How did you come up with your name?
Well, I wish I had some crazy story behind my artist name haha. I just got tired of my old artist name (xoparad) because it was too complicated to explain to people. I like the word ‘Rad’ and I also like cats, so I combined the two words and formed ‘Rad Cat’.
Some of your earlier material embodies more of a house-music feel. How do you explain the evolution of your style?
Oh man… my earlier work is embarassing haha. When I first started out making music, I used a program called ‘Reason’ and I was super into progressive house. Deadmau5 was my inspiration for making house at the time. The evolution of my music is strange. At first I wanted to make music inside of the genres that were very mainstream such as Dubstep and Progressive House. As time has gone by, I care less about what genre my songs are classified as. I like to be experimental with my music now, I like to do things that are weird, but still sound cool and fresh. Future Bass has been my favorite genre to work on as of late.
What is like living in San Diego? Are you inspired by many artists around there?
Living here in San Diego is pretty dope. It’s always sunny and the beach is super close to me, what else could I possibly wish for? In terms of artists that inspire me, I don’t really know any other Electronic music artists that are from here. Mura Masa is a huge inspiration for me though. His music is always so clean and he’s always doing something refreshing and new with his tracks.
So you started out as DJ xoparad? How long did that project last for?
Yes, I did start out as DJ xoparad. The meaning behind it was that you flip ‘xoparad’ upside down and backwards, it spells out ‘Paradox’… it was too complicated so that is the reason I decided to change my artist name to ‘Rad Cat’. I believe the xoparad project lasted for about a year. I didn’t put out any amazing tracks under xoparad, but that year was definitely full of learning how to produce music.
Tell us about your recent Beatport contest.
My recent Beatport remix contest entry was for one of Deadmau5’s tracks titled ‘Some Chords’. The interesting thing about this Beatport contest was that contestants had to make a remix for the Dillon Francis remix of ‘Some Chords’. It was a remix of a remix haha. Although I didn’t end up winning, it was still fun to work on that contest.
How did you get in touch with Gnash? How did it feel to do an official remix for him?
I didn’t even know who Gnash was until one of my Twitter followers DM’d me and linked me to one of his tracks. I then listened to his tracks, and I liked them. He has a very mellow voice that makes his tracks very chill to listen to. This same Twitter follower told me that I should do a remix for one of Gnash’s songs. So I messaged Gnash and asked him for permission to remix his song ‘Oxytocin’. He was super down with it and even offered me stems to the song to do a proper remix for it. It felt awesome to be able to do an official remix for him, and the fact that he shared out my remix to all of his followers was very cool of him to do.
What technology do you use to make your music? Do you also DJ?
I have been using Ableton Live 9 for over a year now. I don’t use any Midi keyboards or beat pads in order to make my music… I use my trusty keyboard and mouse for everything, it works best for me. I do DJ as well. I haven’t had a chance to DJ for any events because I’m not super well known in the music scene yet, but hopefully that will change soon. I do like to jam out and DJ in my room when I’m bored though; gotta keep practicing for the day that I do play at an event.
How do you balance being a college student and consistently putting out new music? What do you study at Palomar College?
Sometimes it can be difficult to balance my school work with music work. For example, I’ll want to keep working on a track and get it finished, but I have to put the track on hold because I have a bunch of homework that needs to be done. Despite all of this schoolwork, I like to upload at least 1 new song each month… Gotta give people something new to listen to. I will be finishing up my first year of college in May, and I am currently studying to become a Registered Nurse.
You’re also in a duo HYPRWAVE. How did that get started? Are you still collaborating or focusing more on solo work?
HYPRWAVE began when me and my friend Marvin were in our Junior year of High school. We were both good friends and we both shared the same passion for Electronic Music, so we decided to go ahead and get together to start a musical duo. We are currently taking a break from the HYPRWAVE project. HYPRWAVE isn’t over, but Marvin is a little bit busy with school and other stuff at the moment. As it is right now, I am definitely focussing 100% on my solo work.
Are you planning on pursuing music as a career? What are your goals for the future? Where do you see yourself?
When I first started making music it was just for fun. I never really thought of it being a career for me to pursue… but over the years making music has become my passion. I love the expression and emotion that I can put into a track and have the listeners feel the emotions. I am pursuing music as a career, but I have my whole Nursing career in the works just in case the music thing doesn’t work. My goals for the future are to continue to grow as an artist, to become a big name in the EDM scene, and to just prove myself to people as an artist. I see myself in front of a huge crowd of sweaty bodies, turning tf up to my music.
And lastly, where is the best place to find free new music every day?
UniversityHype.com of course.