As a person who breaks music down in every aspect from lyrics, to delivery, beats, right down to the themes, I appreciate quality production. For the past year or so, Futurewave has been someone I rock with heavily. His intricate attention to detail, his dark, gritty sound, plus the dedication of hard work as both a producer and engineer is truly amazing. Futurewave is authentic, and is very involved in every aspect right down to the final details of the mixing and mastering of any project he touches. With that being said, I tracked him down for an interview so that people can get to know more about the man behind some of the top projects coming out of Toronto.
It’s been a great, successful year for you. You produced ‘Pressure Cooker’ with Daniel Son, ‘Physics of Filth’ with both Daniel and Asun Eastwood, along with your own ‘Wav.God’ project. How did you and Daniel first end up connecting? Were you guys introduced through someone else? Who reached out first?
I ended up connecting with DS through Asun. When Asun sent me his verse for Summer’s F*ckin’ Over, I recommended getting a second verse on it and he suggested DS. First time I met with Son was at the Summer’s F*ckin’ Over video shoot. Actually that was the first time I connected with all those brothers in person, Asun, Daniel Son and Mercenary. That was a legendary video shoot. From that moment we started connecting on the regular, now all of those guys are my bros. It’s crazy how life works.
You have a very diverse roster of emcees for ‘Wav.God’. What was the process to getting this lineup on board? Did you already know who you wanted to work with?
Wav.God was supposed to be an instrumental album with just a few full tracks that I collected. But after linking with Bozack and doing a few songs with Asun and DS, I decided to make it into an album. I reached out to Nowaah the Flood, J Scienide and Flashius Clayton for some verses to complete it. But to be honest, not too much thought went into it, I just wanted to finally have something of my own to put out to the people. It’s a blessing to get the response and success that I have received off of that project. Also S/O to everybody that participated in the project and Bozack Morris for all the support and guidance he gave me around that time.
I know you have ‘Headcrack’ with Rome Streetz coming soon. Besides your home team, who are you feeling in the current scene that you would like to collaborate with?
There’s a lot of incredible artists in this pocket of Hip Hop, but the 2 guys at the top of my list to build a project with is Eto & CRIMEAPPLE. That doesn’t take away from the others though. For the most part I try to work organically, meet the artist, catch a vibe and see if the vibes click.
Do you tailor your beats for specific artists you work with or do you already have a catalog that you send them and let them choose from?
I want the artist to fit the vibe that I’m bringing to the table, so I’ll send what I have in the catalog, unless we’re together in the studio.
Who came up with the concept for ‘Physics of Filth’? Who brainstormed first and how did you 3 (along with Daniel and Asun) specifically decide to make this project together?
It was something we were discussing during the making of Pressure Cooker. But it was only natural, we were meeting up every weekend, so it was bound to happen.
What do you find most challenging about your line of work and how do you balance it out with all of your other priorities?
Having a family and 9-5 makes this music shit difficult, but it’s a passion I’ve had from the beginning, it’s second nature to me, my wife knows this and thankfully she supports me as much as she can. But balancing the two is difficult for sure.
How much time do you spend in the studio throughout the week and how do you manage your time?
I usually go to the studio and make beats maybe once or twice a week. I’m not really that guy that makes 10 beats a day, or even 10 beats in week, I do a lot of other things as well. But when I lock in studio time, that’s it. Everything you heard from me in 2018 is new.
Who are some producers that you look up to or draw inspiration from? Everyone wants to be an individual who creates their own legacy, but are there certain producers that come to mind that you have a lot of respect for in terms of their catalog and/or their work ethics?
There’s a lot of guys that are dope, but Bozack Morris is one I hold high because of his direct influence on me, it’s really him that brought me back into this style of hip hop. He showed me the light.
What key things do you look for when digging for samples?
The vibe that me and the artist is going for at that moment. Usually I take control of the sound but I feed off of peoples’ reaction around me to help guide me where I’m going with the sound. But when it’s just me I go for the grittiest dark vibe I can find lmao.
I know your guys’ sound is a lot different than a lot of the typical scene out there. How do you feel about the current Hip Hop scene in Toronto and does it affect you in any way? Do you pay any attention to what’s going on, or do you stay in your lane and focus on your own craft?
Of course, I have no choice but to pay attention because I’m living in it lol. But the recognition is improving a lot because of the internet. On the ground level there isn’t much of an industry here. For the most part it’s hard to sell anything in Toronto and promoters are only looking for a quick buck. But music wise I’m just doing what I feel.
Do you have a specific routine whenever you’re at the studio producing and engineering? For instance, is there anything you do religiously to help you get the creative process going?
Not really, it’s more of a vibe thing, there’s no set routine for me. But we gotta have some good food and beers around lmao.
I know you can’t spill the beans too much, but what can we expect from you in 2019? Will you be involved in more full length projects?
I got a full length with Rome Streetz ready to go, and another bomb with Daniel Son just around the corner. There’s a bunch of other projects I’ve started, but I’ll keep those on the hush til closer to the release dates. Just know I’m constantly working.
It’s been nice to see Futurewave’s growth throughout 2018 and that’s only the beginning. While he’s been active musically for years, he’s recently been coming up quickly with the successful string of projects he’s been a part of. Thank you FW for your time, I’ll definitely be here supporting and looking forward to more of your chef ups.