100wxxds presents: W33DW∆V3

Sweden

Enigmatic Swede beatmaker 100wxxds drops 4 tracks described as ‘weedwave’, and explains a bit about the dude behind the PC, the name 100wxxds, and weedwave as a genre.

100wxxds says:

Bio: I’m a 24 year old weirdo that makes ‘weedwave’ music. I currently reside in Sweden.

Name: Ok, so I’m from Sweden right?  And in Sweden we’ve got tons of woods, so I thought, what better way to represent where I’m from than to add the woods (wxxds) part to my name. The x instead of o makes it just look doper I guess. Haha!

Influences: Right now I’m really into electronic music, folk music, and alternative rap. My influences range from all kinds of shit, Bon Iver to XXYYXX, I just love music and finding new music, and a lot of weird shit inspires me as well.

Weedwave: The term ‘weedwave’ came to mind, cause people kept saying my music sounds something you would do drugs to, like it would trigger the brain to want to do a massive amount of drugs, especially weed for some reason. I can see where they were coming from by saying that, personally it’s just me trying to make something unique and fresh.

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Peep the weedwave vibes that have dropped thus far here:

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Featured Artist: Soulo Starr

Johannesburg/Cape Town, South Africa

Soulo Starr drops his Early Works from 2007-2009, knocked out the MPC on Cosmic Dust Records.

The 9-track release includes raw, sample-based beats, chopping smooth vocal hooks, the occasional rap hook and sweet percussion sounds. Each beat signifies the golden era of hip-hop, through the live, edgy feel of the drums. Listening to the beats makes you want to rap on them, but you know you can’t as you have to savour the snares and kicks over each ill sample.

Some standout tracks off the release include: “4 DILLA”, “Afta”, and “The Mack”. Peep it here on Cosmic Dust, then cop it for $7 USD:

 

Peep Soulo Starr’s future mix for some turnt down, new wave hip-hop:

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JONGPADAWAN x I Kicked A Cloud Once: Dualism

As the EP title suggests, the dudes IKACO and JPW have formed a collab, blending their different, new wave production styles to create art. Released on Greased Up Records, “Dualism” is a 3-track hybrid EP that can only be characterised as ‘future’. Lo-fi, wonky and modular synth work over hip-hop influenced percussions and dreamscape sounds are delivered succinctly with each beat. Word, so similarly to the fellas’ names, expect to drift off, kicking clouds with jedi masters when listening to this next-type release.

Listen to the release here whilst you peep the Q&A, then cop it as ‘a name your price’ (0 included) download on the record label’s bandcamp:

 

So, Planetary went and set up an interview with the beatmakers to find out a little more about the dudes’ behind the computer screens, here’s what went down:

Planetary Beats: Right off the bat, you two dudes have some pretty interesting names. What went down in your respective name generation processes, and what meanings have you ascribed to your names?

 IKACO: I watched that disney show TaleSpin a lot as a child, and this guy Kit Cloudkicker has a cool name right? So I just played around with the words a little, and I came up with my name, which is too damn long! I can’t even type in my full artist name on twitter!

JPW: I have always been a fan of the Star Wars-movies and when I re-watched the movies a couple of years ago I heard the word “padawan”. To explain it, a padawan is a jedi-apprentice. At the time, the name suited me perfect, since I was a new beatmaker and I was still trying to find my own sound.

 

Planetary Beats: Both new artists on the electronic beat-scene with different production styles, what did each of you learn during the compilation of this collab release?

IKACO: I learned a lot of stuff from JPW. His take on producing is pretty cool, and he works in Ableton Live, and I’m on Cubase – so naturally, we have different approaches and techniques. This is my first collab actually, and it worked out extremely well. We had a pretty dope workflow overall! JPW’s use of clicky percussion sounds has inspired me a lot, and that has already influenced some of my newer tracks.

JPW: I learned the basics of another DAW and the basics of other instruments than the ones I’m using myself in my solo-stuff. Also, it’s just really inspiring to see how IKACO makes his music.

 

Planetary Beats: Who and what were you main influences for each of you during this collab project?

IKACO: My main influence must have been JONGPADAWAN’s music, since I wanted to incorporate his style into the project (naturally). I was already inspired by it to begin with. Besides that, we were frequently checking out tracks from some of the dope Project Mooncircle artists, just to get some extra inspiration.

JPW: For me it was listening to IKACO’s music, in order to give me some inspiration to the whole process and also to find out how we could combine our different styles into something great.

 

Planetary Beats: What would you guys say are the main challenges you face as new artists on the scene?

IKACO: Probably getting the hype your music deserves. So many unheard talents out there, and that’s a shame – but that’s also the game of course! You try to get people to post your things on blogs and stuff like that, but at the same time, you don’t want to come off as too eager. The best thing is when people randomly discover your music, and starts posting it, simply because they enjoy it.

JPW: Getting people to know that you exist. You have to be different from all the other beatmakers in order to get noticed. Of cause another challenge is to find your own unique sound.

 

Planetary Beats: If you were to liken this release to a cartoon character, which would it be and why?

IKACO: I would probably choose ‘Silver Fang’. Simply because he’s one of my favourites.

JPW: Good question…. Maybe I would choose Dwight from Frank Miller’s “Sin City”, since he’s this mysterious character, whose appearance changes quite a bit throughout the story.

 

Planetary Beats: Besides making beats, what other things do you dudes enjoy doing in your free time?

IKACO: I’m doing a lot of amateur photographing, and a little bit of film making, when I’m not producing music. Most of my time is currently occupied by producing though, as I’m working pretty hard on my forthcoming EP. Also, I’m participating whenever there’s a cool gig around.

JPW: Spending time with friends and family. I also like to spend time outside, preferably in a beautiful green area near my home, to gather my thoughts and get some inspiration.

 

Planetary Beats: Last off, who has the cooler studio space, and what makes it cooler?

IKACO: Aww man, this question hurts me, haha! I’m on two cheap ass hi-fi speakers, and no monitors at the moment. Working it out though… It’s just a matter of habituating with what you’ve got I guess. Other than that I own a few controllers to spice things up, but I’m doing almost everything on the computer itself. I know for a fact that JONGPADAWAN was using his kitchen as studio sometimes, during his time in Berlin, haha. I think I can top that one. Hopefully, he has settled with something better now that he’s returned to Denmark. But mark my words; it’s the man, not the machine!

JPW: In Berlin where we made the EP, IKACO definitely has the cooler studio with speakers, sub, a keyboard and a decent soundcard. My setup was in my small kitchen and I had to use headphones because of a music-hating neighbour, which is why we used IKACO’s studio.

A Q&A with BARS IMPSON

Sandbox Collective multi-style digital recording artist, BARS IMPSON drops a new beatstrumental entitled “mindseye” and chats to Planetary about the dude behind the name.

Planetary Beats: Yo, so first off as a musician rooted in the Cali underground what’s the 411 on BARS IMPS, for those who are unfamiliar?

BRSMSN: I began making music in 2010, inspired by Wayne’s No Ceilings format, jocking beats and writing raps. Soon after I began making my own beats and linking up with producers in my area, (Blap Deli and Lifted Aquatic), who helped me get my first 2 projects (Tiger Printed and Navajo Prints) off the ground. Lately, my focus has shifted from raps to beats and I have been really inspired by labels like BRAINFEEDER, Soulection, Alpha Pup, and all of the homies I am surrounded by in the Sandbox.

Planetary Beats: How does the BARS IMPS rap writing process take place? Do you keep it pen and paper? Or new age, typing on a cellular?

BRSMSN: It all began on a BlackBerry, but now I write all of my raps in Microsoft Word. I write while the beat is being produced and record in the same session usually. I use little to no revision in my writing process I just go.

Planetary Beats: How long have you been in the rap game for, and how have your influences shifted your rhymes over time?

BRSMSN: It has been 3 years now. My influences have shifted drastically with time. My early music was influenced by the likes of Wayne, Wiz and Mac, but has shifted to people like Dom Kennedy, Kendrick, ASAP, OF, HBK gang, and lots and lots of beat tapes. One of the biggest things I have learned is that my appeal to rappers I like is their individuality and the fact that they stand out.

Planetary Beats: After having some of your beat-tapes on blast, I noticed the golden era hip-hop influence coming through. Who are some of your 90s influences, and how do you feel about these 90s hip-hop revival cats, namely Joey Bada$$ and Pro.Era?

BRSMSN: I have a lot of love for 90s flavor and for the Pro.Era team. I think it is really cool that they are bringing back the boom bap sound; I support that movement and like to see all of the collaborations going on with them.

Planetary Beats: Is it correct in saying that you’re a bedroom producer/rapper or do perform live as well. If so, describe your most hyphy performance in 3 words?

BRSMSN: I guess you could say I am a bedroom producer/rapper. I get out and do shows when the time is right though. I would say my most hyphy performance was with my brother Subtle T, at this venue called the Raven in Healdsburg CA. Blap was spinning beats for us and he had a bunch of porn samples laced up on the MPD. No need to say that made for an interesting performance. Other than that going to a super hyphy concert, but that was never really my scene.

Planetary Beats: So when you’re not saying stuff on the mic, or knocking beats out, what are you doing in your free time?

BRSMSN:  I am networking, digging for samples on YouTube, shopping at thrift stores, or watching cartoons.

Planetary Beats: What’s good with Sandbox Collective? Who’s who and what projects is the crew currently working on?

BRSMSN: The collective consists of Blap Deli, Woodblok, Drii, Subtle T, Tony Manfre, Ian Shoop, Lifted Aquatic, and Zach Miller. We have a lot coming up; I know for sure Drii’s album “Nervous System” is on the way, Woodblok has a project in the making, Ian is putting his energy into his band “Secret Cat”, and Blap has some big things poppin. I’m going to leave it at that. Check out our website http://www.thesandboxcollective.com

Planetary Beats: After checking out your latest music vid on Youtube, how do you budget for these projects as a solo artist? And how do you market yourself in this digital age as a young musician on the come up?

BRSMSN:  At this point in time I am getting a feel for what I truly want to do and everything still feels like practice.  The silver Surfer video was filmed by the Sandbox Collective’s first lady, Drii, and edited by me. As an artist I like to do as much as I can by myself, from production, to rhymes, to video editing, to graphic design. I do not like to limit myself to any one talent; I don’t want to be known for just being a rapper or producer I want to be known as an artist. Knowing how to use all of these tools (beats, rhymes, videos etc.) makes me more marketable.

Planetary Beats: What’s the vibe between you and Blap Deli? Who’s Gatman and who’s Mobbing? On the real, can we expect any collabs between you dudes in the near future?

BRSMSN: Blap and I have been friends forever, way before music. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him. When we are working, he is the gatman and I’m mobbing haha, but I would clean up the prints for him any day. Right now I am focused on my own production and Blap is working with 5+ other artists at any time.

Planetary Beats: Last off, what’s your take on the art of twerking?

BRSMSN: I am a strong supporter, shout out to the twerk team and thank you based god.

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