How was your festive period?
It was great to have some time away from the studio and spend some time with some friends and of course my girlfriend, but it’s back to work now.
How long have you been making music and why was now the right time for your debut album?
I’ve been writing music for a little over eight years now. There was no right time to write this album. It came as naturally as it possibly could have. I promised myself at the beginning of 2019 I’d really put my head down and make it a solid year of hard work. Although there was no initial intent to begin writing an album, only one month into the year I found myself with four somewhat completed tracks on my hands. This is where the spark for the album began, but truthfully the album did not begin then. A large chunk of the album was pieced together with parts from old projects I salvaged from my laptop, that I had spilt a coffee on at the end of 2018.
There’s a strong colour affiliation running through all the names in the LP as of course the title ‘Colors’. What’s your favourite track and why?
This is quite a difficult choice for me, as the album really came to be as one long piece of music. That in mind, the final track “Colors” always gives me goose bumps when I listen from the start of the album, as I feel It has such a triumphant and relieving tone to it, which also made it the most fitting as the closer track.
What was the plan for your debut album – did you have an idea of how you wanted it to sound?
There was no plan, just an emerging aesthetic and theme which was mostly derived from the title track “Colors”, which was conceived about half through the process. One thing I know I wanted for album was diversity, hence the title “Colors” and I think I achieved that. The title was decided on about halfway through the process, and had an immense influence on the direction of the album.
How was the process, did you enjoy it or is it more torture?
I’ve personally come to the conclusion that torture is an inherent part of any creative process, but the reward is always sweet enough to keep me coming back for more. It was a massive learning experience and a very rewarding outcome, being my debut album. I am incredibly satisfied with my efforts and would not change anything about it. I encourage more artists to discipline themselves and go write an album. Perhaps singles and EP’s are quick and easy, but you can learn so much by putting yourself up to a challenge as big as an album.
How hard is it to convey the emotions you wanted to in this album? Are you formally trained at all?
I’m not very good at writing music with intent. My technique is very much, “throw spaghetti at the wall until something sticks”. The emotions you hear are a curation of what I found fitting from all the concepts I had put together. There was quite a bit of material that didn’t make the cut (But is in the recycle bin). I have had a couple one on one sessions with other producers, but for the most part I am self taught.
And where do those emotions come form? Are they manufactured for the album or are they personal expressions?
These emotions are derived from the way I interpret the world. I wouldn’t say they were manufactured for the album, although it was important that the album had it’s ups and down. It’s dark and it’s light, because it really was all about diversity.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
Right now I’m taking the album’s release as an opportunity to sit back and focus on other aspects of my brand, as I’m aspiring to work as an Audio Engineer on the side of being an artist. Besides that I have an EP in the works which will most likely be the follow up for the album, which exhibits similar a energy to the tracks, “Fade” and “Gravity”, from the album.
What dreams, hopes and goals do you have for 2020 and beyond?
I would love to see the album in the charts, but either way I’m just happy it’s finally available for everyone to hear. Beyond 2020? I’m trying not to think too far ahead at this stage. Just focusing and refining.
Fabrication LP “Colors” will be released 31st January 2020 on Recovery Collective