1. Can you tell us a little about who Neat Beats is, where you from?
I’m from San Diego, but I’m moving to San Francisco at the end of the month.
2. What prompted you to become engaged in the art of creating music?
Ever since I was a kid I loved making mixtapes and scratching. For a while I wanted to be an awesome turntablist but my cool uncle turned me on to Prefuse 73’s “Extinguished; Outakkes” when I was like 15 and got me hooked on beat making. At this point I had two belt-drive turntables and a hand-me-down mixer. I was looping shit on tape, but it sucked. Eventually I found out about Ableton Live (back when it was 4.0!) and started working with that. I started sampling and putting together little songs.
3. Who were your influences during this stage?
I started listening to DJ Shadow and Blockhead, and getting my hands on whatever Warp and Ninja Tune were putting out.
4. Can you elaborate on your process and previous work you’ve done?
I just fucked around on my own for years and didn’t really show too many people, but in 2009 my friends convinced me to release the Science is my Girlfriend EP and it was received really well. Some of the songs on there were years old.
The Universe in a Raindrop was made in like 2004. Graffiti on a Monday Night was from 2006; so it was a ton of shit I’d been sitting on forever. So finally, after beginning to play some shows and stuff, I decided to come out with Cosmic Surgery.
5. Tell us a little bit about Cosmic Surgery?
Most of that stuff is fresh, but it still is like 2 years worth of material. I work really slow. My creative process is sort of epiphany based; with days and days of boredom and sample work that goes no where, punctuated by these instances where things just flow together. With Cosmic Surgery, I set a goal for myself to put it out by August 2011 and that motivated me to just finish it up and cut down on the fucking around and fiddling. Anyway. I’m trying to throw a ten-inch or something together by the end of the year. It’s all kind of up in the air. So yeah, I’m just a guy that loves sampling and music and beat making. I’ll be fucking with it till the day I die.
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