For the better part of the past decade, Unlimited Gravity has pushed compositional boundaries with his innovative sound design and high energy productions. This past summer Unlimited Gravity released his newest single “Caution Tape” unveiling his more sophisticated and mature sound. “Caution Tape” showcases his abilities as a gifted songwriter and vocalist, which will likely define the next phase of his career. We recently had the chance to catch up with Unlimited Gravity about where he gets his inspiration, his diverse background, and more.
Where are you from originally? What is it like? What do you remember about growing up?
I am born and raised in Denver, CO. I grew up in the suburb called Lakewood, CO and to this day it’s one of my favorite places on the globe. Growing up I remember a very very supportive environment for Pershing artistic passion. I always gravitated toward music but everyone was encouraged to follow their hearts which was amazing.
What sort of music did you listen to growing up? Do any specific tunes stick out?
What drew you towards electronic music in the first place?
Growing up I listened to absolutely everything. From all the popular stuff to the underground stuff, to the weird stuff. I couldn’t get enough. The music that stuck out the most though, I have to admit, was like the boy band stuff. 1, because I love the singing/harmonies/cheesy lyrics. 2, because the productions were always so on point and the beginnings of electronic composition. I first started producing in 2006 and at the time I was very into Aphex Twin, early Glitch Mob, early Bassnectar. I’m still definitely a fan of both it was just their earlier styles that fully inspired me to start producing and to get weird with it. The pure energy and power and limitless possibilities are what drew me in the most about electronic music.
When did you start getting successful with your work? Can you tell us a bit about what that was like?
Well from the beginning I had all of the support from my friends and family which already felt like success, but my first real taste of mainstream success came with my remix of Awolnation’s “Sail” that was released through Red Bull Records. The song was made for a contest and chosen as a winner and the rest is history. Since the release, it has reached 50+ million streams and views online which is astounding to me. It has also opened up the door to collaborate more with Awolnation which has been a huge blessing. It’s been surreal. Seeing my music on national television in shows and commercials is incredible, and having people reach out to me from all over the world expressing their appreciation has been a dream come true.
What draws you to the styles of music that you find yourself making right now? What’s inspiring to you?
How are you pushing yourself further as a musician? How does that play a role in your current productions?
The styles of music I’ve been producing lately are fully a culmination of everything that’s resonated with me over the last 12 years. I’m still very much visiting aspects of freestyle glitch-hop/dubstep/melodic orchestration/ and original vocal elements. As for pushing myself as a musician, my future releases are all based around my original lyrics and vocals. I’ve been a singer since elementary school, went through college on a music/vocal scholarship, and am now dedicating my craft to that skill so I can utilize all of the skills I have. Currently, it plays the biggest role in my production because it’s all based around the vocal elements.
Can you please provide our readers with a little bit more background about your music education and how it played a role in the production of “Caution Tape”?
So I’ve been in choir since 6th grade, which carried all the way through the end of my college career, and at the University of Sioux Falls, I studied a music degree with an emphasis in composition and music technology. I had the opportunity to travel the world and tour with my college chorale and acapella groups. All of the vocal training and classical composition with music theory all play an enormous role in the music I create.
Can you please tell us a little bit more about your work with Mile High Sound Movement?
So in 2008 I had the honor crossing paths with one of my absolute best friends, Jay Jaramillo aka Project Aspect, who started MHSM with one of my other best friends, Zach Karuzas aka Kruza Kid, and at that point that had already started to collective with a few events under their belt, I was looking to be a part of a family with a vision bigger than ourselves and instantly was welcomed by these guys. Since then I’ve helped grow the brand nationally as a production company, record label, and music blog.
What are some things your fans can look forward to for the rest of 2018 and beyond?
In 2018 and beyond my fans can expect a lot more of me personally in my music, my releases will be the most personal and vulnerable in my entire career because of all of the singing and rapping I’m incorporating, and I intend to translate that rawness through every performance as well.
What is your favorite record right now? What are your top five favorite records to play (all time)?
My absolute favorite record now is guillotine by the one and only Jon Bellion. The man is incredibly talented and gosh darn it I just want to be his friend so bad lol. And top 5 records to play – Hmmm…That’s tough because my sets are 95% all original tracks.
My top 5 would be:
Out of My Mind – Unlimited Gravity
Get low ft. Psymbionic – Unlimited Gravity
- Project aspect – Straight to Wet
- DMVU – Vanitas Vanitatum
- Homemade Spaceship – Dirt Squirt
What are you obsessed with right now?
Right now I’m obsessed with:
Home renovating, Making jewelry, Puppies, Spending time with family, Making great food with my girlfriend, and of course – exploring music.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Follow your heart, especially when it comes to the art.
If you had to put a mission statement to your work as a producer, what would it be?
Unlimited Gravity means, there’s no limit to what we can attract into our lives. So for me and any producer/musician out there, if you set goals and align yourself with them and work hard in the direction you want to be in, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.
Is there an end-game or particular goal or dream for you that you hope to accomplish?
I just want to share my music with as many people as possible and I want to Inspire them all to be the best version and happiest version of themselves as possible. That’s my goal, to Leave a positive impact on the world.