In under 48 hours, you’ll be surrounded by an incredible array of culture, food, art and live music at Buku Music and Arts Project. While you prepare your mind and body for the positive energy and shenanigans in store, take note of some up-and-coming artists who are challenging the status quo of electronic production. Last week, we took a look at Robert DeLong, who will grace the Power Plant stage on Friday from 4:15 to 5:15. This time, we’re delving into the music and artistry behind Mr. Carmack, a solo producer making waves throughout the electronic community for his original and fresh sound. You can catch him as one of the event’s opening acts on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Float Den.
Honolulu-based Aaron Carmack is out-of-the-ordinary, both in terms of artistry and in manners of presenting his work. He emphasizes that as an artist, his music is made for no one but himself. He chooses to remain unsigned and not succumb to cheap marketing tactics that run the risk of forfeiting his artistic integrity. Carmack maintains two separate Soundcloud accounts, one popular account that displays his unreleased creations, and one less followed account that features his tracks released off EPs and albums. On the relatively hidden gem that is his second account, you’ll have access to a breadth of Carmack’s past releases, giving you a proper taste, touch, and feel of the producer’s creative evolution over the years.
Every track of Mr. Carmack’s is intricately engineered in a way that has most producers taking notes. Carmack adheres to no genre or musical structure, but instead seeks to shine a light on amorphous forms of production. Scrolling through his Soundcloud profile, you will experience a different mood with every track. Some will be raunchy get-down tunes, others will mellow you out, while select tracks will trick your brain into being unsure whether it should feel relaxed or stimulated into a frenzy. Carmack’s “Charge” remix is one such tune. There’s also a good chance you’ve heard his refix of “Aerosol Can” on the dance floor and probably wondered who produced it. Now you know.
There’s no better way to kick off the musical festivities at Buku than with Mr. Carmack, so get to the fest on time, specifically at the Float Den at 3:30, to watch the man lay out the mood for the rest of the weekend. And if you haven’t yet, take a peep at the full event schedule to plan out and visualize your musical journey. See everyone there!
Words by Julian Rodriguez
Featured image captured by Neon