You are a pretty illusive character it would seem, I've tried hunting down more information in regards to who you are and how long you've been working under the guise 'Tropes' - Could you tell us a little more about 'Tropes' and how long you've been making beats?
This is my first interview actually, so it's probably hard to find information about me because not many people have asked. I've played music in some form or another for the majority of my life, but as far as beats go I've been posting beats online under the name tropes for 2 years now.
I chose the name for two reasons, the first as a completely non-serious meaning, and the second as a correlation to how the music's made. The first being the word tropes as a term for "a common way of doing something," in essence saying my sounds are nothing special, etc., to poke some fun at myself—this was also the reasoning in naming my first EP 'misnomer'. The second concept comes from the Greek meaning of tropes which is "to turn, to direct, to alter, to change" which correlates to my sampling process of restructuring and collaging.
Who are your musical influences?
I have a lot of influences, but a few specific people that I can say for sure shaped my ear growing up are The Books, Madlib, Pat Metheny and Steve Reich.
Where do you source samples and how do you go about finding the sounds you want to use?
From all over, for me it's a pretty even mix of physical and digital; movies, records, tapes, youtube, laptop mic, CD's, they've all come into play at times.
What process did you use when putting together the mix? did you start with a sound or a concept?
My concept for this mix was for it to be similar to a live set, in the sense that the beats are all from me and some have different takes than the original tracks on my releases, making this mix was a mixture of track re-takes and prerecorded track mixing.
Do you have a large record collection? Are you a crate digger?
My collection is not as expansive as most, I buy all of my records from the dollar bins at record stores or at thrift stores. I recently moved back from Kansas City and I really miss the access that I had to good affordable records there, a lot of my collection comes from the digging I did when I lived there.
Where do you find inspiration?
A lot of my inspiration comes from experimenting and mixing sounds together, making new contexts from elements that would never be together unless you make it happen. If something hits my ear, then I'm inspired to keep moving. I find inspiration in friends, memories, plants, places I haven't been, and other non-musical sources.
What are you listening to now and what are you hyping musically?
The material on labels like Dirty Tapes, Paxico Records, Dropping Gems, Any Octave, Astro Nautico, and Grand Garden Records to name a few.
How do you feel the internet has influenced you?
The internet has definitely put me in touch with people I wouldn't have been able to interact with, but only to a certain degree. I hope more will develop.
Is it a platform that you prefer to physical release and pr?
I haven't experienced a whole lot of physical releases other than a cassette release with Dirty Tapes. i think the internet's a pretty useful and mostly accessible platform but I have no bias towards it over traditional pr.
Do you feel the role of producers have changed?
Just like the music, the tools to create music for producers have become more accessible with the internet of course. There's a lot of creativity happening... a lot of good and a lot of bad, but there's definitely a lot of producers. What i notice changing is the pace of the constant stream of newly produced music virtually everywhere online. I think it's great that people can make music on their computers if they don't have the means to a large studio and have an outlet that allows people to hopefully find and hear it even if they live thousands of miles away.
And finally, what can we expect in 2014 from Tropes?
You can expect more material from me. I hope to play some music for friends, meet some likeminded people and maybe even travel a bit if I'm lucky!16:00 - 18:00