Interview: Golden Flora Blooms in Floridian Sun

Rising Star


What was your first musical experience?

When I was 15 and got my first bass guitar for my birthday. I started a band with some friends, and on our first day of practice, I found myself surrounded by bandmates that had some background in musical experience. I had never even played music before! It was humbling, but I cherish that memory. I met amazing people because of that band. Some of those are my partners today; Ams, The Poet auditioned for the band, and Eduardo Salazar (Rawzeal) was the drummer who I reconnected with along with Ams. They started their own projects, and I couldn't help but want in on it too. Without Ams or Rawzeal, I might not be making music today.

Do you have any upcoming plans for Art Basel?

Art Basel is finally back! Chet Faker is a must that I have to see perform. Shlomo, is another artist that I've been dying to see again since III Points Music Festival, is also going. His performance made me rethink the possibilities of playing a killer DJ set.

What's the local music scene in Miami like for an up-and-coming electronic musician?

The scene is very competitive. There are so many talented musicians out there, and Miami is a hot spot for electronic music. The genre of electronica I work with is not what Miami is known for but, believe me, it's just as competitive.

What are you listening to right now?

I'm listening to Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise by Dance Gavin Dance. Dance Gavin Dance is one of my favorite bands; they actually inspired me to start playing bass guitar. Their music is radically different from mine, but I'm heavily influenced by them.

Who are your other influences?

My oldest influence is definitely Dance Gavin Dance. One producer that has blown me away and is a huge influence is Mura Masa. Mura Masa is closer to my genre, and is a gifted 20 year old producer. Tame impala is another big inspiration. Galimatias' music is amazing and one that I use as a reference when it comes to mix quality. Other influences are Long Arm, Shigeto, Chrome Sparks, FKJ, and many, many others.

You released your first EP, A Day in the Park, a few months back, and recently released a collaboration with local rapper Ams, the Poet. What else are you working on?

Right now I'm working on Ams, The Poet's upcoming album. We've been friends for a while and have good chemistry, so he asked me to produce the track for his album, which is an honor. I'm also working on my own songs constantly; I'm going for more organic sounds, but that is all I want to reveal until I finish it next year.

What's been your most surreal experience in a recording session been?

I was recording "Morally Ambiguous" with Chris [Ams, The Poet]. We were moving fast; it was like one day we were done with the track, and by the next day we were already recording vocals. My computer went crazy and corrupted the file, so we thought we lost that song forever. Then, another day I was looking good through my endless list of unfinished songs and I stumbled upon an old version of the song! Sure enough, we got back on the mic, and Ams recorded the finished product in one day.

What effect do you want your music to have on people?

I want my music to make people feel like they are on a journey. I want my music to make them stop what they're doing to appreciate for a second what is going on, and let the moment sink in. My music should be an escape from reality.

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