In 2013, Austin producer Eric Dingus released his unofficial remix of Drake's "Worst Behavior," which tempered the original's aggressiveness into a twinkling ambient lullaby, and immediately stood out from the glut of uninspired Aubrey Graham SoundCloud reworks. It was posted on OVO's official blog shortly after, and the Texas native ended up co-producing the slow-burner "Now and Forever," off the Canadian rapper's 2015 mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late.
Since then, the 21-year-old has also worked with artists including Gangsta Boo, Main Attrakionz, and Spooky Black, and started his own label, Dream Sequence Records. His beats have a ghostly, ethereal quality to them, making him the perfect person to deliver an exclusive Halloween mix, which features somber instrumentals, hazy Belly and Lil Uzi Vert edits, and a handful of tracks from DSR artists.
Listen to it below and read a short email Q&A with the prolific producer.
THUMP: Can you tell me a little bit about the inspiration for this mix? How do you recommend we enjoy it?
Eric Dingus: The inspiration for this mix was to give a variety of vibes and tracks into a mix themed around the tone of Halloween. I'd recommend you'd listen to it in headphones, smoked out.
Why did you decide to start your own label and what's been the biggest lesson that you've learned?
The label started when I was 18. The biggest lesson I've learned is how important mixing is in putting together quality releases.
Describe Austin's music scene in three words.
Isolated, different, creative.
Who's your favourite Texas artist right now that more people need to know about?
More people need to know about Dowrong from Austin, TX.
What's your favourite Halloween movie?
What's the best Halloween costume that you've ever worn?
Eric Dingus Halloween 2016 Mix Tracklist:
Eric Dingus - Life Without Poison
Belly - Ballerina (Eric Dingus Edit)
Lil Uzi Vert - You Was Right (Eric Dingus Edit)
Eric Dingus - Colors
Eric Dingus - Opened Exposed
Dowrong - Fuck Rap (Prod. Eric Dingus)
T$O - Quiet Time (Prod. Eric Dingus)
Eric Dingus - Released From Isolation
Eric Dingus - Midnight
Eric Dingus - Interlude
GNIK The God - Why You Wanna (Prod. Eric Dingus)
Eric Dingus - Germ
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