Premiere: WEDIDIT’s Purple Is On The Come Up With A New Album
“I don’t have a specific moment that I like to make music. For a long time I was making music around dawn, like 4 AM to 7 AM, because it was so quiet outside, I liked it. For the album, it was all related to proximity—I was just doing my music right next to my bed. I spent a lot of time during the day in my room recording, and then would just go outside and walk around Berlin, think a little bit, fall asleep and then do a little bit more work.”
PURPLE is the latest member of Shlohmo’s WEDIDIT collective to update the producer status quo—as a singer/songwriter, he’s built an arsenal of hypnotic remixes and original tracks that backpack on LA-based label’s signature style, with an undeniable European sensibility. Now, Luis Dorado, the Portugese-born producer currently living in Berlin is preparing to drop Silence & Remorse, and getting us hyped with “Let Me Stay”. Premiere it below and check the dates that he’ll be on tour with Shlohmo this summer, also below.
Has Berlin inspired much of your sound?
Luis Dorado: Musically speaking, I don’t think the city has had a huge impact on me. Maybe for certain aspects of post-club culture—I do find that inspiring.
What went into the album?
LD: The thing that sort of made me make that music was stuff that I was feeling. It’s not something I can sort of relate to a lot of references. I listen to a lot of stuff, a lot of music from the ’80s and ’90s, and southern music. I can’t relate my music to a genre, it’s not like me to associate that. I’m very inspired by cinema and moving image and a lot of work that was settled in the early ’90s reflect the post-romantic vibe that I kind of associate with. It’s inspiring for me to watch 9 /12 weeks, or a David Lynch movie. That kind of a moment activates certain parts of my brain that related to music.
Why the name PURPLE?
LD: I was doing a lot of work with visual arts at one point, and I just had this feeling something kind of velvet, soft and glam at the same time. When I thought about it, I felt all of those emotions. Because it was something more abstract, it would create a kind of feeling but wouldn’t impose on the music. It felt warm and human and weird.
How did you learn to make beats?
LD: A long time ago, a friend of mine taught me some stuff on Ableton while we were living together. That was 6 years ago, and I pretty much just learned by myself after that. I still find it interesting that I don’t know certain things about music, because it forces me to concentrate on the emotional side of music, rather than the technical aspects.
You hadn’t grown up playing an instrument?
LD: I always wanted to be a drummer but my mother and father never wanted me to. My mother offered me an accordion, but I never actually played that. [Laughs]
How did you get involved with WEDIDIT?
LD: I first started talking to Shlohmo 3 or 4 years ago. We’d talk online, and I’d sending some stuff to him. It immediately felt really natural, and I was starting to make some sketches for what eventually became Salvation EP. By that time, I was Skyping almost daily with Nick, preparing an EP, and I just became close friends and spending a lot of time with all of them.
Do they influence your own music a lot?
LD: For sure. I used to be extremely secretive about my music and I was so comfortable showing them what I was making. It was something I was struggling with, I mean, being okay with showing my stuff to someone. With them, I could feel comfortable playing any note or idea, or feel comfortable saying anything. Eventually I also realized we felt the same way about most things. Before that, it wasn’t an option to go to a studio and make music with people—I’d feel too uncomfortable.
Why? Why so secretive?
LD: I think a big part of that, not to say the most, is just a reflection of me, and I’m just talking a lot of my secrets and memories and personal episodes and that kind of bond that I created with the music I was doing made me feel very uncomfortable because I was feeling exposed, and it was like someone would ask me, ‘Why’d you make this track?’ and you can build a story out of it, or you can tell the real thing. And with WEDIDIT, I’d feel so comfortable saying why—it was just a human bond as well.
What song would you put on at a party?
LD: Maybe the Lionel Richie song, “All Night Long”, just for the vibes, to try to make people prepare a little caipirinha or something. My natural instinct is to put more kind of laid back and not-so-happy music. I have to try to put music with uplifting vibes. [Laughs]
TOUR DATES w/ SHLOHMO:
7/23 Auckland, NZ – KINGS ARMS
7/24 Wellington, NZ – BODEGA
7/25 Adelaide, AU – ROCKET BAR
7/26 Byron Bay, AU – SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
7/30 Melbourne, AU – THE CORNER HOTEL
7/31 Sydney, AU – METRO THEATER
1/8 Perth, AU – VILLA
Preorder Purple’s LP “Silence and Remorse” here.