This year has been already a movie for young producer/dj/creative Sweater Beats. Opening for the coolest of the cool including Flume most recently and in the fall he will make his debut performance at the super popular Festival on a boat, Holy Ship. Read through my exclusive interview with Sweater Beats to learn more about this musical jedi, the albums that are currently on his iPod and a personal goal he has yet to accomplish.
When did you start making music?
I started when I was about 12 years old, I was learning how to play guitar. I was in bands with my friends around the neighborhood playing covers of Sum 41 and Jimmy Eat World. I got more serious about the music thing in high school. I was writing more, playing shows and recording songs with my band. Those tracks live somewhere deep within the internet if you’re willing to dig.
I read you used to work out of your bedroom. How many hours do you think was spent in that room?
Over the 3 years I was doing that, definitely over 10,000 (sleep included). A lot of magic was happening in that room.
How did your relationship with Windish Agency a very prestige company, start?
My manager was in talks with them for a bit, deals were made, stuff was signed and hands were shaken. It still feels surreal that they picked me up, they’ve been really great to work with.
Do you remember the first show you ever went to? how did it make you feel?
It was Blink-182, Weezer, and Tenacious D. I remember going home that night playing my guitar in front of my mirror pretending to rock a venue.
What is one album that has been in your life from day 1 of the sweater beats era?
It would have to be Ratatat’s first album. It holds a very special place in my heart, I listened to it non stop. Definitely ushered in the Sweater Beats era. I’m still blasting out Seventeen Years.
You have been playing a lot of shows this year. Which was the most epic?
Opening up for Flume at Terminal 5. It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of, I was so nervous.
How did you hear you were going to play the wild and crazy festival on a cruise ship HolyShip?
My manager texted me in all caps YOU’RE PLAYING HOLY SHIP. And probably some cat emojis after that.
Your most recent EP That Feel is quite chill and easy listening. Let's just say I get lost and lose track of time. I notice somewhat of a continuous story from start to end. What is that story in your words?
When I listened to Erin’s lyrics for ‘Do It For Me’ I got the idea for basing the EP’s narrative around the progression of a relationship, from infatuation to love. It’s a bit of a vague concept but I think people are able to fit in their own stories.
Explain the direction you are going in terms of producing new music. Uptempo dance music with the essential bedroom pop sounds?
I’d say my new stuff is definitely more club friendly. It’s more identifiably electronic and energetic, but still keeping those emotional RnB vibes.
What music can currently be found on your iPod?
My track demos, No Mythologies to Follow by Mø, Nostalchic by Lapalux, Debut by P. Morris, and I Love You by Lido.
What is a personal goal you have yet to accomplish?
To not drink so much caffeine all the time.
Look out for much more from Sweater Beats this year and expect greatness on his next EP due out this fall.