Introducing: Lion González
Lion González is a new up and coming producer from London. His debut EP of four originals will grace the Symbols release schedule in early January. He has already been seeing lots of early support from blogs and YouTube tastemakers such as SubSoulUK and Eton Messy.
To get you acquainted with his sound Lion is giving away a free remix EP, titled Backyards EP. Included is unique remixes of Sia, Sunshine Anderson, Above & Beyond and Bombs & Bottles, all with heavy vocal edit vibes. Check the Soundcloud previews or download them directly via his Facebook page.
DRUID CLOAK Q&A
"Elusive" seems to be the overall concesus on new artist, Druid Cloak, who upon releasing his debut EP, The Grove, last month has seen tons of support from DJs and news outlets alike. To quote XLR8R, “Druid Cloak’s sound is crisp, varied, vibey, and as fantastical as his moniker.”
Since not much is known about this new artist, we had Symbols Social Media Intern, Sean Tokuyama, get together with him for a little Q&A which touches on his musical background, influences and a love for sci-fi and magic.
Kastle Interviews We Sink
We Sink of Athens, Greece have been one of the most exciting new artists that I have come across in 2012. They have an incredibly unique sound that, well, I just had to release. Not much is known about these guys, so I decided to get together with Dimitris & Nick and do a little Q&A.
KASTLE: So tell us about yourselves! How did you both link up and when did you decide to write music together?
NICK: I met Dimitris about 3 years ago during our studies at SAE insitute. Back then, we were both mostly into Berlin house and minimal techno and at one point we decided to have a jam session together. When I went over to his place, he opened the door and said: “I’m going to play you a record, but be careful, because you may not be able to listen to anything else for the next six months”. That record was Mount Kimbie’s “Sketch on Glass”. Six months later, when at last I was able to listen to other stuff, in order to take my revenge, I told him to check out Fantastic Mr. Fox. The next day we started WE SINK!
KASTLE: How is the bass music scene in Athens? Have you been influenced by other countries or artists?
WE SINK: There is barely a bass music scene in Athens! It’s good to see a few cool people though, like the music collective “Black Athena”, that have started to bring that kind of sound to our city through events and radio shows. Our influences in general, don’t draw from any country or scene specifically but from artists from all over the world.
KASTLE: Now that your debut EP is out, what are your plans on performances? Any live shows or DJ gigs?
WE SINK: At the moment we are only doing DJ sets, but we are definitely going to set up our live set in the near future. We have a couple of gigs ahead and hope for more to come!
KASTLE: You’re EP has received tons of great immediate response, from an XLR8R feature to feedback from some world-class artists. Was there any feedback that specifically surprised you or that you were most excited about?
DIMITRIS: I was thrilled by all the positive feedback we have got, but especially Troy Gunner’s who is one of my favourite producers at the moment.
NICK: DJ Shiftee & Ooah of Glitch Mob for me! I could’t believe we’ve got feedback from such great artists.
KASTLE: Besides other music, where do you find inspiration to create?
DIMITRIS: From rainy days & video games. Especially from RPG’s. :p
NICK: From getting drunk and eating junk food!
KASTLE: What’s next for We Sink?
WE SINK: We are really looking forward to collaborate with some very interesting artists we have met recently. Also working on our second EP, some free tracks and our live set!
Neurovation Charity Compilation
Gravitas Recordings and Psymbionic have teamed up to create a unique charity compilation record, titled “Neurovation”, which will be released September 25th. charity: water, whose goal is to make clean water easily accessible to rural villages and developing nations, will receive one hundred percent of the proceeds.
Artwork for this charity album by our very own Joyce Su!