We sat down with Rennes-based producer Chris Dogzout for an interview about his upcoming EP called SCRIPTURES and the “FOGO” party he has started in Rennes together with 1988 Live Club.
WERUN: Chris, can you tell us about the style of your new EP.
Chris Dogzout: The style is Future Beat, RnB and Chill Trap vibes. I have an amazing singer on the EP named Hartry, she is a singer from Ottawa, Canada. And I also have GRIM who is a singer from the UK.
And when will the EP be released?
It will be some time during May 2018, I will announce the date in the near future.
You’re on Yuk Fü Records now, how did you get signed by them and when?
I signed with Yuk Fü back in 2016 with my first solo EP. I have worked a lot with Mike Theis in the studio and he has taught me some technique and I just love the vision of this label. I have a lot of liberty and I really love it.
Tell us more about FOGO and 1988 live club.
FOGO is a new concept in Rennes I have started with my label and Sylvain Le Pennec (programmer of 1988 Live Club). The style is all tropical genres (Moombahton, Favela Trap, Kuduro, Gqom and Dancehall).
Why did you leave Paris for Rennes?
Because I needed to move to have more time to work on all my project and the city of Rennes is really cool.
How is the music scene in Rennes?
In Rennes, you have amazing festivals like Transmusical, Bars en Trans and the great clubs 1988 Live Club and Ubu. The mentality is really good and we have a lot of talented people in Rennes like Alo, Joanna, Reta and Saï T.
I have actually worked with some of them. I made some beats for Alo and for Reta with my band Jour Sombre, Joanna and I will also start to work together soon. Saï T is signed on my own label called Dogz Out Records.
How is Rennes compared to Paris?
Paris is a beautiful place, I’m from there, and is a really good city to make a big connection in!
Any other going on?
Yes, my label dropped a compilation with Clear Waters Records and I will be releasing a single on a label from San Fransico called Below The Surface on the 5th of June. Singles also coming out on I AM SO HIGH .Recs and Beatdown Bass. Also, I have a collab with GRIM and ŸAL out on Souletiquette.
Where can we see you play?
I’m playing in Paris with Laylow and Butter Bullet the 31 of May at Nouveau Casino.
Thank you so much, Chris! We will keep our readers updated on your upcoming gigs and releases.
Much love fam!
Cindy Levy Paris
Ezza of Choom Gang – Rocky Mountain Watermelon (Album)
Ezza of Choom Gang releases his new album called “Rocky Mountain Watermelon“, writer and performed by Ezza himself and producer Dr. Robotnic. For this album they have channeled their combined creativity in the hopes of creating the definitive sound for the Niagara Region just south of Toronto – big, airy, psychedelic vibes mixed with a SLAB (slow, loud, and banging) southern influence, and a touch of classic hip hop lyricism.
The artistic waves are accompanied by an intimate personal feel, as Ezza touches on topics which plague his whole generation – depression, anxiety, unemployment, substance abuse, and broken dreams. The very relatable dark side is matched by an equally-relatable light touch, bringing a sense of freedom to a generation whose freedoms are always in question. Coming after a year of traveling in Europe and the remote Canadian Rockies, “Rocky Mountain Watermelon” brings a new, fresh perspective to the psychedelic hip-hop genre.
WERUN: We heard your back now after a year long trip to Europe and Canadian Rockies. What did you do there?
Ezza: Europe was strictly recreational for me. I do have a few fans out there I tried to link up with, but just didn’t pan out this time. The last year-or-so of traveling, I made a conscious effort to not stress myself creatively and just go take in some new experiences. I figured if I decided to do music when all was said and done, the output would be more interesting. With “Rocky Mountain Watermelon”, I’d say that turned out to be true.
Any upcoming gigs?
The gang and I have our next gig September 14th alongside The Palmer Squares in my hometown St. Catharines, Ontario. It’s our first time performing altogether since early 2017, and Palmer Squares gets a lot of love in our area so it should be pretty dope. I’m excited.
That sounds great, any upcoming collabs you can tell us about?
Yeah, I’m just gonna keep things moving right along with the crew (Choom Gang / H.O.M.E. Records). Rocky Mountain Watermelon ends on a bit of a depressing note, so I wanna pick up and close out 2018 with another little drop or two just to let people know it’s all good over here. It probably won’t be solo music though, it will be collabs with my people. We ain’t getting any younger and this might be our last big push, so we’re gonna do it together. I’m also slowly working on a 2nd Middle-Class Mystic project with producer DKLonely, and we’ll probably shop around for a bigger-name feature to follow up Bones being on the first one we did back in 2012. So yeah, should see some interesting work coming from our direction over the next year or so.
Wich artists give you inspiration in your work?
Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music are and have always been, a huge inspiration for what we do. It’s interesting because – unintentionally – our creative approach has paralleled theirs for quite some time, only on a far smaller scale and zero budget (lol). The idea of having a collective of solo artists who all have different styles but somehow fit under the umbrella of one creative mastermind who hand-picks the collective (in our case, the late great chuck90s – R.I.P.) and also sound good together on frequent collaborations, is always what we’ve been about. That, combined with the free-spirited approach of just getting in the studio with the right people and making spontaneous magic. With that said – what they did this past Summer with the one-release-a-week thing… reminded me so much of our golden years when chuck was still alive, and the type of shit we used to do. Really inspired me while I was working on this album, and solidified my desire to continue doing music at a time when I wasn’t sure if I was going to go on. So yeah, thank you Kanye. And thank you Based God, always.
How is the music scene for your style in Southern Ontario?
Things are really starting to look good for the arts scene in Southern Ontario. The worldwide mega-success of Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, and hell there’s probably more – has really woken people up. When I was growing up, there were absolutely zero resources for artists around here. Now it’s finally starting to bubble. I see good things coming for the future and I really want to be at the tip of the spear. Toronto is obviously gargantuan, its huge cultural influence has always seeped into the surrounding area, and we’re right there. We are hip-hop here – we are really and truly hip hop. I’m so well versed and studied hip hop all my life, all different artists from all different places, and yet somehow some of the honest-to-God best lyricists I’ve ever heard are people I know. Isn’t that fucked up? And we’re all nobodies. Something’s gotta give eventually, and I feel that something coming.
Whats the best clubs in Southern Ontario for music?
Detour Music Hall is the spot right now. That’s where we’ll be performing on the 14th. They’ve really put a focus on live music and they do all genres, but the venue is really perfect for hip hop shows. They’ve also been very embracing of hip hop, where a lot of spots now absolutely refuse to put on rap shows because of fights and shit. So shouts out to Michelle and everyone at Detour for continuing to recognize the hip hop culture out here. It’ll pay off. In return, we’ll make sure there’s no fights during our sets 😉
Any last word?
Sandro Jeeawock – Lucky Luciano
Sandro Jeeawock is finally back with his new EP called ”Lucky Luciano” after one year of silence. The EP contains six tracks plus a remix by Nico Miseria. On this EP Sandro experimenting more than ever with styles such as Trap, R&B, Pop, Reggaeton and Flamenco.
We took the opportunity to ask the Marbella producer what he has been up to since his last release “Golden Boy“.
WERUN: So what are you been up to this summer? Any gigs?
Sandro Jeeawock: Things are really chill here for trap or future beat music, they just want commercial stuff, but I hope next month when the season started I can get out of Marbella.
Any upcoming collaborations you can tell us about?
Yes, a lot! But the latest is a production with Nico Miseria for A.Dense from Valencia, the track is called “150”.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Right now I’m listening to a lot of SoundCloud rappers like Lil Pump, Smokepurrp, Ski Mask, XXXtentacion (R.I.P. 😢), Travis Scott, NAV and others styles with artists like Rex OrangeCounty, Gus Dapperton, Rosalia, Blood Orange, Ozuna and Frank Ocean.
How is the music scene for your future style in Marbella?
Very bad, there is a lot of good artist in Marbella and Malaga but in Spain, the only way to get something is working in Madrid or Barcelona, the rest is shit.
If u really want to be in the industry on a good level you have to move to one of those cities. In Marbella we just had Third Cultures parties at La Catarina, shout out to Alto Blues because he is always bringing the nice and new artists to town.
So where to go out in Marbella?
Third Culture parties at La Catarina for sure. There are very good clubs that makes shows with very famous rappers but I don’t want to make publicity because their prices are abusive, fuck them.
Any last words you want to say?
Yeah, since June I made like a “tournament” for producers, it’s 10 producers each round, they have to make a 1 minute beat with the same sample, drum kit and variable tempo. We have a guest so the winner beat its gonna be recorded for the guest artist. It’s going very well and I would love you to check it out here.
D3fb0t – Porch Party
San Fransisco based producer D3fb0t has been busy lately. Not only is he is working on a new EP, he has also a YouTube-channel were he has been vlogging continuously about his everyday life. We had a quick chat with him.
WERUN: What can you reveal about your upcoming EP?
D3fb0t: It’s going to be mostly trapstep and dubsteppy kinda tracks.
WERUN: When will the EP drop?
D3fb0t: I’m planning on releasing it at the start of winter.
WERUN: How many tracks are you working on?
D3fb0t: Five songs or so, I’m planning to shoot a video to one of them as well.
WERUN: You are now also a vlogger, that we follow on Instagram and YouTube.
D3fb0t: Yeah, I’ve been filming and “vlogging” a lot lately. I was on tour with the rapper “Ezale“ for all of last year, kinda took a back burner to get my own gigs lately, but I’m looking to get back in the clubs soon!
WERUN: Whats your goal with the vlogg?
D3fb0t: I’ve been trying to show what it’s like in and outside of the studio. What daily life of a producer is like making music and in the off time. I plan on dropping a lot of visual content this year. I’m planning on dropping some videos of me making beats and stuff like that.
WERUN: We looking forward to it.
Listen to D3fb0ts fun dark summer track called “Porch Party”, filled with heavy epic drops and melodic builds below:
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