Fictitious Professor is a Filipino-American producer based out of Los Angeles. He combines jazz, hip-hop and neo soul to give his listeners a varied listening experience. Fictitious Professor has collaborated with artists such as jason chu and Figgy Baby and with spoken word poets Arielle Estoria, Alex Luu, and Brian “SuperB” Oliva. He’s also performed live backed by a drum, guitar, and bass band. Fictitious Professor has released two EPs, Syllabus and Something About Here.
“30” is a compilation of thirty tracks released in the month leading up to Fictitious Professor’s 30th birthday. The album contains lo-fi tracks, bass-heavy tracks, and even 8-bit beats and showcases his growth as a producer and the evolution of his musical development. There’s a little something for everyone in these beats and the visualizers designed and animated by Grace Park and Alex Luu really bring the whole experience together.
Having grown up playing Super Mario on the Nintendo 64 and Pokémon on the Gameboy Advanced , I’ve always been fairly attached to 8-bit music. “Sneaker in 8 bit” gave me a lot of nostalgia for the old video game soundtracks I used to play on repeat. It’s one of my favourite beats and really got me moving from start to finish. It has such a fun and upbeat vibe to it and I found myself playing it in my head several times since its release.
“Me n My Shadow” and “Where Ya Head At?” are two songs that I just can’t help but to nod my head and tap my fingers while I’m listening. I got so absorbed into the beat that before I knew it, the song was over and I had to go back and listen to it again. “Shiny Box” is a beat that I could easily see in an indie game or as background in a web series. It’s extremely catchy and light and I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. I’d absolutely love to hear it as credits in a game or in something like a memory sequence in a film.
My favourite track in the selection, however, is “Phantom of the Mall.” I absolutely love the visualizer; it’s a cute, vibrant nod to the 80’s. Combined with the song, I can almost see in my head girls with big hair and leg warmers walking the mall and popping gum. “Phantom of the Mall” perfectly captures the retro, almost techno style of the 80’s and is a great representation of one of my favourite decades!
“Sneaker in 8 bit”, “Me n My Shadow”, “Where Ya Head At?” and “Phantom of the Mall” are my favourites but there are a lot of fantastic beats in this project! You can check out the full playlist on Spotify and Youtube and if you fall in love with any of them, you can lease them at BeatStars here! If you want to hear more from Fictitious Professor, check him out on YouTube, SoundCloud, Apple Music, Twitch and BandCamp and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on all his projects and upcoming releases!