The Up-Turn has always been devoted to music and musicians that we think are doing cool things but that doesn’t mean we still don’t like interviewing other cool people who do cool things. Basically what I’m getting at here is that I recently saw an indiegogo video about some fundraising a cool dude named Weston Wiener was doing for his senior thesis to help produce his movie Kelza 55. It looked cool, Psychic Films looked cool and indeed everything turned out to be very cool. Cool. Read the interview after the jump to learn about futuristic motorcycle gangs, druggy ski-bum spies and Weston’s first ever screen name.
Tay Devenny doesn’t just want to be your next favorite rapper, he wants to be your next favorite artist. Although he has been following the expected projection of an internet-age rapper thus far his most recent 11-minute track “vancouver/Palme” forces listeners to take Devenny as something different than just another rapper. He has ambition and the creativity and drive to see his ambition fulfilled. Hit the jump to read my recent conversation with Devenny in which we chat about Sussex, reaching his shrine and Riley Reid.
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.
The beat music scene isn’t exactly a female dominated scene. Considering how little gender should effect music (let alone instrumental beat music) it’s a bit strange to consider how few female producers and beat makers there are. The work of Edrina Martinez as Astronautica may first grab your attention for the fact alone that she is a she, however, it’s the quality of her music that is the real selling point. Steeped in the culture and music of the L.A. beat scene, Edrina has been releasing a steady stream of laid-back and intricate beats for a while now gaining a deservedly growing following. I got the chance to chat with Edrina about her influences, favorite color and being a girl in such a male heavy culture and the entire conversation can be read below…