LeMoti, comprised of Mason Goldman and Erli Veizi hailing from Pittsburgh are on a mission to keep bass music not only alive, but thriving. Their take on the often played-out and faded-out (because everyone else has abandoned ship for trap) sound is a breath of fresh air. Never letting genres bind their creativity, LeMoti create spacial landscapes of bass, synths, glitch, and whatever else their hearts desire.
They just finished their debut EP “Hush Money” and stopped by for a quick chat.
Mason Goldman (M) and Erli Veizi (E)
What are both of your musical backgrounds and histories?
M: Growing up I listened to everything ranging from jazz and hip hop to R&B. What really got me into producing was one day when riding to school in the morning, listening to Jurassic 5 and the Beastie Boys, I realized how fascinating/awesome DJ Hurricane and Cut Chemist/ Nu-Mark were. Their abilities to grab samples from old soul/funk/jazz records and flip them into beats was mind boggling and ever since I heard them, I knew I wanted to do exactly just that.
E: For me, I was introduced to music when I was in the first grade through the classical world. I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6 and continued through high school and eventually it led me to a move to Pittsburgh, where I attended Duquesne University and graduated with a degree in Piano Performance and Music Technology. Even though my upbringing was very classically influenced, Hip Hop music has and will always be very close to me. Rappers like Biggie, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and producers like The Neptunes, Timbaland, Dilla and Alchemist were constantly on my playlists. To me, creating that perfect and distinguishable drum sequence like Timbo or Pharrell was an art form that once I recognized, I wanted to achieve myself.
How would you describe your sound to people who have never heard your music before?
E+M: Our sound? Imagine Rick Ross driving his Maybach around the rings of Saturn.
I think your music is a perfect example of how genres are quickly disappearing in the electronic music world - what do you think the benefits are of this?
E+M: Thank you. The word “genre” isn’t really part of our everyday vocabulary. You aren’t being true to yourself or your art when your main focus is creating something that is in a particular kind of genre.
Music, like any art form, is more pure and honest when you don’t put yourself in a box.
When we start a song in the studio, we have some sort of idea of what we want the tune to be, but that decision isn’t made before we start. It is all in what you feel.
Where do you draw inspiration for your music?
E+M: Our inspiration derives from many places. Regular life, friends, relationships, hardships, literally anything. Nothing really in particular.
You just released the first single, “Hush Money” off of your upcoming debut EP. What was the most exciting part of making it?
E+M: We wrote the single “Hush Money” about 6-7 months ago or so, and it was honestly different then anything else we’d done so we decided to base the whole project off of it. We wanted to take people on a journey that doesn’t apply to just one particular style, so we made sure to not put ourselves in a box during the writing process and that definitely was the most exciting part about it.
What’s each of your favorite throwback songs?
M: Chingy – “Right Thur”, Jkwon – “Tipsy”
E: 50 Cent – “P.I.M.P”, The Notorious B.I.G – “Party & Bullshit”
M: Lately I have been enjoying illmind, ZHU, SBTRKT and Flamongo.
E: I have many, but in terms of older producers I would definitely say Alchemist, The Neptunes and Timbaland. New ones would be Lido, Fortune. and Losco.
What’s the biggest challenge as rising producers nowadays?
E+M: The biggest challenge is being a leader not a follower.
Nowadays music has been desensitized and just replicated everywhere.Its really difficult being original and creating something people haven’t heard of before, but that is our sole purpose.