The Ascendance of Future Brown
As Art Basel continues to rage in Miami, there was one event in particular last night that was a monumental blow out. Making their debut live performance in the US, the game changing electronic supergroup Future Brown (composed of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof, Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax) absolutely crushed it. With a little help from some of their featured vocalists (and our personal faves) like Kelela and Ian Isiah, they teased a slew of new material that will appear on their upcoming debut album, out early next year. They also premiered a brand new music video, Vernaculo, that was co-produced by Capture This NYC and Milk Made. We spoke to the group about their highly anticipated new release, their collaborative songwriting process and where electronic music is heading.
Tell us a little bit about your formation, I understand that it’s pretty complex.
We had been good friends and eventually discovered that we all wanted to make music together. It’s not that complex in all fairness. We formed and a few months later started working on our first bunch of demos in the studio which became our first album.
Where did the name ‘Future Brown’ come from?
Solomon Chase, one of the editors of DIS magazine, was upstate in the forest in New York and had a premonition of a color that didn’t exist in nature. He brought the idea back to NYC and some of our friends became obsessed with this idea of the color.
Do you spend a lot of time working together or is more work done remotely?
Some of the vocal work is done remotely sometimes. Post-production edits might be made remotely but all the beats are made together in studio. Occasionally, someone comes in with a loop to start off from but we will work on that together.
With so many of you in the studio, is it hard to concentrate or do you guys keep each other grounded?
It works well. We’re always bouncing ideas off one another and vibing off each others input . It’s a constant flow of ideas, back and forth. It’s fun to grow together in the studio.
How do you all decide on vocalists? You’ve worked with Kelela and Tink which is pretty amazing. What were those collaborations like?
There’s a long list of vocalists we want to work with. We sit down with each tune and come up with a shortlist of vocalists to use for each track and approach them and see who responds to the tunes.
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming album?
It’s a vocal-centric project. The majority of the beats were made in January 2013 between studio sessions in LA and NYC. Each track was vocalled. We have features from Tink, Riko Dan, Shawnna, Kelela, Ian Isiah, Timberlee, Prince Rapid, Dirty Danger, Roachee, Maluca, Tim Vocals, 3D Na’Tee and DJ Victoriouz.
All sorts of terms and genres are tossed around to describe your sound…what words would you all use to try and encompass your work?
Expensive. Expansive. Extreme.
Where do you all see electronic music heading over the next couple years?
Producers will continue to push the boundaries. People are getting bored of the same regurgitated bits. There will hopefully be even more collaborations between different circles. Rappers are already picking up on producers from outside of their comfort zone. Grime music is making an enormous comeback and is starting to really become a worldwide sound.
What kind of party do you envision your music would be best suited to?
What’s the best sounding room you’ve ever been in and we’ll look up the specs.
What’s the best part about your job?
Working with each other and the vocalists is a blessing.