I’ve been meaning to introduce y’all to Eugene Hector aka Dro Carey aka Tuff Sherm aka Fad TMB aka Pierre Magneto Menard for the past few weeks, but haven’t gotten around to it until today. Hector is a young Sydney-born producer and and artist I truly admire in both an audial and intellectual sense. Known by most as Dro Carey, Hector has been producing everything from screwed hip hop to dark minimal techno since he was 13 and stands alone in his sound and vision. I decided to bring Carey up today because he just released two full projects on his “Braincamp” that are essential listening for any and everybody who considers themselves a hip hop and/or electronic music fan.
As I mention above, Hector goes by many different pseudonyms. I’ll make it easy and lay them out concisely. Dro Carey is the persona closest to Hector’s own (but not his actual self), his most common pseudonym and the outlet for his generally hip hop oriented work. Tuff Sherm makes tunes aimed at the dancefloor, generally in the realm of techno. Fad TMB approximates juke/footwork sounds, albeit far from the Chicago sound you might anticipate. Last but not least, Pierre Magneto Menard is the “French avant-garde/tech persona”, Hector’s eldest and most visually-oriented persona. If you’re confused, just religiously follow Hector’s Tumblr and DC vampira video page for an inside look into his creative process and influences.
While most musicians who work under a pseudonym (or four) attempt to hide themselves and their intentions from the general public, Hector has engaged in multiple interviews, laying his heart on the table and speaking on everything from his creative process to struggles with depression and anxiety. He has laid out the main themes he works around in his music, loneliness and humor, and how inseparable his depression is from his creative process. Like few others in the electronic music realm, Hector has managed to put a human face and human intentions behind an often impersonal artform.
If you follow any advice I give this week, then make it this: download (yes spend $1) the tape below, then read the interview Hector did with Resident Advisor and spend a while devouring the Tumblr and video pages I link to above. I guarantee you will become enamored with Hector and it would be difficult to not like at least one of his personas. You’ll be seeing more Dro Carey here in the very near future so stay tuned.