker was made at 6am after the first day of work on a graveyard shift. It just happened to fit the feeling of driving into the dawning sun and the driving notion of wanting sleep. Dreamy and heavy days turned into a song.”

- WILDCATbeats // Livermore, California // Dusty Records

Crystal Ghost - Worth The Trouble

In March of 2014 I purchased 1977 Yamaha Electone E-30 organ in McCall, Idaho. Since that purchase CC/NN (my former solo project name) changed to Crystal Ghost as my music became more “fine tuned”. I’m working on an album called WAVES, which features an array of organ based dance tracks, laced with subtle vocals, and a “surf” guitar undertone. Worth the Trouble is one of the more recent demo’s for the album, implementing vocals for the first time on any release.”

- Crystal Ghost // Denver, Colorado // Stereocure

KEV//BOT - Glad

Dr. Dundiff - the ghosts that tempt us

I am Dr. Dundiff, A hip hop producer from Louisville Ky. I’ve been making music seriously for the past four years. Active analog equipment user. I am a member of BLVNT Records, Jazz Jousters and 1 Gram Beats.”

- Dr. Dundiff // Louisville, Kentucky // Blvnt Records, Jazz Jousters, 1 Gram Beats

HASHTAG HASHTAG - Magic Colors

HASHTAG HASHTAG is the musical hobby of Christopher Leckrone. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, musical influences other than country and classic rock were hard to find. Chris moved to LA for 5 years to pursue a career in music business then relocated to Miami after the parking tickets became to much in Los Angeles. Chris is now working on a 4 song EP to release on New Years Eve 2014. Right now, HASHTAG HASHTAG takes a back seat to Chris’s actual career of tour managing for other produces. After the EP, he will be concentrating on a live show and writing a full length.”

- HASHTAG HASHTAG // Miami, Florida

PANTHER MARTIN - Third

Panther Martin is Blind Guy McSqueezy. ‘I think I come off as a guy who likes TV shows.’”

- PANTHER MARTIN // Denver, Colorado // Keats Collective

tendencies - spring fling

Ayyy, my name is Brandon and I go by “Tendencies”. I’m a Canadian-based producer and first started making music “seriously” about 3 years ago after receiving a copy of ACID Pro. I recently graduated high school (Woo!) and I’ve always been interested in music so that’s definitely something I want to pursue as a career. This song was conceived after binge-listening to a ton of “Future Funk”, “Vaporwave” and 1980’s “R&B”/“Funk” tracks (e.g. KEATS//COLLECTIVE, James Ferraro, BB & Q Band). I also just wanted to see if I would be able to make a track like that and I’m pretty sure it worked. For me, the next couple of months are going to be solely dedicated to improving on my production and making my tracks sound as good as possible for the listener.”

- tendencies // Edmonton, Alberta // SOMICO Collective

Harris Cole - Tell Me

i’m a 17 year old kid from chicago. i graduated high school a year early because i didn’t enjoy it at all, so im goin to columbia chicago to study audio arts/acoustics. i started makin music pretty intensely about a year ago. im really infleunced by hip hop and jazz. that track tell me i made during the summer of 2013 while studying recorded music at nyu for a high school summer program. throughout the four weeks i spent in new york, i created one song, which was Tell Me - i was going through some relationship issues and so i made one track that portrayed how i felt at the time. in the future i want to learn and grow as much as possible. i want to become as skilled as i can with music.”

- Harris Cole // Chicago, Illinois // Blvnt Recordings, Midwest Collective

Wulves - Dive

Canadian producer, Bron Diedrich (aka Wulves) has been working on some very experimental productions this summer. His track ‘Dive’ contains some future funk and summer elements to keep you dancing all night. This is just one of the many new tracks Wulves has in store as he continues to shape his sound into a new realm of future beats. Be on the lookout for his new music coming in Fall 2014.”

- Wulves // Ottowa, Canada // UNDRGRND//LVXVRY

intrøvert - Leyes

Francesco D’Isa was born in Naples. Growing up in a musical scene dominated by hiphop, has been interested since childhood in the exploration of this style. At the age of 13 he became interested in music production and in beatmaking, influenced over time by artists such as Flying Lotus, Daisuke Tanabe, Nosaj Thing who introduced in his production the use of natural and abstract sounds, who made him looking mostly to experiment with this type of abstract beats surrounded by a melancholic vein. My productions are typically based on the fusion between natural elements, samples and analog instruments, surrounded by the most particular percussions I can create. Melancholy is the base of ‘Leyes’, in which there are two moments: one faster and one calmer. This is what I always try to give to my tracks. For the future I just want to enjoy and propose my music, meet good people to collab with too, do shows.. The common ambition of every bedroom producer.”

- intrøvert // Naples, Italy // Sturm und Klang Records

petit biscuit - city lights

Petit Biscuit is a French youngster whom constructs his music with the intent of bringing hope back into people’s lives by reminding them what love is all about and offering them a tender taste of paradise. At the peek of his teenage years, he is a sponge for the world around him, his true inspiration are “feelings, people, pictures, sweet moments & dreamy hugs” and that gives him a lot of material to transport us into his heavens. His use of guitars combined to all the different syrupy synths and his tight perky beats create the magic, transporting you into the unexplored… something unique. The association of modern as well as deep-rooted atmospheres echoes into oblivion and creates something very real and authentic.”

- petit biscuit // Rouen, France // Moose Records, SOMICO Collective

wwebss - Senses Reborn

"wwebss is a teen producer from Sweden. He loves trying to make new sounds and hopes to someday make a recognized name for himself."

- wwebss // Kristinehamn, Sweden // SOMICO Collective

NioN - Spiraman

I’m an italian guy that started to make music in 2012. With this music project I try to explore different genres, but also to keep my unique sound and feeling. Recently, I’ve started working a lot with samples, in fact my track for SVMMER SVN is almost completely made with them: a Four Tet song, some drum samples and a little of indian instruments,that’s all. I love the way a simple sound of a song can be transformed in a total different thing to express your style, I love to be inspired with somebody’s work and then expressing myself starting from the same sounds. By the end of the summer, I’ll release a split EP with an amazing peruvian artist, so stay tuned!”

- NioN // Cesena, Italy

[D]ay [B]reak - Change (feat. Vanilla Suede)

Hey i am [D]ay [B]reak, a Chill Wave producer from Southampton UK, Taking musical influence’s from Wild Nothing, Spazzkid and most artists on Keats//Collective. I wrote Change with help from my brother aka. Vanilla Suede, I wanted the song to be slightly different in sound from my previous works, with a cleaner house type beat more like electronica sounding, i also wanted the song to be cleaner in sound. Vanilla Suede recorded guitar which i felt helped diversify the track. I plan to release a new EP within the upcoming months and just work hard on refining my sound a bit. Thanks!”

- [D]ay [B]reak // Southampton, United Kingdom

Native Feel - Time We Feel

The group consists of Allan Duncan & Rob Ratner. Orlando, FL.
We have worked with labels such as Purr Tapes, Relief in Abstract & Studio 18. We are currently starting a new collective called With Love. Featuring the works of ourselves, Side C, Yrs*Trly & L O K A. We have an album “Color Method” coming out on Cloud Bank a new label spearheaded by the creator of Purr Tapes. Were up for best electronic act in Orlando so hop on OrlandoWeeklys website and give us a vote.”

- Native Feel // Orlando, Florida // Relief In Abstract, With Love

Real Cosby - Gold Braid EP

Normally, I don’t make posts about an EP or album unless I have done an interview with the artist or am dropping an exclusive. But this release is far too good to not post about. I haven’t posted in a while due to the release of my compilation and a vacation down to visit my dad. Today, I had a five hour drive home from Dallas to Amarillo all by myself. Rather than sit in silence, I decided to finally sit back and listen to Denver based musician, Real Cosby's new EP, Gold Braid. Before this EP, Real Cosby released an EP called Earl Juice which has been my companion on quite a few road trips! I am so glad I had these 5 hours to myself in a car today. A good 30 minutes of the trip was taken up by me starting the EP over. I just could not get enough. Not a word was said the entire trip (except for me singing along with the very talented Marilyn Baker of course) and yet I felt like I had a friend along side me the whole time. 

I had the privilege to see Real Cosby this June and I was completely blown away with his live performance. Music was flowing into my ears and out of my body. I couldn’t keep myself from dancing and smiling at the sheer joy his music made me feel. If anyone were to ever ask who the most underrated producer making music today is, I would not hesitate a second to shout Real Cosby. This Thursday, I look forward to another road trip with Real Cosby’s music flowing through my speakers for the entire journey. But this time, I will be driving to Denver to dance, once again, with Real Cosby. This time, the showcase is my own. Featuring Real Cosby and 21 other fantastic musicians, 2 nights of music, and a lifetime of memories being born, I have been anticipating this weekend for months and I am so ready.

All this said, don’t go another day without listening to Real Cosby’s new EP. You can download it and buy vinyl from the Shoeboxx Recordings Bandcamp.

Also be sure to follow the man himself, Real Cosby, on SoundCloud and Facebook. I guarantee you will not be let down. 

DIVERSA Interview // Ego Death Review

What is a genre? A classification. Something to help us understand and organize our thoughts and taste. But what if we woke up in the morning and genres no longer existed. What if you no longer knew where music came from, who made it, and what it was called. We would all find amazing music that we are limited to hearing now because of these classifications. That is why I have so much respect for DIVERSA

DIVERSA originally made dubstep music but then transitioned into house, drum and bass, future beats, anything with a synth; you name it, DIVERSA has made it. Now when most try and create lots of different sounds and genres, they don’t ever master a sound and never fully develop as an artist, but this New Jersey based producer is one of the select few who can make everything he does sound amazing. He has proved this with his new EP, Ego Death. The EP is beautifully made and flows so well, but you can hear so many different influences in each of the songs. More and more people are hearing of DIVERSA, which is a very good thing because a producer of his skill deserves nothing less than to be heard. 

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Hey man! How are you doing?

I’m pretty good. Skyping with a bunch of people at once, just ate some turkey bacon, streaming myself making a cup of coffee. Life is great.

Good to hear! Who is DIVERSA?

DIVERSA is a man in his bedroom with a laptop, a guitar, a keyboard and some headphones. I’ll definitely expand my arsenal of musical things in due time.

You started out as DIVERSA making dubstep music. How does dubstep still influence your sound today?

Dubstep really helped me with sound design. I try to make unique and distinct synths in most of my songs.

Your song Do You was featured on Majestic Casual. What was your reaction to being featured on such an amazing platform?

I was confused as to how he found my track lol.

You just released your six track EP, Ego Death. Can you tell us about it?

Ego Death is an EP thrown together without plan or any real concept in mind. Ego Death itself is a song that I was going to put in another EP but I felt it wasn’t good enough.

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

I’ve thought about it. I’ve noticed that everyone wants me to collab with Mr. Carmack but I don’t know if he’d want to do that with me or not lol. That would probably sound cool though.

People always comment on how your sound is always changing and no one ever knows what to expect from you, which is not a bad thing at all! Now that this certain sound has caught so many peoples attention do you plan on sticking with it or are you going to continue keeping people on their toes?

I wish I could stick with a sound. My sound changes on its own and I have no control over it.

With all this attention you have been getting lately, have you gotten any crazy responses to your music by fans?

The responses I get from fans really lift my mood about if a song i made sounds good or not. I get very skeptical about myself musically.

With that being said, what’s next for DIVERSA?

More EPs, definitely. I’m interested in so many different genres and styles though. I want to make wonky hiphop beats but at the same time I want to make elegant, chord-driven songs, and at the same time, I want to make neurofunk again.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat! Much love to you and congratulations on all the success over the past few months! Keep up the good work my friend!

Thanks for interviewing me and making me feel special and shit.

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Make sure to buy DIVERSA’s Ego Death EP from his Bandcamp

Also follow DIVERSA on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter!

X3SR Interview // SUBLIMATION EP Review

I am the youngest child in my family. I came 20 years after my oldest brother so there is quite an age difference between my three brothers and I. My brothers have been my best friends. My role models. My comfort. My helping hand. I am so thankful that I have the brothers I do. I could never ask for anything better. 

Most people have brothers. If you don’t have a brother, you definitely know someone who does. Now, there are two completely different types of brother relationships. There are the brothers who are best friends from childhood, through high school, and into their adult lives. Then there are the brothers that never get along. They grow up to be enemies and only talk at family gatherings. But there is also one group of brothers I am leaving out… The brothers that grow up to make music together. And that is exactly the relationship between Brandon and Eric Seralena, the Miami based brothers that form X3SR. Their brand new EP, SUBLIMATION is the type of release you would listen to on repeat from sunrise to sunset. With the summer feel but the eternal sound of peace, happiness, and relaxation this EP is perfect when looking for the next thing to put in your Tycho music playlist (that comes as a very big compliment. Tycho is my favorite musician of all time). 

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Hey guys! How are things going?

B&E: yo! how’s it going buddy! things are flowing rather extremely well! you?

Doing great! Just enjoying my summer! For all the readers who are not familiar, what is X3SR?

B&E: X3SR is everything that you can imagine, from every dream, to all the love and passion that we submerge to create a limitless journey to carry ourselves into. it’s whatever the mind wants or wishes to perceive.

How did you come up with your name? Does it stand for something?

B&E: about 2 years ago, names were thrown around, but X3SR just seemed more than right. hey, it’s the first thing that pops up on google once you try to search it, other than that, some kind of technology part for an intelligent detective device that shows up under our name, which is pretty cool to be honest.

As brothers, I’m sure you both have quite a few embarrassing memories of each other. What is your most embarrassing childhood memory of your brother?

B: i remember walking in on eric at this hot dog shack’s bathroom in Miami after he had eaten roughly 10 chili dogs, and man this poor kid sounded like he was going through something tough. i asked what had happened and i remember him telling me ‘dude i just shat myself before ever making it to the toilet so i left my underwear in the trash bin’ hahaha

E: i can’t recall anything more embarrassing other than what brandon stated. that shit was just way too hilarious that day. haha.

Do you think being brothers is an advantage or a disadvantage when making music?

B&E: most definitely an advantage. i would say we have such a strong level of musicianship, brotherhood and chemistry, that the world would literally need to explode in order for us to detach from one another, musically speaking and friendship speaking. it’s something that was created since birth, passion and loyalty runs thick through our heart & soul.

Is there a story behind you guys’ new EP?

B&E: ahh ‘SUBLIMATION’ yes. we’re growing each and every single day, in a day in age where it’s actually quite difficult to sustain a certain sound and a relationship, call it introversive, or just a lack of an attention span, but this album proves that we can still maintain our root sound, but deliver a much more natural projected tone, something more purified for the ears to indulge into.

The EP is full of summer/beach vibes. How does living in Miami rub off on your music?

B&E: Miami, where do we even start or where do we even begin. some like it, some don’t, but at the very end of the day, we wake up and we go back to sleep in the exact same city. this is where we breathe. the beach, we call it home, the texture of the sand, with that perfect amount of moisture, the sound of the waves crashing in on a sunny soaked day, dig your toes into it, and you’ll never want to leave. now you know where our sounds come from.

What is your advise to musicians, Floridians, and brothers?

B&E: stay loyal, stay positive, never give up and if you’re from Florida, never forget that you’re from the sunshine state, haha.

What are you guys aiming to do in the coming months?

B&E: pretty much just push out the ‘SUBLIMATION’ EP as much as possible, play some pretty huge shows, meet a ton of people, land some more interviews with as many blog sites, radio show and just push X3SR out as far as it can go.

Thanks so much for the time guys! Much love!

B&E: no thank you! much love homie

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Pre-order physical copies of SUBLIMATION EP and putchase the EP for digital download at X3SR’s Bandcamp!

Also follow X3SR on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #14 // Real Cosby

I have seen quite a few artists play in the past year including xxyyxx, Tycho, Wave Racer, and Ryan Hemsworth. But after seeing so many amazing artists, I added a new favorite performer to my list over the weekend. It is Denver based producer, Real Cosby. I interviewed him last year over his  EP, Earl Juice (sill one of my favorite releases of all time) shortly after he founded Shoeboxx Recordings with DJ Babyshoe. During the set, I was moving like crazy to Real Cosby’s sound selection (especially his unreleased music), and I had a smile on my face the entire time. 
I’m so stoked that Real Cosby is the final artist announced that will be playing my showcase in Denver this August presented by babyshoe. Make sure to be there because the lineup is full of talent and great people. 

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #13 // DINOSAURUS REX

Some people very much dislike when an artist makes “more than one sound”. Often times that is because the artist is so busy trying to make different sounding things, they never take the time and master their sound. I see this many times… Artists looking for their sound and making countless genres and never perfecting their sound. But, there are a few exceptions. And one of them is DINOSAURUS REX. From future funk to lo-fi rock this Denver based musician covers it all. And he always manages to keep it interesting, unique, and done to perfection. DINOSAURUS REX is the creator of KEATS//COLLECTIVE, the Denver based collective taking over the scene. With a great family behind him and an amazing talent for all types of music, there is no where to go for DINOSAURUS REX but up. 

DINOSAURUS REX will be playing the SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ taking place in Denver this August. RSVP for the event here!

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #12 // RUMTUM

Having just released a new EP, Denver based producer, RUMTUM is making sounds and being heard. After opening up for acts such as RJD2, Odesza, Shigeto, and Thundercat, RUMTUM is an experienced live performer and an amazingly talented beatsmith. This talent has received him affiliation with 1320 Records, Holy Underground, and Redbull Sound Select. With multiple mentions by XLR8R, it is my privilege to announce that RUMTUM will be playing my SVMMER SVN SHOWCASE in Denver this August presented by babyshoe.

Harris Cole Interview // The High Tape Review

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About half a year ago, I decided I wanted to try my hand at graphic design. Since then I have had the pleasure of doing some art for some amazing musicians. When Harris Cole asked if I would be interested in making the art for his new tape, I couldn’t resist. He sent me the songs and I automatically knew the art had to be great, to compliment the amazing music. Harris was great to work with and it’s an honor to have made the art, but beyond the art, there is some amazing music. And I mean amazing. 

Last weekend I was preparing for a garage sale and I was moving boxes of stuff from my house to my car. The whole time I had this tape replaying. I was stressed out and hot and very sweaty. But something about walking inside to hear this music playing put my whole body at ease. I enjoyed the trips to the car because I knew I would walk back in to a fantastic atmosphere with a beautiful soundscape. The High Tape is relaxing, refreshing, and all out amazing. 

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Hey man! How are you?

I’m doing great! Enjoying summer and all the good weather, sleeping a lot, listening to all the great music that’s been coming out lately.

Who is Harris Cole and how did you first get into production?

I’m a 17 year old Jewish (but not religious) kid from the suburbs of Chicago that used to play sports in middle school until I realized i didn’t enjoy it. Meanwhile I was learning how to use virtual dj and do mash-ups and shit like that, and by freshman year I’d copped my first version of Ableton. It took me a little while to figure that out, but I’ve been banging out beats pretty intensely for a year. I feel very committed to trying to learn as much as I can and become as versatile and skilled as I can in the realm of production.

What is music to you?

Music is happiness. Music is what helps me get through the day, or cope with pain. Music is what I enjoy to prolong a good mood. I’ve been enjoying music since I was a young child, though since middle school music has been very dear to me in ways that it wasn’t my whole life. Music is everything to me, man - I don’t know how else to put it.

You are a member of Midwest Collective. How did you get involved there?

I remember seeing their promo video for Vol. 2 featuring Tuuwa’s “Prism Perfect” and thinking “wow, this is fuckin cool” - I then realized they had been giving me love on soundcloud for a while so I hit them up and was soon inducted into the family. These dudes are some of the most hard working, committed, passionate people I know. We’re a group of (mostly) young kids that are all working to put each other on.

What is the craziest response you have received from your music?

Not sure of a specific one, though since I dropped The High Tape i’ve gained 1,000 followers and reached 50,000 ears in the last week. Not to mention close to 1,000 people have downloaded the tape from the 3rd mediafire link I put up, as well as selling out bandcamp’s 200 free downloads in a day. That to me would be the craziest response I’ve ever gotten from my music.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world who would you choose?

There are so many producers that I admire highly, though I would work with Mr. Carmack if I got the chance. There are no words for this dude really. Everything he so nonchalantly posts on soundcloud or bandcamp strikes a chord in me that most music does not.

What are your goals and plans for the future?

I just want to keep making music that people enjoy and support. Mostly though, I want to keep growing and learning and become as proficient and skilled in music as I can. I’m young so I feel that if I keep working hard consistently and sacrificing some things in my life, it will pay off.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat! Take care and congrats on all the love with the tape!

Thanks for talking with me! Appreciate the kind words and the support!

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Follow Harris Cole on SoundCloud and Facebook

Download The High Tape from the Blvnt Records Badndcamp page.

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #11 // KEV//BOT

Funk lovers beware! If you click play on a KEV//BOT song, prepare to fall into a deep addiction. Based out of Fort Collins, KEV//BOT is a member of the highly distinguished KEATS//COLLECTIVE, which is based out of Denver. A sample wizard, KEV//BOT has been creating funky favorites for over two years and this year, I am excited to have him onboard for the SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ taking place in Denver this August

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #3 // Metallic Clouds

Colorado teen, Metallic Clouds is one of the oldest names to the SVNSET WAVES family. With ephemeral vibes and dreamy tones, the Colorado Springs producer is our newest addition to the SVMMER SVN SHOWCASE in Denver this August. A member of Midwest Collective, Metallic Clouds is making a name for himself, having opened for Giraffage in the past few months. 

Make sure to RSVP for the event HERE!

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #10 // Eest Coast

Myself and babyshoe are very pleased to announce our only non Colorado artist, Eest Coast. The Connecticut based teen is a member of Shoeboxx Recordings and releases his hit single, My Luv, earlier this year. Eest Coast has a way of pulling on your heart strings and we are excited for him to make his Southern debut at the SVMMER SVN SHOWCASE in Denver this year.

NioN Inteview // Cold Color EP Review

During the summer, I always look for certain music that captures certain pictures throughout summer. The type of music you can just see a summer scene taking place in. Italian producer, NioN has captured that feel with his new EP, Cold Color. The release opens up with the title track which takes me to a laid back summers day sitting by a swimming hole and taking in the sun rays with friends laughter in the air. The second song, NDNM reminds me of the childhood adventures I had all alone. The type where you just ran around and pretended like you were doing something awesome… Yeah. Those kinds of memories flash back when I listen to this song. The third track, 4th Sunday, reminds me of the aloneness you can feel sometimes during summer. A few summers back, an entire friend group completely excluded me from every activity, hangout, and get together all summer. I was heartbroken and felt completely alone. This is a song that reminds me of when I would reflect upon myself, trying to figure out what was wrong with me, but all along the fault wasn’t in myself. The final track, Everything To Me is a song that reminds me of the end of summer. Trying to squeeze ever last moment and savor every last breath of it. Because before long, it will be gone, and you will go back to simply wishing it was summer again. 

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Hey man! How are you?

Hi! to tell you the truth, I’m a bit stressed because of school, but holidays are starting soon so it’s okay.

Who is NioN?
NioN is my music project I started about one year ago, when I didn’t know a single thing about making music. I usually try to mix a lot of genres: my tracks are influenced by IDM, House and Club stuff, Ambient, Hip-hop, Chillwave and a little bit of Glitch.
What inspires you most when you create music?
Well, this is a difficult question: I usually try to figure out what I want to do when I’m starting a track, but I always end up with something totally different! So I think I’m influenced by a sort of unconscious inspiration that depends on how I am feeling at that moment… or something like that.
You just released your EP, Cold Color. What is the backstory to the release?
I started the EP in November and I finished it in April, so I like to think that it’s like a diary about how I felt and what I’ve learned in those months. I’ve produced a lot more tracks in that period (that I’m maybe going to release someday), but Cold Color EP sums up perfectly the sounds I’m trying to enhance.
You released the EP with CMV Recordings. How did you get involved there?
When the label was born, I got in touch with my bro Lynch Kingsley (a member of the collective). They listened to my tracks and they immediately picked me up.
You are from Italy. Is there any electronic music scene there?
Yes, Italy is full of talented producers and there are also a lot of Italian labels; a very good movement is shaping now days. Unfortunately I haven’t been making music for very long so I’m not really part of that…for now.
If you could work with any artist in the world who would you choose?
I’m a total fanboy of Gold Panda. I irrationally love every single work of his, so I think I would have a heart attack if I could work with such a great artist!
Any closing advise, comments, or statements?
Even if I started making music like 1 year ago (I consider myself as a novice), I have some useful advice to give to other producers: Always do what you want to do. Don’t modify your music because of trends or other people’s opinions. If you don’t make the music you love, you will never give your best as an artist.
Thanks so much for the time man! Much love!

Thank you for appreciating my music!

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Follow NioN on SoundCloud and download the Cold Color EP here.

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #9 //Snubluck

An affiliate of DIRTY//CLEAN, Dener based producer, Snubluck is no new name to the Denver music scene. Having opened for Nosaj Thing, Slow Magic, and Lindsay Lowend, Snubluck is an experienced and captivating live performer. His SoundCloud bio fits his sound perfectly: “Homegrown beats, glitch, and sampledelia”. 

Make sure you check him out if you are in Denver this August for the SVMMER SVN SHOWCASE presented by babyshoe.

SVMMΞR SVN SHOWCΛSΞ artist #8 // tuuwa

Who just moved to Denver, is a member of Keats//Collective, and created his own collective, Midwest Collective? If you guessed Superman you were close enough. It’s tuuwa. Formerly making music out of Illinois, tuuwa’s funky form will easily allow him to slide right in to Denver’s already booming future funk scene. And I am pleased to announce tuuwa will be playing at the SVMMER SVN SHOWCASE presented by babyshoe in Denver this August! Be sure to RSVP!