From dirty bass beats to breezy disco-pop, Cut Snake is the sound of good times with good sorts. Frequently pushing that sensual sweet-spot between genres, Snake’s rough and ready party vibes come out of the studio with slick sonic edges, holding their own just as well at banging peak-time as at a lazy afternoon poolside sesh. The only guidelines you need for these tunas come straight from the slinker’s mouth: “best enjoyed with a beer in hand and loud speakers”. Having spent the first decade of his career as a pro surfer, Cut Snake’s Leigh ‘Sedz’ Sedley got into dance music while touring the world for surf contests, inspired by the underground scenes in each country he visited. The career transition from beach to beats was remarkably smooth. Whilst waiting for waves he fine-tuned his production skills from beachfront bungalows, giving his music its unique taste: fresh as, and just a little salty. “I like spending time in my little studio,” Sedz reflects, “but my favourite thing to do is take my Winnebago down the beach and write tunes on the roof with a mad view.” Though he was raised on Australia’s Gold Coast, Sedz has based himself out of the States for almost a decade, using the west coast as springboard for national and international tours whilst ticking some of its most epic events off the bucket list including Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella. You can take the boy out of Oz but you can’t take the aussie out of the boy: ten years deep into an international career and Sedz is still ‘yiewin’ with the best of them – just check out his killer podcast, featuring guest mixes from talented music mates like Weiss, Eli Brown and Justin Jay. Though Cut Snake was originally a duo between Sedz and childhood friend Paul ‘Fish’ Fisher, in 2018 Fisher amicably split from the outfit to pursue a solo career, and Cut Snake became a one-man-band. Sedz is candid about missing his buddy on the road, but when it comes to the beats his focus is sharper than ever, and the Snake sound, already deliciously diverse, remains largely unchanged. As it always has been, the key is to give maximum vibes and minimum fucks. With a cranking new EP out via Sweat it Out, including a collab with Sydney stalwarts Yolanda Be Cool, there’s never been a better time to jump on board.
Can you tell us a little bit about your new EP “Want It All” ?
I’ve been mates with the Desert Hearts guys for about 10 years, and we had discussed putting out some of my records on the label for a fair while now. I didn’t know how people would react to those tunes prior to putting out this EP, though as it was a little bit different than my last batch of records, and I do get a little self-conscious putting music out there for people to critique. But it was nice to get some good feedback on the EP. I guess it’s given me some confidence to revisit a bunch of old records I’ve been sitting on that I’d put aside because I felt like they didn’t fit at the time or something.
Aside from dance music, what do you listen to? Any other genres you’re interested in pursuing?
I never listen to dance music unless I’m making it or hunting for stuff to play on the weekends. Otherwise, I get too burnt out on it. I’ve been right into old afro funk lately and psychedelic rock. Pretty much whatever my missus shows me; she has really good taste in music.
What bands are you obsessed with right now?
Soul Juice! The guy is 21 and he sounds like he’s been making music forever. Extremely good psychedelic rock! Check it out.
Who inspires you?
Anyone out there making art, getting weird and creating cool shit really. Also, people doing good shit to protect the environment and animals.
You just shared a big Major Lazer remix. Have you partied with those guys? Who else at Stereosonic are you looking forward to having a drink with?
I’ve never even met any of those guys! Actually, we’ve DJed with one of them – Jillionaire, we hung out with him in Venice. He’s a cool guy.
How did your surfing peers react when you guys started taking house and dance music more seriously? How do you think the music taste of the surfing industry generally has changed over the years?
I think they love it! Even the guys that are dominating the surf movie scene, they’re all putting electronic music in their movies. It’s not really punk music anymore, it’s more electronic based, so it’s definitely helping us.
What’s are some current gear go-to’s in the studio right now? Any particular plugins or pieces of hardware?
Complete by Native Instruments is the key for us usually. Some other key plug-ins we use are [the] Rob Papen SubBoomBass [virtual synth], Fabilter EQ, and CLA-2a Compressor.
For someone who hasn’t caught one of your DJ sets, what sort of energy and sounds can they expect?
Good housey tunes and a good vibes. Come see for yourself!
if you could give any upcoming dj/producer/songwriters out there a word advice what would it be?
Try and make songs that when you are DJ’ing….if you need a song to get everyone on the floor….make that song,….if you can..then you know you’ve made a winner…(easier said than done)