Let’s get deep on this glorious Music Monday. Real deep. Like, the deepest house mix by Trinidad – Senolia titled “Deep Wood Stomp” just dropped today on okayplayer and somehow, it simultaneously found its way in, around, out and through our favorite Marshall headphones as we get to do what we love — bring it all to you. We suggest you take a listen while you read what Trinidad plans to bring to our future music turntables.
Syd tha Kyd—government name, Sydney Loren Bennett—is a singer AND producer responsible for the slinky, soulful vocals woven throughout the adeptly produced tracks of Odd Future’s vibe-y cousin, The Internet. As the only female of the 11-member Odd Future crew, 22-year-old Bennett has evolved from introverted beatmaker, to a poised, assured front woman of the neo-soul group.
It would’ve been completely different without social media. There’s a very big shock factor within Odd Future that we need social media for. It’s the age of viral media.
Garth Trinidad‘s presence is soothing. Notice how our sizzle word was ‘presence’? While we can’t get enough of his deep baritone voice that prompts us to religiously tune into his nighttime international mix of future soul, deep dance, indie rock and jazz vibes on KCRW’s 89.9 audio vibes, meeting him in person over dinner had our whole crew realizing one unified fact: we’re dizzy over this music man.
So, we invited him to be the new Music Editor for LA CANVAS. He obliged.
A few days later, we zoomed over to pick his brain about his real self, what he plans on bringing to the table as an editor and what he wishes he had a hold on more tightly, back in the day, when digi-spheres weren’t a must:
LA CANVAS: How long have you been at the station? What were your first days like?
GARTH TRINIDAD: I started as an office volunteer in ’94 and gradually moved to helping DJs in the studio. The whole experience was groovy. I was mentored by Liza Richardson. My first shift was Friday midnight – 3am in October of ’96. The next DJ didn’t show up at 3 so I had to wing it til 6am.
LAC: So, what’s Trinidad-Senolia all about? You say you’re developing a sound called lit-house. Do tell.
GT: Trinidad-Senolia is me and producer Mateo Senolia. We’re developing a sound we call lit-house. The idea pairs literature with deep dance music, prose and narrative rather than spoken word. Our debut EP Postcards From Strangers dropped last December on Osunlade’s Yoruba label. We just did a remix that was well received for Kelis’ latest project on Ninja Tune and are working on some provocative new things.
*He realizes we understand house music. Listen to this killer remix they conducted here.
LAC: What do you hope to bring to the table as our new music editor?
GT: An intimate, first person perspective based on my experiences as a DJ, journalist, music lover.
LAC: In your first launch interview for our Opulence Issue, what were a few details behind your conversation with Syd Tha Kyd?
GT: The whole thing was sparked when we bumped into one another in the neighborhood; she was walking her dog. I walked to her house and we sat on her porch for the interview. She’s an extraordinary young lady.
LAC: You ten years ago. Some words?
GT: Don’t get too comfortable, pay attention to tech and the coming market shift!
LAC: What are some thoughts on the ‘music boom’ in LA?
GT: No place like LA for music right now. There’s been a wonderful creative renaissance happening as LA grows. There are some visionaries here doing great work – visual artists, bands, producers, labels. It’s the place to be at the moment.
LAC: What are you listening to right now? Do you have a favorite music genre? Loaded question, we know.
GT: Hollie Cook’s album Twice has been my summer soundtrack. Can’t say I have a fave genre, but I gravitate to sultry, emotive, dynamic compositions; music with soul, doesn’t matter the genre as those elements can be found in most genres.
LAC: How was FYF?
GT: I enjoyed myself even though I missed Todd Terje and Slowdive. Caught up with Little Dragon. They are lovely human beings.
It was after 6pm when I parked at the California Science Center. A brisk walk and 20 minutes later the familiar sonic textures of Swedish band Little Dragon’s “Klapp Klapp” slowly echoed with increased volume down Vermont as I stalked the entrance. The band closed with Only One, a slow burner from their latest album Nabuma Rubberband as I made my way toward the stage dubbed “The Lawn”. Not a second after the final note played, a few thousand people moved away from the stage in unison, creating that well known stampede like festival shuffle. Frogger.
My VIP pass and suave speech didn’t get me backstage as initially hoped. Suddenly, the band’s manager appeared out of nowhere, as if God willed it to be so. Front woman Yukimi Nagano posed for snaps with fans while patiently waiting for security to approve backstage privileges for her mom. Dead ass. Upon seeing the band, hugs and smiles circulated with talk of family and sprouting children, the lost art of making full length albums, and their recent 7 days around the world, including multiple dates in Japan, Australia, and the west coast. They were exhausted but exceedingly gracious, genuinely pleased and looking forward to more. Before being whisked away to eat and rest, Yukimi mentioned how LA’s beloved palm trees make the band feel like they’re on vacation. She then introduced me to her mother, who promptly thanked me for my support. Smile.
Stuck in Blackberry mode with a smartphone in hand, I headed toward the front to grab a program. I heard my name shouted through the crowd and spotted fellow KCRW DJ, Raul Campos. He chuckled and reminded me I could download the handy FYF app. While chasing down the rest of his posse, we attempted to catch the last of Todd Terje’s set with no luck, absorbed the ‘boom bap’ of ElP and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels collab, toured a couple of beer gardens, and hit a pretzel stand near the main stage as Julian Casablancas & The Voidz broke into to some classic punk bass lines and David Byrne tinged vocal inflections. “Hipsters Don’t Kill” was a friends comment after I mentioned feeling safer than usual at an LA event. All guffawed. We discussed pros and cons, like the opportunity for better organization, more art and whimsy, but mostly expressed sentiments of pride and appreciation being this was the first FYF at the Sports Arena.
We trekked back around, hoping to peep English shoegazers Slowdive. On the way I ended up meeting a cousin I never knew. Long story, small world. My new cuz and I exchanged info before we parted ways. The rest of my time was spent being indecisive about food trucks, soaking up Tycho’s modulated waves of bliss, and enjoying some rare psych rock selections from KCRW’s Travis Holcombe from the main stage. Would I do it again? F Yeah.
Photos by: Eric Reid