Nomad Vol 2 - Available on Beatport and iTunes.
After a stellar performance at BangOn!NYC's 'Elements Festival', we opted to speak with the humble and talented bass musician LIQUID STRANGER and discuss his evolving aesthetic and upcoming projects:
First off, we'd love to hear what you've been listening to as of late. What tunes are on your personal playlist?
Mostly demos lately. Since I started Wakaan I’ve been getting a lot of submissions.
I also get exposed to a lot of awesome music while I travel, but most of the time I never find out exactly what is playing.
I’m really into the new stuff from SPACE JESUS, Perkulat0r, and Nanopulse.
You've got a fresh release ready to drop in a few days. What story are you trying to tell with Nomad Vol. 2? More specifically, where did you come up with its name?
I travel a lot and go through phases of living a somewhat nomadic life style. I find a lot of inspiration during my journeys, and the Nomad series is about taking all these influences and blend them into one sonic stew.
How is this production different (or the same) from other things you've worked on?
One reason why I started Wakaan was because I never really fit in anywhere else. My output is a bit too unpredictable to appeal to a lot of labels, and I refuse to compromise the range of my output. Now I have an outlet where I can do anything I want.
We heard 'Zenith' and it seems a tad toned down from the Liquid Stranger we are used to. We really love seeing multiple sides of an artist. Musically, what direction are you moving in?
I’m moving in multiple directions. It’s the only way for me to stay interested. Also, my fans are very open to different styles nowadays.
What track off of Nomad Vol. 2 are you most excited to perform for the fans?
A few years back I was mostly playing shows where I was expected to play bangers, so then Bounce would have been the obvious tune from Nomad Vol. 2
In the last year or so I’ve been doing more diverse shows where I can play basically anything I want, and the song Freefall is a good crowd pleaser crossover tune.
What is the main concept of your new label, Wakaan? What types of artists can we expect to see represented by it?
Over the last 5 years I’ve managed to build a solid audience that is open to a wide range of music. Now I’m at a position where I can help other producers. I’m not looking to sign a lot of artists, or cater to any specific trend or genre. I just want to build meaningful relationships with talented producers and support them fully in what they do. I think one thing that easily gets lost in the industry is human connection, and the family vibe. For me, it’s ideal to mix friendship and business. Then there is loyalty, goodwill, and someone who truly care about the artist.
What qualities does an artist have to embody to become a part of the label?
I want to work with people who are talented, and driven. Artists who have good intentions, and a clear vision of where they want to go.
Can you give us any insight on what's to come in the future from both Liquid Stranger and Wakaan?
I’m going to keep cranking out more tunes, and we already have a stack of awesome releases planned for Wakaan. I also want to do a bunch of touring with the other artists I’m working with. We are planning some exciting projects around the artwork for the label too. Nicholas Chamberlain, who makes all the drawings, and myself have developed an entire world for Wakaan. It’s like a post-apocalyptic sci-fi / fantasy comic universe.
Random- but important- how would you define the word "success"?
Fulfillment of purpose.