The Up-Turn Presents: A Conversation With Trap Arnold

If you haven’t noticed yet, a new trend is sweeping through the electronic music scene.  The rolling hi-hats and pitched 808 bass drums of Southern hip-hop’s trap music are infiltrating the electronic music scene, creating a genre that many are calling Future Trap.  At the forefront of this genre is Boston’s extremely talented M|O|D crew which is a group of five young producers with similar ideas who have teamed up to make some incredible advances in the Future Trap genre.  Recently I had the pleasure of talking to one of my favorite members of M|O|D, Trap Arnold.  Trap Arnold’s eccentric and quirky nature doesn’t just come across in his music, but also his personality.  Hit the jump to read my conversation with him in which we discuss his musical influences, the origins of M|O|D, and yoga pants among other things.  Per usual, we left the interview pretty unedited and sprinkled some good tunes throughout for your listening pleasure.


TC: So I’ll start off with the pretty basic question;  How did you get started making music?

Trap Arnold: I began experimenting with music when i was a child.  I found out i could sing.  I started making electronic stuff a couple years ago.  Like anyone i guess, i started by listening. Its hard to find an organic process with this electronic stuff.  Im still trying to find out how to find a sound that welcomes someone into my world.  All corniness aside, im tryna be like “hey come hang out” or “dont take yourself seriously, thats dangerous” or “laugh”.  You know smiling is tight, i listen to shit for different purposes as should anyone.

TC: i feel like your music and future trap in general is influenced by a lot of different genres and ideas other than just hip hop, what would you say some of your major influences are?

TA: Alright, so heres the future trap thing; I think “trap” is just 808 music.  I’d prefer it to be just that, but for the sake of categorization i’d say this type of bass music is in an interesting place.  I’d say there is a huge 80’s influence at least within the M|O|D collective. My idea of this future thing is bass music with some harmonic concepts that push things forward a little.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many extremely talented electronic musicians that are harmonically insane, but i’d like to find that line between the catchy and trippy and maybe the baby making line.  Ideally i want to expose the quirkiness of my personality in my music because thats what i like to hear.  Im not listening to Chief Keef for the changes, I listen to things for energy.

TA: I feel like in alot of the M|O|D projects the energy comes through alot.
Especially on M|O|D III

TA: its the most natural way to approach computer music, Its nothing scientific. its just energy

TC: M|O|D III seemed less about the melodies and each artist’s individual style than a consistent stream of high energy music that fit well together

TA: Yeah its strange how it turned out.  I was stoked on it because i hadn’t heard any of the tunes until we put the tape together.

TC: thats really surprising considering how consistent it is

TA: we hang out 24/7

TC: speaking of M|O|D, how did you guys first come together?

TA: we all like the same women

TC: I guess its just destiny then. You guys all live in Boston right?

TA: yes sir

TC: has that influenced your music in any way other than being together all the time?

TA: yeah i’d say boston comes out in a big way.  A lil grimy if you hit it right, but there is a TON of talent in boston right now on the electronic side of things.  Some people don’t even know.  There are so many directly influential people within blocks of us.

TC: It would be really cool to see Boston to start developing into a big scene.

TA: Its happening now.  There is huge talent; the whole JASS label, wheez-ie… there are mad heads up here.  Its only a matter of time.  I’ve been thinking about moving for a while but just recently things are materializing up here and it is all positive from my point of view.

TC: What type of music did you listen to growing up?

TA: as a youngin it was The O’Jays, Otis Redding, all that Motown and Stax stuff, Ray Charles, The Band, Rolling Stones.  Nothing makes me feel more at home than The Band or some Motown.  Barry White bruh; Baby making music cuh.

TC: is that what made you want to sing?

TA: Yep.  There is gonna be more of that coming up soon as well.

TC: does M|O|D have any big plans for the future?

TA: Yes, you know godzilla?

TC: The monster from the movie?

TA: Monster is a loose term, but yeah some godzilla shit.

TC: Maybe some Voltron shit. If M|O|D were to form into a voltron-esque monster/machine what would you turn into? like a gun? giant middle finger? space ship?

TA: A sofa I guess.  Or a flip phone Like a Razr.  Low on battery but good for a clean shave nah mean?

TC: I feel you.

TA: Let me interview you: Does c stand for cloth?  Because thank god if not.

TC: Oh shit you mean my last name?  Hahaha its not cloth.

TA: Yeah.  Dude terry cloth.  Damn middle school would’ve been rough.  Anyway, flip interview back.

TC: is your first name really trap?

TA: nah

TC: Damn, middle school would’ve been sick in that case.

TA: i know right? its so trendy.

TC: Alright lastly, before shout outs, if you were to have a unicorn as a pet, what would you name it?

TA: Noel Munger.  It wouldn’t be a pet.  It would be a galactic acquaintance.

TC:  Good shit.  Alright so now if you want to give any shout outs you may; any boston artists to keep a lookout for, any good food, or good things/vibes.

TA: shout out my mom, my, dad, my sister, my dogs tag and zoe, M|O|D (w/ MVSCLES) , all the homies from the JASS kingdom, lunchables, oh and the underlord.  I’m just grateful everyday to wake up knowing someone is listening and hoping it finds them well and gets weird.

TC: swerve


TC: Thanks mane.


TC: I second that yoga pants shout out


TC: I want to say ‘15 but thats just wishful thinking.


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