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Sweater Beats Interview

25/08/13

LWE will be hosting the London leg of Bondax’s debut live tour this October, and we’d like to introduce you to the first name that Bondax picked to join them on this show – Sweater Beats. Hailing from New York, Sweater Beats will be flying over his blend of down tempo bass that gives a crisp edge to R&B melodies. This will also be his first ever performance in the UK, so we’re hyped to be able to give him that! He describes his sound as R&B from a parallel universe, probably because of the cosmic skill this guy posses when it comes to cutting up and stripping back classic vocals. He then mixes this in with wholesome basslines that help to give a typically laidback and east coast feel to his music.

Profile
Age: 26
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Favorite Sports Team: Springfield Atoms
Worst habit: Biting my nails

Hi man, thanks for taking the time to speak with LWE. What have you been up to… enjoying the summer?
Yeah this summer’s been pretty wild for me. I got back from touring Australia a few weeks back, and I’ve been playing a handful of shows in the U.S. Other than that, I’ve just finished up my EP for Symbols and I’m now working on a release with HW&W.

Tell us a little bit more about your name Sweater Beats…
I was initially just going by the name ‘Sweaters’. I guess I thought it was a cool name back then, and I do love a good sweater. I found out later that there were a bunch of bands named that already, so I made it Sweater Beats and it kind of just felt right. How important has New York been on you creatively as an artist? I think the biggest influence that New York had on me when I moved here was the work ethic. The energy and the people here really push you to become a better artist.

What would you say have been the biggest influences in crafting your own style?
Futuresex/Lovesounds, Timbaland, R. Kelly, and candles.

What are you most looking forward to about playing at Bondax’s secret warehouse curated show?
I’ve never been to the UK before, so I don’t really know what to expect. I’m just looking forward to playing for a good crowd and kickin’ it with Bondax and friends.

If you could party with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Busy P, he knows how to throw a good party.

If we were to walk into your studio now what would we see?
Socks and USB cables on the floor, leftover Chinese food, and me playing Lego Harry Potter. What’s the best and worst things about American rave culture? I’m pretty clueless about the whole rave thing here, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a proper one.

If you could collaborate with any vocalist who would it be?
Pharrell is definitely at the top of my list of dream collabs. He’s my personal hero.

And finally, we’re looking forward to meeting you at the party in October – What sort of set can we expect from Sweater Beats?

It’s kind of like R&B from parallel universes. Any forthcoming releases you want to shout out? My Symbols EP drops next month, and if everything works out you can expect the HW&W EP in November.

Bondax Debut Headline Live Show
Friday 4th October
EAST LONDON WAREHOUSE: 10pm to 5am

Guests:
Sweater Beats
Karma Kid
Bodhi
TCTS

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