Hi Chris and welcome to Vibe Rated. What are your memories from visiting Greece and Bios?
It was like controlled chaos with all sorts of different vibes. I would be in different situations but feel completely safe because people just did their own thing. In a 10 minute walk I would see crack deals, beautiful street art, sketchy cops, amazing scenery, people just chillin out enjoying themselves. Everyone is so friendly in Greece.
So much energy, diversity, and crazy shit to look at. It was always great to see Acropolis in the distance at all times. Bios is my kind of spot. Great music, bar, roof top, good vibes. the people behind the entire operation definitely get it.
You come from a musical scene that is strongly connected with the "Low End Theory" club. Would you like to tell us a few things about that?
The Low End Theory club is a weekly family reunion. It's a club for the artists, and folks who are just in to next level stuff. Always a good vibe, always packed, and always quality. It's one of the only places that consistently has an ultimate line up that not only rocks it, but educates.
What are your influences when you are going through the process of producing music?
Nothing other than a feeling. I like to just keep my mind clear with no influence. Just staying free and open minded keeps the production running smoothly. Not trying to think to much.
"Ctrl Alt Del" has received very positive reviews. How do you feel about this album? Also, how is working with Ikey Owns from the Mars Volta?
This album represents a time in my life that had many ups and downs. It,s like a musical diary which is why it has different moods. With every record for me, it's just an accurate representation of me. That chapter in my life has been documented, sealed, and now I'm ready for the future to take me in another direction.
I would be in different situations but feel completely safe because people just did their own thing. In a 10 minute walk I would see crack deals, beautiful street art, sketchy cops, amazing scenery, people just chillin out enjoying themselves. Everyone is so friendly in Greece.
Ikey is great; easily one the most talented key players I have ever jammed with. The experience was very painless. We pretty much knocked that one out in a couple hours. That's how it is with free Jazz. Improvised feeling, quick ideas recorded and we have a track.
During your live appearance in Athens, you played some hip hop classics like "Full Clip". A fan is asking about the name of that remix. What is your view on hip hop nowadays?
That remix is from the homie Danny Drive Thru. Don't sleep on him! I like to throw in a few songs from friends in my set. You may have heard one from Dibiase, and Co.fee as well. Two LA beat makers not to be slept on.
Hip Hop will always be a part of my life, and though I've focused on making more instrumental experimental and psych music, I'm still very much a hip hop head.
I met The Gaslamp Killer during his first appearance in Athens. He was with PJ and Witney and he mentioned a place called "Crosby". Tell us about that.
The Crosby is a dream come true for me. It's restaurant/ bar/ venue I opened up with my friends almost 3 years ago in Santa Ana (south of Los Angeles). I guess the vibe can be compared to Bios, but we are primarily a restaurant as well as a lounge and music venue. What can I say... Great food in rotation, amazing staff, good vibes, and some of the best talent from all over the world blessing speakers.
I have plenty of projects in the works including the new album which is nearly finished. I've been experimenting more with Ikey Owens, but the project will be on hold until the tours finish. I also just finished the final All City/ LA 10" series split with Omas of SA-RA set to release early next year. I started experimenting with a local Psych/ blues band called Feeding People as the keyboard player. Been working on more hip hop tracks with people like Busdriver, Nocando, Machina Muerte, and more... Just keeping busy and expanding my horizons a little bit...
Lots of stuff has been written about this great futuristic scene of LA. Some claim it's something brand new and others that it's just "beat oriented" music mixed up with electronica. I would like your comments on this, cos' all these music critics make me feel confused...
The genre is still nameless to me. At this point it's just music. The artists are all associated as a community, rather and genre. Our sounds are generally different but we build together as a family.
Last but not least, send a message to all the Greek heads. How was the view from the Acropolis?
Life-changing. I don't see stuff like that back home, and it completely flipped my wig!
Hope to see you all again soon.