Since the turn of the decade, the culture-pockets of The Sunshine State have grown larger and more supportive of their local music acts, whilst creating pathways for various scenes to reach fans from neighboring towns. With followers stretching from Tallahassee to Homestead, Floridians have shown that through the channels of social media and mutual friends we can develop and expand our reach, allowing us to further our efforts in leaving a mark on the music industry.
Aside from Miami overflowing with amateur and seasoned talent, a few notable cities with strong bases for local and international music include, but not limited to, Jacksonville, Orlando, Gainesville, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale, which is where I first met gry.clds, co-founder of Dust Heavy Collective.
I was introduced to gry.clds (pronounced "grey clouds") through our mutual friend and XYZA partner, Lautlos, who took me to Radio-Active Records for my first "Blaps & Daps" event which Lautlos was on the line-up for. After the event Lautlos, gry.clds and I drove to a nearby Latin food restaurant where I ate the meanest burrito I've ever had, washed down with a Colt 45, and talked with Lautlos and gry.clds about music, community and our future's. The months following that night held more Blaps & Daps, a Dust Heavy take over of our late weekly event, The Night Shift, and a number of other showcases hosted by Dust Heavy Collective.
With the next Blaps & Daps just 2 days away, I got to chat it up with gry.clds for a short Q&A so that any of you out there reading this can know about what he's been up to in helping grow our local Floridian music community.
Lets start with getting people more familiarized with you; who is gry.clds?
gry.clds is a South Florida based producer that makes electronic music (Hip-Hop/ Ambient/Experimental etc.), does digital and film photography as well as collage art...also runs Dust Heavy Collective alongside Dr. LaFlow.
Now that people know you a bit more, what got you to launch Dust Heavy Collective?
The reason Dust Heavy Collective was launched was because at the time, I knew a few Florida based producers but we we’re all just scattered around Florida, with nothing connecting us and no platform to help us get our music out there and none of us were really doing shows. I knew of some collectives and labels that were releasing music and putting shows together in New York, California, and in other areas, but at the time I wasn’t aware of any in South Florida. So after some time toying with the idea, we finally started it up with a few founding members late 2013. So my goal was that Dust Heavy Collective could provide Florida based producers with a platform for getting their music out there, provide producers with somewhere to meet other producers, network as well as somewhere to perform.
What’s Blaps & Daps about and what can we expect this Saturday, now that its at a new location (Inkwell Pub)?
"Blaps & Daps" is, for lack of a better explanation, an event similar to Boiler Room, The Night Shift, Miami Paradise etc. where producers are able to perform live sets of their music, with sometimes visuals accompanying them. We like to mix it up, so we try to get producers that we’ve never had before to perform, as well as just mixing up the type of sets that we’ll have for the night. Sounds range from Ambient, experimental, Future Bass, Boom Bap, lo-fi etc. People in attendance can expect a chill atmosphere to listen to some amazing music, hang out and crack open a cold one with the boys and girls, network, dance etc. all in an intimate environment. We will be raffling off a Dust Heavy Collective shirt, a Dr. LaFlow unsound methods cassette, and a Dust Heavy Collective Heavy Dust Volume 9 cassette (our last in the "Heavy Dust" series), and if I can come across one, I’ll also throw in a copy of my release "Darkness at Noon". No promises though!
Anything else planned for Dust Heavy’s future that you can share with the readers?
Things I’d like to eventually put together that don’t have dates yet include:
- Split cassette releases
- A "Friends of Dust Heavy Collective" compilation (cassette release or digital)
- Zines (This actually started a few years ago, but was put on the backburner)
- We did a small run of shirts (available this Saturday), but I’d like to do hats, and possibly tote bags in the future
Lastly, what goes best in a Colt 45 (32 ounce bottle)?
You already know, you gotta put that LIME in it!