By Kelley Lauginiger // @peapodmcgee,
April 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Phutureprimitive has some new stuff coming our way. I asked his press-camp about his upcoming new music and this is what I received: "With a new collection of songs scheduled for released in two parts this year (Spring and Fall of 2013) titled Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places he takes ideas from his previous releases and supercharges them with hard hitting dance-floor appeal, all while maintaining the depth and prowess this trusted producer is so well known for ... setting the stage for a massive year of headlining tours and festivals."
Here's what else he had to add below. He'll be performing at Schuba's tomorrow, April 18th.
Q: How did you come up with your name, Phutureprimitive?
A: Someone once described my music as "Subterranean Electronic Tribalism". For me, Phutureprimitive is a great way to not only describe the type of music I appreciate, but also the music I create / channel. It's an intriguing phrase... I'm asked about the name in nearly every interview i do, which is further evidence of that fact. I enjoy duality.
Q: How would you describe your music to a new listener?
A: Dripping wet love drops of nasty mind melting bass bliss.
Q: Who are some artists that are comparable? As in- if someone likes, ___ (artist), they should check you out.
A: Glitch Mob, Zeds Dead, Nero, Shpongle, Ott
Q: What can you say about the visuals in your live show?
A: During the two Shpongle tours in 2012, I was incredibly fortunate to have VJ "Xen" from Lucid Technology Designs provide an immersive visual experience for me. Having started on the path of doing headlining tours myself, that is my next big focus… to bring a custom visual element to my performance that can further accentuate, punctuate, and augment the musical experience. I have a Fall 2013 tour coming that will likely be my first iteration of that…. and I'm incredibly excited to dive in and turn that vision into a reality.
Q: What has your favorite tour been & why? What aspects of that do you continue to incorporate into your live show? What are some things you've decided to get rid of?
A: Touring with Shpongle for four months total last year was an amazing experience, to put it mildly. Musically, I think the tour really worked as our music is both similar enough and different enough to create a memorable experience that flows from beginning to end…. that really takes you on a journey. I also learned a lot about the ins and outs of doing a full on tour….. how to pace myself during my performances and throughout two month long tours, how to tell a story with my music with peaks and valleys and dynamic range. Touring life really is a universe in itself.
Having finally had some custom visuals for the first time in my performance and seeing how much it elevates the experience, that would be the biggest take away that I carry over into my own headlining tours.
Q:What is your relationship to Shpongle?
A: Simon and I have known each other for over 10 years, having first met via a chat program on the inter webs. I asked him a riddle… he liked it and asked for another… and the rest, as they say…..
Eventually, when I began touring in Europe, I'd visit Si at his home in England and we'd do what musicians do so well…. distract ourselves with hours of conversation, great meals, movies, playing guitar, geeking out in the studio about the ins and outs of this piece of gear and that, video games… you know… everything a growing musician needs. ;)
By the time his tour was being planned for 2012, I was so stoked to have been asked to open for him, and partake in what would turn out to be a wild four-month adventure. The whole seven-man crew on that tour was amazing…. such an instant bond.
Q: When was the first time you felt you had successfully brought in your own music to your DJ sets that you used to perform? Did you have a moment where the crowd was really into something you created, and you looked out and said, "I've made it?" Or how would you describe that synergy? I think a lot of DJ's try that out and it's competitive and challenging to get it to take off, so you obviously did something right.
A: In the mid 90's, after DJing for several years, I started creating small loops that I could mix into my DJ sets. After getting my first 303, I had a friend who wanted me to help make a song, which we finished and played out …. it was the first time I got to see a crowd react to a complete work I'd been a part of, and I was so hooked. It felt incredibly invigorating, inspiring, but also humbling to see people reacting to and enjoying something I had created. I knew at that moment it would be the first of many.
In this day and age, it's so easy to hop on Youtube, watch some tutorials and instantly sound like someone you admire. It can be incredibly beneficial to be inspired by others and to emulate them, but with electronic music, it can be so easy to not only emulate, but to sound exactly like someone else. The end result is an onslaught of music that all sounds the same. I think one of the biggest steps you can take as an artist is to find your own voice….. what makes you sound like you… what makes you unique to anyone else out there, and to run with that.
Silver Wrapper presents: Phutureprimitive | Ill-esha | Tylr at Schuba's: 3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60657. (773) 525-2508 Doors 9 pm Show 9:30 pm 18+