An Interview with ANIML

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

Hmm….Gritty, Textured, Atmospheric

  • What is the story behind your name?

A few years ago I had a side project with my production partner in LA, ‘Virtue’, and we were working on a record together and I think I either was working on a section and played it for him, or I sent him something I was working on, can’t really remember, but he hit me back and went “damn bro, you’re an animal”, and it just stuck.

  • Your sound design is exceptional. What advice would you give to an amateur electronic producer that is trying to achieve this rich, warm sound? 

I think the most important thing is to just experiment with sound design, take a loop or a sample and just start tossing random effects and processing on it, and distort it so bad that it’s unrecognizable. Parallel processing is your best friend, crush a sound and blend it with the the unprocessed sound.

  • What comes first in your music? The Beat? The chord progression? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

A trick I use a lot to get going is to just sit down and listen to music, pull up Spotify and find a record that inspires you. Figure out the key, the tempo, the “idea” of what that song is and use that as a jumping point. Even just copying a chord progression, not in notation but rhythm and cadence, can be enough to spark inspiration and things like vocals and drums accompany that afterwards.
Another trick is to set your timer for 10 minutes, pick a genre ie. house, electronic, orchestral, and just start tossing things in there and make as much as you can in 10 minutes, those little 10 minute ideas are great things to go back to when you’re stuck.

  • Who is your favourite producer?

I’m really inspired by Lorn, the depth of his sound design and melody is pretty unparalleled. Anything that makes me scratch my head and wonder how it’s been put together I’m a huge fan of.

  • Your music is club friendly but it can also be enjoyed at home. In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

People absorb music in all kinda of weird ways, I find some of the best music, especially electronic music, the kind that you can have on while you’re cleaning your apartment and are barely paying attention to it, but also play in your car on the way out and be totally sucked in.

  • When was the last time you danced?

I’m dancing right now!!

  • One last thing we should know about you?

Stress and uncertainty can be the biggest killer of creativity, I’m no exception to that, to anyone that feels like the state of the world has zapped their ability to create art, thats completely ok. Meditate, go for runs, take cold showers, practice breathing, read books, call your friends and laugh, Art will always come back when it’s ready.

  • Thank you Spencer!

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