Interview with Elephant and Castle

Cat On The Wall caught up with Elephant and Castle a.k.a musician David Reep for a quick chat about his latest release the ‘Analogue EP’ and why he decided to set up his own label. You can hear a track from the ‘Analogue EP’ on our latest mixcloud mix:

Cat On The Wall: You’re currently based in Oakland, California but spent some time living in London, UK. Can you tell us about a little about your history? What inspired you to first get into music?

David Reep: I moved around constantly as a kid, hitting some pretty extreme cultures. I was born in Denver, Colorado, then migrated through Texas, England, Texas (again), and finally California. The longest I’ve spent in one city was London, for 6 years.

When I was a kid I saw a Fender Strat at a friend’s house, just gleaming, being begged to be played. Ever since that I was just hooked to playing music, regardless of the instrument.

COTW: The ‘Analogue EP’ will be your debut release. How did the record come about? Where was it recorded?

DR: The record started as a concept to make modern sounding music using old sounds. Sampling short parts that had a certain feeling and manipulating them using a lot of modern technology. I’d done a lot of beats on an old sp-303, but it was so hard to blend everything together before I started using Ableton, Pro Tools, etc. It was all done at my studio in Oakland, including the mixing with some help from Adam Myatt of Sharkbite Studio fame.

COTW: What’s your creative process when putting a track together? I noticed on one of your photo’s you’re using a Akai MPD32, is it a piece of equipment that you use regularly when composing a track?

DR: It really depends on the track, but generally it will be something that speaks to me emotionally. Whether its a certain tempo, chord change, sample crackle, or whatever. Also a lot of the EP was done using a monome, which seems limitless in it’s possibilities. I picked one up just about the same time I started recording the record, and it shaped the sound completely.

COTW: Why did you decide to set up your own label ‘Third Culture Records’?

DR: I feel like there are a lot of bands in the bay area that really aren’t getting as much attention as they should. The talent level is high here but missing the motivation you see in some other cities. Some of my favorites in the bay are Man/Miracle, Honeycomb, Blackbird Blackbird and the Butterfly Bones.

COTW: What are you listening to right now?

DR: Mount Kimbie on repeat, Four Tet, Shlohmo, Matt Tammariello’s Mixtapes

COTW: Finally, what are your plans for the near future?

DR: I have a couple of collaborative releases planned, one of the ambient Matthewdavid-esque variety. I’m also putting out a split EP on Stereoptico, based out of the Dominican Republic. If you haven’t heard some of the beat music they’re making in the Dominican you’re missing some of the best!


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