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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Behind the Beat with Eprom

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Things are happening fast for Sander Dennis. The San Francisco producer, who crafts dirty space-geek beats under the name Eprom, just broke through the surface of the international music industry with his first single--a double A-side 12" shared with fellow Bay resident Eskmo--out on the giant Warp label. It's a milestone for Eprom, to say the least, and a well deserved one, as he's been working the wonky beat game for over four years. The release of that track, "Hendt," also comes right before he takes his intergalactic tunes across the States and up into Canada in the coming months.

We caught Eprom a couple days before his performance with Eskmo and the UK's Shackleton on Saturday at Club Six. He let us in on his secret society of beatsmiths, the best way to know you've got a good beat, and why it is that he's currently living the dream.

How would you describe your music to someone unfamiliar with the current bass music/beat scene?
Evil, twisted machine-funk. Holographic bass forms. Sci-fi, laser-activated hip-hop.

If you could narrow down your inspiration for creating a track to one or two things, what would they be?
The biggest inspiration of the last five years has been this producer's circle thing that we call Song Club. Mr. Projectile started it, and the idea is we all bring a finished song to the club every week, and we listen to each other's songs and offer feedback. With a group of about four or five, it's absolutely the perfect thing to help focus your productions and hone your craft. I highly recommend that you get something together if you're a musician just coming up.

You just dropped a new single on the giant electronic/indie label Warp. As a producer, how does it feel to be a part of such a major musical entity?
One of the first records I ever owned was on Warp, Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy EP. It's truly surreal. I don't think it's even hit me yet. It's a dream.

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