THE RANGE

When did you first start making music?

 I first started writing when I was around 12 or 13, I had started to pick up the guitar around then and starting putting that together with piano and drums which I had started to learn a bit earlier. Then I started to record with a tape machine a little after that.

 Where are you based these days?

 I live in Brooklyn now, its a nice middle point between London and LA which I’ve started to travel to and from more frequently lately!

 Could you give an example of your music writing process?

 I think what makes my process interested is the heavy reliance on the internet for sampling – its a rare case that I’ll start a song without reference to a sample even if its just a jumping off point. My last album Potential involved sampling from people that put themselves Youtube on each song and more recently I’ve gone more in-depth in trying to pull from more and more videos per song to try to further a lot of techniques I developed on that last album.

 What are you working on right now?

 Right now I’m working on my next album which I’m quite excited about! I recently feel like I’ve gotten a handle on what its going to be which is a very unpredictable process for me. Very often it takes a year or more after I’ve finished an album to start to get my arms around the conceptual underpinnings of my work so now is the fun part when things are starting to move very quickly.

 What is your live gear setup?

 My live set up is intentionally sparse – a drum pad that triggers samples against the architecture of my set. I use an Alesis Samplepad Pro.

 What does the rest of 2017 have in store for The Range?

 Ever since Potential came out its been quite a whirlwind of touring so I’m looking forward to being in my workspace for an extended period of time later this summer into the fall. I find that it is critical to have a bit of a creative routine to make work so I can’t wait to return to that during the time I’m finishing this next album.

Who are some of your biggest influences and icons?

 I think my biggest influences still are Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. Something about the way they produce work feels untied to time in a way its hard to do in electronic music which is so pinned to genre. I

 When and where are you playing next?

My next show sounds pretty exciting – there is a music festival in the Redwood Forest in Northern California that sounds pretty amazing. I’ve never seen Redwoods in real life before so I’m very much looking forward to being in that environment while playing, it should be pretty special!

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