This week on the show we have Los Angeles native, Steady Rock, in for the guest mix. Steady Rock first got his start on the label last December, with his track “Talk To Me.” I had been given a demo by Bruno Furlan, from a new artist he had recently discovered, and it was so good I opened my Campout set with it. The next day, Steady Rock found me in the crowd and told me it was his track, so I signed it then and there. Fast forward another year, Steady Rock has been featured on Birdfeed and Dirtybird a handful more times and we have even more track lined up from him for 2019.
Stready Rock has mastered the minimal ghetto booty house sound that I love so much. His recent Hood Classics EP, featuring three bootleg remixes of old Dance Mania tracks, was an absolute killer. Each track found its way into my sets. Steady Rock has releases on Box of Cats, Night Bass, Main Course and others. Without further ado, check out Steady Rock’s guest mix below and read on for his Birdhouse Questionnaire.
How did your music career get started in earnest?
I’ve always been really into music. In high school, I would make mix CDs for people of the most fire tracks I was listening to at the time. After high school, I bought myself a pair of turntables and started practicing. From there I started djing bars and clubs as an open format dj. Then a friend of mine introduced me to some real house (Dj Dumpty) and I fell in love. After that met another friend (Theevs) AKA Yoda. He showed me the ropes on Ableton and I fell in love again!
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I’m from Whittier, CA. Maybe it did a little. The big influence for me was my family. I’ve always been around good music.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
So many times. I almost quit for good right before the second campout. After that I got inspired again to keep going. Also, I had a friend who wouldn’t let me quit. Shout out Marty! There’s a lot of ups and downs in this but you learn to deal with it. I love it.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
My computer, it’s all I have!
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?
A-Trak, J-Rocc from the beat junkies and the Claudefather of course.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
I just try to stay productive and positive. As cheesy as that sounds, it works!
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
In the studio when that dope idea finally comes out. I’m super content until I finish it. Then I want to do it again.
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
I can sleep through anything.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Blue is my fave, my least fave probably Sarcoline
Favorite and least favorite words?
Favorite – YASQUEEN Least Favorite - MOIST
Favorite board game?
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
All the food I eat is guilty pleasure food.
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
I’m never ashamed. Girlfriend by NYSNC
German or Detroit techno?
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
Biggie or Tupac?
Damn, I am from the west coast but Biggie is my favorite I can’t lie.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Exercise or Netflix?
Netflix but hopefully one day my answer will be exercise.