***Breaking News! WGWit hustles big bass man Udachi for an exclusive WGWit interview!***
WGWit: Udachi to start off we thank you for your time! I HAVE to ask Is the name pronounced “oo-dachi” or “you-dachi” ? People have driven me crazy saying both…
Udachi: Hi, thanks for taking the time to interview me! Really dig the eclectic-ness of your blog. My name is actually pronounced “oo-da-chee,” It’s easy to mis-pronounce, a lot of people assume its some sort exotic Japanese name. I’ve heard “you-da-kai” and “you-da-khee,” that sounds more like a sneeze or clearing some phlegm than an artist name.
WGWit: How did the name “Udachi” come about?
Udachi: Udachi is actually Russian for “good luck” or to have luck or fortune. Like any good sailor needs to name their ship something good and positive for the journey ahead, I decided to go with the most name-sake like title. I also find that over time I realize how fortunate I am to be in the position that I am now. I am surrounded by amazing friends and I’m lucky to have my family in my life supporting me through this amazing adventure called life.
So the name is like the ultimate thank you to all the people in my life that have helped me be the dude I am today. Plus it rolls off the tongue pretty easy … also random fact if you were to remove the “U” in my name and switch out the “i” for an “a” my name would be “Dacha” or translated from Russian would be “vacation home.”
WGWit: What can we expect out of Udachi’s set at Grimey Tuesday & Dubstrike?
Udachi: For Grimey I am gonna do what I usually do which is play a bit of everything in an evolving fashion, thats best way I can describe it. For genre specific heads I’m playing a bit of bashy, tribal, dutch, canblaster, tropical dubstep bass with a hint of lavender. For Dubstrike aka Heavy It will be all dubstep but more like my chemical jump mix, keep it heavy yet melodic. Don’t want to set too many expectations, just do what I do well!
WGWit: How long will you be in LA/So Cal?
Udachi: I will be in LA/SoCal from Tuesday, March 3rd until March 6th, if anyone wants to do a last minute gig thing on the 4th or 5th hit up firstname.lastname@example.org she will get you sorted
WGWit: Your most recent release was Party Animals Volume 1 (Party Like Us) what influenced you most in the process of producing this track/EP?
Udachi: This one actually came together rather slowly yet quickly. A year ago I used to work at this 9-5 job, and I would kick it at lunch with my old co-worker buddy Bayard Russell from the Botz. He had these amazing sort of depressing lyrics scribbled in his notepad about chemicals and how they are in us, and on us and how it’s just sort of a part of us now. When I saw those lyrics, I mean I SAW them in a tune I was working on at the time, and I asked him to record them at 130 bpm in A minor.
Incidentally my first draft of the Stumble instrumental (at the time sounded completely different) was meant as the backbone for the chemicals lyrics. But when I combined the two it just wasn’t a good fit. A year goes by, I quit my job to pursue music full time, chemicals is on the back burner… Since then I wrote stumble in its entirety first, then a week later I was itching to do something sort of on the opposite scale.. I already had Bayards old acapella in the back of my head when i started writing Chemicals. As the tune progressed, a sort of mood evolved from an initial chaotic bass LFO abuse, into a sort of moody deep yet banging dance tune. It’s short and to the point, the bass sounds like a sluggish old rusted matrix harvester robot, and bayards lyrics were like megaphone siren wielding mutant thread that brought this tune amazingly together.
WGWit: After track IDing AC Slater last mix Land Of Doom, I noticed several unreleased tracks including Stumble, when can we expect a release on this one? Are you looking to tour for this release?
Udachi: Ah what a great mix! Stumble comes out March 2nd 2011 on Party Like Us Records, I was lucky enough to receive remixes from Flinch, Kry Wolf and The Living Graham Bond, all remixes fit their own amazing mood, I’m extremely happy and excited to have this song see the light of day.
We’re also doing a remix contest around the Stumble and a tour in early May *plugplugplug*. We’re getting some really solid west coast dates lined up already that I’m stoked about, but i won’t talk too much about right now. Keep your eyes peeled on my Tumblr, or Facebook goodness for details.
I just want to give a big thanks to Michael McGuire, aka homeboy Short Stories, for doing such an amazing job on the tune. I met him because he was the first one ever to book me as “Udachi” for a gig in Monkeytown in Brooklyn almost three years ago. Since then we kept in touch on and off, but it took me about a year and a half after knowing him as a super nice dude to realize that he’s had 2 albums, has collaborated with amazing artists and producers, I’m humbled in a big way that he even decided to work with me on this.
WGWit: How much traveling does Udachi do in a year?
Udachi: Enough to miss home a whole lot!
WGWit: Which producer(s) do you currently follow the most?
Udachi: So hard for me to list, anyone Night Shifters recruits pretty much is on my playlist constantly, especially the most recent release holder Canblaster’s Master of Complication. It’s probably the most inspiring piece of music that’s making me do more homework and work harder on my production than I ever have before. My current new favorites include AC and Dell (Late niiite!), Samo Sound Boy (Bassanovva rmx like what?!), Munchi (duh), Flinch (OC Homie!), Dillon Francis & Corey Enemy (I luv u), Kry Wolf (Aaaaooooo!) The Living Graham Bond (watch this dude), UFO! (Capp st!), and Deathface/Johnny Love (Fall of man!).
Also Hot N Heavy from the Bay Area puts out fire as well, I’m hearing their next bay area bass compilation is gonna be compiled by some great up and comers and mastered by yoda himself! Kastle is releasing an amazing New EP on Seclusiasis as well. It’s hard to love every song in a 6 track EP, but damn what a well put together piece of music.
WGWit: What can we expect from Udachi this year? Any collaborations?
Udachi: Yes tons, but I don’t want to jinx it and drop any names. Rather have the releases come out and have people be excited about it rather than hyping it up.
WGWit: Udachi, we thank you again for your time, before we let you go, we want to inform you that WGWit fully supports bass heavy music & last but not least do you have any last words for upcoming producers & DJs?
Udachi: 1) Stay off message boards, especially the vitriolic kind. Same goes for youtube comments! Something about the de-evolution in all of us when things get typed to text that doesn’t help you move forward as a human. Plus that comment about how “Tiesto SUXXxX” under DJFidgetmasher011 will not help with bookings!
2) Be positive, be hard working and persistent, keep hard working and positive people around you as well and it will gestate into something bigger and better.
3) If people aren’t responding about your tunes, don’t get mad, work harder!
4) If you love the music enough, it will run away with your money and not come back for about 6 years. But eventually it will come back and give you a hug, and start paying you back slowly, patience is a virtue!
5) It’s not about the genre it’s about the Ebb and Flow and the larger picture maaaaaan…
6) Adventure time is the best animated show out right now, Flying Lotus says so!
[Note]: Be sure to catch Udachi at Dubstrike in the OC on Thursday March 3rd! All the info is posted on the flyer. If you don’t own any Udachi tunes, here ya go! enjoy! See you at Dubstrike.
We Own The Sky (Udachi Remix)
(I dropped this track in my last mix! Mega fire!)
Udachi & Jubilee – Paypur (Original Mix)