If you’ve caught a Sacha Robotti show recently, then you may understand when we say… he took us on a SlothAcid journey. If you are unsure of what we mean by that, keep on reading ;).
Our journey began at Monarch Theater’s Scarlet room. The room was dark and moody, just the way we like it. J. Worra took the decks and warmed us up for the night before the ever-evolving producer, Sacha Robotti took over. Sacha led us through space-time with an eclectic mix of tracks including Proxy’s “Raven”, Tiga’s “Woke”, Don Rimini’s “Motel Ride”, Fisher’s “Stop It” and many more Dirtybird favorites.
Following his Phoenix stop, we had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Robotti. We discussed everything from the tour, his first solo EP on Dirtybird Records, Desert Hearts’ Mikey Lion, and ringing in the New Year! Check out our exclusive interview below:
RR – How has the SlothAcid North American tour been going? Do you have a favorite tour stop thus far or any particular moment that stands out?
Sacha – Hi! It has been amazing! This was a huge tour for me, my first headlining tour in the USA with about 30 shows. My favorite stop was Dirtybird Campout!
RR – Any plans to expand the tour worldwide?
Sacha – That’s the next step!
RR – You recently coined the term SlothAcid to describe your music, can you tell us a little about the meaning behind the name?
Sacha – Since I’ve used a sloth logo for my warehouse parties in LA the past couple of years, the sloth has become a spirit animal that has been increasingly associated with my artist persona. Sloths are an endangered species of friendly, chill creatures who like to sleep a lot and seem to live happily in the moment—qualities I can relate to, especially today in our performance-driven society. The legend goes that magic sloth candy blew minds during my set at Desert Hearts Festival 2017, after which I started using the term “Slothacid” to describe the style of electronic music that I like to play out at festivals and clubs: a mix of groovy, emotional, weird, psychedelic music with tough beats that hopefully will take you on a journey through space-time. It probably sounds bonkers, but the inspiration for the cover art was to show the metamorphosis from robot to sloth, as I had been using a robot head logo for my artist name, that I had printed on shirts and snapbacks I wanted to reflect that metamorphosis in an epic Rick & Morty style battle between gigantic cyber sloths and robots. Jason Flugum and Mikal Brucken made this dope artwork, I’m proud of them!
RR – You’ve been living in LA for over a year now. How was that transition? Do you think that the move has inspired your music?
Sacha – 2 years to be correct. The transition was intense and still is. Yes, it definitely has inspired my state of mind and my music!
RR – You’ve released an abundance of great tracks this year, including your first solo EP, Melato Nina, on Dirtybird. Can you tell us anything about releasing your first EP on Dirtybird, like the production process, inspiration, etc.?
Sacha – Thank you! I’ve released music on Dirtybird in the past 5 years, all of them collabs: with Claude Vonstroke, Kill Frenzy, Justin Jay, Kevin Knapp, Look Like. My first EP Melato Nina that came out this year is a 2 tracker which I’m very proud of, as both tracks have a lot of character in my opinion. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Melato Nina might also be a fictional girls’ name at the same time. I got inspired to write that track while returning from shows overseas, heavily jetlagged and in a state of, I guess, post-weekend-depressive feelings, transitioning from Berlin to LA, and saying goodbye to a place that I called my home for over 16 years. The second track of this EP, “Low Key Goddess”, is inspired by the Burning Man – hippie – “goddess” – “queen” community that I got in touch with in California.
RR – What was it like working with Mikey Lion on Ol’ Dirty Hearts released on Desert Hearts? Any other collabs in the works?
Sacha – It was dope! Mikey and I had so much fun making these tracks. Yes, we plan to get into the studio together soon again!
RR – Is there anything that you’re currently working on that you can share with us?
Sacha – Since I’ve been on tour, it was hard to make new music, so that’s what’s on the menu for me in the next couple of months. I’m working on a ton of new things, and I can’t wait to translate the inspiration I got on my tour into tracks!
RR – Now that the Halloween fests are over, NYE festival planning is in full swing. Do you have any plans to ring in the New Year?
Sacha – Yes, I’m playing at The Mid in San Francisco on NYE, super excited about that! After which I’m off to Costa Rica to play at Ocaso Festival and take some time off at the beach.
RR – Anything else you’d like to share with your fans?
Sacha – I love you and I’m lucky to have such awesome supporters!
RaverRafting loves you too Sacha! Thanks for chatting with us!
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