[Interview] Tripmastaz chats about a new EP, his vinyl only record label, and the upcoming show in Atlanta.
By Liz Turcotte
April 14, 2016
Reigning from Russia, one of the few DJs to come out of The Land of Tsars, Tripmastaz has managed to gain respect worldwide from the underground scene. Tripmastaz held residencies at the top clubs in Moscow and has worked with huge producers like Richie Hawtin and DJ Sneak. Recently, he started up a vinyl only label, Tripmastaz (by numbers). Alley Cat Music Club will host him Friday, April 15, alongside Atlanta's rising-star producer, Ralo, and Alley Cat favorite, Tito Mazzetta. Here's what he had to say when we talked to him earlier this week.
What do you think it takes as an artist to gain international respect?
From my perspective, it's honesty and hard work. If you strive to be different, to be yourself, to share your point of view and your character through the music, at some point people will recognize it and will follow. Word to Rakim.
Your style of producing seems to have a techy undertone. Is there something about that style that pulls at your heart strings?
Let's not forget that house and techno are the leaves of the same tree branch, so to speak. What can be more exciting than a mixture of a house grooves and electronic textures ? It gives so much artistic freedom. Pure science to me.
What DAW do you prefer to use in the studio?
For the past ten years I've been using Ableton Live.
Really digging your latest EP, Wax Mania, out recently on Desolat. Tell us about what went into making this album.
That EP is the most techno record I've ever released. The funny thing about the title track Wax Mania, is that Loco Dice been playing it for a few years thinking it was a bootleg of mine. When he found out that it was actually an original, we wrapped up the EP quickly.
You made a video for the track "Ride Heights." What was that experience like? Where was the creative vision inspired from?
I had footage of my boy, Krussia, riding a bike in NY. Not only he is he a dope rapper/beatboxer, Vice named New York's Best Russian Rapper. He's a serious bike fiend. We took 40 minutes of his Go-Pro footage and edited it down to an intense four-minute groovy ride. I love to see the empty streets of New York in that video. It gives you a bit of a surreal feeling of the city.
When you DJ do you use a laptop or a USB?
For the past three years I've been using USB sticks with piles of digitized vinyl on them. And sometimes, the actual vinyl which I still love to dig for and to buy.
What can we expect at your show in Atlanta this weekend?
Groovy trips and trippy grooves.
What are your musical plans for the rest of 2016?
I've spent a month out in L.A and finished the third EP for my vinyl only label which is Tripmastaz (by numbers). Also, the track for my friend Barcelona's Yakazi Records. I'm almost done with my EP for New York's Inmotion Music. I'm excited about the massive remix for Chaka Khan's new vinyl single. I'm currently working on a remix for my Canadian pal, Paolo Rocco. Sorting out the next four releases for my label, Plant 74. And more to come as I finished a lot of new music in the past three months. Really a lot, Tripmastaz work is never done!
Tripmastaz will make Alley Cat Music Club twerk on Friday, April 15 with Ralo and Tito Mazzetta.
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