Brighton's producer/DJ chats about the release of his debut EP 'Exertion', collaborating with fellow upcoming artists BINA. and Bawo and keeping his creative process personal.
How does it feel to have your debut project out in the world?
Feels great! It's nice to finally have a body of work out that I'm really proud of, its been really nice to see people resonate with the tracks. This is merely the start, I cant wait for all the future releases.
What were the main underlying concepts that went into the sound of ‘Exertion’?
Passion, confusion and reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Growing up trying to figure out my sexuality was real tough throughout my school days, when my headphones were on that’s the only time I was ever at one with myself.. Now years down the line I put all of them emotions into my production and expressed it through soundscapes, especially on “Mixed Signals” and “Exertion”.
Being that kid that needed music, I wanna make music for the people that search for escapism in music too.
How important was it to showcase a range of upcoming talent on the project?
It was a no brainer really! I’ve been big fans of all the artists featured for a while, BINA. and Bawo were the two most recent collaborations when making the project.. They’re hella talented, and its cool to work with people that wanna do something new and unique too.
"I never do studio sessions.. myself and the music have always been personal."
What was the creative process of the album like and how do you go about working with artists on collaborative tracks?
I spend everyday in my bedroom making music, I rarely leave to be honest. I never do studio sessions.. myself and the music have always been personal. I make use of how digital things are these days and I send the vocalists the beat and ask that they send the vocals back for me to mix.
Is there a track on the project that you feel best encapsulates the overall tone of the EP, if so, why?
I'd say 'Exertion', the main section of the track is just such an explosion of emotions. When I was young I used to love vocal chops in tracks, it made me feel some type of way. The way that beat made me feel whilst making it was real special.
What was the inspiration behind the artwork and who did you work with in designing it?
I thought a black and white vibe would be good as the tracks are full of colour, so to have the two contrasting was an interesting concept to me. Shout out Max Turrent on the artwork, go check his instagram.
Being from Brighton, what is the city's creative scene like and are there any local artists you would recommend?
It's a city on the come up, the crowds are always up for a good time and it's such a beautiful place for self expression without feeling any type of judgment. I love it here so much ... in terms of the music I feel its calling for artists to start breaking some boundaries, I really wanna help lead this. I'd recommend checking out El Train, a really dope producer doing great things.
"Have fun, be true to you, and
make creating a habit."
How did your collaboration with KEYAH/BLU come about?
I actually sent her some beats after I saw her on Colours with Denzel Himself, a year later she hit me up saying she’s using one of the beats for her new project. This was a cool moment and definitely unexpected.
What would be your top three tips for producers starting out?
Have fun, be true to you, and make creating a habit… this is important because your priorities are everything, some days I feel like shit but outta force of habit i will still always sit down and create.
Always have that voice in the back of your mind like, “When I was at the pub I coulda made my best track yet.”
"My god mother always puts me onto the best soul, disco music.. without her I wouldn’t love it as much as I do!"
Which artists inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
I love Timbaland's productions, Pharrell Williams has always inspired me, Kaytranada is a big one. I love how he is inspired by old disco and house like myself. My god mother always puts me onto the best soul, disco music.. we drink wine and listen to a bunch of shit and it gets me so inspired. Without her I wouldn’t love it as much as I do!
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?
What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
Theres a 'Fruit Juice' remix EP coming out very soon, and after that I'm going to be churning out singles on the regular so be ready for that.. and hopefully a music video by the end of the year.