Magic was made last night at the Sinclair in Cambridge when Slow Magic’s tour stopped by, featuring up and coming talents Kodak To Graph, Daktyl, and a guest appearance from the legendary Phaeleh. With nearly 20 shows left in both Canada and the US, these artists have been on the road nonstop bringing their enchanting vibes to cities all over.
Malaysian Safari got a chance to sit down with Mike Melaki (Kodak To Graph) during the show to talk music, touring, and live performances.
Kodak To Graph
The LA-based producer picked up guitar and drums from an early age, and has been continually refining his sound ever since a friend gave him a copy of Reason. He has since moved to an APC40/MS20 setup tilted towards the crowd which allows him to play and modify preloaded samples from his songs as well as synth notes; an arrangement that is rare in the electronic dance music world due to the challenge of triggering song parts and formulating transitions mistake-free (his first tour was “hagard as fuck”). This down to earth musician has some amazing insight about the current state of the electronic music scene.
“We’re in a really awesome place with the internet as producers to the point where you can sub release things and tailspin success. You don’t need a label to give you money and get big you know? If you make good music, then I think people will ultimately recognize that.”
Right he is, considering the fact that both he and Daktyl have new music being released through various labels such as Red Panda Records and Mad Decent. Kodak also mentioned that while being on tour and playing shows nearly every night is draining, he was very grateful to be on tour with such admirable artists.
The event featured an excellent mix of musical styles, ranging from the dreamy trap music of Daktyl and Kodak to the energetic drumming of Slow Magic to the chillstep/UK garage mixed cleanly by Phaeleh. Slow Magic’s live performance is notably divergent from his recorded music, mainly due to his setup which only features two large tom drums, a drum pad, and his computer running Ableton Live, allowing our imaginary friend to really jam out to his tracks. Despite his dope tribal mask, he really made the set personal by drumming in the middle of the GA floor multiple times and letting audience members tinker with his beat pad. Be sure to check the dates below to hear him re-vamping songs off his new album, How To Run Away on tour with Kodak To Graph and Daktyl.
Sun. Sept. 28 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Wed. Oct. 1 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Thu. Oct. 2 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Fri. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. Oct. 4 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Sun. Oct. 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. Oct. 7 – Springfield, MO @ College St. Bar and Arcade
Wed. Oct. 8 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
Thu. Oct. 9 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Fri. Oct. 10 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
Sat. Oct. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sun. Oct. 12 – Boise, ID @ The Crux
Wed. Oct. 15 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
Thu. Oct. 16 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
Fri. Oct. 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities
Sat. Oct. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos