On The Rise: A Chat with Skater
Vancouver-based producer Skater has raised attention amongst producers such as Salva and Koji. A lot of Skater’s tracks have reached over 200,000 plays on his personal Soundcloud, and rightly so, since the production standards are stupendous.
Jake: Tell us about your background and where you grew up.
Skater: I’m from Calgary, Canada. Currently living in Vancouver. I’m a music lover. I make and listen to all forms of music. I’m a guitarist at heart but have always wanted to become a producer from a very young age. I got an MPC 5000 when i was 15 and I’ve been producing ever since.
I started playing guitar at around the age of nine. I was truly obsessed with it my whole childhood. I would spend over eight hours a day playing until high school came and I got more into the production side of music. I also used to play drums and bass casually.
Can you name some of your musical influences?
How has your sound changed since the release of “Cyprus” to more modern stuff you’ve recently released?
I’ve definitely matured as a producer. I make stuff that’s a lot more personal and abstract nowadays. I’m a lot more open to experimentation and unconventional sounds.
You tend to implement a wide range of instruments into your tracks, especially on “4/7” and “1/7.” What instruments do you play?
I play guitar and bass, but a lot of what was done in those two tracks was played out on my Ableton Push. Its one of my main tools for playing melodies and chords. Sometimes I’ll make the occasional beat on ProTools or FL Studio but Ableton is definitely my main Software
You’ve just put out another EP including a free release. Talk us through the tracks. You’ve also teamed up with Tadafi on “Back It Up.” When and how did you guys meet, and when did you begin to produce together?
The EP isn’t quite done yet. I still only have about half of the material released right now but I plan to release the rest of the tracks within the next month or two. Tadafi is super dope. I found out about him just scrolling through some Soundcloud reposts and saw his track “Bring Me” and was immediately impressed by his skills. I followed him and he hit me up wanting to make a track and I was super down. I sent him a bunch of beats and within a week he sent me that track and I really vibed with it. As for the other tracks, they’re mainly just songs and beats I’ve made over the past 8 months or so while in my dorm.
Are you working on a full-length album?
Right now there are no plans for that.
I’m curious about the scene you’re surrounded with. Do you think bass music is very viable in Canada, with its lack of late-night clubs?
Canada has one of the best scenes in the world. Although I’ve been too busy with school to really participate in the past year, Vancouver seriously has one of the best and most supportive scenes I’ve ever been a part of. Calgary’s scene was in a pretty rough place when I was growing up, but in the past two years there are really some amazing artists such as Hero and Aleem Khan coming out of there.
What made you move to Vancouver? What’s the music scene like there?
My life was getting really stale and boring in Calgary. I was getting bored and uninspired by being in the same place my whole life. I needed a change of scenery and a new way of living so Vancouver was that answer for me.
If you weren’t producing music, what would you be doing instead?
I’d probably be really into history or anthropology. I love learning about humans and our past.
What’s the future holding for you?
Honestly I have no idea. I never thought that my music would be enjoyed by anyone, so as long as I can keep creating music that either myself or others can connect with I’ll be happy
If you could only play one more record ever, what would it be?
I’m really loving Frank Ocean’s new album. He’s been one of my favorite artists for a long time and Blonde is a masterpiece.