House and techno producer Sacha Robotti has nearly two decades of experience putting out music on tastemaking labels like Dirtybird, Octopus Records and This Ain’t Bristol. Now, the German-born, Los Angles-based artist is flexing his artistic freedom with the launch of his new label, Slothacid.
The imprint will serve as a distribution method exclusively for Robotti’s own music, with the first release, the aptly named four-track EP Welcome to Slothacid out on Aug. 30. The EP’s first single “Tail of a Siren” — a tech house thrillride through deep space — is premiering exclusively on Billboard Dance, below.
“It’s a love song from the future with weird distorted vocals that I wrote and sang, on eternal unreciprocated love, I guess, and with a German accent [laughs],” Robotti tells Billboard Dance. “I want to channel emotion into my music to affect people viscerally, if possible.”
Robotti will continue releasing music on other labels when the timing is right, but says that Slothacid will give him the space to follow his creative impulses without having to fit into a certain sound or label release schedule. Fans can expect new music from Slothacid every “month or two…but I’m not set on that since I’ll release whenever I feel I want or need to.”
“The plan with my label is to release music that’s special to me without falling too deep into the dogma trap of genres and styles that are popular at this moment,” Robotti continues. “I‘m trying to express myself and explore…the first EP is a snapshot of the range of music I want to showcase on Slothacid Records, this is a creative freedom I want to retain and reflect with my label!”
The label launch and EP are getting IRL traction with a 24-date Welcome To Slothacid fall tour, for which Robotti will play open-to-close sets at clubs across the United States and Canada. After living and working in Berlin for 16 years, and making music as part of DJ duo Robosonic for 12 of them, Robotti has become a West Coast festival favorite since relocating to Los Angeles three years ago.
“I think overall, I feel more at ease and relaxed here,” Robotit says of life on the Golden Coast. “I love the optimism and the great weather here. I have also opened up to — for a lack of a better word — ‘spirituality’ more, and I love the nature here. Artistically, the move was also a good thing for me. I’m getting to experience West Coast festival life, which is truly one of a kind! I love to be around all the amazing music that has come out of L.A., be it hip-hop or electronic music or rock. The density and mixture of musicians and artists in this city is insane, and the opportunities for us to work together also.”