I’m currently based in South East London. The music scene is flourishing, London’s actually had a bunch of new creative spaces open over the last year or so, which feels pretty positive…
I was in a few bands growing up, nothing really of note but that was my initial introduction to making music. I also used to write songs and hide the lyrics under my bed, until my older brother found them one day… So I guess after that, due to the post-traumatic stress, I took a 10-year hiatus and started making music again around 7 years ago, just after Church began up as a party.
In the recent past, I’ve been working on a bunch of remixes, the album was wrapped up a little while ago so my focus now is the tour and writing an EP for the club.
The last couple of years have been turbulent, to say the least on a personal level, I wrote these tracks whilst trying to deal with a wealth of emotions and it became a therapeutic process for me. The original plan was actually to slip it out as a tape but as time went on I realized it was turning into something that perhaps deserved more of a splash.
From a live angle, I wanted to be able to perform everything I was writing. In the past, I’ve sampled a lot more and with this, I was really focused on pushing myself within my own musical ability and seeing how far that could go…
I wrote the majority in my home studio in London, then wrapped up maybe 4 or 5 of the tracks whilst in LA. The two vocalists I worked with were a huge part of the process, I was sending Buddy Love music constantly for feedback, he was very involved. By a stroke of fortune, mauv came along pretty late in the game, we chatted about what the tracks meant to me and he back with lyrics that completely resonated with me and the story of the record, which you hear in ‘amelia’ & ‘thought for food’. A few of the tracks were mixed by myself, then a bunch by Itai Shapira aka Biako who’s a dope producer/musician based out in LA, and a few were done by Matt Karmil, who also mixed down my last EP. The album was mastered by Matt Colton, dream team.
What programs/instruments did you use to record/produce?
The most challenging was choosing the tracks that actually made it on. There was a bunch of others that I really liked but I wanted this record to be as cohesive as possible. There’s dynamic within the record and it does constantly shift but the sound palette and tones used throughout are very similar.
‘amelia’ was written on the day my first niece was born. The idea of the track is to serve as a unique time capsule for her. The instrumental was done and I approached Mauv who I already work very closely with. He’ll be releasing an album on the label at some point next year. We discussed the theme of the track and within a week he’d sent over the lyrics, he’s really talented and I can’t wait to help him share some of that with a larger audience.
It’s hard to say, it’s definitely a different sound to what I’ve put out before, I don’t know… this was actually the last track I finished on the record and it felt like the right time to put a track like this out there, it holds so much value to me personally, I’m just eager for people to hear it at this point. There’s also a super exciting remix lined up, more on that soon.
I have a dog called Malcolm, he also has a track dedication… so hanging out with him and friends. I started running this year which has really helped my mental health, I also enjoy cooking and eating out. I’m the guy who orders way too much…
I’m big on preparation, so I’ll get together a solid 100+ track playlist for each show and then separate the tracks into tempos & vibe, then pop out to buy a bag of fizzy sweets to keep me going if it’s a long one.
These days I generally go a little harder and faster then you might expect (especially if you’ve just heard the album, which ironically my most downtempo record to date). Something that I’ve noticed people enjoying is getting to hear new bits forthcoming on the labels, and there’s often a nod to my own productions, especially the Grab the Wheel EP, for me it’s about finding the balance between keeping the party going and also playing for the audience that is more in tune with my own productions/sound.
I have a phobia of the color orange and also raw tomatoes.
So this world tour will continue until the end of the year. I can’t say too much now but perhaps there will be a couple of different ways to experience a Seb Wildblood show before the years out ;~)
Food – Mr. Bao & Bahn Bahn