Recently, I had a bass induced seizure that kept me bedridden for a few days in which I spent holed up watching the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid.” The cause of this fatality was listening to a remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Gold” by a producer known ironically as GVME OVER. I had the honor of speaking with him recently upon attending an 808 enthusiasts meeting, in which he delivered a liberating speech.
So Joakim, what would you say was the “aha” moment in which you decided that you absolutely had to become a beat slayer?
Joakim: I remember I played this game called bootleggers, it's an online mafia-game (pretty nerdy, I know). On this game we had profiles with pictures and sometimes music on it. So this one guy had Afu-Ra's track "Pusha" on his profile, and I flipped out. That was probably 8-9 years ago, and I still bump that track. I wanted to have that kind of an impact on people, so one day I "bought" FL Studio and here I am today. Still a long way to go.
Reed: I would expect something like that from someone who makes tracks that have the ability to hospitalize people. Would you say that you are genuinely passionate about trap music and hope to make a living doing it? Or do you have other hobbies/career prospects?
Joakim: I'm passionate about music in general. One day I listen the shit out of some Waka, and other days I chill to James Blake. And who wouldn't want to make a living doing something they love? I would be lying if I said I wouldnt, but I'm not too conserned about it. Whatever happens, happens. I would love to go on tour someday though, party with people all over the world.
Reed: I have similar views. Anyway, I hear people talk about trap being the “new dubstep” and I hate it. Do you suppose that in the future people will stop seeing bass music as black and white?
Joakim: I think the reason people calls trap the new dubstep, is because it's the newest thing in EDM, just like dubstep was for many in 2010. Whether or not people will stop seeing bass music as black and white I don't really know. Ask Diplo.
Reed: I appreciate your insight on the matter. I wish I could conjure up some more questions for you but I am still recovering from the seizure incident. Is there anything else you’d like to convey to your followers?
Joakim: Thanks to everyone who listens to and shares my music, I love y'all. And SO to Dreamon, CRONIKL, all the homies back in 1540 and everyone else who inspires me.
Reed: Well you sure can slay a bassline. Keep up the good work.
Joakim:Thanks man, you just popped my interview cherry.
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Article written by Reed Sligar
Posted on August 13, 2014