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Cedaa, is a 20-year-old producer/DJ out of the Seattle, Washington area. After releasing his first EP back in September and gaining a notable amount of love from the likes of XLR8R, today Cedaa is back with the release of the No Northwest EP #4, his second release with Seattle-based label Car Crash Set (C/C/S). The EP is EP #4 of a 4 EP set that together compile the 12 track No Northwest LP. The LP also features the work of Ill Cosby, 214, and qp, all of whom are C/C/S label-mates and Pacific Northwest-based producers as well. In light of today's release, we have composed a short interview with Cedaa and talked with him about the new EP and the scene out in Seattle.
We’ve been fan’s of your music since we first discovered Car Crash Set, so tell us who is Cedaa? How did you get into making electronic music in the first place?
Ah thanks, makes me happy to know you enjoy the music. Cedaa is me, 20 year old soundbender/shapeshifter/undergraduate born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. "See-duh", extacedaa, @cedaatree, etc.
My Dad bought a copy of a program called Reason when I was 13 or 14, partially so I could practice writing out drum parts that I was learning in band class on the computer. Drumline was a really big thing to me in highschool. Around the same time I learned how to use Protools recording the terrible punk bands I was in. I came back to Reason after a coupe years away (probably around 17) and have been crafting mp3s ever since.
So how did you manage to discover and get involved in bass-oriented music?
I listened to a lot of hip-hop and house before "bass" music (or maybe just the label) was around, so it was a natural attraction. It has elements of a lot of things I love. Blurred lines.
Being from Seattle, at the moment would you agree that the electronic music scene in the Pacific Northwest is still in the early development stages?
It seems to me like "our scene" in Seattle is greener than in other areas. Tours like Addison Groove coming though Seattle will (educated guess) not yield as big of a crowd as in Portland or SF. Overall, the electronic music scene is huge in seattle. People just seem to be into different genres at the moment, maybe a little "behind" in terms of what is popular in other places.
The scene that does exist is amazing. Lots of love and talent.
The No Northwest EP marks ur second release with C/C/S, how did you manage to connect with Ill Cosby and the C/S/S label?
I found some of the C/C/S releases online last year, probably in the house section of DSF (dubstepforum) or something. I was shocked to find they were based in Seattle and decided to send some songs to Cosby. He was really supportive and we decided to put out my first single "Tifffany" b/w "Simba" last summer. Before that not many people were into my music. No one wanted to put out some weird syrupy hybrid juke record. Cosby is definitely a central figure in the Seattle scene. Doing big things.
Have the label-mates at C/C/S that compile the No Northwest LP (yourself, Ill Cosby, 214, qp) made a conscious effort to develop a sort of specific regional sound?
Each of the individual EPs making up the compilation is different from the last. That is why I enjoy the compilation so much. We each dress the common theme of juke and "bass" music with our own unique influences, so that the compilation is (hopefully) fragmented and cohesive at the same time.
Are there any artists at the moment outside of the electronic music scene that inspire your work?
Too $hort. Novelist William Gibson. Hello Kitty. In that order.