[Future Garage] Consequences | Interview with Outsidr

  • Describe your sound in 3 words:

Cinematic Dance Music

  • In your music there is a clear focus on the sound design and the atmosphere. Can you tell us a few things about your creative process?

Yeah, I would say so. I think when I make music, I tend to have a visual aesthetic in mind and I try to compensate that aesthetic as much as possible. That’s why I use a lot of foley and environmental sound in my tracks to really drive home the sense of place.

My creative process is pretty rough honestly, I either start a project and mess around with sounds until something interests me, or I’ll come up with an idea elsewhere and hum a tune into my phone recorder. From there it’s just whatever I feel like the track needs first. I don’t really like segmenting my creative process; I’d probably put out a lot more music but I wouldn’t be as happy with the end result. I just like making stuff up as I go along.

  • Your music has a “made in London” sound. How do you relate to the London music scene?

One of my biggest influences is Burial who also very much has that sound, so I’m happy to hear that you think my music has that sound too! I think place & aesthetic has a lot to do with it. Y’know, I work in central Monday Friday and the scenery and sounds definitely influence my music. As far as the London music scene goes, I’ve always listened to Electronic music with strong roots in London. Garage, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, they’re all influences I’m taking to make a part of my music, although I take a lot more influence from Soundtracks and experimental music.

  • If you had to choose one Synthesizer (analog or digital) which one would it be?

I’m not sure really. I don’t really use a lot of plug-ins and I don’t have much in the way of analog equipment, I’m quite content making music on as little stuff as possible. I think limiting yourself in what you use gives you the task of overcoming problems in creative ways and it can lead to some really cool results.

Serum has been a godsend for me creatively though I have to admit…

  • Do you consider your music club driven?  In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

As much as I love hearing my music go off in a club, I definitely don’t think its club driven. I don’t really make my music for any kind of purpose really; I just want to make something that’s unequivocally ‘Me’ through and through. I don’t think a lot of my older music achieved that – I don’t think I was quite a good enough producer at the time – but My last EP and this new one coming out is much more like that. I guess I want people to hear that in my music more than anything.

  • When it comes to live performance, is realistically Electronika a genre that can be performed live? What would be your dream performance venue?

The joy of wave and future garage music is that you can make emotional, intricate, deeply personal music and still find an audience in the club. A lot of it is being tailored towards a club environment now but honestly the best moments I’ve had at wave music nights is when something like a Noah B, Sorsari, or Klasey tune drops. It’s not the hardest hitting music and it doesn’t have to be because it still goes off. I think visuals will become increasingly important as the scene progresses as it is so aesthetically driven.

I think performing in a planetarium or something would be nuts. Imagine having control of the visuals in a giant dome around you. You can literally choose where you want your music to be…

  • If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d definitely like to change the idea that to be a successful Producer and DJ you need to play the PR game. As much as we all understand the importance of it, it really does a number on your mental health praying that your followers go up on Instagram so you can get more plays on your music. I’m really terrible at keeping up with social media, and knowing that your best piece of music won’t do well because you don’t have the reach, or you didn’t PR it properly, really sucks. I’m not sure how to change that but I’d like that to change.

  • One last thing we should know about you?

I’ve got plenty more music waiting to come out in the near future so keep your eyes peeled.

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