by the partae

Where are you currently based?

South London.

How did you first start playing music?

Growing up in a musical household I was exposed to a variety of music. I started playing the drums at the early age of 8, and played in Jazz, Rock bands and eventually an orchestra at the start of secondary school. This really laid down the foundations of my musical experience and opened me up to different ways of interpreting sound. My dad is a big lover of rare vintage synthesisers dating back to the 70’s to present day, but it’s only when I started Goldsmiths University I really got me into his collection, and I rediscovered a new side to my passion for electronic production.

What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?

Currently working on new music with NULA , whilst also working on the Leaps project and a variety of talented artists remotely, which has been an amazing experience so far. Although it’s all been mostly online due to covid restrictions, it unlocked a new sense of creativity which is exciting. Covid has been a challenging time mentally but also a time to be productive –  I really miss gigs, seeing friends etc. In some ways It’s also been a great time to make music and really get stuck in.

Your new single ‘Miles Apart’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

At the core my favourite soundscapes exist in music created by artists such as Boards of Canada, SBTRKT, Four Tet, Bicep and I’m also a big fan of 90’s electronic music in the vein of Aphex Twin, Faithless…etc. Sonically these are the landmarks that I identify with usually when thinking about grooves and sound depth. I love emotive melodies and cinematic production so anything that fits in between is usually the direction I go in.

How did you go about writing Miles Apart?

I wrote the track quite quickly, I started messing around with a Juno 106 and ended up building it on a garage beat. I pulled it apart and anchored the track with a piano riff which triggered an emotion that felt distant, I went on a journey and allowed the sounds to naturally dictate where I went next.

Where and when did you record/producer/master and who with?

I recorded, mixed and mastered the track myself in my bedroom.

What programs/equipment did you use?

I used Ableton as the main DAW and explored with a Pro-One Synth and Juno – Really into vintage synthesizers and sampling.

What does Miles Apart mean to you?

The uncertainty of not knowing how someone really feels about you.

And its self released what was the thinking behind that?

I wanted the first set of singles to be self released under my newly discovered label ‘Leaps and Bounds’. We live in a day and age where independent artists can do a lot themselves with hardwork and dedication. It just felt right for the first set of singles, in the future I would be open to releasing off a seperate label.

Please tell us about your recent work with live project Nula:

Nadiah and I have been writing a set of singles, we are looking to release another single in April which is exciting. We have quite a few exciting things in the pipeline we look forward to sharing over the course of this year.

How has your Leaps project evolved in direction since starting?

It’s all been a natural progression going into this project, I think I can only keep going in an upward trajectory as I continue exploring and evolving over time. I’d like to eventually work with other artists and collaborate as I believe that there is always more magic to be discovered.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Jacques Greene, BICEP, Fred Again.., DJ Seinfeld, Logic1000, Ross From Friends, Four Tet.

What do you like to do away from music?

Been getting into Skateboarding again, I’ve always had a passion for it – Also love the new Tony Hawk skate game. A classic.

What’s planned for 2021?

Planning on releasing my debut EP which I’m really excited for and currently working on more singles to release towards the end of the year. Hopefully when live shows can resume again I’d like to do some DJ sets, gigs and maybe festivals in the summer. Until then I’m enjoying the ride.

‘Leaps – Miles Apart’ is out now via Leaps and Bounds’


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