Sina Sohrab is the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Iranian-American designer and composer who creates hypnotic house (“club music for one”) beats under his solo project, Spirit Guide. BULLETT caught up with Sohrab for a quick Q+A about his new EP, collaborating with digital print genius Sarah Richards for her SS14 presentation last Saturday at New York Fashion Week, and his soft spot for Moby. Listen to the exclusive premiere of the dimly-lit Spirit Guide x RICHARDS SS14 mix below.
Tell us about yourself!
Male, 23, Aries
How did the collaboration between you and RICHARDS come about?
Sarah approached me at a show I played at 285 Kent last year and asked if I would be interested in doing the sound for her Fall/Winter collection. I really love her work, so I was more than happy to be a part of it. I asked her for photos of the collection, their plans for the presentation and used those as inspiration for that first mix.
So this is the second mix you’ve made for her — what sort of vibe were you going for?
This season I had a little more creative freedom and decided to do as much original work for it as I could. It ended up around twenty minutes, cycling through a variety of ideas. It kind of turned into an exercise in not editing so much and letting ideas roll out as they came. It draws from a variety of things, the main force being the Danny Boyle movie The Beach. I started watching over and over just as this project started; it’s something that I saw working really well with this collection.
You recently released Intimacy, an EP for your own contemporary electronic music project, Spirit Guide. What was your mindset throughout the process of making this?
Intimacy was a series of tracks pulled together from this past spring and winter. They have their own references — the club, touch, lounge, found sound, neon, Romeo + Juliet — but it was really about pulling together this feeling of displacement I had between the foreground and background in my own life. I played it for a friend of mine after it was done and he had a funny way of describing it as “club music for one”. In a way, I think he’s right.
What have you been listening to lately? Any cool new mixes we should check out?
Honestly, The Beach soundtrack and Moby. This track. And this; Martine’s new release (I sample his vocals from IF a few times through).