Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m based in Manchester and the music scene there is thriving. It’s on the up definitely. There’s a lot of young guys making good music, so it’s becoming the hub again.
You recently finished up your Australian/New Zealand tour. How did that go?
Yeah it was amazing, I’ve never been before, and it was the first time I travelled for music, so that was an experience in itself. Australia and New Zealand are definitely countries I would visit again. But yeah it was good, from where I’m from you wouldn’t think that music travels so far but when you come here, and people know all your music and they’re proper enthusiastic about you just being here, it’s good to see.
Which was your favourite Australian date to play?
Sydney, Chinese Laundry. It’s a good club and people are pretty wild in there.
How do you prepare for each show?
Every time I’ve got a show, I’m usually working on new music so, having something to look forward to, like a gig. It makes you want to have new music to play there. So, one way I prepare is in the week to just try and write as much new stuff as I can, as well as looking for other people’s music.
What do you find most challenging and rewarding when on tour?
What’s challenging is not having a tour manager at the minute, so I’m just on the opposite side of the world on my own. Which is a bit difficult when you’re away from family. The most rewarding is probably getting to see different parts of the world that you would’ve never been to if you weren’t doing this job. Also meeting people that are on the other side of the planet, that are fans of what you do.
You’ve recently released an EP ’13th Street, New York City’ where and when did you record/produce this EP?
I recorded the EP in my house in Gorton [Manchester]. In my bedroom to be specific. The first tune was in February and then the B-side, was in May. Then it was just waiting for a date to get it out.
What influenced the song writing and sound?
The sound I think is just a sound that I like to hear anyway when I go out raving myself. I just wanted to be shaking as many people’s insides as possible when the bass was going. The song-writing? I just write loads of music anyway that happen to be the vocal. Then from there it kind of writes itself.
How do you usually go about writing music?
If I can I’ll get a vocal, or something with a hook as it’s easy to go from there. But the main thing is get a kick drum, get a bass and then a vocal and then everything else comes after that.
You had a residency recently for Eric Prydz at Hï in Ibiza, please tell us how this came about and the experience
It came about as Solardo were doing the Room 2, so it’s actually their residency, but because I’m the resident on their tour, I played every fortnight. The experience was like nothing else I could have thought. I’d never been to Ibiza before this year, but yeah it was no joke.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Music wise, I’ve got a remix for Camelphat, I’ve got another song coming out with Green Velvet doing the vocals. I’ve also got an EP with Eli Brown on Repopulate Mars in November and then we might throw one in December but that’s a little secret for now.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ll just go off the last few things that I downloaded, which is Peace Division and Floorplan. There’s also a lot of Paul Johnson in there too.
Favourite food and place to hang out?
Favourite food used to be pizza, without a shadow of a doubt. But I’ve kind of gone off it now, I just don’t think Pizzeria’s are making pizzas with love anymore, they just don’t taste the same. To hang out, I quite like doing wildlife stuff, like here in Sydney [Australia] I went to Sea Life and it was one of the best days that I had here. I’m also planning to go to the zoo over here.