Where are you currently based?
Silver Lake in Los Angeles.
How have the shows been playing with Lee on the ADID Summer of Love tour?
It’s been pretty great. A lot of people (that aren’t me) put a lot of hard work and thought into getting all the events together and setting the stage. And none of the events have disappointed. They feel bigger to me, but still intimate and warm somehow.
You have been included in the ADID lineups for New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more, what can we expect from you with these upcoming shows?
I always just do my thing. But that thing varies from event to event. It really depends on the time of day I’m playing and who is playing before and after me. We keep it fluid and feed off each other to create a musical flow throughout the day. So for example, opening at The Brooklyn Mirage will be a different than closing in Budapest or going B2B with Lee in LA.
How did you get into producing?
It’s just the natural progression of things. I’ve been happily playing other people’s music for close to 20 years. I remember thinking many years ago that it was about time I had something of my own to play, and I started working in the studio to make tunes that I could play out. I never released anything until now though.
What are a few of the challenges with running your own label?
Well, Tale and Tone is still just a baby. The biggest challenge initially has been to launch in a way that made an impact. There are lots of digital releases every day, volume is heavy and there is lots of noise. We wanted to make sure we did everything possible to allow the music to be heard.
There are a lot of moving parts, which brings a bunch of practical challenges as well. But the biggest challenge for me personally is having to tell an artist, who has undoubtedly worked really hard on something, that we won’t be signing their tune.
Your favorite artists to collaborate with?
It’s been really great collaborating with Powel. We met in Bahrain where we were both booked to play on a farm. We’ve rolled many cigarettes together since then (usually it’s his tobacco I’m “borrowing”). Musically he brings a rare elegance and nuance to the music. He is a master of his craft, and he is constantly surprising me, which I love.
What are you working on right now?
I have an EP coming out on All Day I Dream, and I’ve been working on some videos to accompany the tunes.
I’m also spending a lot of time listening to demos – on the hunt for the next Tale and Tone release slated for spring 2017. I always seem to get into a bit of a music hoarding situation in August as I prepare for Burning Man.
In the studio, Powel and I are working on something new. I’m also collaborating with a super talented producer out of Dubai called Zone+. I’ve got a couple solo things in the works and a side project with a vocalist.
What is your gear setup?
Ableton Live / Push
’98 Fender Telecaster
Big Sky Reverb
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
Film, art and design are huge passions of mine. I love good ideas and making things. I like stories. For me, it’s all interwoven with music. I wouldn’t have been as enamored with music at a young age if it wasn’t for the album art or the concert posters. I wouldn’t have been able to support my record-buying habit as a young DJ if I wasn’t designing rave flyers. And the experience of storytelling in film made me want everything I do to feel cinematic, including music.
How would you describe your music genre?
Lee calls it Hoj House 🙂 I can’t really describe it – it’s just a “know it when you hear it” kind of thing.
Do you know any music theory?
I played violin from a young age and traded it in for a guitar when I was 13. I wouldn’t say I can “shred”, and I’m definitely not classically trained or anything, but I know the basics.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m working on adding a visual component to my stage show. I’d like to release a full length album at some stage. And I’d like to make a movie or two before I’m through.
How did you get into music?
My uncle gave me a Deep Purple cassette tape when I was 10ish. That started it all.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
When and where are you playing next?
Next up is Burning Man followed by some North America dates. In November I’m heading to Australia for some events in Sydney and Melbourne, including the Return to Rio festival on November 3rd.