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What kind of moniker is Sweater Beats? It isn’t catchy, it doesn’t roll off the tongue, and it doesn’t evoke anything remotely as cool as a dance music producer. However, Sweater Beats is a producer, a pretty talented one I might add, who’s going to make a lot of people recognize his name fairly soon.
Antonio Cuna, aka Sweater Beats, is a Brooklyn based producer who specializes in crafting “future R&B”. Growing up, he developed his musical foundation by playing the guitar and eventually got into producing while in college. His sound possesses a number of trap and booty bass elements, but Sweater Beats would prefer his music to be considered as the next generation of baby making music, hence future R&B. He utilizes smoother and softer synths to help him attain what he describes as “dream-soaked pop and lushed out R&B”. Since releasing his first single “MLLN DLLR” in 2012, he’s developed his sizeable fan base mainly through Soundcloud and has released two EPs: That Feel and Cloud City. 2015 is already looking bright for Sweater Beats with a guest set on Diplo’s BBC show and a spot on Holy Ship. We might be witnessing a pioneering leader for a new sound.
Sweater Beats recently performed at Verboten in Brooklyn as part of his Sweater Weather Tour, and will be making West Coast Stops in San Francisco (The Independent 3/5) and Los Angeles (The Roxy 3/7). His other tour dates can be found on his site. Tickets are way affordable, so go check him out. And for the Asian American out there, go support a young talent making moves in a music scene where there are not many of us in the spotlight.