SMALL TALK: DADRAS
Music For A Stoned Michael Phelps8-Aug-2012
New York City dwelling beat-maker Alex Dadras’ EP is a psychedelic, soulful take on instrumental hip-hop. We ask him some SMALL TALK questions about his distinguished first EP and what he’s up to next. Download below!
My name is… Dadras
I live in… New York City
My EP is called… Self-titled EP (2012)
Some of the things that inspired it are… The Harlem crew, M-Theory, Music Theory, trying to figure the connection between the two, Dreams.
It’s cover art looks like… Earth from space. Or a squid.
My favourite track is… I had the most fun making The Rapture and Love Long.
The person I can imagine listening to it is… Every single person in Australia, Stoned Michael Phelps, maybe one of the Flog Gnaw’s in a business suit.
My favourite mixtape would include… CAN, The Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine, WU TANG, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, CSNY, The Field, Miles Davis.
When I’m not making music I… am on my motorcycle, or chilling somewhere in the city. Going hard in this motha fuckahh!
The last thing I downloaded was… Ariel Pink’s new album Mature Themes. I can’t tell if he’s serious or what’s going on really, but I like it.
The next project I’m working on is… A couple of things. A record that’s now about 80% finished, this time with my band. It’s a rock record that blends many influences, but I’ve channelled them through the same electronic aesthetic of this EP. It’s getting released this October – more info TBA.
I’m also composing music for an installation with the Los Angeles based company Electroland, who are known for their audio/visual installations and sort of… interactive urban environments. This installation connects passengers arriving at Edmonton International Airport with their bags waiting for them at the baggage claim, taking them on a journey of music and light, each new sound and sight triggered by motion sensors that follow them through the terminal. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so it’s been a pretty fun collaboration.