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Every person has a void deep inside. How would you describe yours?
I’m not entirely sure what my void is. I’ve never really thought about it to be honest. But, maybe it’s that I just feel disconnected from most things which leads me to be very cynical which I really hate about myself.
What are you trying to convey to humanity with your new album “Shortly After Nothing”?
I didn’t set out to convey anything with the new album. I’m actually sick of people over analyzing and intellectualizing music. The album is just six tunes that I think are great.
What was the most challenging part in the process of creating the album? Would you say that you are satisfied with the final result?
I’m very happy with the tunes. I definitely think it’s my best release yet, and it was actually a blast to make the album, no major challenges along the way. I just sat down at my desk and bashed out the tunes and then went to my friends studio to finish one track. It also helped that I didn’t know it was to become an album until I suggested the idea to Oliver Ho after a few emails.
“Shortly After Nothing” LP out this May via ‘Death & Leisure’.
Could you describe the best or most memorable gig you’ve performed?
The first time I played in Moscow really sticks out for me. The crowd were right beside me and they were all just having it and so was I. One of those life-affirming moments for sure.
When you spoke about recording your first record back when you were 19 you’ve mentioned how limitations and lack of equipment made you work harder. Do you still set limits for yourself when creating? Would you say that the mind works best under a certain strain of affliction and resistance?
I’m always going to have limitations because I’m not a professional producer and I’m only going off things that I have taught myself. Money also plays a major role, I can’t afford fancy gear, etc and to be honest I don’t want it. I definitely prefer to use what’s available and see how far I can push it. So for me, limitations still work to my advantage when I make music.
What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
To follow tradition.
What was your recent experience of creating a soundtrack for the ‘Stereo Object’ art installation like? How did your work approach differ and how did the idea come to life in the first place?
I was approached by the artist Liam Crichton to score a piece of music to replicate the sounds that would be heard on the Walker memorial plinth in Derry, Ireland. The main idea was to see the connection between sound and sculpture and to have the audience through their presence activate the piece through interaction, both with the sound and their presence. I approached the score like all my music, I just sit at my desk, press record and improvise. It was a really fun experience. I’m really into the idea of just trying out everything and seeing what I can do.
You say that you release anger that resides within you through music, what are some of the things that make you angry? Is it a feeling that you encounter often?
Oh god, you name it and I’ve probably been angry about it. I’m just an angry bastard every day.
Could you share a bizarre or awkward story from touring?
There’s always an awkward moment on tour. My least favourite moment being when a promoter doesn’t get your tech rider and everything feels like a disaster. But my favourite awkward moment is when I feel too shy to ask for something. It really makes me laugh when it’s something as simple as asking for some water.
It’s safe to assume that literature plays a big part in your life. Is there one particular book (or several) that impressed you the most? Why?
I’m really into people like James Baldwin, Jim Thompson, and Flann O’Brien. I don’t think there’s one book that has had the biggest impact on me. But Charles Bukowski’s ‘Tales of Ordinary Madness’ and Hubert Selby Jr’s ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ have stayed with ever since I’ve read them.
Is it ok to be an asshole sometimes?
I mean no, but everyone can be and that’s fine. Life ain’t easy.
You’ve said that mostly people prefer to follow trends in music and tend to follow an image that the music creates of them. Would you say that the importance of self-image and how you are held in the esteem of others is becoming a bit of an epidemic, especially in the digital era?
I’m not sure, I’m into people having their own style with their aesthetic, etc, but I do think it’s kind of overtaken talent in terms of importance which is never good and probably destroys a lot of things. I guess the style of someone’s aesthetic should always aid the music and experience, but it should never be the deciding factor when judging if you like a song, etc.
How to get through times that suck or how to deal with the recurring feeling of the unbearable shitiness of being?
Simply by enduring.
You have a degree in Geography if I am not mistaken. Why did you choose this particular academic path and what fascinates you the most about it?
It was just my favourite subject in school and I always wanted to study it from a young age. I’m adamant in keeping music as my hobby and not a career, so studying a science was more interesting to me than studying the arts. I feel like studying arts would have held me back, to be honest. I’m happy with how it’s worked out.
When asked what your biggest inspiration is you replied: ”Being told I can’t do something”. What was the last thing you were told you can’t do and did you manage to do it?
That I couldn’t release as much music as I have in a year because it will ruin me. And it’s safe to say I totally ignored that.
What have you learned through Autumns?
I’ve learned how to be myself without being embarrassed about it.
What question would you like to be asked at an interview and what would your answer be?
The next interviewer can figure that out.
Special thanks to Grey Area Agency