How did you first start playing music?
I started playing guitar from a young age and joined a few bands throughout school. I picked up piano too and learned a few bits and bobs on drums. It wasn’t till later on in school I came across music production and the world of electronic music.
You’ve just released your new EP ‘Outerworld’ via Disciple Records which comprises a collection of tracks that you’ve been working on for the last 6 moths. What influenced the sound and songwriting?
There’s a lot of UK influence behind all of my releases whether that’s from the house scene, the drum and bass scene or back when dubstep started really picking up traction around 2009-2010.
How did you go about writing the music?
For the tune Parachute, I actually started that as a house tune. I was stuck in a bit of a rut at the time and made a full house tune in a few hours. I then bounced it all out to stems and made a dubstep remix which turned out to be the version that got released. It really put me in a different headspace and helped me get some cool ideas down – i’m really happy with how this tune turned out!
Where and when did you record/produce?
This was the first EP I’ve written where I’ve been touring at the same time so it was really cool being able to test tracks out before releasing them. Those shows really influenced the way these tracks turned out.
Did you work with anybody during the creative/recording/production process?
I worked with Elle Exxe on the final tune of the EP ‘Unspoken’ which came to life really quickly. It’s probably my favourite tune that I’ve written and I’m so happy with the final release. I was blown away when she sent her vocal over, I was like a little kid at Christmas! So much fun working with her!
What programs/instruments did you use?
I played a bit of guitar on this EP – its my main instrument that I play so I always try to work it in somehow. Everything was done in Ableton!
You’ve been playing a lot of shows over the last few months, did this enable you test your music live to see how people reacted?
Absolutely – it gave me chance to see what was working and what wasn’t, whether sections were too long or too short and how my tracks mix into other tracks in the context of a DJ set.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of the EP?
I think the most challenging part was making the EP feel cohesive. It easy to take the listener on a journey throughout a single track but it’s a lot harder spanning that out over 4 or 5 tracks. I think I managed to pull it off in the end!
Where can we buy/download ‘Outerworld’?
Spotify, Apple Music, Beatport – all that good stuff!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve been on a huge drum and bass kick at the moment – I had a bit of a break from it but I’ve started listening to it again and I’ve been loving stuff from guys like 1991, Metrik and Dimension.
What do you like to do away form music?
Graphic Design – I do all of my own branding and most of my artwork so when I’m not doing music, I’m usually doing that or just chilling with my girlfriend.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2019?
I’ve got a couple of big remixes coming out soon that I’m really excited about and probably another original release by the end of the year. I’m looking forward to playing more shows and hopefully getting out to the US by the end of the year!
Any secrets that you care to share?
They wouldn’t be secrets then 😉
Favourite food and place to hangout?
FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES & had a great time at Digital in Newcastle the other night.