What first drew you into music?
I’ve been writing and playing music for as long as I could remember. I played instruments at school (started formal classes at about 8) and was always coming up with new melodies and songs. I didn’t actually get in to producing until a few years ago. I always loved music, my parents (especially my dad) always loved music so I think that’s what drew me to it. It was always just for the fun/enjoyment/love of it! I’m not going to lie – most of the instruments I started playing because my sister was playing them, I looked up to her so I wanted to do what she was doing too!
Your track “Ghosts” is absolutely amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?
Thank you so much! Ghosts was a bit of a monumental track in terms of levelling up in my production. I’d actually just had a collab session with AVANCE, and really a lot of what I learnt from him really helped me up my production game! I’d been working hard on my production for about 9 months before hand, and then I had been working on a collab with Dan, it was one of those moments where everything clicked. I wrote it in a super short amount of time when visiting LA – the inspiration for it actually came from Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘N Stuff. That song is so hype – and I was trying to analyze which components of it gave it that feel.
My creative process is really about trying different things. I’m never really trying to create something that I’ve heard – but also not actively TRYING to create something crazy different. I’m just trying to experiment, play around and see what sounds good. It usually starts with a beat loop where I’m playing around with the drop bass, or it will start with an inspiration reference (whether it’s a sample, or a chord progression). I’ll often write a little drop idea, print all the synths to audio and then try and mess around with that sample as much as I can. Usually I come up with the “idea” of the track quite quickly, and then I’ll finesse it in another session.
Going over your Soundcloud we can tell you love experimenting with new sounds. Can you tell us more about your studio setup and some of your favorite plugins/instruments?
I LOVE doing new and different things. I often take my inspiration from completely different genres (artists e.g. Bon Iver, James Blake, Four Tet). To be honest – all I really need is my laptop and headphones, although I do love being in a studio with some monitors and a keyboard (I have a little home studio). I LOVE working with real-live instruments like piano, strings, brass, guitar and then also incorporating some analog sounding synths – I love the juxtaposition of those sounds with my drops which are all heavy on the sound design, it makes it feel even more unexpected. My most used plug ins in terms of synths would be omnisphere, serum, arturia analog lab and kontakt, but a lot of my sound design comes down to processing – which I use a lot of in built ableton effects as well as a lot of the sound toys plug ins (I LOVE sound toys).
Your music sounds very organic and authentic. Do you play any real-life instruments?
Again – thank you! Yes!! I play piano, guitar and drums. And I love writing and playing for/with other people and doing sessions in other genres (like hip hop, indie pop/pop, rnb) because I feel it really helps progress my own music.
What are your musical goals for the future?
I would like to eventually move in to doing some live sets (although I have done some small short live sets before with ROLI) – but that’s a long way in the future. One where I can incorporate the melodic components with my heavy drops and put all that practice on my instruments to good use 😊
A huge musical goal for me is to release an album – I have always wanted to write an album (I’ve actually already written songs that are reserved to be put on an album haha), and one day it will happen – and I can’t WAIT!
What are your goals for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
A lot of track releases – that’s for sure 😊 There will be a lot of releases coming up where I have been working with other artists (rappers and topliners). I’m really excited to show people what my sound is like when it’s combined with these artists.
I’m hoping to do some bigger shows, on a scale that I’ve never done before – and in some areas that I’ve never ventured to.
I have a new EP that I’m working on as well that I’m super excited to wrap up and show to the world. I think conceptually it is something more forward pushing than anything I’ve done, but also for me personally – the music in this EP is very true to me and my musical journey.
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