Taiwanese Slipper Mafia: A defined period of time

Ever felt codified by something you loved? It happens - and to no effect does it change your state of love but it sure does put pressure on you to push your threshold. That’s exactly what Karavelo did.  He dropped a low-fi gem on us under his other alias Ashwood Shepard.  The 16 track Ep entitled Taiwanese Slipper Mafia is a compilation of emotive sounds that were inspired by his trip to Asia.  He distorts native jargon warps it with smooth jazzy sounds and cheeky rhythms. The deep and dusty sound of the record leaves yours ears brimming with hearty melodies. He created a world of wonder with this EP in his effort to capture the moments he experienced and held so dearly. It is truly a great listen

“…..the idea came to me when my friend outright said "Dude, switch it up! “Your music is getting tired" (referring to Karavelo). I had struggled a little bit with making hip hop because of the lack of variation. Hip hop by definition is "boom bap", and a genre that can be reduced to 2 words isn't quite exciting enough for a producer like me. The same friend had sent me over some down-tempo stuff, which I subsequently fell in love with. (Particularly the track "Open Eye Signal" by John Hopkins.) This was in September. Fast forward a few months and I had just returned from Tokyo and Taipei on a little impromptu trip. I had made a couple new tracks while I was in Asia, and collected a bunch of vinyl and cassettes from little shops in both cities.”

“The idea for the "Slipper Mafia" name came to me when my friend and I were in a restaurant in Tokyo. We weren't allowed to wear shoes and he ended up putting on a pair of slippers that had been left at the front door. The staff (a couple cute Japanese girls) quickly rushed over and told him to take the slippers off immediately because they belonged to a customer. I still think it's hilarious to this day. “

“I try to tell a story with all of my music. I like field recordings and ambient sounds, using records and tapes I pick up in the cities I visit. I make everything on an old MPC and from vinyl so it has that raw sound. It's a collage of the things I've collected within a defined period of time. I also like making music quickly and in the moment so as to let the emotion I'm feeling at a particular time be represented in the track I'm making.”

“People who take months or years to finish a track do so because the emotions they experience change over time, and therefore they're never satisfied. The song loses its feel and emotion because the mindset of the artist is in perpetual change. I try to capture a moment and bottle it up as quickly as possible. It feels much more genuine that way.” – Ashwood Shepard