1. Who are you?
2. What do you do?
5. Why do you play music?
6. When did you start making music?
7. Which track defines you the most?
8. How would you describe your own music?
I’ve always been really frustrated by the way music is pigeonholed by genre (despite being unavoidable) so i try to play in between those lines. When i go to the club i want to hear jungle, dnb, footwork, hard techno, odd rhythms, and experimental/noise madness, so i guess that’s what i’m going for when i produce. It’s hard to explain sometimes so i just say “experimental club/dance music”.
9. Any track of the moment?
10. What influences your work?
11. What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?
I’ve always struggled a lot in academic environments, growing up i was placed in lower level classes and was told by a psychologist that i had a “math disability”. Music and creativity was the only thing that made sense to me growing up, and i was able to succeed in my public high school’s music department which honestly was the one thing that kept me in high school. I attended a music college for two years, studied electronic music production and learned a lot, but still really struggled because of the high stress environment/work load. I’d say a lot of my knowledge is self-taught but also learned through hands-on experience.
12. Favorite designer?
13. Favorite book?
14. Favorite classic movie?
15. Favorite music label?
16. Your dream collaboration?
17. Are you analog or digital?
18. Which softwares/tools/instruments do you use?
19. Describe your creative process?
I get really caffeinated (energy drinks are my vice), vape some thc, and jiggle around in my chair making compositions in clip mode with the Ableton drum rack & sampler. All my tracks are entirely made from samples so i dig thru my sample folder to find weird and freaky stuff as well as hard hitting drum samples & breaks. With the Ableton sampler you can alter samples in so many exciting ways.
20. When are you the most prolific (creatively) ?
21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/Virtual)
22. What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/Pessimistic)
23. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
24. How do you manage your time effectively ? (Job/Hobby)
I’m extremely privileged to only have to work part time, so that 3-4 days out of the week can be devoted to music and whatever else. That being said I work in the service industry which is pretty taxing but i’ve gotten much better at forgiving myself when i don’t have the energy to do music stuff.
25. Any secret skills?
26. Any future plans?
I’m really comfortable here in Pittsburgh and despite being born and raised on the east coast i’m set on staying here a while. got a new full-length in the works. Hoping to tour the UK and EU someday, along with a national US tour. If i get burnt out in the service industry i’ve thought very seriously about going into social services or becoming an EMT.
27. What’s your life motto?
28. Any ‘mot de la fin’?
Living in such a url world, it’s important to remember how irl experiences shape us. I think a lot about growing up in the 90s and early 2000s in a pre-internet/pre-smart phone world, i miss it so much sometimes and i’m really grateful to have grown up in that era. The internet & computers are powerful tools but they can cloud perception of real life (in my own experience). So go talk on a landline or go outside and pet a tree 😉 xoxo