July 21, 2014
Crooked Colours support at Alhambra Lounge 19/07/14
June 23, 2014
Thoughts on Future Beats
I received a message on Soundcloud about my sound changing from early EPs which made me want to write a few of my thoughts.
When I first started uploading tracks (around 2010-11), I had no idea beats / trap / bass / future “whatever” would become a full-blown movement. A few years ago it felt like it came from a small online community of musicians who just discovered you could play an Akai MIDI pad like a piano. Admittedly most of my early productions drew influences from this sound and I must have consciously tried to emulate stuff from Brainfeeder and/or Wedidit.
Even by late-2012, it was obvious instrumental beats were going to become a really big “thing” and I could sense the sound was becoming over-saturated, bloated and (in my opinion) a bit boring.
With more beat producers came more competition. To be noticed, tracks needed to use more samples, more fills, more EQ, more drops, more buildups and more flashy effects. Tracks seemed more like producers flexing their engineering muscle for attention, often at the expense of what could have been an awesome song.
June 1, 2014
Here is the news I’ve been excited to post: My first ever exclusive mix is airing nationally tonight on Triple J Sound Lab!
A few weeks ago I posted about how influential the Sound Lab was on my musical taste growing up. The show first introduced me to producers like Four Tet and Aphex Twin and I still remember listening to Four Tet’s Sound Lab mix back in high school.
The 30 minute mix was harder to put together than any 2 hour+ mixes I’ve played. I went back and forth changing parts until I decided to redo the entire thing in a single shot. There are faults in the final mix (some intentional) but I’m glad I made it by hand.
If you can’t listen tonight, I’ll put it up on Soundcloud really soon. Some of my producer friends might not think this is a big deal but I can say with complete sincerity that this mix is weakling’s greatest highlight.
March 21, 2014
New single ‘Be Jealous’ is out now on Ender.