Hi Trst., thanks for taking time out to have a chat with us. What have you been up to in the past year?
Whatup! A whole load of stuff actually. I just graduated from college in New York and am living out in San Francisco now. Always weird moving for me and now I’m having to readjust completely. I’m excited about moving though, I get to reintegrate myself into the local music scene and meet a ton of new people. It’s crazy how different each scene is, especially when comparing Tampa, New York, and San Francisco. It’s awesome though, you meet a lot of unique people who have so many different experiences. It really reflects in their music, and it rubs off onto me every time.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Sure, My name is Francisco Flores, 22 years old. My birthdays May 3rd and currently live in Cow Hollow in San Francisco, CA. My whole life I grew up in Tampa, FL and moved to New York at the age of 18. I’ve really been recording music since the age of 12, just having fun with friends making horrible beats and rapping over them. It’s what we did for fun then.
What made you take a decision to get into the Dance music scene?
Well, I grew up in Tampa, FL for my entire life. This is really where I started getting into dance music, always going to the Amphitheatre in York city, attending and working at Sunset Music Festival, really immersing myself in the scene, but not really becoming an active member in the music scene, as I grew up playing the upright bass in a conservatory and a jazz quartet. It wasn’t really until I moved up to New York that I got into composition, since I really had no other option and wanted to keep music in my life. I started by producing simple little beats since I was really into the Atlanta drill rap scene at the time. It wasn’t really until I heard the RL Grime remix of Love Sosa that I was like, ‘oh shit this whole Rap and Dance music vibe is what I wanna make’. Well, not exactly that, but yeah, really brought two worlds together for me and made me fall in love with making music again.
Who were your influences which have inspired you to go down a certain genre route?
Like I said before, RL Grime really showed me that the combination of the two can really be huge, and I wanted to do that but in a different way. I never really liked any of my own music until I moved to San Francisco and really got hit hard with the tech house vibes. Artists such as Walker & Royce and Justin Jay really kept my tracks groovy, while other artists such as Young Chop and Chop Squad DJ gave them that crisp, yet aggressive feel.
How would you describe your sound?
Tough question always, but I’d describe it as an interesting G-House. I’m starting to try and expand on my writing and trying not to rabbit hole into one genre. As an artist it’s pretty easy to get trapped into one sound, which makes sense, but realistically isn’t challenging enough for me.
2017 seen you make your debut on Spinnin’ Records with the releases of ‘Bitch Boyz’ and ‘Throw Yo Body’, how did it feel when Spinnin’ told you they wanted to sign your music?
Yo it was nuts! Before that all happened, I woke up to some random dude that found my Soundcloud and was like “Yo dude check this video out of KSHMR critiquing your song!’. At that point I was like oh word I’m about to get torn apart, because, you know, it’s KSHMR. That dude writes straight fire. But after that, when I got word that they wanted to sign that song, I was hyped to say the least. Like the feeling of ‘this will never happen to me’ went away. Literally spine tingling. Like this big ass label really likes what I write? It’s something that I’ll always keep with me.
What has been your top career highlight so far?
Another crazy moment actually. I was at Snowglobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe and with a ton of my friends while Oliver is playing their set. It wasn’t until one of my friends told me that I had realized that they had just dropped ‘Throw Yo Body’. THAT is an indescribable feeling. Closest I can get is so much disbelief and excitement that I wanted to throw up, but in the best way possible. The people that we went to see playing my shit. Easily my top right now and will probably be for a while.
What’s next for you over the summer and the rest of the year?
I’m just wanting to make as much quality music as I can with as many people as I can. The more I work with other artists, the more unique my sound gets. I still don’t think I have found my sound so expect a lot of twists in the next year or so. In terms of mixing, I’m actually teaming up with some NYC homies, Christian Bistany and Aazure, to start a mix series to really give a louder voice to these amazing DJs and producers who typically are only known and loved by locals.
Are there any up and coming artists that have caught your eye and that you would recommend giving a listen to?
For sure. Right now, this dude named Foolie from This Ain’t Bristol is currently tearing up San Francisco. That kid has got some major talent. Also, I’ve been working with whitewater a good amount and is on the edge of breaking through, and is sitting on some real bangers right now. Be sure to check them out.
Finally, any shout outs or anything else you would like to add?
Yeah, also thanks for having me, really appreciate it! I have a ton of new stuff coming out soon and they’re some of my favourite tracks I’ve ever written and had a ton of fun doing it. Be sure to keep up with me on all my socials to hear this shit the minute I drop it!