RL Grime (aka Henry Steinway) has quickly made his way to the forefront of the urban-inflected electronic music scene, first making a splash with his debut EP, Grapes, which saw remixes from heavyweights such as Shlohmo and Salva—not a bad way to make an entrance. He then went on to put forth “Trap On Acid,” which gained support from folks like Diplo, A-Trak, and Flosstradamus, and continued on the warpath with Salva, making a bootleg of “Mercy,” a booty-shaking anthem that became a staple of trap-heavy sets. And then he capped off 2012 with an official remix of Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction,” which added a new layer to the classic and showed that RL Grime is an expert at keeping it fresh. Here’s what he had to say about last year and what lies ahead.
Sum up 2012 in three words.
There’s been a lot written about you lately… tell us one thing about yourself that the press has missed.
I’m really good at origami.
Have a favorite track from last year?
Any predictions for 2013, music or otherwise?
What’s next for you release-wise, and what should we look forward to in the future?
More remixes and a big EP in March.