23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe

 

This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

 

Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut

 

Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.

 

If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.

 

Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from an idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.

 

 

Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.

 

Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

22.05.17 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based OURO Collective Present “Tangent”

Last week we shot some rehearsal footage of our friends, Vancouver-based dance collective OURO, as they prepared for their first full-length show, “Tangent”. The group has spent the past year exploring movements from each member’s diverse dance background to create a story. Their unique voice is a combination of street and contemporary dance twisted into a language all its own.

For this show they’ve also collaborated with Vancouver artist Kutcorners to create original music inspired by their movements. You can listen to Tangent HERE or on iTunes and it’ll be released on Spotify shortly!

We are proud to be a media partner for OURO’s two performances this week at Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th). If you live in Vancouver come check it out! Their work is fun, accessible and inspiring, regardless of your knowledge of dance. There are only two performances and tickets are going fast (previous shows on Granville Island sold out completely).

Tickets: Get your tickets HERE.

 

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

 

 

12.05.16 by Jeff

Kutcorners’ Canadian Mix

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If you’re not that familiar with what’s happening right now in the Canadian music scene (even if you are) you should definitely listen to this Canadian mix by Kutcorners for Artgang Montreal. He’s my favourite dj in Vancouver and a criminally underrated producer; big things on the horizon for him for sure. Check out the mix below – good vibes if you’re working in your studio today!

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24.09.13 by Jeff

The Freshest Liveset 4.0 Feat Kutcorners & Marvel

The Freshest Liveset 4.0 Feat Kutcorners & Marvel

Kutcorners and Marvel (The Freshest) continue their live mix series with a fourth installment. I had to ask them to make that Party Radio mix for Booooooom after seeing their first three videos (herehere, and here).

Watch “The Freshest Liveset 4.0” below!

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29.05.13 by Jeff

Booooooom Party Radio – Mix #1: Kutcorners & Marvel

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I’m excited to announce the launch of Booooooom Party Radio, an on-going series of exclusive mixes featuring emerging artists, producers, and DJs making waves on the Internet.

For this first mix I wrangled a Vancouver-based duo making noise with a fantastic series of live mix videos (watch the latest one here). Their bootleg of Ciara’s “Body Party” is a stroke of genius, and their latest track “Call Your Name” was just featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Allow me to introduce, Kutcorners & Marvel! Turn your volume up! Read their interview below!

Stream/download their exclusive mix on our Soundcloud: HERE.

 

 

 

Interview with Kutcorners & Marvel 

 

Jeff Hamada: I refered to you guys as Vancouver-based but I know you were both recently on the other side of the Pacific (maybe Kutcorners is still there), where are you both now?

 

Marvel: This is true! Shortly after debuting our Live Set at Fortune Sound Club, Matt & I dispersed to opposite sides of the globe. He ended up taking a dream job with Serato and I ended up living in NY for the better part of a year. I moved back to beautiful Vancouver at the beginning of April, and Matt (after a trip to Paris) will be back in June.

 

J: You guys have become a little duo within The Freshest crew, can you talk a little bit about working together?

 

M: It stems from us being good buddies with similar tastes in music.

 

Kutcorners: We are both into keyboards/production stuff and through our rehearsals developed a concept to do the live sets. It was easy to work as a duo so it’s continued to grow that way. Rico and Seko both have an influence on the music we listen to.

 

M: Absolutely, in fact Seko had put me on to the Von P track Up that I used in the mix.

 

K: Yeah and we also reconstructed Rico’s blend of Kelis and Baauer in the last live set (here).

 

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M: Going back to April 2009 we released our first production collaboration which was a flip of Major Lazer’s “Hold The Line ft Santogold”.

 

K: Following up on the success of the Body Party Bootleg we did a few months back we have finally released the “Call Your Name EP”. The EP has taken a while to get it together, not helped by the distance, but after our tour late last year we were able to finish it up and get some fantastic remixes from our friends. It’s really a first step for us, being an original production and our first self released single.

 

M: Looking ahead, more live sets, remixes and original production, and touring are all currently in the works.  You will find some sneak peaks of our upcoming production included in this Booooooom Mix!

 

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J: How would you describe the music scene in Vancouver now that you have both travelled abroad and have an outsider’s perspective? Is there a sound here? And can you survive here?

 

M: The music scene in Vancouver is alive and well.  It’s a multicultural city drawing inspiration from lots of different sounds.  Now more than ever there are countless shows coming to town to entertain and inspire.

For an example within a current two week span: Disclosure, Holy Ghost, Classixx, Popcaan, Flying Lotus, RL Grime (just to name a few) all performing here. Does it have one particular sound? Not in my opinion, but it has great output with artists like Pat Lok, Utern, Babe Rainbow, No Gold, Grimes all exposing the world to their sound.

 

K: I think people will need to travel outside of Vancouver from time to time, but it’s so conveniently positioned for travel it doesn’t seem necessary to move. It’s still growing as a city and it seems to get better all the time.

 

J: I just saw an ad on TV which said something to the effect of ‘Fall Out Boy has finally returned to save rock music’. Do you feel we are in the most creative or least creative period in human existence? I feel like it has to be one of the two extremes.

 

K: I think it’s about the same amount of creativity but the means to express your self is much easier, making it seem cluttered to a lot of people. This makes roles of artists much different, as you have to handle more of the business and marketing side of things, but also allows more control. Which is good.

Ultimately if you follow through with a project the whole way its a better representation of you and what you are trying to express. If it’s good, people can relate. It seems more real. It’s faster too, so you can put more out regularly. The need for people to dig through the mass output can be daunting. Having someone compile it in a way that you can digest it is more important than ever, so a place like Boooooooom is great because it offers a personal perspective of things that are good that people can rely on consistently.

 

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J: There’s something I find incredibly annoying about Adam Levine (it might just be his face) but Com Truise’s remix of “One More Night” took that song to another level for me. Are there any recent remixes that have you listening to songs you otherwise wouldn’t?

 

K: I wasn’t really feeling “Entertainment”, the new single from Phoenix, until I heard the Blood Orange Remix. He really nailed it. S-Type did a really great remix of a Jamie Lidell song “What a Shame” I didn’t care for too. I agree with you, Adam Levine has an extremely annoying voice! Com Truise really polished that turd.

 

J: Both great examples. What were your favourite albums growing up?

 

M: Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel

 

K: Michael Jackson – Bad

 

J: Do you have a favourite mix of all time?

 

M: DJ Pump – Golden Era (90-94) – Pump dropped this mix back in 2002 and shitted on all “golden era mixes” that came before and after it. He dug a bit deeper and put in tons of work on the technical / skill side that is sometimes overlooked these days in a mixtape.  Legend has it that Pump used all records and an analog multitrack recorder to make this double disc masterpiece.

 

K: Breakbot – Dance on glass – His approach changed everything I expected from a mix and it was all in key. Revolutionary.

 

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J: What are top 5 spot on the Internet to find new music?

 

Soundcloud

The Fader

Pitchfork

Music Is My Sanctuary

Datpiff

 

J: Who are some artists I should be listening to (but probably am not)?

 

Travis Scott – soundcloud.com/travisscott-2

Ango – soundcloud.com/angomusic

Blood Orange – soundcloud.com/bloodorange

Jellphonic – soundcloud.com/jellphonic

She’s So Rad – soundcloud.com/shes_so_rad

Lips – soundcloud.com/casiolips

Scratch 22 – soundcloud.com/scratch22

 

J: Thank you both for taking the time for this interview and for the amazing mix!

 

Kutcorners & Marvel Tracklist:

Ango – True Blue (Produced by Jacques Greene)
The Freshest – Call Your Name (Ango Remix)
Disclosure – White Noise (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
Lil Wayne – Rich As Fuck Feat. 2 Chainz
Kelly Rowland – Kisses Down Low
S-Type – Whole Lotta
Fat Tony – I Shine
Miguel – Do You (Cashmere Cat Remix)
Waajeed – Hood Tech
Freddie Gibbs – Shame (Kutcorners polite blend)
Falcons – Vrroom
Cassie – Paradise Feat. Wiz Khalifa
Chrome Sparks – Marijuana
Tweet – Turn Da Lights Off (Kutcorners Remix)
BEΛR//FVCE – Taste My Sad
Seth Kay – Direction (Produced by Marvel)
Von P ft Gio Dee – Up
Rocko – U.O.E.N.O (Remix Feat. A$AP Rocky)
King Louie – Val Venis (Plot Twist Remix)
Lil Texas – Anyway Now
Siyoung – Only One
Ciara – Body Party Bootleg (Produced By Kutcorners & Marvel)
Trippy Turtle – Getting Wood
Ta-Ku – I Love Beyonce (DJ Marvel’s Warm It Up Edit)
FKI – Amdam PT.1
Rockie Fresh – Thick Bitch

 

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07.01.13 by Jeff

Kutcorners and Marvel / Set 3

Kutcorners and Marvel / Set 3
Kutcorners and Marvel return with another fantastic mini-mix! Fellas, pleeease make a full hour mix. Watch below!

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12.07.12 by Jeff

Kutcorners / Summers Song

Kutcorners Summers Song
Kutcorners just released “Summers Song” and it’s killer. Wish I’d had it a couple weeks ago so I coulda stuck it in the Total Babes mix.

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08.06.12 by Jeff

The Freshest Live Set 2.0 Kutcorners and Marvel

The Freshest Live Set 2.0 Kutcorners and Marvel
Kutcorners and Marvel are back with another live set video, this time inside of Save-On Meats! I love this chopped up RnB stuff.

Watch the performance below!

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