Ringing in the New Year with San Francisco's Slaptop
He helped us mentally prep for New Year’s Eve with this epic playlist, and now he’s back with a few words of wisdom to help christen the new year ahead—straight out of San Francisco, Luke Frisher (AKA Slaptop) is the melodically-blessed artist and producer whose work has caught the attention of both FIFA and Fetty Wap, so here’s affirming that he’s a force to be reckoned with in 2017. Read on for a peek at the method behind the musical madness.
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Luke Frisher, and I grew up in the San Francisco bay area, and I love making music. Slaptop began as me making mash-ups, and DJing in my parents garage. I feel really blessed to be able to create music on a daily basis, and I am as excited as ever about what’s to come.
What’s your fondest memory of your career thus far?
The shows are highlights for me. I love being in the studio and spend most of my time there, but there is something so magical about emerging briefly and being able to share what you’ve been working on. Playing my songs out and seeing how people react is the most gratifying element of my work.
Favorite song of all time?
I don’t really know, I’m gonna go with “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan today.
What was it like to collab with Fetty Wap?
When I was signed under 300, I was hanging out with someone from my label one day and they were like “Hey, check out this rapper that we’re signing. He’s got one eye! Would you want to do a remix?” Never had the pleasure of meeting him, but maybe one day.
From what do you typically draw inspiration in terms of your work or your creativity in general?
I draw inspiration from a bunch of places including my own life, other people’s stories, movies, and music of course. A lot of my work is influenced by the sounds of deep house and techno that I listen to. I try to bring those sounds and aesthetics to a broader audience and use then to make something new.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Hang out with friends, go to shows, play basketball or disc golf, be outdoors, watch movies.
What’s one thing you always have to have with you when touring or traveling for work?
Noise canceling headphones are my favorite discovery in this category over the last few years.
How did you usher in the new year?
In the company of friends and people I love.
How did you react when you found out that “Walls” was being featured on the FIFA 16 soundtrack?
On one hand, I was excited about the great opportunity, FIFA has been a fan since day one and I am super grateful for their support. On the other, I was not crazy about the direction the song ended up taking. If I’m being real, its my least favorite of my songs and so my reaction was somewhat bittersweet.
What’s in the pipeline for 2017?
2017 is going to be huge for me. I am releasing my debut album in March, which I am very excited about. Also excited to get my new label Sunsquad Records off the ground this year. A few other surprises as well are in the works as well. Thinking about next year is exciting!