Rabit is Houston producer, composer, DJ, and record label owner Eric Burton. Chiseling out a bold vision of sound since 2012 Burton has slowly worked his way to the forefront of an international group of artists seeking to create a fresh and uncompromising perspective on future dance music and the very fabric of the club landscape.
Much like his contemporaries, Arca, Lotic and Toxe, Burton combines industrial, hip hop, noise, and sound collage to foster sonic spaces for the exploration of sexuality, gender, race, embodiment, and injustice. Starting his career in 2012 with several EP’s, splits and singles, it was his 2015 debut album, Communion, released on NYC’s Tri Angle Records, which garnered him broad attention by international audiences and the music media. Inspired by the talent emerging around him, 2015 also saw the launch of Burton`s own label Halcyon Veil, a collaborative release with NON’s Chino Amobi as well as a official remix for Björk’s VulnicuraLP.
1: I started the record label Halcyon Veil in 2015 to release music from friends who didn’t know how to or didn’t want to navigate the music industry.
2: The label has grown into more of a collective. Still it is all about putting the artist in control and maintaining the idea as the most important thing.
3: We have a showcase this Saturday at monom , which is in the Funkhaus complex in Berlin.
1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Heroes that I grew up with, and the idea that we can surpass through art.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I got into djing when I was 15. I would buy dj clue and kay slay mixtapes from the neighborhood store, but I also listened to melt banana on Princeton college radio.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Boosie and Webbie-Gangsta Musik
Wu Tang Clan-Wu Tang Forever
Tricky-Pre Millenium Tension
Coil-Musick to play in the dark vol2
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Sex, dirt, and techno.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Drew McDowall-Collapse (Art Edition) on Dais Records
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
One of the shows in Houston or Austin in the past few years.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s important. I’m always updating my process to get new results. Thankfully companies like Native Instruments and Izotope have given me all their software so I don’t need to buy gear.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I do, I only keep up with one, and she’s always been supportive of my music
Rabit will perform at the Halcyon Veil showcase at Monom on Saturday, 2nd June 2018.