Undrgrnd Sound caught up with Dj Chris White before his headlining set at the BASSment Saturday’s party. He gave a great interview explaining his latest motion comic featuring Whiiite and his new EP, along with some insight on his favorite superheroes and some insight on the Whiiite project. The LA based DJ has been running a party called ‘control’ where has he explains how it sees a lot of amazing talent. Along with running the party, Chris White has been releasing music and a comic story to incorporate his character, ‘Whiiite’. His latest EP which has been being released one track at a time is trap, hip-hop and 808 inspired. “Still Turnt” is the newest track off the EP entitled ‘The BeeKeeper’.
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Interview & Photos: Anastasia Ortiz
Undrgrnd Sound: This is Ana here with UndrgrndSound, I’m here with Whiiite. How are you doing tonight? How’s New York been so far?
Whiiite: Fantastic, New York’s been amazing
How long have you been here?
I’ve been here for almost twenty four hours and I got off the flight. I was so tired from a show the night before. But I got to the hotel and they greeted us at the hotel with champagne and I had that glass of champagne and I was like you know what I’m in new York city. It’s not like LA where I’m from where everything shuts down at 130 am. Everything here is 4. So I was like damn I have another two hours. So I’m like let’s just go try to find something find some music and it was not even 5 minutes later we went around the corner and found like a deep house club.
Of course! It’s New York City!
Of course, ha-ha there are some deep house spots in LA. But not like this. We cruised in and im like so just did deep house for like an hour than you went to 90’s R&B. So I’m already like not mad about this trip. It’s already good
It’s been worth it so far?
Great, So what do you think of the BASSment party?
The BASSment party looks dope. I throw a party in LA called “Control”. We have a lot of really amazing talent come through that party. When I saw kind of the stuff that was happening at Webster and BASSment, I was like ‘hmm, Seems kind of familiar’. I talked to a lot of the homies and they all said you know, ‘that’s the spot’.
You’re first animated short called “The Birth of Whiiite” has just been released could you elaborate more on what a motion comic is, for someone who might not understand what that is?
Basically about a year and a half ago I was just DJing, and I had been producing for like 3 or 4 years. I really felt like I wanted a project. A lot of the parties I Djed early on were open format parties. I was really loving a lot of the bass music that was happening like drum and bass, garage and dubstep. I wanted to make a project that was centered around that. Also before I did music I was in film school. I studied illustration, film and story. I wanted to create a project that everything I had done and everything I learned was wrapped into this one project where it was just mine. A lot of Dj’s that Dj just Dj whatever parties or like open format parties, or private parties or celebrity parties. They’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Where it’s like you get payed just to be the guy playing the music that everyone wants to hear. So I wanted to have a project that I wanted to play, the music that I was making, have the branding and marketing behind it that I was into. There was a lot of guys that I grew up with like Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Gorrilaz, I feel like dance music was missing it. There are so many dope producers but how the music is pitched to the people. I don’t know like these people are a lot deeper than they put on. So that’s kind of the idea behind this project like it’s not even me white is and that character allows me to do everything I want to do.
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I can really appreciate that. I’m not into comic’s whatsoever honestly. But I watched that and I know you did the score for it.
That was actually me and another guy Chase Bronner. He does this thing called pignam production and he is crazy just on some ******** other shit. He’s like an amazing scorer.
Yeah it was relatable. It took the scene, the music and applied it to something completely different. I thought It was just awesome I also feel like it gives a lot more to your fans than just your music, because you have the story and all of that behind it.
I feel like with any sort of art whether it’s music or visual art or illustration or film, it’s really all about is the person entertained do they feel the like art you’re trying to make. And there are people who make amazing music and you watch their music video and you’re just like “….man”
Yes. “Was that even you? Do you even have your heart and soul in that”?
I felt like you’re such a creative person. That’s just my own personal choice. That’s not like a hater stance, that’s just my own choice. This is just my own sort of world I’m trying to create.
Who were some of your favorite superheroes and villains growing up?
Not going to lie, I read over these questions before and this is the question I was like ‘I can’t wait to get this question.’ I was excited about this question. There are so many but basically Flash. I know you wouldn’t think so because I just said Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper, ‘He likes Flash?’ But Flash was one I really into, Iron Man I was really into, Hulk, but yeah Batman was later. A lot of kids and all my friends were ‘Batman’ because he was darker and was like a regular cat. But those were the ones. I fell like there’s not a lot of pizzazz or polish on that answer but that’s really who I was into too.
Ha- ha yeah I understand. I really like flash in Mortal Combat (vs. DC Universe) He’s the best character to play with. Anyway Since “The Birth of Whiiite” corresponds with your last EP, “Whiiite begins” and your newest EP being released is titled “The BeeKeeper” Are there plans for another animated short based on that?
Absolutely. On the real, it’s tough. When you’re basically releasing a short film or movie, every single time you write an EP. A lot of guys just go write an EP, and put out the music and the labels dope. But when you’re trying to create and you’re scoring, you’re making sure everything ties together and makes sense for the story, the music makes sense for the story. It’s tough but my plan is every time I do a new EP for Whiiite, that there’s going to be a new story and that the “BeeKeeper” is a new villain. So every time that Whiiite flips the sound, there’s a new villain. So if all of a sudden I want to deep hour or progressive house, Whiiite wants to do these things not me. If Whiiite wants to do these things then we’re going to find a way to put in in the story. As I’m inspired we write that into the story. It’s real like the guy who did the screenplay and motion graphics, he did a movie a few years back with forest whiteker, Donald Sutherland. He’s a major screen writer and a major director. We want it to be something where it’s like even if you don’t give a shit about the music, that you like the motion graphics, or you don’t care about the comics at all maybe you just like the music or you don’t really care about any of it and maybe it’s not your scene, maybe you like country music but you can appreciate the art. We just wanted to make sure everything works. just people who like comics and story lines it works for them and people who just like the music, it works or them.
I can really appreciate all the work and effort that goes into it. You know like you said a lot of artists put out really great music but that’s it. Maybe their cover art isn’t that great but I feel like all aspects of your career and music is covered. It’s a thought out process for you and that sets you apart from a lot people.
Thank you so much. I really appreciate that.
You are currently on tour right now through the end of September, How has it been so far and what are you looking forward to?
For me I’ve been Djing for a really long time, I’ve been traveling for a really long time. To have this project be entirely my own. I went away I was gone for four years learning how to produce. No ghost writers, I went and I learned how to produce and this is basically that idea. I think that now traveling with this particular project it doesn’t matter if there is five thousand people or fifty people there. But if they understand the project and into what we’re trying to do that matters. We collaborate with so many different people like writers, story boards, writers singers, that it’s really more of a testament to all these people I’m a fan of. That’s the coolest part, you know it’s like “Hey you know it’s me I’m Djing” but I like when people see other peoples work received in a way through our project. But that’s what I like I’m like an arty dude.
Yeah I know the illustrator will get credit for everything. It’s really selfless you know to be like this is my project but all these other people are included and it’s their baby and project too. It’s teamwork
Yes exactly and it’s a new project too. It’s not for a major label so all these guys believed it in, they all understood what it was and what we’re trying to do. That part is really amazing
A: It definitely something that sets it apart than anything else because you can tell there’s a lot of work that goes into it.
Thank you so much
No problem! So what can we expect from Whiiite in the upcoming future and honestly your whole team? Shout them out!
There’s a lot of people, the teams deep. Shout to the team. Shout to Technique, shout to Paul Shipper, shout to Eric Albilino, Chase Bronner. I mean it’s really exciting right now. I have so much music ready to come out because I have so much music that’s getting ready to come out. We have pretty much the first book done. The first book is comprised of five stories. It’s done it’s written it’s being illustrated right now. Now I’m writing book number two and people have only seen episode 1. So that’s what’s exciting for me, it’s already done. So stay tuned.
A: Yeah that first step has already been made and now there is so much more coming
Yes. I mean honestly I want to pitch and promote it but on the real I’m just excited. I’m so excited for people to see all this stuff all these amazing artist’s have done.
You’ll get the right fans that way, without being like “Oh check me out, check me out”
Honestly I feel like they deserve it. ‘Not to go on a tension but I’m a music fan I started collecting records then it switch to more of a production world but when you bought a record, the really good ones came with colored vinyl and cool art and stickers and like you opened up that record and it wasn’t just ‘I love this music’ it was art. You were part of that person, the movement and what that whole thing spoke about to you. I know its 2013 and things are just like fired out and music is like’Oh this is dope this week’ then it’s done next week. I’m inspired too with things happening around me. The next EP is really inspired by 808, trap and hip-hop because it’s happening around me and I’m really inspired. I think that’s what is, I feel the fans of music deserve more.
Yeah like I said I really appreciate it and I think a lot of other people will appreciate it. So The name of our website is Undrgrnd Sound, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
I feel like my thing because it’s completely self released, Shout out to Vicious who put out the first EP. But a lot of what we do is self promoted, self released and you know it’s underground. There are so many guys who are like ‘the guys’ who are huge artists in music and bass music but originally they were underground. Originally only a few cats knew about them and they were like ‘so and so is dope’ that’s underground to me. People end of hating something because it’s popular, unless the artist changes their sound but if the artist stays true to what they were trying to do. Like the Gorrilaz are wildly popular but they really stuck to what they do. To me their sound is still underground.
No matter how many likes, views , how many anything
Yes it’s still underground. So if you’re repping that than I’m repping you.
Well we defiantly do. We’re down with the Underground.
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