Pomo is one of the latest/greatest additions to the fambam. Hailing from Montreal like a certain famous HW&W producer.. you can say the Canadian takeover of HW&W has officially started. A debut EP is currently in the works and his single “So Fine” will be out next week on iTunes. In the meantime check out his new mix, “Midnight Crusing” and stay tuned for more news from us and Pomo.
Interviewed by Bahwee yesterday over Google Chat.
State your name and place of residence.
David Pimentel, Montreal.
If you notice, HW&W’s roster is being taking over by Canadians.. Kaytra is from Montreal, Falcons is from Vancouver, EQ is from Guelph.. Have you ever ran into Kay in Montreal?
Yeah I see him all the time at shows! I opened for Stwo before I was on HW&W and he was there as well.
Kay was the one to put me on to you. He posted “So Fine” and right when I heard it I was like, “HOLY FUCKING SHIT!” You are definitely bringing a new sound to the table. How would you describe your music/sound?
Haha, thanks. My music/sound is influenced by a lot of stuff. Before I was producing music I was playing in bands for years. I played in a prog rock band for a while, and more recently a band backing up the rapper Panther, who is on my track Die Like This.
I used to play lead guitar in a rock band called Sabotage, lol..
Hahah that’s awesome! I played guitar in the prog rock band. I’m trying to get into more guitar playing lately too and putting it into my music. But Id describe my sound as synthy, jazzy, groovy. I try to incorporate a lot of my influences into my music and I like to try different styles and sounds etc. Keep it interesting.
When I first heard “So Fine” I was like ok, ok.. But then I heard Gangdu and I was like.. wth?? You definitely have a lot of range.. How do you think playing instruments has influenced your writing/recording process? And is everything you do played out? A lot of ppl say they do.. but there’s only a select few like Juj who REALLY DO..
Yeah either 99 or 100% of stuff i record is played out. I play the drums on the keyboard.. everything on the keyboard really.. Its the funnest and easiest way to write for me. I’ll start off playing around with drum sounds until i find a cool loop to start with and then just jamming on that, adding stuff.
Who is singing on So Fine? Is that you?
Yeah So Fine is me singing.
As long as it wasn’t Ebrahim.. I hope your EP has more singing on it mane!
Its funny because I never sang on my recordings before that, but I had a microphone and vocal booth set up from recording Antony (the singer of Nouvel Age) so I decided to try recording some vocal ideas I had and I ended up kinda liking it lol.. It will haha!
Word.. I have a mic set up right now for one of my rapper homies.. Now I be rapping my ass off and shit, lol.. I actually sent one of my rap tracks to Ta-ku and EQ.
Hahah niiice.. I wish I could rap!
Talk about Nouvel Age. “Let Me Know” is fucking DOPE!
Nouvel Age is a project I started with a singer named Antony Carle. We used to work together and eventually realized we had the exact same music taste. So we started writing music together and playing shows. Our next single is actually in my new mix.
Who are some of your favorite musicians, bands?
I guess I’ll start with my all time favs, a few big ones for me would be Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Prince, and Michael Jackson. They have all been hugely influential to me, and everyone pretty much. These days I’m really into alot of jazzier stuff like Robert Glasper Experiment.
Name your top 5 hip hop producers, I myself am super curious about this..
DILLA IS GOD!
Black Milk I love a lot.. Hudson Mohawke.. Madlib and The Neptunes.. in no particular order.
I think nearly everyone lists The Neptunes in their top 5.. esp me, Kay, and Sweaters..
Their sound is just so sick. haha, and their chord progressions are awesome
Yeah man and Pharrell’s drum work… 2nd to none. Ok lets see.. Were you surprised when we hit you up.. why did you decide to join HW&W?
I was surprised! I remember looking at my phone and seeing a new message, and when it was from you guys.. I recognized it right away being a big fan myself of the artists on the label. So joining wasn’t a hard decision to make haha.. It seemed like the right label for me considering I love what you guys do and how your music pushes boundaries and that’s something I want to be a part of for sure.
I definitely consider you a special signing.. just for the simple fact that you have an entirely different sound and that Kay was super big on your shit.. If your debut EP is called “NO POMO”.. you will go down in history!
LMAO.. We’ll see..
What can people expect from your EP? And just in the future in general?
I guess you can expect luscious synths, grooves, different bpms, some tracks in the style of So Fine, some completely different stuff. In the near future expect some singles/possibly remixes. As well as some collaborations I’m in the process of working on.
Ok before the fun questions, one last boring one.. What are you main interests outside of music?
Lets see… Film is a pretty big one, and food. I love to cook…. and eat. This took me too long to answer.. music takes up a lot of time haha!
Name some of your favorite films.
Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Blue Velvet, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and Lost In Translation.
Your favorite book as a kid.
Probably Harry Potter. When first picked that shit up at the elementary school book fair I was hooked!
Top 5 favorite cartoons.
Ren And Stimpy, Adventure Time, South Park, Cowboy Bebop, and Space Ghost Coast To Coast
If you were gonna die tomorrow, what would be your last meal?
Sushi from Jiro’s restaurant…. If you haven’t seen Jiro Dreams Of Sushi watch it.
Top 5 favorite rappers.
Danny Brown, Baatin, Chali 2na, Q-Tip and Kendrick Lamar.
What is your most important piece of studio equipment?
I love the JP-8000, has some great leads and fat basses. Deciding what hardware synth to get next at the moment. Probably the most important though is my midi controller. Definitely gets the most use haha.
Favorite video games of all time.
Metal Gear Solid, its the only game I’ve played entirely through in one sitting. Chrono Trigger, Super Smash Bros. and I had this Sonic The Hedgehog game for Dreamcast that was really tight.
What are you dreams? At the end of the day what do you want to accomplish musically, creatively?
At the end of the day I’m trying to get creative with my music, always trying to explore new ideas and push myself. Always comparing myself to the greats as well. I want to make focused albums, and get more into singing. I love producing for other artists as well. Working with people and bouncing ideas back and forth is one of my favorite ways to write music. I just want to create music and tour… those are my dreams really.
Last words to all the HW&W fans out there, shout outs, etc..
Thanks to everyone who has been feeling my stuff so far it means a lot to me. I’m very excited to release more music for you guys. Shouts out to AstroLogical, Nick Wisdom, Panther, Kaytranada, Tamir Schlanger, Leon Feldman and Garrett Fink!
STREAM/DL POMO’S NEW MIX, “MIDNIGHT CRUSING”:
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