We’ve been promising everyone a Sina. guestmix for past few weeks and believe us we cannot wait to share it with you all. But first here’s a short interview with the man so we all can get to know him a bit better.
Your music seems to draw influences from so many different styles. But what/who ended up being your strongest influence from the beat/ bass front that inspired you to produce your own work?
Without a doubt I’d have to name Boards of Canada as my biggest influence from the beats and bass front. It’s just that amazing singular sound and style they have that made me (and countless other would-be producers I’m sure) say “I want to do that!”
Can you remember the first record you ever bought?
I’m not one hundred percent sure but I think it might have been an Aerosmith album. Sorry, that’s not very cool!
And, how did you get into producing and DJing?
I’m wouldn’t consider myself a DJ. I can put together a mix of tunes I like but I’ve never done it in a live setting and don’t really intend to. That’s a completely different set of skills you have to learn. I got into producing though playing with a band that had electronic elements to their sound. A guy in this band had a room full of hardware- samplers, effects racks, analog synths etc. I was fascinated by the possibilities, the world of sounds that you could create on your own.
What do your live sets sound like? Do you have a rigid set or do you improvise?
I tend to keep things pretty downtempo as the music I make kind of dictates that. I don’t think anyone who comes to my shows would expect to find the dancefloor heaving. I’m more interested in making an emotional connection with the audience. I’ve been incorporating more live instrumentation into my sets so there’s plenty of room for improvisation. I think I would quickly find it boring otherwise.
What is it that you enjoy more, producing or playing live? And why?
Playing live is fun and it’s great to travel to new places and meet people but creating music is where my heart will always be. There’s nothing I love more than being able to spend a whole day with no distractions and getting lost in making a new track.
Your original productions have a highly distinguishing quality, but after hearing the remixes that you’ve done, I have to say you end up making them your own. What do you prefer to do?
I enjoy both. It’s been great getting to remix other peoples work over the past couple of years. It can be really interesting to take the parts of another artists work and see how I can reinterpret it in my own way. I’m currently taking a break from remixing to work on more original material though I’m sure I’ll do more remix work down the line.
Which producers would you like to collaborate with in the future and whom have you recently been working with?
I don’t have a list of producers I want to work with, if something comes about naturally then that’s great. I’ve just put out a track, “Tea Of Leaf” that I made with Slovakian Producer Jimmy Pe, from his fantastic new album “Insomnia” on Gergaz. I’ve been following Jimmy for a while and he asked me if I’d be interested in working on something together. The track he sent me wasn’t something I’d ever come up with on my own so it was a fun challenge as to where I’d take it and I’m happy with how it turned out.
Beat scene is generally associated with LA. Is there a similar active subculture/ community in Belfast or N. Ireland that everyone should know about?
There are some great producers in N. Ireland such as Owsey, Jernalism, Resotone, Bear//Face, Defcon, to name a few, but there’s not really any community or scene for beat music here. I talked to a friend once about starting a “Low End Theory” type of night where local producers could meet and play their music, but nothing materialized unfortunately.
Could you pick some of the personal favorites of 2013; artists and records that you enjoyed? Also, who do you think we should be looking out for in 2014?
There were some great releases by big hitters in the electronic music scene in 2013 such as “Tomorrow’s Harvest” by BOC, “Overgrown” by James Blake, “The North Borders” by Bonobo, “Obsidian” by Baths, and Jai Paul’s mysterious album. Kyson and Soosh both released amazing debut albums. It was a great year for music, there are too many to mention really!
This year I’m looking forward to albums from Fybe:One, Submerse, SOHN, Robots Don’t sleep etc. I’m just keeping my ears open and hoping to hear lots of great new forward thinking music.
What are you currently working on in the studio at the moment? What can we expect to hear from you in days to come?
I had a pretty slow year music-wise in 2013 due to one thing and another but I’m planning a lot of new music for 2014. I’m working on two releases at the moment. Firstly, a 5 or 6 track EP that will hopefully see the light of day in the next few months. Secondly, I’m collecting tracks for my debut album which may still take a while to complete. They’re quite different in style and content, the EP will be more immediate, whereas the album will be more of a journey.