leet has been crafting up some murky, bassy, & tasty tunes for a fair amount of time now. We discovered him several months ago but he really caught our eyes & ears when he dropped ‘Word’, which was a collaboration with CAMBOT who also appears on issue nine | ANXIETY. leet’s upping the game and we know you deserve to read more about him since it’s no question he’ll be in the spotlight in week or months to come. Read on & don’t forget to press ‘play’ below to hear “BoolBids” as part of this issue.
Interview curated by Michael of the Phuture Collective team.
Phuture Collective: leet! It’s a pleasure to welcome you aboard Phuture with your first release on our platform. We’ve had an ear on you and couldn’t be happier for you to join us. What have you been upto the past few weeks?
leet: Thank you! I’m super stoked to finally be releasing with you guys. These past few weeks I’ve actually taken a short break from producing to catch some music festivals and find some inspiration. Certainly needed it and I’m readier than ever to hop back in the studio. I’ve also been taking some time to market and promo my debut EP releasing in a couple weeks.
Phuture Collective: You’ve got a raunchy sound that’s shaping into something that’s defining you. Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
leet: I really love the movement that collectives such as Lost Dogz and Courteous Family are pushing. Producers such as Woolymammoth and Tsuruda continue to push the boundaries of beats, and I’ve really studied their music and paid attention to the abstract flows they create.
Phuture Collective: What was the first album you purchased? What about the most recent one?
leet: I remember being 10 years old and having allowance money for the first time and going to Walmart and buying a nickelback album. That album got rinsed, dude.
The last album I purchased was Mayhem’s 2083 EP, and I shall be purchasing Tsurudas upcoming album in a few weeks.
Phuture Collective: Writer’s block happens to nearly everyone that has ever created art, what are your methods to overcome it?
leet: Everyone is different, and I have a pretty unconventional way of overcoming the block. Anytime I find myself feeling uninspired and lacking creativity, I just step away from producing for a few weeks and focus on marketing instead. Time is a valuable resource, so anytime I take a break from writing music I always use the time to help mold my brand some more.
Phuture Collective: How often do you produce? When do you realize that you’ve got something more than an idea or a WIP?
leet: I try to hit the studio at least every other night.
That’s a tough one for me, I typically finish every project I start. It’s a good practice as a producer to finish whatever you start, good or bad. What matters is the time you put into it, you grow as a producer with every track you finish.
But to answer your question, I often write my best rhythms by complete accident. If my body is moving while I’m producing, chances are we’ve got a slapper on our hands.
Phuture Collective: What is your dream collab? If you had the chance to work with any other musician or artist, who would you want it to be and why?
leet: I’d love to work with Tsuruda, or pretty much any courteous fam for that matter.
Phuture Collective: What instruments do you play? How long have you been playing with music? How about producing?
leet: I’ve been involved in music since grade school. I played trumpet, French horn, and drums for years. As far as producing, you’d be surprised to learn I’ve only been producing for a little over a year now.
Phuture Collective: Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
leet: Doing what I love.
Phuture Collective: Name 3-5 artists who deserve more recognition.
leet: I would love to give a shoutout to all my boys at misc., a lot of talented lowkey producers.
To be more specific, I really love the sound FRQ NCY and Milan.. are pushing. Stosu is another guy who’s been killing it lately.