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Published on September 7th, 2023 | by Just Jay


So-Cal Producer Ian Ewing Shares ‘Where I’ll Be’ Vocal Lofi EP      

lofi/RnB/electronica producer Ian Ewing presents his latest EP titled “Where I’ll Be,” now available across all platforms through Nettwerk. Originally hailing from Wisconsin, this self-taught multi-instrumentalist currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California, and harbors a strong affinity for hummus.

“Where I’ll Be” showcases the immense value of collaboration, as the four-track EP features contributions from five distinct artists. These collaborators span the globe, crossing countries and continents. Among them are UK-based vocalist Shaqdi, Canadian singer John Concepcion, and Finnish instrumentalist cocabona.

Ian Ewing shares, “This EP breaks slightly away from my usual downtempo, instrumental style. It’s a project characterized by collaboration and dynamism—it’s the outcome of transcontinental, remote partnerships. I hold great admiration for each of these collaborators and their distinctive artistic styles. This project aims to capture their essence while adhering to my production approach, which I hope listeners have come to anticipate: richly atmospheric and immersive, crafted with precision and featuring a prominently punchy kick drum. Special acknowledgments to Paul George and Travis George for facilitating many of these vocal connections.”

The dominant genre within the EP is R&B, yet the third single, “Dayez,” ventures boldly into the realm of hip-hop. This track features a captivating chorus by Shaqdi, framed by two captivating verses courtesy of Boston-based MC Latrell James. EARMILK describes the song as “a breezy track that arrives just in time for summer,” and Vanyaland praises Latrell’s contribution by stating, “It’s a true treat to hear [Latrell] hop on a beat from another coast.”

Although Ian’s vocal presence isn’t showcased on “Where I’ll Be,” his talents span well beyond beat-making. In addition to amassing millions of streams from his solo catalog, he has lent his drumming skills to tracks by artists like Mick Jenkins, Galimatias, and Cautious Clay. Furthermore, his unique sounds have been sampled by notable names such as Loyle Carner and Tek of Smif N Wessun.

Where I’ll Be is available at digital retailers here:

Where I’ll Be Tracklist

01. There For You (feat. Shaqdi)

02. Leave (feat. Olive B & cocabona)

03. Just Us (feat. John Concepcion)

04. Dayez (feat. Latrell James & Shaqdi)

Photo Credit: Evan Tetreault 


Ian Ewing is a self-taught instrumentalist, producer and artist who blends a smooth mix of hip hop, electronica, and R&B to create a sound that has been supported and showcased by Chillhop Music, SiriusXM, BBC One Extra, Soulection, Complexion’s Future Beats Show, Indie Shuffle, and much more.

At a young age, the Southern California-based artist (by way of Wisconsin) fell in love with hip hop and the history behind it. This was his gateway into electronic beat production where he finds himself today, as he strives to create ambient compositions of sample-based sounds blended with his own instrumentation. His lifelong love affair with the drums infuses organic rhythmic elements into his music, drawing on influences from a wide variety of drummers, from John Bonham and Ginger Baker, to Yussef Dayes and Benny Greb.

Ewing’s music is also directly influenced by the outdoors and the ways we experience it. Whether it’s skimboarding a shorebreak wave, snowboarding a snow-capped mountain, or hiking a wooded trail, Ewing’s inspiration of organic sounds and senses lies in celebrating the natural world and all its wonders.

Ewing has headlined various shows across the US, and has both collaborated and toured with artists including Flamingosis, Louis Futon, Joey Pecoraro, Anomalie, Galimatias, and Cautious Clay. While his music claims to be “the official soundtrack of hummus everywhere,” this has yet to be confirmed.

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