David Sugalski wears a jumpsuit, produces nerdy electronic music and is a huge breathe of fresh air in this electronic music world. The artist better known as the Polish Ambassador has already delivered powerful sets at this year’s Wakarusa and Sonic Bloom.
“You have Wakarusa and playing to thousands upon thousands of people. That energy of having so many new people find out about your music and having that feeling that half these people have never even heard the music and they’re all digging it. It’s pretty hard to top that feeling of showing someone your creativity and having them receive it and be so ecstatic.” [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/81906773″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
The Polish Ambassador is just starting to make some serious waves in this scene after starting it in 2005. The “World’s Funkiest Diplomat” has played the aforementioned festivals and still has Electric Forest, Lightning In A Bottle and WTF? (What The Festival?) on his horizon.
“I kind of like the open-mindedness when people don’t exactly know what to expect. Then they hear the music, which makes you feel good and see the jumpsuit and it kind of allows them to just let go for a little bit.”
The feel-good vibes are a product of golden-age hip-hop mixed with the festival culture.
“I’m not big into current hip-hop,” he said before I pulled out some of his classic favorites. “I like Black Thought of the Roots and Mos Def.”
When he isn’t busy touring and producing, he is curating his own record label, Jumpsuit Records. With himself and the newly acquired saQi on the roster, it is a small project with potential to grow immensely looking in to the future. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/97333416″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
David partners up with his rock-climbing buddy Ari (who goes by Liminus) to bring a full, multi-media performance to the masses.
“I hope one day you see visuals curated by Liminus at something like Electric Forest.”
The two unconventionally perform on stage together. The Polish Ambassador says it was as easy as acquiring a 100 ft chord so they can assure they can always have fun on stage and feed off of each others energy.
“I was like, ‘Fuck that – I want you up here jamming with me!'”
The Polish Ambassador performs Friday from 7:45-8:45 on the Tripolee stage at Electric Forest this weekend.