We conceived our mix series as a means to showcase under-the-radar producers who exhibit exceptional creativity and skill. When 19 year-old Josh Abramovici emailed us a link to his debut release as snacs, we were immediately certain the soulful space-age producer deserved such a platform. His Whenever EP is unusually cohesive for a self-released debut, encompassing urban and funky old school nuances without sacrificing its futuristic identity over the course of six relaxed and refined tracks. If Whenever is at all indicative of Josh’s potential, snacs will be a blosophere mainstay in no time flat.
That said, it’s a pleasure to host the newcomer’s first mix and interview feature, and we very much encourage you to familiarize yourself with snacs below. Hit the Mixcloud player for 30 minutes of soulful sounds, and follow the jump to check out our conversation with Josh about hip-hop, performing, and future plans. Get Snacs on your radar, stat.
You’re relatively new to the production realm. When did electronic music enter your life?
I’ve been producing electronic music for almost 2 years now. I started playing guitar when I was 11, and as I began listening to more electronic/sample-based genres, I grew more interested in producing.
Your style is difficult to pinpoint, as your tracks are often spacey, urban, and tropical at the same time. I’m really digging this elusive quality. How do you describe your sound in your own words?
Haha, spacey, urban, and tropical sounds pretty on point to me actually! If I were to describe it further, I’d say it’s got some futuristic qualities, spacey vibes, and soul/hip-hop influences. It’s always a very tough question to answer, as I’m influenced by a lot of different genres and ideas.
Congrats on completing and releasing Whenever. We’re huge fans of the EP, and really appreciate the breadth of your musical influences. Could you shed some light on the process behind putting the EP together?
Thanks yo! I appreciate that! Putting together an EP was a super enjoyable process, it was really nice to put an objective goal on all the music I was creating. As my first EP, I really wanted it to represent what I personally thought was my best work so far, which ended up being the most recent stuff I was working on.
I’m hooked on “Wilde Woman”. It’s a huge track with an undeniably original vibe. Did you create it with a specific vision or inspiration in mind?
I created it with some sort of intent to make a big song with a lot of funk influence. The rest of it kind of unfolded as I went along. The sample definitely had a lot to do with the funkiness, it’s a very dank and juicy track on its own.
We’ve gathered you’re a pretty big fan of 90s hip-hop and R&B. Who are your favorite artists from that era? What’s your take on hip-hop in 2012?
Oh ya, some of my favorites from the 90s include The Pharcyde, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Aaliyah, all things JDilla, and Nas. Hip-hop in 2012 is super exciting, it’s so great to see the genre developing more and more. I’m really loving the sounds coming from a lot of the younger guys out there, like Earl, Joey Badass and Pro Era, Phony Ppl, Wiki, and more.
Speaking of hip-hop, could you tell our readers a little about your side project, Bomb Ass Soup?
Surely. Bomb Ass Soup is a collaboration between a good friend of mine from Bard, Sam Zeitlin (Young Windex), and I, inspired by good soup and good vibes. I make the beats and he raps. We put out our first EP a couple of months ago.
You’re currently a student at Bard College in New York. How do you prioritize your student-producer duties?
Conveniently, they’ve never really interfered with one another, rather, I’d say that they’ve actually influenced one another. I don’t really set aside a super specific time in my day for either of the two, I kind of just do them whenever it feels best.
Thanks so much for the solid mix. You brought a lot of old school energy and soul to the table, which never fails to resonate. Have you come across any particularly “soulful” producers as of late?
Thanks so much the opportunity! As far as particularly “soulful” producers, some consistent favorites that come to mind are Onra, Knxwledge, and Ahwlee. They all have uniquely creative and classic vibes that are consistently inspiring. As of late, I’d say producers like Mister Lies, Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie, Slam Skillet, and Sweater Beats are all putting out a lot of super nice soulful stuff.
Nice to see a couple of your originals in the mix as well. In terms of performances and shows, do you see yourself as a more of a DJ or a live artist?
Though I haven’t played too many live shows yet, I tend to prefer a more live set, it’s always been the most interesting and enjoyable to me. Both styles are definitely equally respectable, but personally I find I get a lot more out of a more live set, both in seeing one performed and playing one myself.
Was there any significance to ending the mix with Yo La Tengo?
I wanted to include some non-electronic tunes in the mix and “You Can Have It All" has always been one of my favorite tracks, especially recently. I felt it worked best as a close to the mix, grounding it to a very organic sound.
What can we expect from Snacs in the rest of 2012?
I’m most definitely looking forward to releasing more music, doing more collaborations, and some more Bomb Ass Soup! Either way, I’ll definitely be making and releasing more music, perhaps in the form of more EP’s, singles, and maybe even an LP.
1. snacs - Lying Down
2. Aaliyah - Old School
3. Sweater Beats - Make a Move
4. Chrome Sparks - Marijuana
5. Kev Brown - Hennessey Pt. 2 feat. Chronkite, Eric Roberson & Wayna
6. Slam Skillet - Sunrise
7. Simara - Six & Pink
8. snacs - Secret Hiding Place
9. Knxwledge - Trost.[issues]
10. Yo La Tengo - You Can Have It All