Last week we premiered Volume 3 of our Mix Series on Soundcloud. The mix came from LA based produced and DJ, Slow Graffiti. He first caught our attention with his UZ and Die Antwoord mash up (Dis IZ Why IM Hot (Zef Remix) Vs Trap Shit V7). Shortly thereafter he became one our first regular submitters. His remix’s remain of pallet well in line with our musical taste buds. These, and also his catalog, well endowed with Legacy Mixtapes, enticed us enough to arrange for volume 3. We hope you enjoy the mix and familiarizing yourselves with Slow Graffiti as much as we have.
Let’s get a background on you. How old are you, where do you live, what’s your favorite color and so on.
I am 28, born and raised in Los Angeles, started playing music when I was 13 years old. My first instrument was guitar, self taught then I moved to bass and drums. After my last band broke up, I started working on my own productions and started to work on electronic based tracks. I would say my favorite color is black, even though its considered a shade.
Have you always lived in LA?
No, I lived in San Diego for six years, and then recently moved back about two years ago.
How, if at all, has LA’s scene had it’s influence on your style?
Moving back to Los Angeles has been a major influence on my music, it has put me in an creative environment that I didn’t have in San Diego. No disrespect to San Diego, but Los Angeles is the fore front when it comes to electronic music. Tons of Dj’s and producers move here and create new sounds that no one has heard before, one example that comes to mind would be Jerome LOL. Very unique style that incorporates many sounds that are highly original and forward thinking. That’s why since I moved back I have been trying to collaborate with many different artists, it gives me an opportunity to be well rounded as an artist.
How long have you been DJing and producing, and which came first?
I’ve been Dj’ing for about three years now, I have been producing seriously for about 5 years. I started producing first, my earliest projects where recording live bands and then putting them into Logic Pro. I have always loved production, being able to put your own style on projects is one of the coolest things to be able to do.
You’ve a consistently good selection going on in your mix’s. Name off five of your top producers these days.
Favourite sources for new music. Are a blog reader or does Soundcloud keep you happy?
I utilize both forms, I love reading blogs and love Soundcloud. I think they both work very well together, it’s becomes easier finding out about new music. Using Soundcloud feels like virtual carte digging, you able to go through so much content, and find artist that no one has heard of.
Now production. What are you working with in the studio?
Currently I just finished an original that I am currently shopping to some labels, then next I got to start my next Legacy Mixtape Series which will be Vol.9. I am trying to focus on more originals these days, but there are times when you hear a song and you drop what you doing. That’s how the Grimes remix came about, an idea hits you and then your run to your computer to capture that feeling.
Gear or software?
Software, I love new software, especially synth based that allow me to push it to it’s limit.
Your doing some things with a couple labels. How’d y’all link, and what do you have forthcoming?
Well everything happened on Soundcloud, I was contacted by them on there and then established relationships over time. I just released a single titled Manifesto on Clubstream Label that came out last month, and have a demo out there that I have sent to a couple labels waiting to hear back. As far as forthcoming, Legacy Mixtape Vol. 9 will be out before the end of the month to keep peoples ears open to some amazing tracks and artists.
Can you talk about the mix? What’s in it, how and where you recorded it, etc.
I’am extremely proud of this mix, I wanted to incorporate songs that I have played out and currently enjoying. I featured tracks by RL Grime, Surkin, Flume, and included two of my favorite remixes I have done for Crystal Castles and Grimes. I recored the mix In Los Angeles and used Ableton, I use Ableton for everything it’s my DAW of choice since I left using Logic Pro a couple years back. I wanted to create a mix that’s high energy and grooving that captured the sound of Trap, but also how it’s influencing other artists overseas that are putting there spin on it. That’s why I decided to include artists like Surkin, High Powered Boys and Melé, they offer a very refreshing take on the genre creating exciting productions that deserve attention.