The best sketchbooks beats, got to love them. Loose, soulful, some boom bap with that snap. Soon to be crowned prince of these low end excursions is LA’s devonwho, a Portland native whose beats have been bubbling through the Soundcloud excesses of late, rising to the top with his Klipmode crew (based over on the East Coast, the Philly trio of Mndsgn, Suzi Analogue, and Knxwledge. The 26-year-old started playing drums as a young ‘un, growing up in a house where his father worked in record stores and his mother rented out rooms to musicians, and that drummer swing resonates through his music today. He released a storming EP KeepTheFunkAlive on Dublin’s premiere purveyors of all things waxy, All City Records and then there’s his remix album up for grabs on Bandcamp that features Shlohmo, Tokimonsta, Teebs and dublab’s matthewdavid.
...so special about you, then?
I have coffee for blood.
...the best piece of advice you've heard?
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
...better, dusk or dawn?
...your favourite spot to hide away in LA?
...your favourite piece of clothing?
My $4 Walgreens sweatshirt. Style.
...the world coming to?
Hopefully its senses. Or perhaps just the opposite.
...the name of your hero?
Donnaleeee! My mother.
...so special about your hero?
She created me and continues to be the dopest of the dope.
...your worst fashion secret?
I keep no secrets.
...this future going to bring?
Love. So many new experiences. Places to see, people to meet.
...your favourite website?
I love pegamixels.com. Pure comedy.
...at the top of your shit list?
Day jobs. Not a fan.
How would you describe your work?
I really love experimental electronic and I still love hip hop. I also love jazz, funk, soul, progressive rock. I'd say that I incorporate a lot of things I love about those into the beats I make. There's a level of ambience to the newer works as well, but I just go with the flow.
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