Global Dance Festival: Interview with Zeke Beats

INTERVIEW BY DAKOTAH SWAFFORD

Being from Australia and traveling here, who has been your biggest support throughout the development of your career? Support from artists I have had some really positive support from Bassnectar. He has been dropping meltdown and bounce in his sets and he also made his own remix of meltdown and you know he is such a good dude you know I could just email him and hit him up about you know stuff and yeah I feel like he’s really given me a lot of good exposure especially to people who may not have heard of me before. Also Rezz supporting her on her next tour and I feel really stoked to be able to support her because obviously she likes me music so that’s cool shout out to Rezz. What about family, who has been your biggest support? Who keeps you the most motivated? All of my family have been super supportive with my music. Shout out to mom and dad. I am super lucky to have a close family, you know, to who have always supported my music. Have you always been into bass? Yeah, one way or another. When I first started DJ’ing you know I was actually into break beats and house and stuff like that then eventually went into hip hop and then went to trap, dubstep, all over the place. It has always been the bass that has drawn me to the style of music that I like. How did you use your influences to develop into your own style of music? “I am a big fan of Mr Carmack and music of the sort, and all of the things I liked about their music, I obviously tried to incorporate into my style and I feel like that is what a lot of people do, take bits and pieces from other artists through elements that they like and bring it together to form this whole new organism. And then after a while after doing that I have developed my own sort of sound and I’m like yeah I like this and that’s something that is signature to me. That is the biggest way they have made an impact. What is one thing about this career that you did not expect? Maybe lack of sleep. There’s definitely lack of sleep. The lack of sleep is a tough one. I was in Austin on Thursday, Kansas City last night, and Denver here. Between them I have had maybe three or four hours of sleep and maybe some napping in the plane here and there and at the hotel, but yeah not much. It has been really tough. Shout out sleep. How do you cope with it? This time I have been trying something new, vegan/vegetarian for the past three weeks. The reason I say slash vegetarian is because sometimes I get food without having animal products in it and also one thing I cannot break is sushi. I fucking love sushi and fish. So that I feel like has helped me recover much quicker when I wake up. I always used to feel super sluggish when I was eating lots of meat and now since I’ve made the change, I feel a lot more energetic and I feel like that a really good coping mechanism because I’ve never tried it before and it’s been good. Do you travel a lot out of the country and around the world? Yeah, mainly just the states and Canada and Australia. Those are my main spots, but I have a show in Bali, Indonesia when I go back home. I haven’t been to Europe so much. Where do you live at? Western Australia. When you come to the US what do you look forward to seeing or getting to do? Definitely the food. The food here is insane. There’s so much selection and variety and especially sushi over here and obviously you can find sushi everywhere, there’s always the real Americanized spots, but there’s also super good spots to go to as well and those are the places I really look forward to going to. I will be going to San Francisco next week and I am really looking forward to going to a spot that is so good. I go back every time I go to San Francisco. It’s amazing. Going home what do you forward to the most? Coffee. Australian coffee is bomb. We definitely have a very high standard of coffee back home, but if you are talking about music, musically I look forward to coming to America and Canada, the people that come out and support it are people who I’ve maybe chatted to on social media, on twitter or know them through their aliases online and then they’ll come up to me at a show and ‘oh yeah I am such and such’ and I am like oh that’s you thanks man, you know appreciate the support. That’s a really cool aspect to it, and the music thing back home in Australia, it is always nice to play back home. The crowds are definitely different. Not worse or better or anything. Just different in a way that I feel like I can get away with weirder stuff over here. Back home I feel like I have to play a little bit more mainstream stuff, but they still go really hard. I cannot believe how many people came to my set here. Did you see yourself becoming anything else? Did you always want to do music or did you have another plan for yourself? Before I did music I was a journeyman. I was an electrician. I wasn’t super passionate about it, I worked as a tradesman for about two years and then eventually got into the music full time, because I got made redundant for my job. I thought I was going to be an electrician, but getting made redundant was a blessing, because it forced me into me having more time on my hands, doing the thing that I love, but I just really had to pick up my local DJ gigs to support that, obviously. If I wasn’t doing music production/DJ’ing, I don’t know what I would be doing. It would have to be something that I am passionate about. I believe everyone should be chasing their dreams to an extent, even if it means working a shitty job to support your passion, you have to do it. I’ve done it and eventually if you set it up the correct way, you might be able to do your passion full time and I am very blessed to be able to do that now. https://soundcloud.com/zekebeats/sets/beaudamian-x-zeke-beats-faux ]]>