Bass Feeds The Soul: You incorporate a lot of instrumentation into your music--- and thats kind of a trend amongst a lot of DJs and Producers now, they’re trying to incorporate live elements into their sets-- what do you think it does to your music and performance?
R-Doo: Well I’m not just standing there turning knobs, I like that a lot. I’ve been playing instruments since fifth grade, starting with guitar. I’ve always been big into live instruments. I’m a big fan of jam bands, String Cheese is my shit. So when I started producing in freshman year of high school, I wanted to make sure I could incorporate live instruments.
BFS: Definitely! Is guitar your favorite? Or do you have a new favorite after you learned how to play other instruments?
R-Doo: I really like them all just about the same. Guitar I’d say I have the most chops on. I’m getting there with piano, and I love the trumpet, but I definitely have a lot to learn.
BFS: What would you say is the most difficult to learn out of those?
R-Doo: The trumpet, because its a B Flat Instrument instead of a concert pitch instrument, so it’s a little harder to pick up and write parts with.
BFS: Absolutely! So another topic that has been big lately, is the monopoly of headliners playing festivals--- it’s the same headliners at every festival you go to. One thing we can kind of do as a community and as music fans to kind of change that is to support smaller acts. So what do you have to say to people about getting out and going to support local talent and smaller names?
R-Doo: As far as supporting local talent goes--- interacting with them online, facebook and soundcloud, goes a long way. Buying tickets from your local artists is also a big one. I know we all hate it. None of us artists like to sell tickets, but it’s something every venue asks us to do. It’s what we do though, we love sharing our art so it’s worth it.
BFS: It’s hard to get people to show up for shows, as a promoter I know-- sometimes there will be an empty room, sometimes there will be a line out the door.
R-Doo: I definitely know the promotion side of it. I threw my first headline show as well as True School’s. Promotion can almost be a little hairier. As far as small time promoters and artists go though, it’s such a great community. So many people just coming together as a family.
BFS: What electronic artists do you draw most of your inspiration from?
R-Doo: I’m a big hip-hop head, and at first I got introduced to Pretty Lights and Gramatik, those are my big two. GRiZ and all of those guys too. So of course, all of the big names but as far as the other things go I am really into DJs like 9th Wonder and Abilities. These dudes are turntableists. Mikey Thunder--- I got the chance to play with him the other day. It was so much fun to get the chance to get down with a legit hip-hop DJ. Locals like Bass Physics, Krooked Drivers and Sunsquabi have been a huge inspiration, they’ve shown me what possibilities are out there.
BFS: What are some goals you have for you and your sound? Where do you want to go with your career in the future?
R-Doo: I’m huge into hip hop and blues. The last year or so I’ve really honed into an electronic blues sound. I’d like to essentially record my own samples to flip.
BFS: You just dropped your new EP. Do you have any sort of creative process that you go through while creating music?
R-Doo: Well It depends whether it’s a sample track or an all original track.
When I’m flipping samples, I’ll take a sample, chop it, add drums and kind of just go from there.
When I’m doing all original music I tend to write
a piece on piano or guitar and then start building off of that.
My Neurosphere project is all original electronic blues, it’ll be a three part EP set. Three tracks on each.
BFS: That’s really cool! Most artists don’t release all original material when they are up and coming!
R-Doo: Staring my musical pursuit with live instruments rather than djing has definitely pushed me towards the all original material.
As far as the structure on my albums go, three songs works well for me. Which was sort of derived from Sunsquabi’s Any Time EP. I just feel like that EP did so well, and being as short as it was it’s easy to get to know the songs pretty well.
BFS: Do you have any one song more than others that you’re excited to get out there and let everyone hear?
R-Doo: With my EPs I try to love them all the same, this new one is definitely very different between all three tracks. The first one is a little more mellow but kind of has a hip-hop vibe. The Second one is more of a banger, and the third is a very very mellow track. So it’s kind a nice flow through it all. But if there’s a song I really really dig over others it usually will go out as a single.
BFS: What is your favorite part about the Colorado scene in general? We have such a great scene here.
R-Doo: I really love the underground part of the electro soul scene. All of these dudes getting real recognition like Bass Physics, Sunsquabi, and Krooked Drivers inspire me. It’s just an incredible emerging scene with all of these artist even down to like Skydyed, Lucid Vision, Melody Lines, and True School. These dudes that are fairly small time are making big moves. It’s such immense talent in such a family community. It hasn’t gotten to that big point to where it’s overwhelming like going to a big concert. It’s still like going to a family affair.
BFS: If you could collab with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
R-Doo: That’s tough! At this point there’s a few locals I’d be really stoked to work with. Bass Physics, Sunsquabi, and Krooked Drivers are sort of my big inspirations in the Denver scene, so it’d be incredible to get on a track with any of them.