Ipman Interview by Matt Mattson

1. What sparked your desire to make music?

I was brought up in a musical family, my parents are both musicians, as well as some of their brothers/sisters. SO I guess making music is just something I’ve always done and something that’s always been around me.

2. How did you decide on your stage name?

Well obviously I watch a lot of martial arts films ;) When we were still at college me and my producing friends would come up with lots of names for ourselves, Ipman just stuck and got picked up on by others so I just kept it.

3. Do you have any formal training with musical instruments? If so, what instruments?

I can play the trumpet, I used to be pretty good but I haven’t practiced enough for quite a while now. I should but synths are very distracting! I can play the guitar and drums a bit as well.

4. Who would you consider are your main influences musically?

I would say that I take influence from quite a wide range just because I’ve listened to so much music, but if I was going to narrow it down and pick on a few artists then definitely Vex’d, Aphex Twin, Dom&Roland, lots of early dubstep and D&B tracks.  That kind of stuff.

5. What was your main inspirations when creating your new album Depatterning?

Depatterning was really a goal to create something that i could feel was uniquely mine and hold up as an example of my self-expression. When you write dance music it’s easy to fall into using well known tropes and reusing established ideas and sounds to build tracks – which can be really effective in making a big club tune, and I have a lot of love for those sounds, but with this I wanted to try and put my footprint on it as much as possible and not rely on these easily recognizable signatures of the style. Except for in Regicide haha.

6. What do you do when you are not making music?

I am really into cooking… It’s pretty similar to making tunes though I guess. Go to the pub!

7. What genre/style would you consider your music under besides electronic?

Other than other subgenres of electronic music? None to be honest, it’s electronic through and through, taking bits from dub to techno to experimental psychoacoustic music.

8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

HAHA serious question? I don’t know where I’ll be in 1 year let alone 10. I guess I hope I am is still kicking and making music that I enjoy that hopefully other people do too. I would like to continue to write more albums, nothing planned yet but I can feel that I will be doing that again.

Ipman – Depatterning

Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Techno, Dubstep

This album by the UK producer Jack Gibbons, better known by his stage name Ipman, came to my attention when The Glitch Mob cosigned the artist onto their label Glass Air.  This is the first time that The Glitch Mob has signed an artist onto their label that has no direct ties to the group.  In the UK, the album is signed to the Label Tectonic Recordings, created by UK producer DJ Pinch.

I became truly intrigued by this album when The Glitch Mob released the song “Y” on their Soundcloud a few weeks ago.  The use drum samples and crunchy synthetic noises created an electronic symphony that could not be ignored.

The album itself is interesting.  Some of the songs begged to be played at full volume, while others seem to lay flat for me.  The first song “Regicide” sets the tone as an electronic punch in the face. With a slower and more aggressive drum and bass influenced beat which included a bass line that pulsates within the drum samples and synthesizer to gives an unsettled feel, this song is an absolute banger.  Comfort is not found in the next track “Technicolor” as once again, Ipman creates an eerie textural sounds that lead into a more techno style beat.

“Gravity” is a heart racing song that’s repetitive kicks produce an unworldly feel.  This piece progresses in a fashion that has heavy influenced by techo, creating a more club style sound.  The next song “IPA” is probably my sleeper pick of the album.  It starts with what seems to be a very “jazz-café” style sound with HEAVY bass, but progresses into a very strong electronic lo-fi sounding techno beat that is extremely catchy.

“Y” I found to be a forward thinking song with a great beat, synth and samples.  The progression on this song is a refreshing contrast to “Last One In The In The” to be my favorite song on the album.  This song is followed by “O” which seems to be used to bridge the gap in the progression of “YOU” as a full composition.  It also is the only song that seems to create a more experimental ambient sound.  This is followed by a wet sounding electronic noise that immediately disturbs and intrigues the ear.  “U” is overall a more trance like vibe that then develops into a strong beat that pulsates for the rest if the song.  Lastly, “Strong Ones” ends the album on a positive note with another memorable song that is very aggressive.  The high notes throughout the song give the catchy beat a very strong kick that creates drives the song all the way to the end.

Overall, I found this album to be a good listen.  Some drawbacks to it were the length of some of the songs, but most techno songs are typically longer in length.  This LP has few misses for me, but it also has more than its fair share of winners.  Ipman has a very unique sound, there is no doubt about that, and if you like a grungy electronic techno sounds with kick ass drum beats, give Depatterning by Ipman a listen.

Favorite songs: Regicide, IPA, Y, Strong Ones

Least favorite: O, Last One In The In The

Brigades Interview

 

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SOFFI TUKKER Interview by Mercedes Silva

1. When did you decide that making music was the career you wanted?

During our senior year of college, actually during the final week.

2. Who are your musical influences?

Sophie brings the Brazilian influences (Tom Jobim, João Gilberto, Gilberto Gil…) and West African influences (Habib Koite & Bamada, Amadou & Miriam…). Tucker brings the house influences – but also grew up listening to all sorts of music, from rap to rock.

3. How would you describe your sound?

“World influenced dance music”? But “world music” is a very broad term… it just means using sounds and making production choices that aren’t usually in the dance music lexicon.

4. Do you plan on going on a nationwide tour anytime soon?

Yes but we aren’t allowed to talk about it yet haha.

5. What is your favorite part about making music together?

We love being in the studio, we love being in the club, we love being on stage… we’re just happy to be doing what we’re doing, we love it all.

6. I understand that you two met while in college. Has making music together strengthened your friendship?

We were making music together before we were really friends. Luckily we ended up liking each other.

7. If you had to describe your EP/music in one word, what would it be?

Avocado.

8. What music are you currently listening to on your iPod?

Sophie is only listening to Rodrigo Amarante right now. Tucker is on a strictly SOFI TUKKER diet.

9. What was the inspiration behind your song ‘Drinkee’?

The lyrics come from the Brazilian poet, Chacal, who Sophie had just met and collaborated with. The guitar riff happened one day in the studio, actually the first day Sophie held an electric guitar. Drinkee was the first song we made together; it’s our genesis song.

10. What do you want new fans to know about you as a group, or your music?

When you are listening to our music, we would like you to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves (thanks, Mary Oliver)

11. Where do you see yourselves and your career in 5 years?

Peaking, somewhere in the world.

Tucker would also like to add: when he was on the basketball team at Brown his freshman year, he scored 26 points against you guys. But you still won.

Crooked Colours Interview by Jessica Maricich

1. How was/is New York? What did you guys do

New York is amazing. We’re pretty busy playing shows, but we’ve had a little bit a free time to wonder around and soak up the vibe. We’ve been spending most of our time in Brooklyn though which we really like. The vibe is pretty unique here, with something different around every corner.

2. Of all of the places that you guys have visited, which place has been your favourite and why?there?

Probably New York. Its just the most iconic I think.

3. What does everyone is the group do to prepare themselves before a performance?

Nothing too crazy, Liam likes to do some push-ups, but other than that we kind of just relax as much as we can and try to get focused. Going into a show with a positive mind frame is probably the most important thing.

4.  How did the group form and decide to become “Crooked Colours”?

We’re all from the same area in Western Australia and just met each other through mutual friends who knew we made music. It’s quite a small music scene down there so it was only a matter of time I guess. It wasn’t too long after that, that we decided to start the band officially.

5.  Speaking of, who came up with that awesome name?

To be honest, there’s not a lot of meaning behind the name. We knew we wanted to be ‘Crooked ..something’ so we just played around with that for a while until we landed on ‘Colours’. Nobody hated it so it stuck.

6.  What do you think you would be doing if “Crooked Colours” never happened?

We would probably be making music in some other capacity. I think the drive to create would still be there.

7.  How do you get inspiration when writing songs?

Basically just by listening to a lot of other music. We find ourselves picking little ideas out of whatever we’re listening to at the time. That and moving around. A fresh space does a lot for creativity.

8.  Which song would you say is your favorite and why?

Out of our own music? At the moment probably ‘Step’. Maybe just because its the newest, but it feels like it’s a track that is reflecting where we want to go musically at the moment.

9.  How do you guys spend your time when you’re not working on your music?

There’s not a lot of time when we’re not working on the project in some way, or busy touring so we don’t really get up to much else. We’re away from home quite a lot so mainly just spending time with friends and family.

10. Do you have any advice for the young artists at Quinnipiac?

Be really sure about what you want to do. Once you know exactly what you’re goal is, it’s a lot easier to find the channels to make it happen.