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Henry Laufer, better known as Shlohmo, is a founding member of L.A.'s WeDidIt collective, one of the most forward-thinking labels in electronic music, and, within in that world, the crew with the most crossover hip-hop appeal. Other than Shlohmo, members like RL Grime and Ryan Hemsworth have produced for Deniro Farrar, Big Sean, Tinashe, and even Pitbull. Growing up on a heady mix of J Dilla and Aphex Twin, Shlohmo first started making GarageBand beats, and along with an entire generation of Internet producers, found his stride when he graduated to Ableton.
Toward the end of high school, as WeDidIt grew from a rag-tag group of weird music lovers to a legitimate creative force, Shlohmo began getting more experimental with his music, as his sound moved toward the club before delineating into a mixture of ambient textures, frazzled electronics, and pulsing bass. Always a hip-hop head, Shlohmo was able to incorporate the above sounds into some bootleg remixes, which would prove massively influential. Jeremih caught wave of his "Fuck U All the Time" remix, which led to a collaboration, "Bo Peep," and later, a full EP. His new album, Dark Red, is miles away from his work with the Chicago crooner, but good things seem to happen when Shlohmo does his own thing.
I talked to Henry at NYC's Irving Plaza before his live rendition of his latest album Dark Red, his most experimental, and polarizing, work yet. We talked about the new album, working with Jeremih, his first time getting "fucked" by a major-label (courtesy of Def Jam), and an upcoming WeDidIt EP with Tory Lanez.