We’re delighted to be back with another month’s residency.

For the month of August, San Francisco Bay Area native, DJ Basta will take over the airwaves with his Morning Breath show, every Thursday from 10 AM California time / 6 PM Ireland & UK time.

Kicking off on Thursday 10th August, Morning Breath offers up a blissful blend of lofi beats & laid-back hip hop with hints of jazz, funk, and soul.

You can have a listen to the Remnants project below to get a good idea of what Nicholas AKA DJ Basta’s sound is all about. Remnants is a collection of 12 handmade collages and 12 lofi beats. A partnership of sound and image through a parallel process. Textured layers and colors over broken rhythmic patterns. Using pieces of old to make new.

You can also head on over to https://www.rootsandbranches.org/ to read more about the project and take a gander at his impressive artwork.

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If you can’t catch the Frission Premiere on Thursday 10th you can listen back at any time via our replay’s page or on our Mixcloud channel.

We caught up with DJ Basta recently to see what he’s up to.

DJ Basta Interview

Can you tell us about where we are now?

Recording live from Oakland, California.

What do you think are some of the most exciting things happening with music?

Rise in popularity of vinyl records, new wave of beat makers, internet/connectivity.

What kind of creative routines or rituals do you have?

Eat good, drink a lot of water, spend time in nature, keep my ears & eyes open at all times, dig for new old sounds & images, build with folks who inspire me.

What are you trying to communicate with your music and cover art?

Look to the past for reference on how to create an alternate future.

You’ve got some very nice cover art for your music. How did that all come about?

Aesthetics are parallel to sonics. One process inspires the other. When I started taking music production more seriously I put visual art to the side for a while. Over the past couple years I have been experimenting with different ways of combining sound and image to create my own formula.

Can you tell us a little about the Roots and Branches project?

Roots & Branches started in 2006 as a community art project focused on making art and music accessible to youth while activating public spaces and building community with block parties and all ages events. The project has evolved through many phases as I have developed my practice as an artist and educator. In 2017 Roots and Branches in an emerging production company focused on producing high quality creative works in various mediums to help companies, organizations and individuals tell their story, bring people together and generate dialogue.

Recent release?

Remnants is a collection of 12 handmade collages and 12 lofi beats. A

partnership of sound and image through parallel process. Textured layers and colors over broken rhythmic patterns. Using pieces of old to make new. Available at rootsandbranches.org

What’s next for you?

More beats, mixes and a new poster series.

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Roots and Branches