Releasing a series of four back-to-back EPs over the course of a year sounds like a lot of hard work – but Chasm seems to be taking it all in his stride.
The Sydney-based hip hop producer has just dropped ‘Day Turns To Night’, his third instalment in the series of four digital only EPs released this year through Obese Records.
The EP sees him adopting an entirely new production process, moving away from traditional samples to focus on an ambient electronic sound. “I decided to flip things up a bit,” he explains. “I mean for most of my Chasm releases and my hip hop stuff it’s been heavily sample-based, you know. It’s always been samples really. So for this one I wanted to do something different, so it’s sample free and I didn’t use any rappers, only vocalists. I just wanted to go down a different path.”
Fans of his work are certainly in for something different. A refreshing playlist featuring sultry vocals from some of Australia’s best, including Jane Tyrrell (The Herd), Daniel Misfud and Momo (Diafrix). “I’ve been listening to a lot of UK beat music like Burial, all that kind of darker garage style stuff. I’ve been influenced from looking outside of what I normally would do and finding something a bit different.”
Since signing with Obese, Chasm has recorded three full-length albums as well as producing a number of releases for fellow Obese artists. “I guess with the EP series, it’s just me trying to keep it interesting for myself. The last couple of things I’ve done have felt like a lot of work. Putting together a whole body of work like that was a big effort. So I thought it could be cool just to do a digital only; do it as a series and just collaborate with one specific artist or a couple of artists for each EP. I guess it’s just the simplicity of it. By making it digital-only, it’s a more limited release and it just keeps things simple.”
A background playing in bands and messing around with synths means Chasm was able to play nearly every beat on the EP. “It’s a mix of me playing all the synth basslines and pads and stuff. I think I played guitar on a couple of the tracks, so yeah, it’s all produced by me! Basically I was playing in bands and stuff for years, and then got into producing. The last band I was in, we had a sampler and a couple of Moog synths, so I was just messing around with them and became interested in programs and the sequence of music. From there I just started making beats on software and found some hardware gear that I liked, such as the MPC.”
Messing around with beats soon turned into an enviable career for any hip hop producer. "I released my first EP on a label from Melbourne called Awakenings and then signed with Obese.”
Chasm currently holds no plans to tour, as work on the EP series won’t be complete until ‘Summer’, the fourth instalment comes out. “The fourth EP will be with an English rapper called Blak Twang. We are releasing the first single off that before the end of the year and then the EP will come out in February. I probably won’t tour. I think with this series it’s just a little studio project, so I’m not really getting out on the road with it.”
Despite being a “little studio project”, it’s definitely a series worth checking out. A fresh take on the traditional recording method, coming at you in easily digestible bite sized chunks that are sure to make it onto a lot of seasonal playlists. It’s music for sweet backyard summer vibing.
‘The Day Turns To Night’ EP is available digitally here.