I first met Derrick Shadrack aka Glamaticus while walking along the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town a few years ago. I was hanging out with my friend Toby, and Derrick’s skateboarding caught our attention.
Impressed with his moves, we took some photos, got talking and discovered he also makes music. We exchanged details and I have been enjoying the smooth sounds of Glamaticus ever since.
Glamaticus has just released his latest EP called Summer Rain, which is a collaboration project with vocalist Juliet July. I caught up with Derrick to find out more about this release.
How did the idea for Summer Rain come about?
The idea originated from the first song we collaborated on, which was titled Summer Rain, so then we decided to make a project out of it.
What was it like to collaborate with Juliet July?
It was fun, this was my first vocal project, so I was quite keen on the experimentation. The process with Juli was pretty seamless and organic, she’s good to work with, she has a good distribution of agreeableness and conscientiousness.
How would you describe your sound?
Yeah, that is a difficult one, I don’t know how to describe it myself, I leave it to the people listening. [Laughs]
If you could collaborate with any person dead or alive, who would it be?
What do you think music will sound like 10 years from now?
Hard to speculate, but you’ll definitely be hearing a lot more hybrid genres, it will be harder to classify songs and artists cause a lot of them are taking influence from a variety of genres and cultures especially as more musicians collaborate across the world.
What are your top 5 favorite tracks (by other artists) at the moment?
Hmm… top 5 fave tracks? That’s not easy [Laughs], for the moment, I’ll say: El Pescador by Banda Magda, Hell to the Liars by London Grammar, OdeToYou by Flitz&Suppe, Sing to the Moon by Snarky Puppy ft Laura Mvula & Michelle Willis, and Hopopono by GoGo Penguin.
What’s your most important non-musical source of inspiration?
What does 2018 have in store for you?
My debut album is set for release this year via Sun Sea Sky Productions. It will be both physical [CD] and digital, so I’m really looking forward to that.