Just before the New Year our entire staff got together to discuss which artists we were excited about for 2015 – primarily those who will be releasing a major project and break into the spotlight. After a decent amount of disagreement and heated discussion we settled on 15 artists, one from each writer. Throughout the year we will be publishing a profile article, an interview, and cover each artist’s releases (and for most their debut album as well). Here is Lindsay Lowend and why our team is so excited about what he has in store for 2015. You can see all of our Spotlight articles here, or click “Spotlight Artists” from the menu.
Tony Mendez is a goofy, charismatic kid whose ear for clever samples and mathematical approach to musical construction excite the hell out of us. He began releasing productions with Tony Baseball 3 years ago under “Dads on Display¹” and since then has been exploring a solo career under the sweet sweet moniker of Lindsay Lowend. He has a foundation in 8bit production, guitar, and piano, but his unusual style of beat construction is in part due to his use of trackers in Re-Noise, as opposed to say Ableton or Logic, a program which he describes as “musical coding.” His visual approach to sample mapping comes across in his music as intensely detailed and heavily layered with a shitload of awesome clicks and whirrs and pennies dropping on the ground. Check out “Ashtray” to see what I mean:
He’s got some exciting releases in store in 2015. He’s cited Cashmere Cat as an inspiration for a long time, and he told us in an exclusive interview that they’re wrapping up an R&B collaboration together right now. He’s hinted at collaborations with Hudson Mohawke and with another one of our 2015 Artist Spotlights, Haywyre. His recent Exercises in Space EP showcased his dark and glitchy scrap-metal soundscapes.
“Each segment represents a different part of the game. I used different sounds effects from Earthbound to simulate traveling from level to level.”
He toured with Porter Robinson last year, and in some ways his new tracks feel like a darker cousin to the World’s EP. Both artists began producing from DDR and old 8bit video game tracks, here’s hoping something happens over there. He says he’s hoping to produce a video game soundtrack this year… we can’t wait.
Footnotes: ¹ They actually just released a new track under the moniker "Fear of Sound."