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[PREMIERE] FunkFiles.025 :: Ageless – “Until Today” | FREE DL & Artist Interview

by Kyle Taylor |

I’m definitely influenced by the city and its hip hop history. Although it’s expanded to small towns around the world, hip hop was born in the buildings and parks a few miles from where I grew up; and it’s always at the core of my music.

Perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the electro soul movement, producer Wesley Paioff- known to most as Ageless– has been dominating the future hip hop sound for years now and booming straight out of the iconic Empire State. With the earliest Soundcloud tracks dating four years back, the project’s history still extends well beyond such a time-frame and has a history just as colorful as possibly hip hop itself.

Having been keeping tabs on this relentless, dedicated, and profound beats producer for years now- even once collaborating before (Ageless contributed the track “Voices In My Head” to our Pulp FUNKtion compilation)- we’re truly excited to welcome this New York City musician to an already special lineup. The enthusiasm from our end did nothing more than prickle with the notion of teaming up with Paioff once more for an interview and premiere of his latest single, “Until Today”.

Next Wednesday (April 26th) Ageless will make his way to Philadelphia for the first night of a two-week venture hosted by Funkadelphia and Deathwaltz Media Group as part of the Altered States series co-curated at the venue, Silk City. Paioff will perform alongside fellow artists TheBusiness.guest headliner Late Night Radio, and of course Wax Future themselves at the introductory night of ‘Wax Future & Friends’. It is here that Ageless’ sound will be met with a cohesion of like-minded musical sounds for a celebration of future funk and inspired reflection of retrograde beats. Hip hop heads are likely to find themselves lost in bliss.


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It was only an added treat to not only get a glimpse at what Ageless has been working on in the studio recently through this new single he cooked up for us, but the chance to step full-on into this veteran musician’s mind was truly the icing on the cake-

I started this project as a hip hop producer and emcee, flipping records with analog samplers and drum machines. Back then it was more complimenting the vocalist and keeping a level of simplicity; but for the past six or seven years now, I’ve focused more on complex arrangements and intricate sound design. Even though the sound has evolved a lot, I still start a beat the same way: by digging through crates of old records looking for that perfect sample.

Though some aspects of the project have changed during the project’s lifetime, the dense, jolting hip hop core has always been the staple-sound ceaselessly embedded in Paioff’s productions. With this signature sound he sings the history of the genre while fighting tooth and nail to keep the sound itself Ageless.



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[PREMIERE] FunkFiles.025 :: Ageless – “Until Today” — FREE DOWNLOAD!



|| INTERVIEW ||


Funkadelphia: “How much of your music, percentage-wise, would you say is sample-based versus originally produced?”

Ageless: “I’d say about 30 to 40 percent [is sampling]. Sampling is a big part of my process and usually how I start a song.


Funkadelphia: “Do you play any instruments yourself?”

Ageless: “I play drums and piano. I plan on adding more instruments to my shows in the future, just trying to find the right balance.

Funkadelphia: “Did you grow up in an artistically or musically-inclined household; and with that, do you have any formal musical education?

Ageless: I was fortunate to grow up in a musical family. My grandfather played violin; my father plays guitar;; and my uncle plays traditional Russian music professionally. I took a few lessons growing up but never really wanted to commit to one instrument. I do have a degree in audio engineering, which I apply when mixing and mastering my music.


Funkadelphia:Ageless has been a pretty long-standing project now for numerous years- how do you think the project and its sound have evolved in that time period, if at all?

Ageless: “I started this project as a hip hop producer and emcee, flipping records with analog samplers and drum machines. Back then it was more complimenting the vocalist and keeping a level of simplicity; but for the past six or seven years now, I’ve focused more on complex arrangements and intricate sound design. Even though the sound has evolved a lot, I still start a beat the same way: by digging through crates of old records looking for that perfect sample.


Funkadelphia: “Were you born and raised in New York?”

Ageless: “Yup, born and raised in New York and have lived here pretty much my whole life. New York is full of people who talk about how they’re ready to move somewhere else, but never actually do. I’ve been saying this for years.

Funkadelphia: “Your music tends to have a heavy hip hop accent, while New York has been home to a tremendous extent of hip hop history- do you feel the city has had an influence on your sound? If so, how?”

Ageless: “I’m definitely influenced by the city and its hip hop history. Although it’s expanded to small towns around the world, hip hop was born in the buildings and parks a few miles from where I grew up; and it’s always at the core of my music.



Funkadelphia: “What are you using currently- both software and hardware- in the studio and for live performance?”

Ageless: “In the studio I use Propellerhead Reason 9, along with a few keyboards, MIDI controllers, and MPC’s. I have a 1970’s Trident channel strip, which I record through for sound coloration- that’s my favorite piece of gear.
For live performances I use Serato with a Pioneer controller and Korg Kaossilator. I’m always looking to further the improvisational aspect of my live sets, so I’ll switch things up occasionally.”

Funkadelphia: “You released your last album, ‘Perfect World’, about eight months ago- what’s next for you in the studio?”

Ageless: “I’m currently putting the final touches on my new EP- I should have release details soon. I’ve been taking my time with this one, and I can tell you the sound design is turning out next level. The samples are mainly pulled from rare, hard-to-find records. I’m excited for it!

Funkadelphia: “If you could produce the beats for an album for any emcee in the world- live or dead- who would it be?”

Ageless: “It may be a predictable answer but i’d have to say Biggie. I’m curious what he would sound like in today’s world. As far as someone living, probably Ghostface.”

|| UPCOMING AGELESS PERFORMANCES ||

{{4/26}} – Silk City || Philadelphia, PA
…………w/ Wax Future, Late Night Radio, The Business.
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{{4/28}} – Rough Trade || Brooklyn, NY
…………w/ The Geek x Vrv
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{{4/29}} – A.I. || Washington D.C.
…………w/ The Geek x Vrv 
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{{5/02}} – Eventi Hotel || New York, NY
…………S.U.S Fundraiser Party 

{{5/06}} – Knitting Factory || Brooklyn, NY
…………w/ Blue Future, MIDIcinal
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{{6/02}} – Studio M || Queens, NY
…………w/ TBA



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