As Red Bull’s ’30 days in LA’ concert series has hit the ground running, we understand how hard it can be to pick and choose over 30 nights of amazing music. We’re here to shed some light on some artists that you may not have heard of or would like to get a better understanding of where they come from and what you can expect at the show. One artist that we are going to put on the spotlight is a producer from New Zealand whose music has pushed to America and beyond over the past few years.

Now, without further ado, here is the Electric Sloth exclusive interview with Race Banyon:

Electric Sloth – We’ve been noticing more and more producers hail from New Zealand in the recent years, could you describe the music scene where you come from and how it’s influenced you to either stick with that scene or break apart from it?

Race Banyon – The electronic music scene isn’t very strong in New Zealand. There were a lot of clubs maybe 10 years ago but most of them were gone by the time me and my friend’s turned 18. Because of this, we are mostly influenced by the things we see and hear on the internet. Bits and pieces of other cultures.

Some of your songs from the EP like “Don’t Need You” and “Interlude” take us through a time machine as those faint mid 2000 hip-hop/ R&B vocals creep up on the track, can you describe how this era of music has influenced the way you write and produce your own music?

When I was 11 or 12 I was exposed to a lot of popular rap/r&b through kids in my class who would play the radio before school started. Since then I’ve just been really attracted to the writing and production of that music. It’s a core part of my influences when I make music.

We heard you’ve been in contact with Ryan Hemsworth, has it helped your music reach North America? Possibly a future collaboration?

I worked with him on my side project, Lontalius. He’s been a huge help by putting my songs in his mixes etc, definitely exposing my music to people I wouldn’t have been able to get to otherwise.

Tell us about your side project Lontalius, what was the turning point that made you want to pursue a new type of making music?

I’ve always wanted to be a singer/songwriter…playing guitar and singing songs. Luckily I’ve been able to juggle doing that as well as making dance music as Race Banyon.

What’s in store for Race Banyon? Should we be expecting a new EP?

I’ve been working on some songs with some special people here in LA. There’ll be a release coming up early next year.

Race Banyon will be playing with Sylvan Esso at the Fonda Theater in LA on November 3rd!

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