You might not know Ponchos well, but now you have a chance to learn a little bit about the anonymous producer. In early 2012 Ponchos released a handful of amazing tunes that are still being played on repeat in my itunes. Now, Ponchos is getting ready to released his newest offering, Pretty Beats, an excellent five track EP that covers a wide range of sounds and emotions. Take a little time out of your day to read the short interview and listen to these two tracks that we’re lucky enough to premier! Download the full EP on Tuesday Feb. 12th for free!
TD: First off, thanks for taking some time to speak with us. We’ve been listening to your new EP on repeat! For those that are just discovering your work, who is PONCHOS? Where did it all start?
Ponchos: I was at an outdoor concert, it started raining and me and my friend started dancing like crazy under our rain ponchos. Fun.
TD:We’ve gone almost a full year without a new music from you, what can you say about your new EP, Pretty Beats? Has anything changed since the last time around?
Ponchos: I always try to take new approaches, mess with with new sound palettes, etc.
TD: We can tell, even from your last release, that you have a definitive sound, it’s something that producers struggle with their whole career, but you’ve found something that works really well. Could you tell us who or what your influences have been over these last couple years?
Ponchos: Thanks! Man I don’t where to begin with the whole influence thing. I listen to a lot of different kinds music. John Luther Adams has been a huge influence of late. Sam Amadion – his vibe and chords and everything, he’s sampled a few times on Pretty Beats I think, slowed down like 1,000%. Lex Luger, that groove, those fucking hi hats, I love that shit, all those tracks he’s done over the last few years. I don’t know, I love so much music – lots of it isn’t a direct influence at all, but I’m sure it seeps in somewhere.
TD: Forgive me if I’m wrong, but from what I can remember you haven’t played many live shows yet? Do you have any tour dates scheduled for this year?
Ponchos: Oh man, crazy live plans for 2013. Keep an eye out! It’s tough because I don’t want to stand in front of the CPU and push buttons by myself, that sounds horribly boring for everyone involved… lots of drummers, that’s all I can say.
TD: Do you have any formal musical education or play any instruments growing up?
Ponchos: Yep, I’ve been playing drums since I was in the 4th grade. Drummer at heart always.
TD: When you’re not producing mind-blowing music, what are your hobbies, how do you spend you time?
Ponchos: Hmmm… almost everything I do is music related. I love camping and walking and canoeing also.
TD: If you can think of them off the top of your head, give us your top five albums of all time?
Ponchos: Damn that is tough. I’m just going of the top of my head and I can only think of 4…..
Radiohead – Kid A
Beatles – Revolver
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Reich – Music For 18 Musicians
TD: Solid, well-rounded choices! Before we go, what are your plans for the rest of 2013? Anything big planned yet?
Ponchos: I have tons of new music I’m working on. Lots of different kinds of shit, very different sounds. Real instruments in the mix. Live stuff as well.