Wave Racer Talks Flash Drive & His Spirit Animal @ EZOO 2015

September 15, 2015 -

Ashlyn Fulton

For a fairly early set, Wave Racer drew quite the crowd on the first day of Electric Zoo. Situated on the Riverside Stage, which was designed as a zebra-print octopus, this 23-year-old Aussie laid down his summery house beats self-described as "under the sea," dropping plenty of originals sprinkled with some of the many remixes he's done. I got to chit-chat with him a bit after his set about his upcoming EP, Flash Drive, his live sets, and his spirit animal:


DB: First off, Kanye or Trump for president?

WR: Ooo, obviously Kanye. Anything is better than Trump, right? Plus, Kanye is cool.

DB: And you're not even from America.

WR: Nope, Australia.

DB: So how was it out there today? Your First Ezoo right?

WR: It was really cool! There were definitely people out there who knew the words, like knew my songs. And I try and play as much of my own music in my sets because that's what it's all about. I don't really need to play other people's music.

DB: I totally agree.

WR: Yeah, make it a little different and more about me and my songs. And when people respond well, that's all you can really ask for.

DB: So a complete live set is what you're going for.

WR: Yeah, I still play other people's songs in my set because I don't have that much of my own material.

DB: Well, your new EP is coming out soon so that will help the live set.

WR: Yeah, I have an EP coming out next month, Flash Drive. It has 4 songs on it and the single is already out. I'm really excited to get the rest of the songs out because it's a really diverse set of songs and there is more stuff on there that people might not expect from me.

DB: We were just talking about how you have such a unique sound and I feel like that's so hard for some artists to find their niche these days, and you did it.

WR: Well thank you!

DB: I'm not sure really how to describe it.

WR: Under the sea! Yeah, that's a pretty good way.

DB: A lot of the songs, I felt like I was in a video game.

WR: Yeah, I have a lot like that because I make my music as much about me. So I don't feel the need to replicate.

DB: Do you sample your own sounds and use that in your productions?

WR: Yeah, most of my stuff is made using a laptop, so I create all the sounds myself. Even the drum sounds and all that. I make everything myself so that way I have complete control over what everything is going to sound like and it doesn't feel derivative of any other styles.

DB: I know that you play the guitar too. Would you ever incorporate that into a live set?

WR: That's a good question. I played guitar for a long time, 7 years. I don't play anymore because it's hard to incorporate a guitar into what I do. Although I will probably try eventually. I still have all my gear; it's just sitting there. However, I just feel like I have a lot more freedom when I have software as opposed to the restrictions of a guitar. I feel like that's kind of why I made the shift in the first place.

DB: Yeah, when was that? You're only 23.

WR: I started shifting toward electronic music at about 19/20.

DB: What were you listening to before that?

WR: Before electronic music I was listening to like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, Mars Volta. Progressive Rock music.

DB: Were you in high school bands?

WR: I was in a bunch of high school bands!

DB: What's next while we wait for your EP to drop?

WR: Waiting for that and touring in the meantime. The single is out so pushing people to hear that.

DB: Last question: what's your spirit animal?

WR: Hmm... the cliche answer would be dolphin but I don't want to say that.

DB: I thought about even asking you because of such an obvious answer.

WR: I think I'm probably more like a puppy. I love all animals though, it's really hard to pick one. It's like, every animal is my spirit animal.


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