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INTERVIEW: Whipps

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Miami Encode have the pleasure to sit down and ask a few questions to newcomer Whipps. Lets find out about them, their life, their music and more.

How would you present/describe your work to someone who doesn’t know you?

“It’s a bit different. Maybe not everyones cup of tea. I reckon you might like Brainone.”

And your last record? How was it born? And where do you want it to lead?

‘Pretty Casual’ was a track I had been noodling with for a year or two and I think one day it just clicked into place. The spoken word part was

actually something my partner wrote originally in Japanese. The writing was supposed to accompany a graphic novel but I got fed up with waiting for my mate Muz to draw the pictures so I ended up using it in the title track.

For ‘Brainone’, that was something which came together quite naturally.

It’s quite difficult to harness lots of energy in a piece of music for 5 minutes without it becoming tiring or repetitive. I hope I achieved this.

I hope this record will be a strong starting block for Duga, which is a label I co-founded.

What message would you like to convey to the public?

Music is the answer.

How do you make music? What is most important for you?

Most of my songwriting revolves around using the MPC2000xl to sequence

stuff and Ableton to record and manipulate stuff. I think using the older MPC opposed to a modern sequencer gives the rhythmical feel in my tracks a unique edge when compared to other current music.

Is there a unifying concept behind your art?

I love a tipsy boogie.

What makes you unique?

I have a live rock music background with working at a punk rock venue and recording studio and learning a lot of what I know from this. I guess this is kind of uncommon in electronic music but i dno. So yea perhaps i

developed my skills in a unique way and it shows?As for your studio, what is it currently composed of?

27” iMac late 2013

Ableton Live 10 RME Octamic XTC

Quad 33 Pre-amp with Quad 303 Power-amplifier Quad S1 Speakers

Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

MPC2000xl

Roland PC-300 Midi Keyboard Controller Elektron Analog 4 MK1

Roland Juno-106 Yamaha TX81Z

Yamaha Electone MR-700

MFB-Tanzbar Roland TR-8

Korg MS-20 mini

These 3 go into a Studiomaster 6-2-1 Mixing Console

Techics SL-1210MK2 Vestax PCV-275

Revox a-77 2 Track Tape Recorder (needs some tlc)

1978 Fender Musicmaster Electric Guitar Suzuki Omnichord System Two OM84

Strymon BigSky

Yamaha CO-10M ii Compressor Watson DEQ2 Distortion EQ

What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?

It’s kinda like asking which finger I would like to keep the most. I’ve

found myself now with a set up I’m very comfortable with and I’m very fond of all the kit. Perhaps if the studio was burning down, i’d grab the

Omnichord first which would be quite daft really considering what else is here but I feel quite attached to it for some reason.

Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?

With events and that being where the money is, they’re probably the things that will progress. I’d like to see live events move away from having the focus on the DJ, they could be behind the stage wearing a t-shirt with

CREW written on it rather than having them up in lights like some kind of messiah. There could be much more interesting things for people to look

at. Maybe in the future we could all hook our neuralinks up to something

and go on some mad augmented reality trip together. Imagine 100s of people

Sales / Pre-sales Link: https://whipps.bandcamp.com/album/pretty-casual-ep

Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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