Head of Clouds is a secretive Spanish artist whose been establishing himself as someone who skates the line between melodic house and ambient electronica. His melody-rich sound is full of emotion and reminiscent of other artists such as Kiasmos. Recently, he dropped two new releases on his self-titled Head of Clouds Records, so we invited him for this interview…
Hi Head of Clouds, let’s start by talking about your sound. How would you describe your music, and who are some of your influences?
Hi guys! It’s a pleasure to talk with you. I describe my music as an experience, a sonic labyrinth and storytelling.
My influences are varied, they go from Ludovico Einaudi, Nils Frahm and Hania Rani through to the likes of Bad Bunny haha. I’m never stuck to any specific style and this keeps me open-minded to new ideas without any restrictions.
What part of the world do you live in, and how connected are you to the local music scene either as a performer or attendee of events?
I’m living in Barcelona and I am very strongly connected with the local music scene, but yes, I am also an attendee of events and I’m very often in Berlin.
For now, Head of Clouds is still not a live performer and this will come in the future, but not quite yet. It wouldn’t make sense just yet, as the project is still being developed and I’m not in a rush.
Your music often feels like it could be a part of a film score. Have you ever produced music for film or television, and are there any films/soundtracks that inspire you?
Yes, I made little projects for film, but big projects are coming in the near future. I will hopefully be able to make some more announcements about this soon.
A lot of soundtracks inspire me, but one of the most inspiring for me was Labrinth’s score for the TV show Euphoria.
I’d love to know more about your latest two releases ‘Alba’ and ‘Selene’. What’s their concept idea, and some of the equipment you used to make them?
These two tracks were made during the lockdown when I was reminiscing about the social interactions we could have at clubs and parties before the pandemic. I had a mental image of an open-air club where people could have a shared experience of dancing together.
This is why I decided to create two opposite tracks, Selene (the goodness and personification of the moon) and Alba (sunrise), but they have something in common, as both represent two women given names full of meaning.
Selene is a collage, it’s the concept of diversity in nightlife. All the different elements of the track have ‘the night’ in common. This is why it has some interesting samples like flamenco heel tapping, a short snippet from Kiesza’s “Hideaway” or Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dreams”. Yes, it’s a strange mix, but all of them together work, as each is a snippet of something you might hear on a different type of night out.
Alba is a feeling track, this is why it’s all composition and I wanted it to capture the feeling of sunrise in an open-air club, where people are happy enjoying the last minutes of the night before a new day breaks.
Both were made with only digital instruments, as during the lockdown I had no chance to go to the studio haha. I just used my Casio PX-S1000 digital piano to play some nice chords for each one.
Talking of studio equipment, what’s your studio like. Do you prefer hardware or software, and how important do you think analogue equipment is?
Currently, my music-making studio is quite simple. Audeze LCD-X (headphones), Apollo Firewire (audio interface), Casio PX-S1000 (digital piano), Native Instruments S25 (midi controller), Rode NT1a (microphone), Ikea table and Amazon Chair.
This sounds very minimalistic, but often my tracks are also passed through things like a high-end Fairman TMC compressor, as its valves add analogue warmth.
So here I go with the next answer: Sometimes, I prefer hardware because it gives me more of a connection with the music, this could range from recording using a hardware synth to touching knobs of an HDE-250A mastering EQ. The downside of hardware is that it’s not quick and doesn’t usually have an easy recall if I’m working on several projects at the same time.
In my opinion, it’s important to have some understanding of analogue equipment to help understand where the digital tools come from, as knowing how they work makes it easier to get the best sound from them. Sonically, for me, it’s nice to have some kind of analogue processing, but that’s because I’m a nerd. In honesty, most people appreciate a song they like regardless of whether it’s been passed through outboard equipment or not.
Serban Ghenea only mixes using digital software and he’s one of the best mix engineers of all time. In the end, a skilled producer can make great music using any equipment provided they practice and have an understanding of what they are trying to accomplish.
Head of Clouds is an alias that seems to have started in 2021, have you released under other names, and is this the only style of music you make?
Yes, but I prefer that no one knows that Spiderman is Peter Parker haha.
The objective of this project is to keep the focus on the music and not on the artist’s identity. I don’t want there to be any kind of pre-judgment for whoever is willing to listen and for the music to do all the talking.
Regarding other styles, I’m doing club music, hip hop/trap and some pop stuff for other artists.
If you were to perform somewhere, would you DJ or play as a live act?
This will come in the future, my initial idea is to first perform as a DJ, but in the long term become a live act. I eventually see myself doing live performances in concert halls and theatres rather than clubs, but this is a long way into the future, as there are still lots of much smaller stepping stones that come first.
All your music has so far been released via Head of Clouds Records, are there plans to work with any other record labels, and are your next releases already scheduled?
Maybe, I’m working with other record labels for club music in the near future, but for the home listening music, I will keep releasing on my label. Let’s see what happens when I’m ready to release the album I’m working on…
The next scheduled releases are for November/December so please stay tuned!
Thanks for talking with us, is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks to you for inviting me! Love, peace and music always 🙂
You can find Head Of Clouds on Beatport from HERE