Last month an up and coming producer gave us a ring about wanting to feature a song on our site. We got to talking and what do you know, we had our first track from Strooly featured in Twerkin’ Trap Tuesday Week 31. Hailing from New Orleans but residing in Tennessee Strooly has made a name for himself by dipping his toes in each genre that seems to catch his interest (and each one surprisingly well). After some more chats with Micah we realized how interested he was in featuring his music on our site. That in combination with how well his tunes were received I wanted to reach out further and pick Strooly’s brain a little bit to see what he has going on right now. With his Space Jam EP dropping via Voodoo Village Recordings on the 7th you might just get a little sneak peak at what realm of space he is going to be blasting all of us out too below as well. Dig on in for some info on an artist you might be fairly unfamiliar with and grab an exclusives remix from the man himself while you’re at it.
The Dankles: We’ll start this off pretty basic; how about you tell us a little about yourself (name, age, where you’re from, etc.)?
Strooly: Micah McGee, 25, currently living with my fiancé and 3 dogs in Nashville, TN.
TD: How long have you been producing music?
S: I’ve been a musician my entire life thanks to my parents. I was crawling up on the piano bench around the age of 4. Moved on to drums and guitar around the age of 12. I remember downloading FL studio on our first family computer off Napster or something in my early teens, but didn’t start producing electronic music seriously until around the summer of last year (2011).
TD: What big musical influences pushed you in the direction that led to you making the kind of tunes you do today?
S: I was born and raised in the South, but more specifically in a family of musicians and music lovers. Despite my parents’ love and appreciation for most forms of music, I was not allowed to listen to much Rap, Hip-Hop, or RnB unless it was obviously geared towards a younger audience. I remember having to record Bone Thugs and Boys II Men songs off the radio and listen to them in secret. I feel like my early connection with Hip-Hop and RnB has always in some way influenced my music.
TD: Where are you looking to wind up in the long run by producing music? Is there something in particular you want to do with your sound?
S: I don’t have any specific goal in mind when it comes to my sound. Typically I don’t even know how a song will end up sounding until I finish it. Overall I am just striving to create relevant pieces of music. As long as I’m striving for relevance I feel like I’m doing my best.
TD: If you chose one producer (alive or dead) to collaborate on a track with whom would that be?
S: Of course several names come to mind, but I would have to say currently I would freak out to work with Distal on a track.
TD: This has become a pretty standard question of ours, what kind of equipment/software do you sit down with to produce in the studio? What about in a live show setting?
S: I’m working with a pretty basic setup right now. For production I’m using a Mac Book, Ableton Live 8, Axiom 25, Akai LDP8, and a Korg Nano Control. Anthoney Carter out of Memphis, TN is my better half when it comes to mixing and mastering. For my live sets I’m currently in Serato Itch but am considering putting together a Live Ableton performance for 2013.
TD: When you’re just hanging around, taking it easy, who are a few producers someone might catch you bumping?
S: Most of the time if I’m not working on a track myself I’m listening to tracks my homies are sending me to check out. Myrryrs, MarceauxMarceaux, WEALTH, SOSA, KDSML, Krueger, Ghost Lakes, TALK, our extended family has been super busy lately haha.
TD: What about when you’re really trying to get things started?
S: I’m definitely hype on all the new Flosstradamus coming out. Dudes like UZ, Baauer, Sinjin Hawke, of course Distal, all crushing it. Not gonna lie, Juicy J is still top rankin’ for me. I grew up a huge 3 6 fan, moved to Memphis for a little while, have strong ties to Memphis, Juicy J just does something to me I can’t explain it. #nohomo
TD: Aside from playing shows and producing music, I’m sure you have other hobbies. What other pleasures do you find in life?
S: I love to cook, even though I have to fight for my chance in the kitchen. My fiancé and I are working on launching our clothing line, Future Everything, which I’m really excited about. Other than that just general day to day creeping.
TD: I think that’s about all we have for you, any last words or thanks you’d like to pass on to the readers out there?
S: I know this goes without saying, but I can’t thank every single person enough who takes the time to check me out and supports my work. I have to give a HUGE shout out to Anthoney Carter, Voodoo Village Recordings, KDSML and the whole Full Circle Crew, Freakstep Recordings, Top Billin’. And to Carl Sagan reminding us that we are all but star stuff.
Last time you were in the studio?
S: I’m writing this in the studio haha.
Last time you attended a show you didn’t play at?
S: This past Saturday I went out to Y2K to support the homies SOSA, KDSML, PURPLMONK, and COACH
Last time in (what you consider) an exotic country?
S: Canada is the only other country I’ve been in sadly, no offense to Canada, You were awesome!
Last time you weren’t satisfied with a set?
S: I try not to think too hard about it honestly man, I always make sure to just feel out the vibe of the room and have a great time.
Last CD/vinyl you bought?
S: Wow it’s sad but I’m not sure I can honestly remember that. Could have been Rahzel- Make the Music 2000.
Last ridiculous thing you stumbled across at a show/on tour?
S: A few months back we had our friends Force Feed Radio come up and play our monthly event, Electrocity, in Memphis. They brought some inflatable dolphins with them that had a lasting impression on our crowd. People will still burst out chanting, “ON THAT DOLPHIN SHIT” which I find ridiculous yet amazing.