And Deniro Farrar? You guys did some great work together. I know it was awesome seeing Grimes so appreciative of that remix.
Yeah man, the Grimes remix has somehow been my biggest track and I almost didn’t bother dropping it. I think it was a Sunday night and I was bored as hell and asked my buddy Toboggan if I should release the track or not because I really wasn’t confident about it. he was like “yeah dude, drop it”. People seemed into it and I tweeted it at Grimes and was frantically checking Twitter for a reply from her for days hahha nothing showed up and I was like “damn, she’s not going to respond.” And then like four or five days later she was saying super nice stuff about it, it was amazing. I love her music and think she’s beautiful, meant a lot to get positive feedback from her. Then Deniro and I had been starting talking, his manager who’s a great dude hooked us up, and without me knowing he recorded a whole song to the remix. They sent me it and I thought that was even MORE amazing so, we put it up, people liked it. It was a win-win situation because it just kept people listening to the remix.
How much of your time is spent on solo stuff compared to producing for rappers?
I’m constantly working on both, if there aren’t unfinished project files on my desktop I would feel worried. Solo stuff though I spend a lot more time on tweaking the tiny things; automating and making sure it doesn’t get too boring as just an instrumental track. The solo “Ryan Hemsworth” stuff is usually more excited to work on though. I mean I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing MCs, but when I can control how every aspect sounds in the final product, and people react to it positively, it’s a good feeling.
What’s next in terms of releases? Can you tell me a little about them?
I think I’m sitting on a few tracks that will be the start of the next EP. My last ones (Kitsch Genius, A Way) came together as a handful of tracks that were cut down into a combination that felt cohesive and unified to me. The next one is going to be a little weirder, still dance-y I think, but I’m going to be spending more time making sure it’s emotional and different from a lot of shit that’s dropping as ‘contemporary instrumental music’ right now. Definitely don’t want to be tied down just to the ‘cloud rap’ sub-genre even though it’s a sound I love. Other than that, just trying to reach out to more and more people for collaborations. Lots more to come with Deniro, some shit with ISSUE (E-40′s son / Droop-E’s brother). I should have a track on a Brodinski compilation dropping some point in the next while. I love just making connections with people, which has been working lately, so I think it’s going to be a good summer.