Birocratic is a 23-year-old New Jersey based producer who is making some groove-infused and hypnotic Chill Hop. It is digital, laid back, and intricate
"The response has been awesome. Replaced was a passion project - something I had bouncing around in my head for years - that exemplified the change in process and sound I've been going through. So it was a risk for me. I was worried my die-hard fans wouldn't like it or appreciate the story behind it, but the reception was really affirming. I'm excited for the next project to build off that momentum".
The Art Of Beat Tape
"Honestly, I wouldn't say the beat tape is an art. In a lot of contexts it's just someone pounding out tracks for ages and compiling the best ones together - there's not always much thought involved. But I guess because the internet breeds competition in a way, you've had some pretty incredible instrumental projects come out from young producers over the past few years. I never write instrumentals with the intention of featuring vocals. I always aim to make them stand on their own, as complete songs".
Tough To Succeed?
"It's just as difficult as anyone would assume, if not more. I think the key is to do more than just make beats. The best and most successful producers I know are that way because they have a diverse output".
"My set is a combination of playing live instruments and DJing my own tunes. It's fun as hell to play".
Birocratic. I don’t know where the name comes from, but I really hope it is from a form of government ruled exclusively with ball-point pens or something. This 23-year-old New Jersey based producer is making some groove-infused and hypnotic Chill Hop. It is digital, laid back, and intricate. There are swelling synth-chords as well as sparse and small (but effective) vocal samples that hook into your ear straight away, and stay there. His music bristles with synth arpeggios that cascade like electronic waterfalls and tropical house sounding melodies which combine with funky bass lines to infect the ear and breathe an infectious warmth onto your soul.
There is also a strong jazz influence here. His latest EP, Replaced, is laced with syncopated drum beats and layered chords which provide an awful lot of replay value. One could easily spend a long time listening and re-listening to these tunes – and that is an especially respectable feat for music that has no words. It is easy to tell that there is a lot of musical training behind this music, and that makes it really interesting to listen to.
"I'm around friends and peers in the industry and I'm able to pursue music far more seriously and play shows"
Instrumental music is hard to get right. Vocals make it so much easier to maintain interest from a careless listener. Prominent proponents of electronic-instrumental music like Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin or even Ratatat demand so much attention through outstanding, strong melodies and original synth sounds. Tourist is another more recent example of an electronic artist completely going at it without the use of vocals, and again bringing so much energy to the table that no one listening is even noticing the lack of a voice. It is therefore worth remembering that Replaced is more of a ‘Beat Tape’. Birocratic’s tracks do operate on their own, and indeed stand out, but don’t demand your attention with the same vigour that the aforementioned artists do.