If you haven’t done your ears the sweet justice of checking out Sweater Beats’ Soundcloud page, take this as a fair warning that you owe yourself before #TrumpsAmerica cuts off funding for all arts-related internet.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with this up and coming artist and ask all of your burning questions, such as “Who is your musical inspo,” “What was your first AIM screen name” and, of course “Do you like to get crunk before a live show?”
Catch him as he joins gnash on tour starting in March, and be sure to listen to the awesome playlist he curated for us.
20someting: What would you describe your genre as?
Sweater Beats: Oh man, I think people would put me into the future bass sphere, electronic music, I guess. I guess that’s what I would fit most in. But I would say I’m just a little bit rock and roll, just a little bit Country…just beats and guitars, id say that’s me.
Where do you like to get a lot of your samples from?
SB: They’re sample packs, most of the time. But most of the time I dig through… this website that has these, like, albums of like 70s movie music. Bu I’ve been digging a lot of those recently and it’s just like cool instrumentals that people from the 70s used for movies or sound effects.
SB: 70s and 80s didn’t have to pay composers, they could just buy these packs of instrumentals. They just have some cool retro sounds.
What are some of your biggest influences in music?
SB: Definitely a lot of emo music, I grew up with a lot of that. Death cab is amazing, Transatlantacism got me through a lot of shit. But yeah, Death Cab, like Taking Back Sunday…just listening to that in high school kind of molded my emotional side. And then Lido and Cashmere Cat are just amazing producers. So I definitely peep game at them.
So in high school you were listening to this stuff, but did you want to start making beats in high school?
SB: No, I was in emo bands playing emo music till senior year of high school. Then the band broke up and everyone went to college, and I stayed at home. Basically I didn’t have anyone else to jam with, so I started making beats on the computer, like programming drums. So I can jam over that. From there, it just kind of evolved. I found out about Ratatat, who has its like hip hop and rock infused, and then Daft Punk after that and its just like, woah, electronic music is a thing and it’s really tight. And I just wanted to make more Electronic music.
What was your high school band called?
SB: wecouldgetkilled. No spaces, lower space, and the period at the end. It was dark times, haha.
Do you have any comments on the recent election?
SB: I do. I don’t want to go into a whole rant or anything. But…my parents and I were immigrants and we came to this country and right now, I’m living the American dream. We came from the Philippines and we…just worked our way up. And to hear all this shit…I don’t want to get into it too much, but I’m just really, really sad about the current situation just being an immigrant out here and just, my love and support goes to everyone in the same situation. Hopefully things work out the best they can be.
What shows are you binge watching right now?
SB: Westworld. I think J.J. Abrams can do no wrong. What else…I’ve just been on the road so not watching too much TV. But High Maintenance and shout out Black Mirror because that shit is fucckkkedd upp. It shakes me to the core.
What is your favorite crowd to perform in front of?
SB: I love performing in really intimate clubs that are packed out, maybe 200 cap room, that’s hot and sweaty. Doesn’t matter what age, fi they’re there for the music and down to get sweaty, that’s what I love. Pack it out, get it steamy.
Are you ever intoxicated before your shows?
SB: That used to be a habit, but I had to stop. Because, it’s like liquid confidence, you know? It used to be like, drink a beer, loosen up, do this thing. But yeah, I’ve just been sober lately and go very downhill afterwards, haha.
Do you ever party with fans after?
SB: Yes, sometimes! Sometimes they’ll come in the back, but a lot of time I like to just chill out after a set, depending on the show.
If you had to describe your music using an adjective usually used to describe food, what would it be?
SB: I would say a little sweet and salty, with a hint of…rustic? A little smokey? Smokey flavor. But it’s definitely on the sweet side.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?
SB: I wont even say this is a guilty pleasure, I just love it – but ZAYN’s ‘Pillowtalk’
Great choice, on that same note, who is your celebrity man crush?
SB: Can I say ZAYN again? He’s the man!
If you could perform with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
SB: Probably Jimi Hendrix or Freddie Mercury because they’re such characters, I’d love to know what goes in inside their heads.
What was your first AIM screen name?
Don’t judge me— ToyMachineJITB, I think I threw as some XXs on the end, too. I think because I was a skater boy and my first band was called Jerk in the Box…which now it just sounds really weird if you think about it, haha. So toy Machine was a skate company and then my band.
That’s not even embarrassing!
SB: Well that was my AIM, but my AOL login was hamster432. I don’t know how old I was.
Did you have a hamster?
SB: I didn’t! I don’t know, I think it was…I actually don’t know where it came from.
So, what’s next for you? Any collabs you can let us in on?
SB: New EP at the top of the year, new single. We’re currently getting treatments for a music video. Collab-wise, I gotta keep that under wraps.