POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #36 + GUEST MIX
From Hamilton, Canada, Max Schramp, aka SLEEPYCATT, has a variety of styles when it comes to creating club music. From hip-hop trap tracks to slamming Jersey Club tunes, this Canadian producer has the heat you will definitely enjoy. Tracks like "Not What You Think" featuring Jay Portal and his recent release of a DBLCRSS remix are just a few examples of what his diverse music catalog offers. Member of the music collective, JiggyThvtMusiic, SLEEPYCATT's Jersey Club influenced style incorporates house and bass to give a flair of enthusiasm and playful energy to his creations.
For Point of View Interview #36, SLEEPYCATT blessed us with an exciting interview and an exclusive guest mix! Hope you enjoy!
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Question 1: What got you into making music?
I’d like to say my interest in music was from playing clarinet or piano in middle school, but being honest it was 99% from the video game Rock Band. From ages 12-15 I probably logged at least 3000 hours into it, and that introduced me to a whole range of music I’d never heard before and the amount of fun I had ‘performing’ is a feeling I still get today. The first electronic song I listened to nonstop was Flux by Bloc Party, and then Ghosts n’ Stuff by Deadmau5 inspired me to download FL Studio, and then a tutorial on how to remake a Basshunter song inspired me to finish my first song. As you can probably tell, my current style and tastes have come far from that.
Question 2: What people intrigue you or inspire you to pursue music?
Everyone who’s on the come up from the SoundCloud scene, for obvious reasons. I’ve recently gotten into BROCKHAMPTON and the idea of a collective music group like them is really interesting to me. I’ve been in a group on twitter for ~7 months now, and most of us were just picking up speed with production and since then members have been played out by Porter Robinson, Vindata, and have the attention of quite a few big names. S/O to all of my friends!
Question 3: How would you define your style of music?
It’s definitely club music. I’m a part of the Jersey collective JiggyThvtMusic, but since I’m from Canada I try to branch off and add my own touch to club music while still respecting its roots. I’m working on a project with my friend yourboysamuel now, to make some awesome music that I can play live with him as an alternative to djing at shows.
Question 4: What influences your style of work?
New Jersey and the scene down there has created my club side. Young guys who don’t always have the best equipment but are always on their grind. It’s definitely turned me off genres like future bass and similar mainstream styles, because most of the mixdowns almost sound sterile, and everything is too “perfect” so to say. Jersey Club reminds me of bands that play and record in garages, it’s all about the composition.
Question 5: What is your favorite track that you have produced so far?
My favourite original is Blue Pill and my favorite remix is Young Moses, I feel like they best showcase my styles.
Question 6: How far do you plan to take your music, any goals in mind? Who would you like to work with in the future?
My goal right now is to finish my undergraduate degree in Architecture and then spend a year doing music full-time and see where that takes me. By that time I feel like my skills and network will be at the level to do whatever I want.
One thing I am trying to push is Canadian music, and the majority of my music is now remixes and collaborations of and with Canadian artists. The Canadian electronic scene is ignored way too often, and I want to change that.
(Mix tracklist in SoundCloud description.)