Where are you currently based?
I’m currently based in the humble western suburbs of Sydney.
What’s been happening recently and how did you first start playing music?
I recently released my EP “Warm Blooded” and very happy with the reception and attention it has been receiving. I’m currently working on some photo shoots and collaborative projects with talented people, and hope to release more visuals to support the EP.
I started exploring music as a child playing piano, my mother enrolled me in piano lessons which I didn’t really like. From that point onward I started to teach myself music as a hobby which eventually led to creating my own brand of music.
How did you first start playing music?
During high school I started to teach myself guitar and explored musical hardware. I purchased some synthesisers and started playing around with Garageband. A couple years later I picked up Ableton and taught myself how to create songs and produce. It’s the year of 2018 and at this point I wanted to learn how to rap and sing. I was very inspired by Brockhampton and their DIY approach to releasing amazing visuals and creating music, and I knew If I put some work in I could create projects which would could display everything I’ve taught myself.
Your new EP ‘Warm Blooded’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
The EP was highly inspired by Artists such as Brockhampton, Jpeg Mafia, Sade and various other artists. The song writing elements and theme of the EP is based around my personal experiences with people I’ve met, situations that tested me and love. I wanted to continue to create instrumentals that reflected the moods of my circumstances. The EP was created during some tough times, and for most artists trials and tribulations have a strange way of inspiring us to express and make something of the hardships.
How did you go about writing the EP and who did you work with?
I collaborated with Thinkbot films for the production of the film clip, and also worked with Evergreen Artists to push the release. In relation to the musical and graphic elements of “Warm Blooded” I worked alone. I love working on musical projects because I can produce and write the story of the project with full control. I am also a digital artist and designer, and love that I can make two worlds collide under one concept.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
I have a home studio where I do all of the above. The project was written during late 2019 and the duration of 2020.
How did you approach the recording process?
It changes with every song I create, Sometimes I jump straight into the booth, other times I spend a lot of time crafting the lyrics and then build the song around the narrative. Having constant access to my studio is a highly valuable resource and I do my best to spend as much time as possible recording or writing. At times I do hit obstacles and have to encourage myself to keep working.
What programs/instruments did you use?
I use a variety of instruments and software to create my music. I love Ableton and software instruments, having a whole orchestra at your finger tips is pretty wild. I liked to use my Roland electronic piano to start melodies and occasionally pick up my Electric and acoustic guitar to also lead the direction of my songs.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of Warm Blooded?
The challenging part was to create something that still had elements of my last album “Planet Cool” whilst evolving it at the same time. I don’t like boxing myself in and want to be able to grab elements of all the genres I like to create my work. When I wrote “Genuflect” and “Apple” I knew I was on to something different and I started to nourish that seed. Releasing “Aversion” was very fulfilling and I was stoked that I finally let the project loose into the world.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of Latin lounge/jazz, Freddie Gibs, Action Bronson, Brockhampton, Soulection radio and Nujabes.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love creating art both digital and traditional, I read a lot books and comics and love video games and film. Any form of digital entertainment really. I’m always on my road bicycle and spend a lot of time with my friends.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
At this point in time I can’t really say, I tend not to think too far ahead. I’d like to release some more film clips possibly for songs from “Warm Blooded”. I’m currently working on another musical project with a friend of mine and plan to release that hopefully this year or early next year.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I am a fiend for dumplings and you can often find me lurking around Parramatta CBD.