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Spock Reflects On 2017 In Exclusive Interview

Coming off what has been an excellent year for Spock, Garrett Spach finds himself ending the year playing a decent string of shows. In this run, the SLVYVLL Alumni arrives in San Francisco where he would open for an intense lineup consisting of NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Ephwurd, and Yehme2. Bringing us insane music along unforgettable moments on tour, we caught up with the producer to recap his recent accomplishments.

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What was your first experience with electronic music?

I think in my sophomore year of high school some kids in my P.E class were talking about dubstep. They were playing it on Youtube on their phone and I thought it was stupid honestly, because I was a big metalhead, and I was just like “ahhhh … that’s lame.” And somebody showed me Skrillex and I was like, “okay, this is actually kinda cool” so I guess the first time I thought it was cool was when I heard Skrillex’s Scary Monsters. -Spock

Coming from a background of metal is there anything you try to take from all of that to input it into your music today?

I like heavy, aggressive music, in any form, you know old tribal drums and shit. Like Taiko drums. -Spock

In past interviews, you’ve mentioned how Barely Alive played a huge part in the beginning of your career. Can you tell us a bit about that and your relationship with them now?

We met in a Facebook production group a long time ago. I think it was right when they started Barely Alive. We just started talking a little bit. Willie and I became pretty good friends at first and then I met Matt … a lot of people don’t know there’s two people in Barely Alive. They both write music and stuff but only Willie tours. But yeah, we just became good friends and then they helped me a lot and taught me a lot about Ableton and production. And then Willy and I lived together for a year in L.A. They’re dope dudes and I don’t have anything bad to say about them. I love them both to death. -Spock

-So it was literally a Facebook production group?

Yeah it was literally Facebook, we met through the production group. -Spock

Would you say that is the epitome of networking right now? 

Yeah, for the most part. I think that’s how I meet everybody, besides at shows … I guess at a show where it’s not weird to meet people. Like, if you’re just in the crowd and you see somebody that you’re a fan of or something … that’s not a weird way to meet somebody but not necessarily a way to develop a friendship with them. Not necessarily though, it could happen anytime. But I think Facebook groups, or not even Facebook groups but just networking online and meeting people naturally without it being forced is the most important thing. -Spock

With that said, many would agree that you have a really strong online presence. Would you say that that’s benefitted you so far and in what ways?

I think so. I got quite a few followers on Vine before it died … rip. But it’s coming back, Vine 2! I was big on there but I had been producing music for years before that, you know? I’ve been producing music since I was 15, and then not even two years ago I started getting quite a few followers on Vine. I think a lot of them were Getter fans and stuff like that, so I think that kind of helped me grow in the beginning. I think a lot of people thought I was a Viner that made music, and once Vine died that stopped and they started seeing me as a musician, but I think I have a lot of fans on Twitter and Instagram that just follow me because I like to be funny on the internet. But I do think it helps. I think if people are a fan of you it’s cool, no matter what it’s for. -Spock

Some people pretend to be funny, so how much of it is genuinely you?

I wouldn’t fake anything. I tweet a lot of ironic stuff, or I say stuff not because I genuinely believe it. I’m saying it because it’s a joke. I tweet some stupid stuff but it’s not because I genuinely think that. If I tweet something like “purple eats seven and he’s #2” or whatever, I don’t actually think that, I just think it’s funny and I’ll tweet it. -Spock

 

We’re practically at the end of what has been an amazing year for you, collaborating with guys like Oolacile, AFK, releasing your own E.P. on Buygore and signing to the SLVYVLL roster, can you describe how happy you are to see so much come to fruition?

Dude. So happy. It was dope, it’s pretty surreal honestly. I went to New York this one time. It was a last-minute show that I got booked for two days before I had to go, so I was stressing out about it. I was on my way to the airport thinking, “Oh man, I’m going to New York right now. This is kind of stressful.” But then in the Lyft to the airport I was like, “Wait. I’m going to New York right now. This is sick.” I never thought I could just go to New York for a day to play a show. It’s just so cool. I’m super happy. It’s a dream come true. -Spock

Needless to say, you didn’t expect this to go the way it did for you?

No, not at all. It’s a huge leap from what I thought it was going to be. -Spock

Well Congratulations! The SLVYVLL signing along with the release of Getter’s Shred Collective came to all of us as a surprise. Can you describe some of your better relationships with some of the people on that roster?

SLVYVLL is dope. Steven is cool. Klint is cool. Christina’s cool. Adam’s cool. Everybody’s cool on SLVYVLL, they all work so hard. Shred Collective is all close friends, pretty much. Me and Getter have been close friends for a couple years now. I’ve known Half Empty for quite a while too. He was one of my first friends when I moved to L.A. Sneek is awesome. They’re all friends, we all just think music is cool and we all like to write music. I think it’s cool that we all have a platform to do whatever we want, creatively. It’s all different styles, too. Getter released “Terror Reid” track on there. I think that was the first or second release on there. Then there was “Inhalant Abuse,” and I released “Four Eyes” which was a heavy dubstep tune. Then the next release was a Sneek song which was super weird trappy, 110 bpm. It’s cool that we can all not even just support each other, but have a cool outlet to support each other. Everything about it is dope. -Spock

I’m sure it’s been heaps of fun touring with these guys, and being able to travel and play shows across the world. What’s been the weirdest thing to have happened to you on the road?

I actually don’t know. I feel like not that much weird stuff happens, but I guess weird stuff does happen all the time, and maybe I just don’t realize it because I’m weird. But I will tell you my biggest pet peeve about traveling. A big thing that annoys me, and my friend Cody Ko has listed it in his podcast, is when people just stop in random places. Like if I’m walking to get to my gate at an airport and somebody stops right in front of me to get something out of their bag, it’s just … dude you’re literally walking and you don’t even swerve off to the side. You’re just in the middle of where everyone’s walking, it happens all the time, anywhere. I notice it all the time. I’ll be walking to wherever it is and people will just stop right in front of you. -Spock

-This is giving me flashbacks of high school, and walking down the hallways.

Yeah! The hallways in high school! People would just stop to get something out of their backpack, and like, dude no, just go to your locker. Actually, there was one weird thing with some waterslides in Oklahoma that was pretty crazy. 2AM waterslides. I didn’t do it, because I was too afraid but there were some people that did it. -Spock

Adjusting to tour life can be difficult for some, so what are some surprises that came at you when you started touring?

I think how tiring it was. I didn’t really travel as a kid. I had never even been on an airplane until last year. I had a flight to Denver, and I was there for one day. From L.A. to Denver is about three hours, so it’s really not that long of a flight. That’s not that bad. You wouldn’t think a three-hour car ride was that long but a three-hour flight … I remember I got back from Denver the day after the show and I slept for seven hours. I got back at noon and slept until seven or eight o’clock at night. Travelling just gets really tiring. -Spock

 

To end in cliché fashion, any exciting news from your end that you can share with us regarding 2018?

Oh, this is a little exclusive. I hadn’t told anybody this, but I’m working on an E.P that will be out sometime in the spring of 2018. Also, I just got booked to play Red Rocks Global Dub with Zomboy, Eptic, AFK, Ganja White Night, Boogie T., Squanto, a bunch of dudes. It’s obviously been a dream to play there, so that’ll be really crazy. -Spock