Sweater Beats is an electronic music producer who grew up outside Washington D.C. in the suburbs of Rockville, Maryland. He is currently on his For the Cold Debut live tour across North America, in advance of a new EP release in early 2017. Blisspop had the chance to catch up with him before his homecoming show at U Street Music Hall. We discussed his beginnings as a producer, his pursuits as a professional musician, and what inspires him to make music.
How did you get started in producing?
SB: I started making beats on the computer because all my friends that I was in bands with moved out of the area to go to school. So, I was left with myself and a computer which I used to program my own drums to play along with and it evolved from there.
When did you decide to pursue music professionally?
SB: I think only recently because this whole time I used to think of it as a hobby. When shows started to pick up and I started to play music festivals I thought, “I could do this forever.”
Yes! That’s the dream! So why do you make music?
SB: Good question! I’ve always grown up playing and making music, I didn’t have anything else to do. Now it’s just a need to make music. At this point, this is my profession, and I don’t have any backup plans, so I need to make music to pay the bills. But bottom line, I love to make music and I don’t think I could do anything else.
What is the big differentiator between someone who is a hobbyist versus a pro musician?
SB: I think it all comes to tactics. How hard you want to work at it? The hobbyist makes music for fun. But someone who wants to do it for a living – you make music because you’ll need to and you’ll spend ten to fifteen hours a day everyday working to better yourself, as a musician. So I think drive and passion are the main differentiators.