Melbourne producer Tentendo released ‘Ride’ last week, a collab with fellow Australian artist R.ICO.
Strongly influenced by the soullection/R’n’B movement of the early 2010s, the atmosphere of the track is thick with good vibes; it’s plugged in without trying too hard. Funky bass lines glide over bubbling grooves.
Directed by 76 million movies, the accompanying music video is set in the back streets of Fitzroy. The clip features a strange alien figure dancing around the neighborhood, with the sole purpose of locating the vibe.
“Don’t go so fast, take your time,” says a vocal in “Ride,” and the track adheres to that mantra: Tentendo’s house style is content to make the languid journey, letting the chaotic beats unfold at a pleasant. The attention to detail is evident, production was never rushed.
To mark the release of “Ride,” we caught up with Tentendo on our popular Get To Know series to learn more about his life and music.
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How was your artist name born?
It was actually me making a joke with a friend one night. My friend mispronounced ‘nintendo’ as ‘ninetendo’ and I said ‘Tentendo‘ as a joke and it stopped me dead. I had been struggling for ages to find a name for my project and it came out of nowhere
How would you describe your music to your grandmother?
I make a lot of different music so I would just say I try to make beautiful music of all kinds and hope there is something for everyone.
Tell us about some of your tracks;
My latest single ‘Ride’ features my friend R.ICO – he sings in Sydney Boomchild’s band. I found his instagram one day and his voice is crazy. I made a beat by sampling his instagram videos. I sent him this beat out of the blue and he sent me back a great voice memo super fast. I knew we were on to something good instantly. This track is part of my next EP player one. This EP mostly allowed me to properly explore house music for the first time, it was super fun to do.
What To do do you like your hometown?
Melbourne is an amazing city to live and create in, there are so many little pockets of creative people making amazing music and art. It’s very inspiring to see the city rejuvenate over the past few months, with so many events and shows going on.
Career highlight so far?
The funny thing is that my song “waves” was used in a vlog by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) on her YouTube channel! It was quite surreal! But a truer one would be listening to one of my favorite DJs (Joe Kay, Soulection) one morning, hearing my music in his set, and almost coughing up my breakfast in shock.
Favorite pastime outside of music?
I love bouldering/rock climbing. I find it a good place to disconnect from technology and engage physically and mentally. It’s a fun way to get me to exercise.
What’s on your dream rider?
Maybe a backstage day spa or something. Give me a restorative massage before my set, please and thank you!
A dream musical collaboration?
There are the obvious ones like Frank Ocean, SZA, D’Angelo, Brandy and Kendrick Lamar. I would love To do something with Thundercat and layer about 7 basslines on a single beat and watch my laptop inevitably catch fire in the process.
Or To do do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope I will always have so much fun creating music and laughing with my friends! I’d love to have a full project or two out by then too.
What’s your favorite karaoke song?
Maybe “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” from Tears for Fears. It is a certified banger.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Stop trying to be a worse version of someone else and be the best version of yourself.
What is your obsession that no one would guess after listening to your music?
I’m a huge Formula 1 fan. I watched the Netflix series a few years ago and haven’t missed a race since. My entire YouTube algorithm is pretty much football highlights and Formula 1 videos!
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