This month's mix has come to us all the way from Russia, with love. Our homie 813 answered some questions and put together a hype mix full of his signature Hypercolor R&B sound. Press play and peep the interview below to get to know him better.
1.Sophie - EEEHHH / Nothing More To Say
2.QT – Hey QT
3.Martin Solveig & GTA - Intoxicated
4.Funkin Matt - America
5.SIROJ - Run away ( Alizzz edit )
6.Sleepy Tom - Pusher feat. Anna Lunoe
7.GTA X Wiwek Ft. Stush - What We Tell Dem
8.Kapi Rodriguez – Side Fx Boom El Culo
9.Rae Sremmurd - No Flex Zone (Remix) Featuring Nicki Minaj & Pusha T [Prod. By Mike WiLL Made-It]
10.O.T. Genasis - CoCo
11.Flosstradamus - Mosh Pit
12.Flosstradamus - Yellow Claw - Pillz feat. Green Velvet (Original Mix)
13.Waave Racer - Rock U Tonite / Stoopid
14.Pa's Lam System - I'm Coming
16.DJ Funk - Three Fine Hoes (Sinjin Hawke Remix)
17.Falcons - Flame feat. Stush
18.Major Lazer - Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)
19.Rustie - Big Cats
20.Flosstradamus - Prison Riot
How long have you been producing?
I was a really young kid when I heard 2pac’s “Changes” for the first time. After that I
started to make rap songs but it was weird ‘cause I was young, I’ve never done rap
songs before or music. Later I started to learn more about music but anyway it was
just the first steps and it was nice time but far from professional. Many years later a
started to do only music stuff , it was something like Portishead and Tricky. This is
pretty long story , but I guess my serious period of producing it’s last 4-5 years.
Moment when I started to learn more about sound , release some stuff , traveling a
lot with my live shows worldwide. And I’m rly happy
Why’d you choose the name 813?
These are personal numbers and this is my secret.
How would you describe your sound?
I love to do weird but funny dance music with lot of details and melodies. Some time
ago I decide to call my style “Hypercolor R&B.” I think this is the best name for my
How do you like to work on a track? What’s your process?
Usually for me it’s the idea first! So first of all I need to record the main idea—main
melody and lead. Only then can I work farther. Usually the best tracks are the
tracks which you do in one breath. When you record a track and you feel it’s nice
and happy, then you can spend your time on sound quality. For example, my track
“Crying Flute” or my recent stuff like “Walking” I recorded in a few hours. Of course
then I spend some time on the right mixing and mastering ‘cause I do the process
myself. Idea first! That’s the main rule for me.
What or who inspired you to produce? Was there a moment that made you want to make electronic music?
As I said before, I was inspired by 2pac’s song “Changes” many, many, many years
ago. Many years later I heard Flying Lotus, some wonky stuff, and Hudson
Mohawke. I understood music can be so different. I must say I listen to small
amounts of music. Usually when I’m doing my own stuff I’m just happy to be inside
so I can make music without any outside influences (artists, music, etc). I’ve made
music a long time and I understand that the best music is what you feel, honest
music from the soul. Of course I sometimes listen to some stuff and now there’s so
much music in the world. But so much that can’t inspire, sounds the same, same
drops, etc. I can try to do some commercial music and probably get a much larger
fan base, but I don’t feel it. Really, I can’t do trance or house stuff or shitty trap.
You were a firefighter, what made you want to pursue that profession?
This was a crazy and big moment in my life. For me, it’s one of the best professions.
When I was 18 I got offered to join the firefighters; it was cool for me because I was
a young guy and I studied, and it was best job at the moment ‘cause you work 24
hours, then you have 3 days off. I had enough time to work on music and travel to
shows. Also it was cool for me ‘cause firefighters in Russia are a bit like army
soldiers and you get a great experience and gain character as a man. I was a
firefighter around 6 years, then I left because I decide to find another job or only work
on music. It’s a pity but firefighters in Russia get really small pay and lot of them
who have families need to do something else, but we love our job anyway. It was a
crazy time, really.
What kind of music did you grow up listening to?
A lot of hip-hop/rap, downtempo, Ninja Tune stuff, Warp, Def Jam, etc. Later I
started listening to Brainfeeder music and some similar, wonky stuff. I don’t know
why, but now I don’t listen to music as often but I still can find something fresh; there
are many young (or not so young) cool producers. I always try to find something
What was the first album that you owned?
Hmmm…difficult question. When I listened to rap music I bought lot of cassettes
and they grew. At one point I had a cool collection of different cassettes; now I need
to find them and listen again now haha =). But which album was the first…I really
How’s the EDM scene in Moscow and other parts of Russia?
EDM Scene is good in Russia as in other parts of the world, but it’s mostly house,
trance or trap music. We have lot of nice parties with future bass, jersey club and
generally bass stuff, but these genres aren’t as big as trap, for example. Many
young guys and girls don’t know any types of bass music, only trap. Not all, but
most of them. But generally the scene looks good; I guess we just need a bit more
time. I often meet people who listen to rock for example, but after my shows or my
friends’ shows they come up and say something like, “Man, I don’t know what it is
but I love it!” and then they ask you to give them more info about this kind of music.
Funny story by the way: as you can understand, security and bartenders everyday
listen to music in clubs and sometimes I want to hug them because they hate the
music, it’s too much in their life =) But few times they give me respect because
they’re interested in mine. So probably it’s because people still listen to the radio
and watch TV, and our radio and TV are 99% shitty pop stuff. I’m sure if one day we
get channels or stations with bass music and other different genres we’ll get more
people who are ready for our sound. Anyway, generally the EDM scene is pretty
What’s the craziest thing you’ve witnessed in Russia?
Hahaha cool question, but don’t know how to answer. I’ve been trying to answer this
question three times but I have so many thoughts about this. If you’re talking about
people, you see a lot of crazy things they can do haha, and this isn’t stupid drunk
behavior. Some Russian guys have conquered Shanghai Tower (the second tallest
building in the world), climbing 650 meters. Also we have crazy beautiful places like
Lake Baikal. Difficult to say, really. When you live here at some moment you see
so much and some things don’t look as crazy :)
By the way, this is one of my favorite videos; it’s a firefighter joke (not kid or dwarf),
this is a man : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4JjcxGUxFw
Who are your favorite producers/artists at the moment?
Lido; I love his chords progressions and how he can put academic music into
electronic music. Also Australian guys Wave Racer, Cosmo Midnight and Sable.
Just recently DJ Mag came out with their Top 100 DJs poll. Who do think you think truly deserved to be on the list that wasn’t?
Honestly can’t say anything about this. I never heard of most of them, and not sure I
know enough to give any opinion about this.
Any forthcoming shows, collaborations, or an album in the works?
I was signed to Atlantic Records recently so I plan to release a few things there and
try to work with them long term. Also I hope to start working on the new EP soon
and hope to release it on Mad Decent again. We plan to do a U.S. tour for summer