chillhum is a rising artist from Los Angeles who blends indie/pop/hip-hop elements with his unique style of future-beat/electronica, resulting in a sound that can be likened to a mix between Flume, Louis the Child, Petit Biscuit & Robotaki.
He’s giving us a new single this week called ‘I’m Slippin’ which is a fine example of his captivating sound & style, and it’s sure to hit a few sweet spots.
As he explains below, chillhum often uses guitar as the foundation for the harmonic aspects of his music, which can be surprising given its electronic nature, but he’s always had a guitar in hand, and when it comes to writing music he finds the rhythm of the guitar is the best & easiest way for him to build and create…
“I have been playing guitar all my life, so it often forms the backbone of the harmonic ideas within my music. The unique rhythm of the guitar set the tone for the entire song for me, and this strange staccato pattern is what started to give me ideas for the production and lyrical content.” – chillhum
chillhum weaves his sweet guitar strums into a lush and slightly erratic electronic beat arrangement, before topping it off with a layer of smooth vocal tones. chillhum had a fun time writing this song and he really wanted the listener to feel this as well, and as we delve deeper into the inspiration behind the song, we do find ourselves slippin’ all the way in.
“I felt as if the song was building towards an eerie and almost disorienting climax, and that’s what I tried to achieve with my sound design, all of which I did entirely from scratch. The way the almost acoustic verse and pre chorus build and lead into the droning lead synth and distorted bass reminded me of the feeling of transitioning between two different states of mind. This idea is where the lyrical concept of “I’m Slippin” was really solidified, and I tried to draw on my own personal experiences to give the listener vivid descriptive phrases that made them feel almost as if they themselves are making such a transition just from listening to the song.
This was a really fun song for me to make because possibly the most exciting thing for me to hear in new music is the breaking down of genre barriers, and this one truly is a genre bender. I was able to draw on influences from the likes of Jack Johnson or Sublime with the guitar and vocal parts, while also including a heavily electronic section that drew inspiration from my favourite electronic producers like Flume, Petit Biscuit, Louis the Child & Robotaki for example.
One of my largest goals in music is to make art that stands on its own without being limited to a genre, and I think this release is an excellent step in that direction.” – chillhum
‘I’m Slippin’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music.
Production & Mixing by chillhum
Mastering by Punching Dolphins
Artwork by Eric Plummer
Press Photos by Pako Macias