EDMC RADIO: Robokid // Lifted Contingency [Boston, MA]
May 1st, 2014MASS EDMC STAFF
No stranger to the beat scene, 22 year old Massachusetts native Robokid aka Ethan Budnick has been producing future bass, R&B, soul and other niche genres since 2009. Picking up DJing in 2012 in order to share and play his tunes out for friends, Robokid has steadily developed both his production and gig portfolio, joining forward-thinking sound collectives such as Moving Castle, Lifted Contingency, The Brio Life, and Bad Taste.
Robokid’s studio work has gained the producer ample praise abroad, earning him plays from BBC Radio 1xtra’s B. Traits and Toddla T. You can catch Robokid and his music every Friday on RWD.fm from 6 to 8pm.
/////////// WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO DJING? WHAT DRIVES YOU?
When it comes to performing live, I tend to bounce around from genre to genre and am constantly changing moods. I have pretty bad ADHD so I think that plays a part in my approach. I got into DJing through producing just because friends started asking me to play shows and I wanted a way to play my own tracks and tracks that my friends were sending me for a live audience. I view production as my main focus, but over the past few months I have been getting more gigs and I am always looking for my next chance to play.
My motivation is always changing, but I would say right now the continued support from my peers and those individuals who I strongly look up to is keeping me driven. Also, pushing boundaries and delivering the audience with a fresh sound is one of my main goals. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone out to shows and heard the same thing over and over again.
/////////// WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU INTO NOW? WHO’S GOT YOUR ATTENTION?
As of lately, I have been really into this new collective that I am a part of called Moving Castle. Me and a few other kids decided that we were all creating very similar stuff and all had similar hobbies (sitting on the internet/Twitter/Soundcloud 90% of our time) so we figured we’d get together and make some mixtapes. We dropped our first compilation on 4/20 featuring myself, Kappa Kavi, Jailo, Manila Killa, AObeats, Ba-Kuura, Hunt for the Breeze, Dirty Chocolate, Objectives, Bonae Bonae and Vices. I really don’t know how to classify our music but we have had a lot of comparisons to Cashmere Cat, Wave Racer and other forward thinking “future bass” & jersey club producers. Some other really influential artists that I have been following lately include Lido, Alizzz, Ryan Hemsworth, Sinjin Hawke, everyone from the MOD Crew, 813, Lockah, Phazz and way too many others to name.
/////////// WHAT DID YOU GO FOR WITH THIS MIX?
For this mix I tried to capture the essence of Moving Castle’s sound and also went with a more upbeat vibe since summer is coming in only a few more weeks. Most of the songs were produced by members of the Moving Castle collective and other artists that I am generally very inspired by.
813 – XOXO
Kilter – They Say (Dugong Jr Remix)
DJ Yolo Bear – TXT U
Vices – Wanna Luv U
DJ Yolo Bear – Bring That Ass To The Table
Kid Ink – Sunset (Dugong Jr Remix)
813 – Sunny Lemonade
Jailo x Ganz – Casino Royale
813 – Thank You
MSTK x Sartana – Slave4U (Alizzz Remix)
Wave Racer – Rock U Tonite
Mariah Carey – You’re Mine (Hunt for the Breeze x Manila Killa Edit)
Kappa Kavi x Jailo – Soda Glaciers
S Type – Billboard (Lido Remix)
Diplo – Revolution (AObeats Flip)
AObeats x Manila Killa – Waterside
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Dugong Jr Remix)
Ba-kuura x Objectives – Make Out
WRLD – If U Wanna
Rustie – Ultra Thizz
AWE – Crystals
Hunt for the Breeze – Crystal Lips
Dirty Chocolate x Bonae Bonae – Wave
Sevyn Streeter – Sex On The Roof (Iceboi Meltdown)
Jailo x Kappa Kavi – Kawaii Magic
Objectives – Fantasy
Robokid – Nylon
Kappa Kavi – Dinosaur Bass (Jailo Remix)
Falcons – Stilettos
Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells
Robokid – RIP OG Bobby Johnson