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1. How were you first introduced to electronic music?

I grew up listening exclusively to guitar bands and never really liked electronic tunes until I went clubbing for the very first time. It changed my perspective on music listening completely. I was suddenly aware of a completely new world and I loved it. I started to listen to glitchy electronica and became a huge fan of Autechre.

2. How has your music-making process developed over time?

By the time I was in my late 20s I had been deep into and back out of a number of scenes, but I still loved guitars and bands. Some friends were recording drum and bass tunes at home, pressing up vinyl and releasing them. It looked like a lot of fun and sounded immense, so I got hold of a Mac and a copy of Logic and started to work it out. My programming and songwriting developed side by side, slowly but surely. I made a lot of rubbish before I wrote what I considered to be my first decent tune.

3. Currently, who are some of your favorite artists?

I’m a big fan of Post War Years, a band from London who have a great knack for making melodies which they wrap in complex but very funky rhythms. They are about to record their second album and I can’t wait to hear which way it goes. They use Akai MPCs with guitars, basses and do a lot of sampling, it’s a great blend of organic and electronic elements – like a bionic arm.

4. What are you most excited to work on in 2010?

Another album, and a few collaborations we have in the pipeline. Mainly it’s a second album that interests me right now though. We have no real idea of where it’s going to go stylistically.

5. What would you say to anyone interested in going after their musical interests?

Stay focused and try to keep your head clear – things can get very misty once managers, labels, press, agents get involved. Have a good idea of what you want to do before you do it. And be prepared to make a few (hundred) mistakes.


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