[Interview] Tsimba Talks About His Plans for the Summer
As a thank you to the community that has propelled them to their serious spot in bass music promotion, Together At Last Presents hosted a free event at Aisle 5 with a solid lineup of locals and touring artists. With the help of Native Groove and Elemental Minded, they brought in Tsimba and Deez as co-headliners with support from Digital D, Making Magic, Live Animals, and Nematodes. We got to talk with Tsimba about his musical style, current progress in his career, and plans for the future.
You describe your music sometimes as “Future Roots Sound.” Can you explain what that means?
“Future Roots Sound,” to me, is just how I describe my sound. I’m a percussionist at heart, so it started off with an organic idea where I wanted to blend what I was doing as a percussionist and bring it into what I was experimenting with as a producer. That’s just how I describe what I do because I feel like I can’t put a genre on what I do. I’m always trying out different beats and different tempos, so “Future Roots Sound” is just how I encapsulate what it is that I do.
You opened for Eprom at a Lights Out event. How was that and what do you feel about the move deeper into conscious sound that is happening in the bass scene?
It was extremely, extremely intimate. It was cool being in a completely dark room, not being able to see the crowd even from my perspective. Lights would flash for two seconds and I’d see the room filled people and then the lights would be off and I couldn’t see anything. And, nobody was on their phones, which was really really cool, so nobody was taking videos or recording or anything. Everybody was just there, listening to the music. Even if you couldn’t see what was going on, you could hear and feel what was going on, and I feel like that’s a totally different experience than what people are used to doing now, like going to festivals with huge stage production. There was nothing else that you could focus on other than the music, so that was incredible for sure. It almost reminded me of a metal show, actually.
You’ve collaborated and performed with Deez, as you will be tonight. Can you tell us about that relationship?
I just hit him up because I found his tunes online and I really liked his music. I used to throw shows in Connecticut back before I started touring outside of Connecticut, and I tried to get him to come out. That didn’t end up happening, so we wrote a tune together and out of everybody that I ever wrote music with, it was the most solid experience I’ve ever had. We clicked right away, and since then we’ve been keeping the ball rolling and it’s going really well.
But you guys haven’t formed a new project together under one name as a duo…
That has more to do with the fact that we’re both still in the early stages of our music careers. So, we’ve been trying to build our solo projects alongside our side project, and I think in the Fall, depending on how things go in the Summer, we might try to come out with a new side thing. We don’t have a name or anything yet, but it’s in the works for sure.
What’s up next for you?
For this Summer, I just plan on stacking music. I don’t plan on releasing too much because I want to just focus on sound design and learn more. I’m going to play the shows that I have lined up this Summer and drop a bunch of unreleased music at those shows, and then by the time the Fall comes, release a bunch of that music and see where it goes from there.
All the artists’ performances were interesting, but Digital D (with a quick b2b with FRQ NCY) and Nematodes were standouts to me. I just can’t get enough of watching the warping of the boundaries that those artists are pushing in halftime and dubstep. Tsimba and Deez came on stage and played a much more energetic set than I expected, while still sticking to tribal drums at the core of the sound. We can’t wait to see more from all the artists on the stage that night, and we’ll be following Tsimba closely this Summer and Fall as it sounds like he has a lot of new music coming our way.
Photos by Megan Friddle for Bullet Music.