PSE CONVERSATIONS - Grasps

We spoke to GRASPS about his music and his approach to making it.

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PSEUSHI: WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO

GRASPS: I’M CHRISTIAN AKA GRASPS, I MAKE ELECTRONIC MUSIC WITHIN THE REALMS OF DECONSTRUCTED CLUB & BASS, WITH BIG INFLUENCES FROM HIP HOP & TRAP

PSEUSHI: ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY OR HAVE YOU RELOCATED HERE

GRASPS: YEP, I GREW UP LIVING BETWEEN KINGS CROSS & BLACKHEATH

PSEUSHI: DO YOU THINK YOUR GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE SOUND OF THE MUSIC YOU SEEK TO CREATE? OR IS IT REVERSED, YOU WANT TO BRING A SOUND FROM THE INTERNET OR ELSEWHERE TO SYDNEY WHERE IT DOESN'T ALREADY EXIST.

GRASPS: I’M DEFINITELY DRAWING ON OTHER PLACES THAT AREN’T NECESSARILY MY IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT. MOSTLY MY SOUND IS INSPIRED BY MY OWN FEELINGS & THE PEOPLE THAT SURROUND ME. I DRAW A LOT OF INSPIRATION FROM PEOPLE & EVENTS THAT HAPPEN, POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE. THAT BEING SAID, THE INTERNET IS PRETTY CRUCIAL IN FINDING THINGS THAT MAKE ME WANNA WRITE.

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PSEUSHI: WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO CONVEY SOMETHING, WHETHER IT BE A FEELING, AND EVENT OR THE ENERGY OF SOMEONE, THROUGH A SONG, DO YOU FIND THE INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS YOU COMPOSE TOGETHER TO BE MOST IMPORTANT OR THE OVERALL COMPOSITION? DO YOU TRY TO FIND NEW SOUNDS TO USE ALL THE TIME OR ARE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN CREATING WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT AND PROGRESSING YOUR CRAFT THROUGH ARRANGEMENT

GRASPS: I TEND TO FIND A PARTICULAR SOUND THAT I CAN BASE THE ENTIRE SONG OFF, OR BUILD THE REST OFF THAT ONE SOUND, HOWEVER SMALL IT MAY BE. LOOKING BACK ON IT, I THINK I START OUT CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS TO BE RELATIVE TO HOW I FEEL AT THE TIME. I HAVEN’T GOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF ‘GEAR’ OR SOFTWARE, SO I USUALLY HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH WHAT I’VE ALREADY GOT & WHAT MY FRIEND’S ARE WILLING TO GIVE ME (SAMPLE-WISE). TO ME I THINK THAT MAKES THE PROCESS A LOT MORE PERSONAL IN A WEIRD WAY

PSEUSHI: WHY THE LACK OF GEAR AND SOFTWARE? IS THAT OUT OF NECCESITY OR IS IT ON PURPOSE?

GRASPS: I’VE NEVER REALLY USED ANY SINCE STARTING. ITS JUST BEEN A CASE OF ‘I HAVE EVERYTHING I NEED’. LATELY I’VE BEEN USING SOME SYNTHS THOUGH, WHICH HAS BEEN A COOL LEARNING EXPERIENCE

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PSEUSHI: I'M INTO THAT, IT'S EASY IN MANY DIFFERENT CREATIVE ENDEAVOURS TO GET BOGGED DOWN IN HAVING NEW GEAR AND SOFTWARE ALL THE TIME WHEN THAT'S NOT NECCESARILY HELPING OR HINDERING THE PROCESS, JUST MAKE SOMETHING WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT, A NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WON'T DO IT FOR YOU.

GRASPS: YEAH FOR CERTAIN. BEING SPOILT FOR CHOICE IS OFTEN A CURSE

PSEUSHI: THUS FAR WHAT'S BEEN A HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU IN MUSIC AND WHAT HAS KEPT YOU GOING WHEN YOU LOSE STEAM

GRASPS: A DEFINITE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME WAS RELEASING MY EP THROUGH TAR, & HOSTING THE LAUNCH PARTY WITH SIDECHAINS IN SYDNEY. BY FAR ONE OF THE FUNNEST SHOWS I’VE PLAYED IN A LONG TIME & TO THE BEST CREW OF PEOPLE. ALSO SUPPORTING FATIMA AL QADIRI, YUNG LEAN & CASHMERE CAT. DEFINITELY TIMES I WILL NEVER FORGET

THE PEOPLE AROUND ME ARE THE ONES THAT KEEP ME GOING. I HAVE A STUPIDLY INCREDIBLE GROUPS OF FRIENDS THAT MAKE ME FEEL REALLY COMFORTABLE, HAPPY & WORTHY TO CONTINUE DOING MUSIC.

PSEUSHI: WHAT'S NEXT FOR GRASPS

GRASPS: AT THE MOMENT PHOEBE (PTWIGGS) AND I ARE WORKING ON A COLLABORATIVE RELEASE, AS WELL AS CURATING OUR OWN LABEL & CLUB NIGHT IN SYDNEY ON THE 16TH OF DECEMBER (ETERNAL @ CLUB 77). I’VE ALSO GOT A COLLABORATION WITH DISTANCE DECAY WHICH I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.