Tracklist and write-up: http://versacelettuce.com/2014/07/17/future-fresh-vol-3-big-wild/
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This is the third episode of Future Fresh, Versace Lettuce’s series of exclusive mixes in which we feature some of our favorite artists that are either undiscovered, on the verge of popularity, or producing what we see as some of the most cutting-edge sounds in modern electronic music.
It is my pleasure to introduce Big Wild, one of Versace Lettuce's all-time favorite artists. Of the three categories of musicians we like to feature in our Future Fresh series, Big Wild has quickly risen out of the undiscovered category, is on the brink of breaking into the sight of a large international audience, and is undisputedly creating some of the most cutting-edge music of any of his contemporaries. This San Francisco based DJ/producer has skyrocketed from virtual anonymity to a prominent position on the radar of the international dance music community in a matter of months. His tracks have been featured in mixes by DJs such as Odesza and 20syl, and he recently put out an official remix for trap powerhouses Bro Safari and UFO! At Big Wild's current growth rate, I would be surprised to see an absence of Big Wild's name from next summer's festival lineups, and would not be shocked to hear about his first national tour as a supporting act in the next year. These may seem like unruly predictions, but they seem extremely viable given Big Wild's gain of popularity with almost unprecedented speed, and his apparent refusal to stop this trend.
Some producers attempt to reach ubiquity by following a popular musical trend or making an ultra-kitschy track a la The Chainsmokers' Selfie, but Big Wild doesn't seem to hold any regard for gimmicks. His only "tactic" is creation of a prolific stream of tunes with uncompromising quality. Almost no Big Wild release sounds like the next, aside from its high quality and innovation. To my pleasant surprise, this "tactic" is as applicable to Big Wild's mixing and DJing as it is to his production. I foolishly expected to receive a mix ripe with happy trap music in a similar style to his recent remixes of Hey Mami and When I Get Older. While this mix isn't devoid of trap music and maintains some of the feel-good vibes from his recent releases, this episode provides a completely new aspect to Big Wild's musical scope: funk. Right off the bat Big Wild brings out his funky, guitar driven mix of Hunter/Sanctified, and doesn't let this inflection die as he includes groovy track after track from some of the contemporary masters of the genres such as the French producers FKJ and 20syl. The mix finishes out just as strong as it starts with a track that Big Wild has simply disclosed as being a piece of "unreleased magic." The song builds with drums that may be sampled from Big Wild's personal acoustic playing (he's beginning to incorporate his djembe drumming into live performances) until tension is released at an energetic hip-hop-influenced drop.
If you like this episode of Future Fresh, check out Big Wild's Soundcloud ( @bigwild )to keep your ears peeled for the next exciting thing he has in store. Big Wild is currently broadening his artistic range even further, as he is undergoing a project in which he will apply his creative musical touch to difference styles of dance. This innovative project is set to drop this fall.
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