Photos & words by Tiki CoferWave Racer is an artist I see making his own lane in the EDM world. His unique style of fun, video game-esque synths, and tricky drum patterns that still knock, set him aside from most artists. People that have seen him live always become immediate fans. We had a chance to sit down with him and ask about his influences, and where the future will take him.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147256306" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /] Let’s start out with a simple question: you have sampled video games for some of your tracks, and your synths sound like they pay homage to classic Nintendo video games, what’s your favorite game(s)?There’s a lot to choose from. My favorite console I had as a kid was obviously Nintendo 64. My brother and I played Golden Eye 007 a lot, so that’s on the list of favs. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, is probably number one for me, even though I never finished it as a kid. Mario Party, the original, is definitely in my top 3. So there’s 3 examples.So who’s your character of choice in the Mario series?Kirby for Super Smash Bros, and Yoshi for anything else. Since your career took off so fast, when did you notice that people were really bumping your music? For me, it was when Ta-ku put one of your songs in a ‘Drive Slow, Homie’ mix.That’s actually the second time someone has mentioned that mix to me (today)! But probably a combination of Soundcloud plays, popping up on big youtube channels/blogs, those were definitely an indicator. But also something for me as simple as hearing my own song being played in a club or a venue in Sydney, my hometown. That was a surefire sign. Hearing something like that for the first time, people that I don’t know are listening to my music, people that aren’t even my friends are bumping my music, that’s when I knew.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203664209" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] If you could go back and give yourself advice when starting out, what would you say?I would probably tell myself to stop wasting time on silly things, like finding the right samples, instead spend more time on creative things. Things like, good songwriting, arrangement, structure, and things like that. It took me a long time to actually realize that was more important. Now that you’ve had experience making music and playing all over the world from tours/festivals, how does this affect your outlook/approach moving forward?I guess getting a good perspective on different music scenes from the states, Europe, and things like that is really valuable. Moving forward I’m trying to solidify my live show a little bit more. Make it something more than just a DJ set, make it a little more engaging. Make it more about my own productions, and in turn making sure my productions become cohesive. My next plan moving forward is to make a body of work instead of releasing singles, so that will be in the form of an EP later in the year. More cohesion, more structure, that’s where I’m headed. Keep up with the all of the music on Soundcloud, Twitter & Instagram. Missed Wave Racer at What The Festival? Don't worry - watch our video recap.
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