Since 2014, the Pacific Northwest’s Manatee Commune, AKA Grant Eadie has gained a solid reputation as a talented up and coming producer. Known for his blend of organic instrumentation and glittery beats, the talented young artist has already toured with the likes of Odesza, Slow Magic, and Emancipator and graced the stage of festivals such as Bonnaroo and Sasquatch. Eadie recently released his newest single “Famous” featured on his forthcoming album PDA, out soon on Bastard Jazz Recordings. The catchy single, featuring ethereal vocals by Cassandra Violet, warns of what the seduction of fame can have on a young and naive dreamer.
Read this interview to find out more about this talented artist who has already amassed millions of Spotify streams and collaborated alongside the likes of Petit Biscuit.
Where did you get your inspiration for your new song "Famous" featuring Cassandra Violet?
I’d been playing with a bunch of new sounds on a Juno 106, especially this rich string sound that became the meat of the verses. Cassandra’s soft, almost whisper-like, voice fit so perfectly with the Juno’s warmth and the rest just kind of fell together.
How did you end up collaborating with Cassandra?
We share a publisher so I found her amongst a bunch of other vocalists looking for producers and her voice totally clicked with my sound.
What do you think about the concept of fame?
It’s a dangerous pursuit that causes a lot of false success and lost dreams. Fame should be considered an added benefit of work well done, not an ultimate goal. I think at one point everyone dreams of being the person who gets all the looks, all the attention, but as we grow up it becomes apparent that life is so much easier when you can just put your head down and do the thing you love.
Your new album is called PDA. Can you please tell me a little bit more about this and what listeners can expect?
Some of my favorite moments when I’m playing live is when I sweep my eyes through the audience and catch a glimpse of two people, friends or family or significant others, that are just enjoying their moment together. I don’t really know what to call it, but Public Display of Affection made sense to me.
I really wanted to capture that feeling. The sweet pauses when you’re like, “yeah, I love this person, and I love this moment we’re having,” and despite the fact you’re surrounded by strangers you find yourself grabbing their hand, or wrapping them up in a hug, or just telling them that you’re having a really lovely time.
That’s what this album sounds like.
Who are your greatest musical inspirations?
Kishi Bashi, Animal Collective, Vulfpeck, Jon Hopkins, Bayonne, Emily King, Paul Simon, Chrome Sparks, Machinedrum, Gold Panda & Tycho.
What are you most looking forward to in 2019 and beyond?
TOURING! A NEW FULL-LENGTH RECORD! MORE REMIXES! WORKING WITH MY FAVORITE MUSICIANS! Ahhh, I’m so pumped for the future, so much exciting stuff to do in the very near future.
What advice would you give to other aspiring young producers?
1. Just start.
2. Don’t think about what your “sound” is, or even if it sounds good to start off with.
3. Learn from others, but don’t take anything for a hard truth.
4. Always ask yourself how you want to grow as an artist.
5. If your music is undeniable, success will follow. Focus on the music first.