For July we’ve got a really fun disco/soul mix coming in from HIGH HØØPS!
This a triple threat artist taking wearing the hat of vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist.
One of the first times we heard his name was the feature he did for Netherlands producer MOODS. An incredibly catchy track we still keep on strong rotation.
This brought us over to a treasure cove of smooth, infectious tracks when we jumped onto HIGH HØØPS Soundcloud account. A really quality catalogue from start to finish.
Anyway, we, of course, wanted to get to know this rising artist a little better, so we thought we’d throw a few generic (yet essential) quick-fire questions at him earlier in the week.
Check the mix here and tracklisting at bottom of the page.
What have you went for & how have you chosen to use your 30 mins in this mix?
Been surfing on a retro wave at the moment. Thrown the rule book out and spinning a lot of 70s Detroit soul records so there’s some dense midday Sunday stuff in there too. Just whatever I’m feeling at the moment without too many excuses, hope you enjoy at least one corner of the painting.
How long have you been doing what you do?
Production for me started when I was 14, almost half my time on planet earth which is weird to think. No romantic cereal box software story for me unfortunately.
What swung you into electronic music?
I started playing drums when I was 8 or 9 so was always gravitating towards rhythm and groove. I was in bands growing up in my teens and loved music to a fanatical degree always bouncing between varying genres so I was constantly inspired. I even went through a hectic Drum & Bass phase at 16.
It wasn’t until I fell in love with J-Dillas punk attitude of sampling older dusty unique records and swinging them into a neck snapper groove that really pushed me to venture into an electronic zone. At that time there were plenty of people emulating that vibe or process, so to drive more character into my work I had to become more comfortable with the only truly unique thing I could offer, so I tried singing more on things. I had no idea how to sing technically or how to record vocals but knew it would push me out of my comfort zone and into a more expressive creative process.
HØØPS is now a product of refinement from all those things combining since I was young and open.
Whats something we wouldn’t know about you?
I was first in the entire year 9 creative writing exam back in school. It came as a surprise, I was a shy guy who could talk a lot of shit which is a funny combo. But it also gave me the confidence to write more flakey stuff than I would do otherwise – I’ve been over-elaborating ever since. Like now.
How would you best describe your sound?
I’m one of those people that can’t explain their own that well – it’s a classic gag when an interviewer asks the band what they sound like and they take 20mins to explain how big their ego is, but for me the whole reason I started HIGH HØØPS was to get away from any genre stress or formula.
But loosely speaking, it’s pop music with sideways influences in both retro and modern realms.
No rules, just moods and grooves. A few rhymes for good times. A beating heart navigating some self expression in a weird and fast and sometimes disposable music world.
What’s the game plan for the new 2018?
I have an album out next month! Stoked I can say that. It’s really a pool of songs that people can dive into and enjoy as a collection. I’ve never had enough material out for people to really latch on to so it’s like a breakfast in bed of new tunes. I hope you like your coffee hot.
I’m also working on a 4-piece live set, and putting aussie promoters on notice hopefully haha.
You’ve been doing collab work as well right?
Yeah, that’s right, been working with my best mates on the new LEISURE record which is sounding great – that’s almost done. I was lucky enough to jump in the studio with KLLO, I dig them a lot. Also, Roland Tings and I put out a tune earlier in the year which was a cool experience
& what about one hot tip, one act you think is about to pop & will be the next big thing?
Matthew Young! He’s got all the courage and talent and wonderfully pedantic creative ability to throw a net over everyones imagination. I’m always looking forward to his output. Check him out if you haven’t, the ground swell is happening in a big way.
Lastly, hope this is not too personal, but if you had to pick one, avo’s or mangoes for rest of your life …. where would your allegiance lay?
Believe it or not, Avo’s were a late pick-up for me – I didn’t understand them so much through my teens. They were kind of like a fibrous green butter that tasted like nothing to me. But then one day it all turned to a blessing – my girlfriend makes a great Avo toast with some crazy chipotle mayo spread that she should really start a franchise with.
Flowers – For Real (1976) (Good-tar Music)
Windy City – Just For You (1980) (Kelli-Arts Records)
Juan Demonio – Es Cana (1975) (Golden Ring Records)
Psychic Mirrors – I Come For Your Love (2011) (Cosmic Chronic Records)
Kano – Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving) (1981) (Mirage Records Inc)
Sadao Watanabe – Duo-creatics (1979) (Miracle Records)
Pamoja – Oooh Baby (1975) (Lotus Land)
HNNY – Most Really Pretty Girls Have Pretty Ugly Feet (2014) (Permanent Vacation)
Kiefer – AAAAA (2018) (Stones Throw Records)