Tisoki, real name Bradley Edwards, is a multifaceted British producer whose sound is a well curated amalgamation of dubstep and other bass heavy genres. Though he is now based in the magical land of SoCal, Tisoki’s roots in the UK underground have shaped the artist’s unique genre-bending sound. Moreover, his decade-long career in the industry has earned him support from icons like DJ Snake, Skrillex, and Mija, as well as enthralling collaborations with Grabbitz, Borgore, and Crankdat.
Subsequently his highly anticipated ‘01953’ LP was released July 30th via Monstercat, an independent Canadian label with an impressive roster of artists including Jauz, Kang Daniel, Slushii, and The Bloody Beetroots to name a few. In a previous article RaverRafting mentioned that Tisoki’s album title is an ode to the producer’s hometown in Wymondham (The UK), as are some of the formative sounds on the record.
“SENSITIVE” is a captivating soundscape with its mesmerizing vocals while experimental numbers such as “HOLD ON ME,” “WAVEY,” “MADE 4 THIS,” and “GLASS” push the boundaries through catchy flute melodies and a slew of dreamy arpeggios. Then Tisoki switches up the energy with “ALL NIGHT” and “COMEDOWN,” two grimey hip hop renditions reminiscent of old school UK grunge. Finally “FIND URSELF” rounds out the album on a thoughtful, introspective note; taking listeners on a journey throughout the artist’s intriguing mind. Want to know more about Tisoki? Check out RaverRafting’s interview with the artist below and listen to ‘01953’ HERE!
RR: What is the underground scene like in Wymondham / the UK?
T: In terms of music, there isn’t really much there to be honest. In the neighbouring city Norwich though, there is definitely a cool scene of bands and some electronic producers. I haven’t been back in a while so I haven’t really had my ear to the ground but I’d love to head back soon and check out some local stuff.
RR: Are there any comfort foods or snacks that you miss (from the UK)?
T: I was really craving some Dairy Milk chocolate which is undeniably the best chocolate in the world, but I actually recently found a British food store near my place and I’ve shamefully been going every week to just buy copious amounts of shitty food so that has definitely fixed my cravings.
RR: We definitely have to try that. Did growing up in a historic “market town” shape who you are/your music?
T: Yeah I think being around heritage which is older than everyone alive is definitely something that inspired me. After coming to the US it was unheard of to see a church or something that was over 200 years old and in a weird way, it definitely made me think about what I’m going to be leaving behind when my life comes to an end…as morbid as that is, hah.
RR: Nah, we totally get it. It’s something everyone has been thinking about a lot these days in quarantine. Speaking of that, did you discover any new talents or make any breakthroughs in your craft during lockdown?
T: I don’t think I necessarily discovered any new talents, moreso I just became more comfortable with some techniques I’d always questioned before. I’ve really only made dance music for live shows and that kind of environment, so it was nice to flex that muscle of “ok, these songs are really just listenable and not made to be played stupid loud on a festival sound system.”
RR: Tell us about playing in rock bands — any interesting stories or cringey band names?
T: I won’t mention band names in case there’s something still online but I do remember just thinking I was top shit being in a band at such a young age, so I have definitely humbled myself since growing up!
RR: Do you have any cool gadgets or tools you use when producing your music?
T: I’ve started an interest in analogue stuff through a friend who is just completely immersed in that world but because the studio set up I have right now is kind of a “temporary lockdown workspace”, it’s pretty minimal – it’s just in a spare room in my house. I think once the world gets somewhat back to normal, I’d really love to buy and build out a space that isn’t in the house and then at that point, I’ll just go in on buying more gear.
RR: Big congrats on the album by the way! It’s an innovative and sophisticated sound that we’re really digging. How did you feel composing ‘01953’?
T: Thank you! I really felt like the true “me” as cliche as that sounds. I’ve always wanted to make music like this and have never really had the chance to. Also a big thank you to Monstercat for supporting this crazy vision and taking somewhat of a risk with the project, it really means a lot.
RR: Lastly what are your top 3 favorite throwback jams that are always on repeat?
T: 1975 – Yeah I Know
The Wombats – Moving To New York
Rusko – Jehova