Interview: Erik Blood
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
Lo Flux Media artist Erik Blood talks about moving to Los Angeles, how producing inspires him and his favorite Posies record.
You moved to Los Angeles from Seattle a little more than a year ago. What motivated you to make that decision? How are you liking LA? How has the change in scenery fueled you creatively? I couldn’t afford Seattle anymore and my boyfriend and I decided to give LA a try. It suits us beautifully. Turns out the sun does good things to your mood. At first I didn’t think it was doing anything to me creatively other than allowing me tons more time to devote to my music, but people who have heard my new stuff tell me they can hear the sunshine – I don’t know what that means.
“Lost in Slow Motion” came out in 2016. You’ve kept a busy production schedule since then as well, with a Shabazz Palaces album, Nearby, Pickwick, and Tacocat rounding out a long list of artists you’ve worked with recently. How do you make time to write and produce your own material when you’re working with so many other artists? Are you working on a new Erik Blood release? I get very inspired to make my own music the more I work with the artists I do. It’s creative fuel to be around amazing artists and helping them realize their visions. And yes, new album soon. Getting back to production for a moment, what gets you motivated to work with an artist? Is there a criteria beyond the music itself that you use to determine who you work with and who you don’t? Can you tell me about a time you’ve had to turn someone down and why? An artist’s music motivates me. I tend to work with artists that I find amazing in some way. I try not to turn away work ever, but sometimes I need to make sure that whomever I’m working with has complete trust in my process and my ears. The only times I turn people down are when they have a deadline I can’t meet or I know that I can’t elevate their sound. What are you listening to right now? Which artists are exciting you?
Liv.e is on constant rotation. Just rediscovered my teenage favorite Posies album “Frosting on the Beater” as well. What’s next? Is there a timeline yet for your next release? Any cool production jobs coming up?
All of my production jobs are cool, bruh. I’ve got a few things cooking that I can’t really talk about yet, but all will be revealed shortly. Doing the next Tacocat album soon, which is exciting. Trying my best to get the new Erik Blood album in the can and to the people as swiftly as possible.