– What’s new since the last time we talked?
Hey Glitch.FM! Oh, busy times. I moved out of my house in Ashland last December and headed for Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala. I had a blast as usual, being there for my birthday and playing the New Year in with fireworks and all. I ended up staying in Central America for a few months, playing Cacao Convergence and Nu Seed in Costa Rica. Then went to Hawaii to be a guest teacher for Hedflux’s Audio Alchemy Retreat. Then stayed there a couple months collaborating on some music with a really talented vocalist named Aum. After that I went down to Colombia to participate in a gathering of elders and tribes. Then stayed there for a couple months learning charango, working on music, and doing some spiritual journeying. Now I’m back in the States, playing some summer festivals, including Eclipse which I’m excited about.
– Any new projects you want to talk about?
Well, there are some songs I started with my friend Aum in Hawaii. I’m getting those ready to play out, see how it goes over on the dance floor. There may be a new project starting out of that, but don’t want to give too much away.
– Could you tell me a little bit about your new releases?
There hasn’t been a whole lot, but a few things. There was a compilation called ‘Beyond Beyond’ released on Sofa Beats Records done by Kalya Scintilla. It’s got songs from Kalya Scintilla, Living Light, Mumukshu, Mystral, Symbolico, The Human Experience, and a bunch more awesome people. The song I did is a kind of melodic dubstep thing called ‘Secrets of the Banyan Tree’, released under ‘Gibson’.
There was also a recent compilation put out by Iboga Records called ‘Relaxed Vortex 001’. It is the debut release of their “chillout” series. It also has a bunch of great songs from Master Margherita, Solar Fields, Tribone, Bwoy De Bhajan and more. We released ‘Presenting Infinity’ under Birds of Paradise. It’s an oldie, but a classic which we never officially released.
– What has been your inspiration of late?
I’ve been really inspired by the music in Colombia lately. From the Andes to the jungle, the culture is so rich with music and medicine. It’s really inspiring to learn about new cultures, music, medicine, stories. And i’m feeling more than ever to express in what I do, the love and beauty of a larger community and vision, with the intention to align with the planet, the plant medicines, and each other.
– Could you please tell me a little bit about how your last tour went and tour life?
I’ve been traveling constantly for the last 7 or 8 months, and it’s been really good. It hasn’t been without its challenges, but i’ve been learning a lot, meeting lots of people, and getting new inspiration and techniques for music. I had to set up my studio at Torin’s place while i’ve been homeless, But I’m looking to find a place to set up the studio and be for a bit. Traveling takes it’s toll on the health, and creativity. I’m not sure where i’ll be headed now, but it would be nice to have a place for the summer to come back to and get some new music out.
– Would you like to tell me a little bit about some of your recent collaborations and how they came to be?
Yea, like I said, I have been working on some new songs with my friend Aum. He’s a super talented musician and vocalist. He attended the Audio Alchemy retreat, and after invited me to stay with him. So we got to practice all we learned at the retreat with Ableton and using the Push with multiple machines. In that time we started some songs together that I’m working on finishing and playing out this summer. I hope to be heading back out in the fall to continue making more music together. It’s a blend of hip hop, medicine music, and Birds of Paradise style stuff to expand the heart and blow the mind. I’m really liking the collaboration and implementation of live instruments and vocals.
– Would you please describe your process while approaching making an original track?
I guess songs are started in all kinds of ways. Some start from melodies that come into my head, some are started off of other songs, and some are songs i started long ago and pick up again. I really appreciate having a melodic theme in a song. I feel pretty lost on a song until I find the ‘heart’ of it. That can be a hook, or chord progression, or anything that opens up the story of the song. With that, I can hear all the sounds the song could have, and it sort of writes itself. If the song has a story, then it takes place in an environment that has its own life. Lately I’ve been working on vocal driven songs, which has been great to write to because they already have a theme.
– Will you please list some of your childhood influences?
I first got into electronic music when I was 11 years old. My friend brought over a mix tape of some drum and bass, and I was hooked. So I listened to a lot of Ak1200, Dieselboy, Ed Rush & Optical, and stuff like that. Later I really got into breaks, and later some psytrance and so on.
– Will you please describe your live rig and your studio rig and the differences between them?
I have produced in Logic for many years, but recently been learning and using Ableton. I have fallen in love with the quick, fun, collaborative nature of Ableton, especially with the Push. I’ve been using Ableton for some time to perform, but after attending Hedflux’s Audio Alchemy I’ve been in the process of recreating my whole production method, and soon I will be applying that to the performance as well. For now, my performance is mostly mixing my produced tracks and adding fx and playing some synth over the top. But I would really like some time and space to create a more live setup with stemmed out tracks.
– Do you have anything special that you do to prepare to perform?
I usually spend a good amount of time before a gig gathering songs together that I might play, and setting up que points for mixing and organizing the keys n stuff. I like to have a shower, go to the bathroom, set an intention, and call on my ancestors and spirits of the territory to guide and protect me to do the best I can to offer what we all need most.
– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself living in my own house, with an awesome studio, and a garden. Where I can have a daily physical practice, meditation, and healthy food. Musically I hope to be recording more live instruments, and performing them live, and collaborating with other musicians and singers. I would like to have a more multimedia performance, so it’s not just me standing there mixing, but a whole bunch of stuff going on, telling an epic, engaging, and meaningful story.
– Do you have any message for our listeners or for new producers?
I am really grateful for all the people who’ve supported us, and who appreciate our work. So a big thank you to all who help keep me inspired, and to those who’ve helped me along the way, and to those who make this whole scene possible. And to new producers, make music from the heart, and if you love it, don’t give up. And I highly recommend the Audio Alchemy retreat in Hawaii, I wish I would have been able to do that when I was starting out.
– Is there any projects that you are working on or upcoming that you would like to talk about or have our listeners know about?
I’m really excited about the new songs I am doing with Aum from Hawaii. I’ll be testing them out this summer at Eclipse, Motion Notion, Pirate Party, Star Camp and others. It could be a future project, we’ll see how it goes. Future/Ancient, Electro, Shamanic, Hip Hop, Blasters
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