SoDown: An Interview with Ehren Wright
Matt Diss • August 18, 2016 • Art •
As EDM seeps into every crevice of the modern music world, it is ingenuity, soul and connectivity that fans value most. Ehren River Wright, a.k.a. SoDown, provides all that and more. With five years of music producing, self-taught musicianship, nationwide tours and sold out shows, SoDown has made a name for himself in the newest music scene. For SoDown fans and explorers of his music, the sound they seek is easily defined: Bass Music With Soul. Live Sax.
ALOC was fortunate to sit down with Wright and talk more about SoDown and his musical intention, personal philosophy and what’s to come for the relative future.
ALOC: Who is Ehren Wright, and how did he get started in the music industry?
Ehren Wright: I’m a saxophone-playing, bass-music producer from Boulder, CO. I’ve been producing music for almost five years now. I’d say it all started in 2010, when I went and saw Pretty Lights at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It flipped my world around. Soon, I started going to shows all the time. I quit my job, I quit school, and I decided I wanted to pursue music full-time. I guess you could say I jumped right in. Once I committed, I started producing.Then, I started playing sax. I learned the fundamentals, watched YouTube videos and utilized a lot of experimentation. It took a while, but it takes a lifetime to master any art. Really, you try to figure it out your whole life and then you die, knowing hopefully that you got close enough to mastery at some point.
ALOC: How would you describe your current project, SoDown?
EW: SoDown is a fusion of all that inspires me. It’s a diverse project that allows me to go all over the board, and create whatever sound I’m feeling in the moment. It’s worked well so far, and hopefully it continues to hold as a cohesive project. There are so many artists that inspire me: currently, Zeds Dead, GRiZ, Slumberjack, Big G, and Flume, just to name a few. I love my 90’s hip hop like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, but I also enjoy the old ones too, like Chali 2na and Jurassic 5.
ALOC: How does the intention of SoDown reflect your philosophy of life?
EW: I don’t have a long history of music, and I certainly wasn’t born with natural talents. The truth is: I just work really fucking hard. I’m motivated, and I’m driven. I’ve sacrificed my social life, money, and, at times, what felt like everything, just to make some awesome music. My music and my life are essentially a lifestyle design. It’s all about trying to lead the coolest life possible, and experiencing as much of the adventure as you can. There is so much culture in the world. Art, food, music, and technology. It’s all worth being apart of. And when it comes to life, I feel that it’s more important to try and fail, than to have never tried at all.
ALOC: You recently played the 2016 Arise Music Festival in Loveland, Colorado? What made this festival particularly special for SoDown? How was your experience?
EW: It was the first year I had been there, and I was excited to see how accepting everyone was to myself and my music. Anyone you walk by you nod your head, and they give you a warm smile or a genuine acknowledgment. Those are certainly the types of people I appreciate. The response I received from my set was really amazing. It was a great festival, and I hope I have more time in the future to explore it.
ALOC: What are your future plans? New music? Tour dates?
EW: As far as tour dates, I have a co-headline show with Muzzy Bearr August 20, 2016 at City Hall in Denver. As well, a nationwide fall tour is in the works with more dates to come on my site. I’ve recently released a remix of “Simon Says” by Pharaohe Monch, which is available for free on SoundCloud. Also, I’m working on a bunch of unreleased music that I plan to release on an EP very soon. I just plan to always keep the ball rolling. Things are happening and I’m stoked on it. Of course, you can always purchase my music on all the regular online sources like Spotify or itunes, but it’s also available on SoundCloud for free. What I really want is for people to come and see my music live. That’s where this world really thrives for me. That’s where I really take listeners on an adventure.
ALOC: Why do you feel that art and music are important to our current cultures and societies?
EW: Simply put, art and music brings people together. It gets us all on the same wavelength, and honestly, that’s one of the major reasons I started this project. I really enjoy connecting with people, and that connection is what I felt as a fan. I really wanted to supply that environment as a producer. As well, art is an expression of space, and music is an expression of time. What else are we really beside just that: space and time. It’s truly an expression of the human experience. While we are all so connected in these time, I also feel that we are very disconnected as humans. It’s essential to find a way to hold on to that natural connectivity. Music and art are that connection, and when we are all together I believe we are all much happier.I’mSoDown.com