Hailing from Leuven, Belgium, Poldoore captured our attention about 2 years ago with his classic boom-bap 90s sound. The thing we're most excited about though, is his beats make even a non hip hop fan nod his/her head, plus we're massive suckers for good vocals (and he just chops them the right soulful way). Most importantly though, he was nice enough to do an elaborate interview with us:
Our favourite track: Poldoore - That Game You're Playing *
* = that Busta Rhymes sample drives us insane
Explain your sound to us? How would you describe it?
It’s a blend between punchy hiphop beats, infused with soul and funk, and a tad of loungey vibes. It’s hard to pinpoint with one term, but I think the main characteristic of my music is the fact that it’s always pretty atmospheric.
Where does the name come from?
Haha, I get asked about that in pretty much every interview, but I understand why. It’s such a random story. When I made my first beat about 8 years ago, I didn’t even think about having an artist name so I just dragged my songs into my iTunes library anonymously. A few months later a friend of mine was hanging out with me and found this random book lying around the house that my dad was reading at the time. He just wrote out the author’s name phonetically under the artist section in iTunes and added ‘soundsystem’. A couple of years later when I was about to release my first EP I dropped the ‘soundsystem’ part and went with Poldoore.
What’s the one thing you absolutely love about the music-scene at the moment? That reminds you every time why you chose this profession?
I love how accessible music is these days. You can stream it on Spotify, buy it digitally and load it onto your iPod, get yourself a physical CD/record in a shop or even bump some beat on your phone. You can listen to any song you like, anywhere, anytime. When I was young I had to walk to the busstop, wait, take a bus, walk to a record store and travel back home just to get a new CD. That’s hard to imagine these days.
What’s the one thing you’re cringing about at the moment, when it comes to the music-scene? Something that (almost) makes you want to stop?
The fact that everyone with a pirated FL Studio software pack and a “Vengeance Essential Clubsounds” kit calls himself a musician or producer and can create a Beatport Top 10 hit in a matter of minutes…
Which of your own productions are your favourite? (and why?)
That’s hard to say, but probably “In Your Head”, “Faithful Man” or “Someway, Somehow”, my most recent beat. Those tunes are the ones I play out the most in my sets. But I’m very excited about the tracks on my upcoming album too. I worked with some very skilled musicians/MC’s/vocalists from around the world on it, and I feel like they took my productions to a whole new level.
If you could choose any MC/vocalist to test his/her rhymes on your tracks, who would it be? Or would you rather leave them as is?
Oh man, there are way too many! I would definitely love to have CL Smooth, Elzhi, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Mos Def, Q-tip or Masta Ace flow over a beat. I love Phonte and Blu too. Or an r&b-ish vocalist like D’Angelo or Brandy would be wicked now I come to think of it. Like I said: waaay too many.
Who was your favourite producer growing up?
Well, the two main producers who got me into making music and the hiphop/triphop thing in general are RJD2, Aim and DJ Shadow. I used to skate and watch tons of skate videos back in the day, and their music was frequently used in those. When I started producing myself I started listening to music in a different way, and that’s when my respect grew for musicians who play and record instruments themselves, such as Emancipator, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, Phaeleh,…
Which artist right now is the one you’re most excited about, that you feel everyone should know about?
I’ve been feeling Moods’ beats for such a long time now. His productions are always incredibly on point and very recognizable, although he experiments with different genres and tempos.
If you could collaborate with anyone world-wide (and resources weren’t an issue), who would it be and why?
Most definitely a legendary jazz musician like Ahmad Jamal, Chet Baker, Grover Washington, Bob James, Earl Klugh,… I’ve been working with a lot of musicians lately, which is incredibly inspiring and fun. It’s something I’d like to do more and more in the future. Working with vocalists is really nice to do as well. If I could chose a couple of ones to jam with it would be D’Angelo, George Maple, Frank Sinatra, Bishop Nehru, Joey Bada$$,…
What can we expect from you in 2016?
I’m currently finishing up my new album, which will be out in the first half of 2016. I can’t tell you too much about it yet, but I’m so hyped about every single track on the record. I’ll probably be touring again as well. So keep an eye out.