Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m based in London right now. The music scene here is so dope. There are so many talented singers and songwriters here that I’m privileged to work with a lot! The club scene is also so sick. I try and go and experience it as much as I can, which isn’t a lot due to working on music.
How did you first start playing music?
I first started banging on pots and pans when I was very young and my father surprised me with a small electronic drum pad after school one day. I used it so much and hit it so hard that the battery compartment completely broke and it was rendered unusable. My parents saw that I was into music and loved rhythm, so they told me if I attended lessons for 6 months they’d buy me a drum kit. I went to the lessons and had to pretend I could hear the sounds on my electronic drum pad when I got home so I could practice the songs my teacher gave me as homework. Eventually, my parents took me into a drum shop in Dublin to pick out my own kit. That was my very first introduction to playing music. I continued playing the drums for about another year, started a band with my friends and then fell out of it as soon as I started attending secondary school.
Your new single Make Luv is out now, where and when did you record it?
I wrote the instrumental after a weekend I spent with this girl that I really liked in London. It was right in the middle of the summer and it was such an awesome weekend. The idea to put the vocal on it came a bit further down the line.
What influenced the sound and song writing for this track?
I wanted to create something that embodied the feeling from that weekend I had. I actually sang an idea on the track initially, and entitled it ‘Be With U’. I’m sure you can guess what the top line was about from that haha. I was then asked to play the main room, The Box at Ministry of Sound for my label Positiva’s 25th birthday and when I heard the news I instantly wanted to do something special to commemorate the label’s milestone. That’s when I had the idea to rework the original ‘Be With U’ instrumental around the classic ‘Make Luv’ record released on Positiva in 2003. I’m blown away by the amount of trust and faith the family over at Virgin EMI and Positiva put into me and my music on a daily basis so, in some capacity, this is a thank you to them for taking me under their wing.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Listening to a lot of Tyla Yaweh, Dominic Fike, Col3trane, Octavian – all big talents! Also listening to loads of housier stuff from my old playlists – KANT, Weiss, DJOKO etc.
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve been working on my next releases. I’ve kind of taken a step back from working on other people’s projects and remixing to focus on original music. I’m excited for you all to hear everything I’ve been working on in 2019! Maybe I’ll release something before the end of the year too.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
I’m planning on sitting in my studio for 16 hours a day and making/finishing music. Might go on the odd Tinder date or if I’m feeling extra spicy a Raya date or two (Google!). Honestly though, I just want to focus on music right now. I’m feeling very inspired and I’ve got this burning fire inside of me that’s chasing success.
What do you like to do away from music?
Hang with my mates. All my mates in London are in the music industry in some capacity though, so it’s hard to stray too far away from music. I might go back to Dublin to see my family and friends there. It’s super nice to head back to Dublin because it’s a bit of a change from constantly being in work mode.
What programs and equipment do you use?
I use a fruity little program called FL Studio (if you know, you know). The Genelec M040’s are my monitors of choice. They’re both accompanied by a beautiful Komplete Kontrol A61. Everything runs through my Apogee Duet which is sound. All my bits sit neatly on an Output Platform desk. I like to keep it super simple. I tend to always have stuff go wrong with my hardware so keeping things simple helps me regulate that (a bit lol).
Favourite food and place to hang out?
My favourite food is Buffalo Wings or Tonkotsu Ramen. I’ve only found one place in London that even matches Dublin wings so far though. The bar is low here and high in Dublin. If anyone knows any good wing spots in London, preferably East, let me know. You’ll either be praised severely or brutally roasted.