Hello everyone, and welcome to Cypher Sessions in 2014. We have been working on some new projects for a little while now, and this is the first one we are ready to release. The Quick Six Series is a short interview set-up to introduce artists from outside of the Hip Hop realm to all of you. The name hopefully gives it away, but we sit down and ask just six questions with the artist(s) that we are interviewing, and then wait and see where things go from there. So, without any further distractions, let’s jump into it!
Our first artist is a dance music (among other genres) producer who focuses on getting fun, progressive grooves into your ears. Without any further info from me, I’m going to let him introduce himself:
Guest: Hey Cypher Sessions thanks for having me on your site. I appreciate the opportunity to come and talk about my music as a lover of not only hip hop, but also other genres such as electronic music and the like. For those who aren’t familiar with me I am PhuturePhil, a multi-genre producer and DJ from Houston, Texas. I enjoy many forms, styles, and genres of music.
I think right now progressive house and more melodic house genres are really up my alley as far as my own personal sound. I have been working diligently for the past few years on improving my skills and production acumen. Because of that I don’t have a ton of music out in general but I am pretty proud of every tune I have released or given away up to this point. I think the lessons I have learned in making various genres has made me a stronger producer across the board.
In electronic music things are really interesting as the scene here in America has never been bigger. For some its a good thing and some see it as a negative, I look at it as a positive for a few reasons. With more money and spotlight being put on “EDM” means that more people will be exposed to all facets of the genre from underground techno to trance music. It provides a place for all to have an audience and gain recognition. I think festivals have also changed the way concerts operate in the mainstream, as people want a musical experience that is accompanied with visuals and the like. I still believe that good music is paramount, but having top visuals to complement the music is only a positive.
My drive to produce is pretty much an unhealthy obsession for improvement and perfection haha. I really always want to get better every time I fire up my studio desktop. I will spend weeks, sometimes months, tweaking something till it sounds just right. I think it takes one part dedication and one part craziness to be a decent producer, and multiply that by 1000 to be a great one.
What I would like to stop happening is just a few things. It would be nice to see festivals actively supporting more genre diversity on their lineups, especially for bigger festivals. Also, it would be nice to see DJ’s take risks in their sets again and play more music that isn’t just top 10 chart stuff. A good DJ can take you on a journey and make you fall in love with a song you have never heard before. This aspect of electronic music is what is missing in the mainstream, luckily it is heavily prevalent in the underground still. I think also the art of the opening DJ is very important and is really missing from a lot of places today as well. The opener is there to set the mood and get things warmed up, not play high energy stuff from the headliner’s discography. Good openers are massively important to the overall success of club nights and make a world of difference on the experience.
PP: My PhuturePhil project is really something I am proud of that I have built from the ground up. I try to make music in many different genres and sub genres of electronic and hip hop. I try to release free download tracks often when my schedule permits and I have tracks that haven’t been signed yet. I am signed to a few labels such as Elliptical Sun Melodies, Elliptical Sun Recordings, and Makira Deep with possibly a few new labels coming up in 2014. I am also apart of Makira Deep as resident DJ, podcast host, and a resident artist.
In 2014 I am working on releasing a few remixes, a few collaborations with fellow producers/singers, and some new original EP’s on various labels. I am also working right now on a brand new compilation CD for Makira Deep that I will help compile tracks for and mix into a full length set. The last planned thing I have is working on my hip hop project that will be a full length mixtape of probably 15 songs. I am really taking my time with that one so a time table is not available right now. I hope you enjoyed reading a bit into my thought process and thanks for having my Cypher Sessions. I appreciate everything you all do in the music world and the intelligent and interesting view points you have on music. Thanks for your support and I will talk with you soon fam!
If you would like to check out my work or just say what up you can find me on the web at these spots: