A-WAX released his debut ep yesterday on Tiefparterre Records. Read our Q&A thingy we did with him to get an idea what this guy is all about.
1) Go ahead, represent yourself. What is A-Wax all about.
I was born in Portugal in the mid 80s, came to Switzerland with my parents a few years later and been here ever since. I started out DJing in the early 2000s and making my first beats soon after that. For the first few years I was all about HipHop in all shapes and colours.
Later i got introduced to Baltimore Club and Baile Funk and got instantly sucked into the world of "Global Bass Music" where i felt very much at home and still do even if my sounds these days aren't what u would consider tropical or global or whatever.
Nowadays I would describe the music that i make and play out as some sort of "technoesque bassmusic" with a pinch of hood shit here and there.
2) Lay down some early musical influences.
The earliest musical influence i can think of was definatly my dad, he was no musician or anything like that, but he was heavily in to african music, which is a very popular thing in Portugal. So i grew up on Kizomba and Semba, to this day i still know all the words to those songs he played in the car when i was a kid.
Other then that, 90s Hiphop, no question!
3) Where do you find your inspiration today?
Mostly in music that i like to play out, from early Chicago/Detroit Stuff and UK Sounds all the way to southern codeine infested rap and experimental R'n'B.
Besides that, I'm a huge exploitation movie nerd, so 70s/80s horror movies and their soundtracks were always a big inspiration, crazy italians!
4) How did you hook up with Tiefparterre Records.
My dude Dizzy Womack introduced the Tiefparterre crew to my stuff, one thing led to another and now we got a release.
6) What are your studio tools?
I'm sorry to disappoint the tech-nerds, but i really just use Logic Pro these days.
Im planing on getting some analog stuff though, the new Roland TR-8 is a must and if i ever have money to spend like that i want switch to all analog, i just really like the hands-on feeling.
8) If you could work with one person, producer, vocalist, anything, who would it be?
Too many to name just one. But right now i would have to go with Kelela, her voice is great and she fits that kind of production she's on perfectly.
9) Your precious 12".
Original "Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn" pressing, had it for so long and it brings back a lot of good old memories.
10) Name a shame track.
Im not really ashamed for any music i liked over the years to be honest, but i would have to go with, Lorna - Papi Chulo, its a classic though, i don't care what you say!
10) What are you listening to right now, just an artist or couple tracks that you've had on serious rotation?
I listen to a lot of club music, even outside the club so there is a lot of ultramajic, nightslugs, clekclekboom, stuff like that.
I also found myself listening to a lot of 80s postpunk / new wave stuff lately, bands like sisters of mercy, bauhaus and such.
11) Where do you see electronic music going and how do you see yourself in it?
Honestly, i want electronic music off the festival stages and back in the clubs, where it belongs. There's nothing wrong with big venues and successful DJs/Producers but i think there needs to be a certain balance. Musically i think we are at a point where its starting to get really hard to invent anything new, so i guess its going to be even more about reinventing, so therefor I'm all for taking classic elements and making something new out of it
12) Your chance to promote what you got coming up next / in the future.
Im working on new tracks, don't know how or when they'r coming out, but i think if you like this EP, you will like the next one too. Other then that, i will be relocating soon so thats going to be a main thing to focus on.
13) Shout outs?
Definitely! Big Thanks to Dizzy & Elio for delivering dope remixes for the EP.
Thanks to my dude Warren for the crazy artwork. Thanks to Tiefparterre.
Shout out to my Grindhouse crew and everyone that supported my stuff over the years!
Hail to the my goddess of destruction and rebirth.