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So Sus Crystals Interview


Much like your average, garden variety polar bear enthusiast, So Sus is delving into the uncharted waters of 2017. White capping many of us with the launch of the the new collective, Crystals. The newly formed collective has it’s eye’s set on the horizon and have already emerged with an introductory video announcing their launch to Vancouver and beyond, whilst announcing the first compilation due out on the 23rd of this month, entitled, Crystals Vol. 1. We caught up with the Founder, So Sus, to gain some insight into what’s been brewing from the Crystals corner.

Play through the Crystals Vol. 1 Minimix while you get your familiar getting on.

What was the main incentive to start this new collective? Is there a gap in the Vancouver scene that needs filling?

Actually the desire was more created by what I saw online rather than IRL in Vancouver. A few months ago I started a weekly feedback sessions were I would use the first hour of my weekly studio sessions at Feel & Think Studios in Downtown Vancouver to listen to listen to people’s tracks with great sound system in a treated room. I got a good response from this and started to see some really amazing artists who I wanted to push but in my opinion a repost and follow can only go so far. So I decided to go further and get a crew together of some guys whose sound I really liked.

From the outside the collective is obviously focused on putting out music but for the guys involved there’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes such as feedback on music, release strategies, sharing contacts and obviously dank memes. Really there’s some guys I came across that I want to see succeed so the collective is a way to try pool resources and also it’s great to feel part of something and not just be a guy in your mom’s basement making weird noises.

Did you know all of the members before deciding to run with the idea, or was the idea of a new collective something that attracted the other members?

I knew about half the crew the member from either running into them at shows or just somehow linking up on online spaces such as reddit and soundcloud and having a mutual appreciation for each other’s music.

Who are the current members and where do they hail from?

So there are 11 of us in Crystals So Sus , Angst, Someone Someone and Moxsa all from Vancouver the everyone else is pretty spread across the world with Banora from Croatia , Elex from Ukraine, Ewoke from Germany Favien is our token Australian , Outset and Shwirl are from the good ol’ USA and Troupe is From England.

How long has this project been in the making?

I had the idea for a little while but really started working towards this about 5 months ago. That’s when I came up with the name for the collective and once it had a name became a thing to me.

Have you even helmed a project like this before? You are currently member of a couple really good outlets.

A while back I did head up a collective but I was in my last year of University and most of the member were in University so and it was really hard to keep up with it and school. But I had a small label from LA involved with it that which is was cool cause essentially I made it into a free release sub label for them. But It did also feel at time that I was restricted in what I could do with it since the label was a house music label but I started being interested in trap and other things than four to the floor beats at that time. So I had to make a tough decision to kinda leave it and focus on my solo project as it stylistically it started to change whole lot.

Yeah I’m also part of Sola which is headed by Enshway, Myrne and Awoltalk. Shout out the squaaaaa *Mexican Airhorns*

Is there an avenue that remains untapped as far as collectives go? A clear lane that no one’s been inning yet. You don’t have to spoil er’ if so.

I think a lot of collective are into a sound (think like Soulection) and that’s not what we are about, it’s more about being sonically interesting. At the core with Crystals the aim is to showcase really unknown talents. For example Elex one of our members is seriously one of the craziest producers I have come across but I think he has less than 200 followers on soundcloud, which based on the quality of his music is almost crazy to me. So The collective is meant primarily for guys like him and outlet to push good music no matter who is making it. From what I see a lot of collectives are looking for someone who is already hot or on the come up. At crystals we see potential and wanna grow with people and grow a family.

With all the platforms competing with one another, are you looking to a few that fans and followers can focus on for the majority of Crystals news?

Really the best place to hear about what we are about what we are up to is on Facebook and Twitter but obviously the most important thing is the tunes we drop on Soundcloud. In addition there will be other things such as sample pack sand we hope to also get into some live shows in Vancouver.

How is the focus of releases going to be spent? Is the collective looking towards singles, or more EP / larger project releases?

We plan on releasing larger compilations quarterly. There may be some single sprinkled here and there. But the focus will be the quarterly compilations.

What are the plans for the new year? Crystals has already kicked things off with a nice intro video.

We Plan to drop our first compilation for free on 23 January on soundcloud. It features tracks from all members of the collective. It will be nice to finally share some sounds to describe what we are all about. Also I should mention that anyone is free to submit songs for consideration on future compilations. Lots of work went into that video glad you enjoyed it.

Crystals – Facebook | Soundcloud

So Sus – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

What’s in my Sony Walkman?

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Salt Ashes “Save It” Control-S Remix

I remember being in the 90’s and this takes me right back there. I can’t wait to spin this at a local party where the beers are cheap, and the women are all short and sweaty. Yo also, I bet this producer is a fuckin’ Power PC user cos otherwise their name would be Command S. What is annoying here though is that the LABEL that put this out, didn’t put the link to whoever Control-S is and that pisses me off.  So I am putting Radikal Records on blast here. Huge writeup about ALL THIS SHIT I WILL NEVER READ under the Soundcloud description but you’re missing the person who remixed it!? Really? I did some googling though!

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Thurxday “Shoreditch”

Not gonna lie, at first few seconds of a listen I was like, chipmunks voices? But then it turned out homie Thurxday from South Korea got some soul yo. I hear all sorts of things about South Korea. Such as, they build upwards cos that place just ain’t got the space on the ground to house all the people. I imagine one day that it will pretty much look like all the Anime cartoons look. At that time, I shall visit. Until then, I will avoid it cos I don’t think I can handle the spicy cabbage and shit like that.

Follow: THURXDAY

Anuka “Colorblind”

Anuka you are a sexy sounding little mermaid and I love it. This cut has some really cool drunky vibes. The bells in the production really worked for me. I love that half cut wobbly shit. The subject matter is cool here and the vocal execution is exactly what it needs to be. Pretty effortless. I want to like, clean my room to this. In my boxers, all sexy  like, while a girl is on the bed drinking wine and everything is happening in slow motion.

Follow: ANUKA

Unlike Pluto “Someone New”

I like Unlike Pluto yo. I have posted some of the homie’s music in the past and here I go again. This cut is soulful as fuck. It makes me miss the early days of Flume, not in the fact that the production is similar but that you got dope groove on the drums, it hits heavy and has soulful vocals on the cut. Great work Pluto. I would never Unlike you. I suggest y’all LIKE Pluto and follow! (see the dry pun here? oh yeah.. one step away from being a dad)

Follow:  unlikepluto

Kevin Livez “Flutter”

Sometimes I dig weird bedroom hiphop that is heavily autotuned. Sometimes I FUCKIN HATE IT. Usually I hate it and my first response is, nah fam, get outta here with your autotune. But today is one of those days where I came along something weirdly raw enough to appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong. There is lots of work that needs to be done on this song still in my opinion. But sometimes a song has something in it regardless. So sip your purple and sprite and enjoy yourself some Kevin Livez.

Follow: KEVIN LIVEZ

Lost Kings “Phone Down” Evan Berg Remix

The intro on this next number is so strong. The vocal chops and chords compliment each other perfectly. This is some dope pop shit. I get a bit annoyed at the girl telling me to put my fuckin’ phone down in the song though. She talkin about being there with her clothes off while homie is on his phone. I mean… girl, he probably checkin’ his instagram thots. Give the man some space! Sounds like he NEVER puts the phone down by what I am here here. I think it might be all the nagging. Usually I get like that when I get nagged at. Just sayin’, that maybe you’re just boring and frumpy or some shit yo. Be honest with yourself girl. Good work Evan Berg and Lost Kings “Phone Down”

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Starley “Call On Me” Edwynn x Tikal x Spirix REMIX

I like this remix of Starley a lot more than the original. The original bored me. Some crazy how, Edwynn , Tikal and Spirix put their heads together on some power ranger shit and made it happen.

Follow:  @starleymusic , @edwynntikal , @spirixmusic

Garrett Lodge “Hollywood ft Malcolm Anthony”

This song goes iiinnnn. I want to be in some dingy sweaty club spilling my vodka orange on some scenester’s shoes. The artworks is fucked uuuppp too so I am totally into it. Let’s do some drrruugggssss to this. “HOLLYWOOD”

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Xan Griffin “U Remind Me”

The intro to this song is obscenely epic. It’s to a point where I get a little sick listening to it. Like, wtf am I in a movie with some ridiculous love chase where everything is a montage?! But the chorus on this is soooo proper that you could pretty much have 3 minutes of fart sounds and I would still post it.

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Dawid Kwiatkowski “Say Yes” prod. Konrad OldMoney

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So I am browsing around on the ol’ YouTube and I see Konrad OldMoney in a title pop up on my screen on the right. Being a fan already, I’m like, well shit, what is this?! Because I see his name next to some long Eastern European name Dawid Kwiatkowski. (no idea how to pronounce that) Anyhoo, I also look at the views and this shit got like, close to a hundred thousand views in a matter of a few hours. So now my curiosity peaks and I decide to give the video a chance. Look out Canadian Bieber!! Polish Bieber is coming for you!! Get your swag coach! Tell him you gotta go to Poland and see what the fuck goes on over there! But really though, this is tight. Production is great, singing is great, lyrics are great. Sometimes I get down with the pop shit yo. That’s just how it is. If you don’t like it, click further and sip your fuckin’ latte.Guap. Out.

EFESOUL – Inmerso

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Beautiful, lush, Trap happy sounds in from Chile, and a continent we hear far too little from. ‘Inmerso’ was created during “moments when I was through some stressful situations.” The feel though is of stresses washing away.. Stoked to have EFESOUL come up on the radar like this. Free DL over on toneden.

EFESOUL – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

Vanrip – Music Sounds Better With You

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From the hometown of chart topping Drizzy, Vanrip has been putting out star studded catalog. Remixing the heavy’s and lining up release’s on heavy labels. Their latest is of the lifetime classic ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ by Daft Punk. The track bring’s the classic up to Dance music as it is today.

Stream on and make the purchase on Beatport.

Vanrip – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Guappy Video Playlist

guappy-playlistHeya kids! Normally I’m like, fuck a video. Most videos are so trash and I really could care less. But people submit em to me anyways, so I put aside a few deserving ones here and decided to share them with you for you to enjoy.

SLEEPY TOM – Distant Future feat Dirty Radio

First one here is a groovy lil’ number “Distant Future” by Sleepy Tom and Dirty Radio. I’ve been following Dirty Radio for many years now and I dig their progress and evolution in sound. See how I used the word Groovy? I’m bringin’ it back baby!

FOLLOW: Sleepy Tom and Dirty Radio 

Tigermonkey – Zooby Doo feat. Majestic, Fatman Scoop & General Levy

HOW FUCKING DOPE IS LAZER CAT COVER ART?! Also , just listen to this song and TRY and tell me you didn’t bop around like a fucking idiot. This is amazing. I love both Fatman Scoop and General Levy. Can’t wait to spin this record live.

Visit: soundcloud.com/tigermonkeymusic

BART BAKER – DRAKE

Okay when I first heard this I was like, haha this shit is mad funny. I can’t post this but then the hook is so dope and he actually has some flow here… then I decided that it would be unGuappy of me to not post it if I actually ended up taking a liking to the song. Because the fuckin’ man right chea posts whatever he fucking wants yo! Anyways, I hit his publicist like, yo yeah I will post this shit, it’s a funny parody track. His peoples enlightened me to the fact that homie will be coming out with more originals so I am actually looking forward to it.

Captain Cuts – Love Like We Used To (Official Lyric Video) ft. Nateur

This is by far the best lyric video I have seen so far. The song is dope too. Some emotional dance shit for you jerry curl wearin’ pimps out there. Oh and padded shoulders on leisure suits. Can’t forget those.

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The Chainsmokers “Setting Fires” feat Xylo

I like the Chainsmokers. They built some shit. Can’t really say much for the video’s creativity here as I don’t think it’s anything wild. It is however a better than normal lyric video. This seems to be working for the boys and keeps their fans singing their lyrics so I’ma support it. I do hope however that they don’t get trapped in the lyric video K-hole and instead let their fans make some of the upcoming ones on some bootleg shit.

The Chainsmokers

Okay I am going to go in search of some smoked cheese since it is lunch time where I am currently at. Which is in a faraway land in the mountains somewhere. Last night I got chased by a goddamn wild boar. No joke… hope you enjoyed the little video discovery adventure, kids!

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Paper Lions – My Number (Ramzoid Remix)

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Canadian collabs. They’re dope. This time it’s Ramzoid’s turn to flip a steadily rising indie-pop group called Paper Lions – and he does so with apparent ease.

I’ve got to hand it to him, Ramzoid has been killing it lately. Together with Soda Island – a collective of unique and whimsical artists from around the world, they’ve been making their mark in an oversaturated market of recycled sounds and duplicated artists. Very refreshing!

Paper Lions have recently released their first full-length album titled Full Colour, you can stream it via Spotify here.

PAPER LIONS – Facebook | Soundcloud

WHIPPED CREAM – U R Not Alone

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Whipped Cream steps away from her dominant club vibe for a second in her new Nest HQ Premiered ‘U R Not Alone.’ The track comes from a time in her career of self exploration and a desire to move forward with a positive and productive mindset. The six minute journey is open to all.

WHIPPED CREAM – Facebook | Soundcloud

Mazde – Wicked Winds

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Inspired by the idea of someone playing a giant whistle in the hook, Mazde set out to produce ‘Wicked Winds.’ Pulling also from the influence of Jamie XX and Moderat, downtempo /hip hop nestled their way in and melodic track took shape. Stream on.

Mazde – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter