Happy Tuesday everyone! Last month we got a chance to sit down with Corey Baker, a Colorado native who goes by the stage name, Kill Paris and his first label signee, Alma. Now Mr. Baker is no ordinary fellow, he started off his musical career when he was only 16. After moving all over the states, and producing for genres you couldn’t imagine – he ventured into an EDM career that was propelled forward by blogs just like this one! He now has his own record label, Sexy Electric and is still pumping out tracks on Skrillex‘s OWSLA label. See what Cory has to say below about his musical career, influences and an the business of music.

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ES: So we understand you are Ableton certified, what exactly does that mean and how did you get certified?

Kill Paris: To get it, you have to basically know your stuff. It’s a three day weekend and they do it all over the US and other countries. They test your abilities in Ableton and what all you know. You have to do a presentation and you’re doing it with eight or nine other people who are getting certified, so everybody kinda knows what’s going on. If you fuck something up they’re gonna call you out on it really, really quick. So yeah, I got certified almost three years ago. I did that because I teach sometimes, I did it more before I was on the road. I’ve done Youtube tutorials and stuff like that.

ES: So your music has been described in a variety of genres, such as electro house, bass music, guitar/bass funk; what do you classify your music as?

KP: I’d say future funk is the closest thing I can think of.

ES: So you played at Lights All Night on Saturday, how did you like playing that?

KP: It was great. It was huge. Texas is great, it’s one of my favorite places to play.

ES: Since you’ve played all over the world, what sort of city/town or crowd do you feel has given you the most energy?

KP: Colorado, hands down. I’ve played there a handful of times. Alma moved out there.

ES: Tell us who you are Alma.

Alma: So, I’m a singer. I’m the first singer to Cory’s label, Sexy Electric. I’m the first artist. So, I’m a singer/songwriter.

KP: We came out with her first song to collab with Sound Remedy and I. She also sang the “Avalanches” song right at the end of my set.

ES: You’re starting up your own label, are you still on OWSLA? How does that work?

KP: Yeah, still releasing with them. And everything on Sexy Electric is going to be free download, easily accessible for everybody. We’re excited about the future.

ES: Since you give everything out free download, how do you make your money?

KP: Touring, merch. The way that I see it is, music now is your marketing tool. It’s the way you get people into whatever else you’re selling, whether that be tickets to your show, merch. It’s because like, nowadays, people don’t want to buy music. To me, it’s never ever made sense, because with any label I’ve been associated with, the amount of money you make off of selling your music is ridiculous how much money you’re NOT making off it. It just doesn’t make any sense why you’re selling it. The second that you sell it, you’re limiting the amount of people who have access to it. People have to give something up to get it. Even though it’s like not much, still a lot of people don’t have that. There is no reason why people shouldn’t have access to your music, just to hear it. Especially if someone is hearing you for the first time, there is no fucking way they’re going to pay ANY money, even if it’s ten cents for a whole album. They’re like “I don’t know them, I don’t know if I’m gonna like it.” So why should they have to pay?

Alma: It’s a great deal. People are into deals!

ES: What sort of artists or genres inspire you to make “future funk”?

KP: I listen to a lot of random records at home. Sometimes I use sample from old records. I listen to some of the new stuff, but it’s a lot of that funkier stuff: Like Griz, Gramatik, Manic Focus, Big Gigantic, that kinda side of things. It has the funk and groove in it.

ES: What non-EDM artists do you like?

KP: Ah I mean, Al Green, Mase… lots of older stuff, and different random genre stuff. I feel like if you listen to a lot of different music, it’s only going to make your music better because you’re getting a different perspective, instead of just listening to what’s going on now. My music is in no way just trying to replicate the current trend going on. I’m trying to do my own thing.

ES: So what are you guys future plans?

KP: Touring. Lots of more music, and lots more shows.

ES: Any collaborations?

KP: Yeah.

Alma: For me yes. For me a ton. Because the way I work, I write with piano and record vocals, and we collaborate with producers who we feel would connect with that song. I have a lot of collabs coming up in the next 6 months. KP: (interjects) Nothing we can talk about though. Secret stuff, haha.

We’d like to thank Kill Paris once again for the opportunity to taking the time to interview with Electric Sloth and hope that you guys enjoyed this interview.

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Check out his latest track with Alma and Sound Remedy: