I was super into music my whole entire life. I was really into rock as a kid. My dad played every instrument, I played the drums growing up and then just taught myself piano. And then, no one wants to say they came from dubstep but I definitely was really into dubstep in eighth grade through high school. I moved to Santa Barbara, it was a completely new place for me. I started making beats and made a ton of friends. SoundCloud introduced me to the anime side of music, and that’s how I got into the style I am into now.
I used to join these Skype calls with these guys, and we’d watch all this sad anime. It was super weird when I first started, but then I started doing it and now I have anime posters all over my room. It all just kinda came from that; it’s all just based on things that anime has, a lot of sad stuff— like high school love stories pretty much. I just tried to incorporate how that made me feel and put it into music.
I definitely incorporate the voices very soon. That usually makes a track. Vocals are like a cheat code to making your song sound good. So I’ll put down chords and immediately chop up vocals and try to make it fit. The vocals are from songs I’ve done with singers in the past and I just keep resampling them over and over again. I use the same five a cappella [samples] for every song I’ve ever made.
It’s pretty much all done on my computer except for random percussion, whistles, or just random background noise. I have a cheap microphone to do all that, but all the pianos and other things are just done on my computer.
I wouldn’t say I’m changing based on a growing audience. I rarely upload anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’m not making anything. What I’m making now is definitely different than what I was making before. It’s just because music is changing so much and I just like completely different styles now. But it’s nothing to do with SoundCloud following, just my own personal changes.
Most of these are based on real-life situations. For that one, I was really drunk and I wasn’t sure what was happening and I really liked this girl. We went and got nachos, and we shared them and then she wouldn’t hang out with me weeks later and then I made that song. The track titles are exactly what they meant pretty much.
Right now, definitely Petit Biscuit. And then one of my top 5 favorite artsits Owsey, he’s even switched to more of an electronic style. He was doing deep house, I guess you’d call it — I don’t get too far into genres. But it slowly grew on me. It’s sort of garagey as well. I’ve been listening to him non-stop. As well as Oli, he’s a super close friend and one of my favorite producers. He does music all across the board.
I actually have almost no collaborations; I do very few in general. It’s mostly because I have a very weird workflow. I will sit down and do it in one night. I don’t spend multiple days working on things. They’re all just quick little ideas that I manage to get out. The only one I have is with Resotone. I was a huge fan for years, and I messaged him and said, “This is the greatest song I’ve ever heard.” And he said, “Thanks man, we should work together sometime.” So I think that’s my only collaboration.
Corrected 10:38 a.m. PT on Oct. 16: Previous versions of this story initially misspelled Mark Arkinson’s name. That has since been corrected.