Is Cashmere Cat the most pop-curious experimental producer going today, or the weirdest guy still able to get the Weeknd and Selena Gomez on the phone?
The 29-year-old Norwegian producer, born Magnus Høiberg, is a liminal figure in pop music right now. A former youth DJ prodigy, he’s produced singles for Kanye West and Ariana Grande — works that paired a hyper-modern sound design with strong R&B and trap-music rhythms.
To judge from the crowd at his sold-out Wiltern show on Friday night, he’s clearly on an ascent to something like Diplo or DJ Snake’s status as a superstar producer/performer.
But there’s also something in him that resists the attention and...