Written by: Jared Rapoza
Artist Take/Five has taken over the trap scene of SoundCloud, with releases on Swang Collective, and most recently Tribal Trap, which is home to over 500,000 fans across all networks. Erin, aka Take/Five released his track “Alone”, with artist Delay, and within only a month, this epic masterpiece has garnered support from artists such as Ship Wrek, Bowie, and many more. We interviewed Erin about his legendary song, “Alone”.
How did you and Delay first connect and begin collaborating?
Early in 2015 I became part of an amazing music collective called Swang, which contains about 25 different artists who all interact with each other over Facebook, some of whom I consider close friends. If I remember rightly, Timo (Delay) sent a work-in-progress to the group which contained a different version of the percussive melody that you can hear in ‘Alone’s’ drop. I was instantly hooked, and we agreed to start working together on the track.
What artists influence the way in which you produce?
Aside from the trap gods like Baauer, RL Grime and Carmack, I’ve always been really interested in tracks that push the limits of the genre – I really respect the originality and creativity that goes into tracks by Troyboi, Losco & Moody Good as well as being able to express yourself through music like Mura Masa (“Lotus Eater” might still be one of the best pieces of music I’ve ever heard). I try to keep these values when producing under Take/Five.
How did you make your lead so powerful? What exactly is that sound?
Timo actually sent me a version of that lead as a loop, so he is the genius behind the actual creation of the sound – however I did mess with it and change the rhythm, as well as adding a layer of the same sound pitched down an octave underneath the original. It really beefed up the whole sound and added something to what was already a fucking tight loop. After this processing I layered some reverb on top of it and then we pretty much had the finished sound.
Fun fact: the build up melody is the original lead loop that Timo sent me, just re-sampled and played at half the speed with a ton of reverb splashed on top of it. I remember we were talking about that part of the track and how psyched we were to drop that on our fans.
After finding huge success with “Alone,” turning into one of Tribal Trap’s biggest hits, what is up next for your Take/Five Project?
I have a few things that I’m super excited about in 2016:
I have just signed off on a contract to the label Uprise for a collaboration with Ship Wrek for a track called “Geisha”. I’m super stoked to be able to work with Collin (Ship Wrek) again, as the last track we made together (a remix of GTA’s “Red Lips”) has been one of the most fun and most successful projects to work on that I’ve ever had. The new track is absolutely mental, taking the elements of music that we loved working on before and pushing them as far as they can go. The 808 that Collin made is brutal, and the vocals I managed to sample in the intro sets up the track so well. Very excited to drop this one.
After a two month hiatus from producing music (starting in November after finishing “Geisha” last year and ending in January this year), and after being inspired by artists like Mura Masa, Sam Gellaitry and Zhu, I’ve begun work on a project that will showcase not just trap, but a host of other genres of music that I have been so desperate to make for a long time. I’ve always wanted to tell a story through a collection of songs, almost like how a film tells a story through a collection of images, and I think the best way to do this is through an EP. Absolutely cannot wait to get this project underway, and I’m so excited to (one day) drop this on you guys. I’m sure you will love it.
Peace and love.