left alone is A hazy, downtempo track pulling from electronic, lo-fi and r&b elements. I wrote, recorded and produced it during lockdown last year, what an epic time. It’s a song inspired by late night drives through empty city streets, and lyrically references feelings of heartache, longing and being stuck in a place you need to move on from.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
At this point in time, the work that I’m most proud of is for sure left alone, and the music video that accompanies it.
It’s an emotive track with a nocturnal atmosphere and sensuality to it, and I think it’s a really honest portrayal of the way I was feeling at the time I wrote it. Instrumentally I think the sound palette of reversed piano notes, ethereal vocal samples and a healthy amount of bass, paired with a hushed lead vocal work really well. I produced, wrote, sang on, mixed and mastered the track all myself, so it’s super rewarding to put it out into the world!
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Like chilli-dark chocolate. It’s rich, sweet and warm, with some complex notes, often suited to an after dark setting.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.Years ago, my focus was on producing solely. The night before the first live show I would ever play, I decided that I wanted to try singing. I had a 40 minute set, and no pre written songs, so overnight I had to come up with a bunch of material that would work. The hour before going on stage was one of the most nerve-wracking times ever, but after jumping up and singing my own songs, I didn’t look back!
What, or who, inspires you?
I’m inspired by so many different things. I think when you’re in a creative field you take in as much as you can from all angles of life. I’m inspired by people I meet, stories I hear, and things I experience.
Musically, some of my biggest inspirations are Radiohead, J Dilla, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Gorillaz to name a few. When I write a song, it’s almost always an expression of where I’m at in my life at the time, what I’m experiencing, how I’m feeling. I try to distill whatever that feeling is, and express it in the most honest way possible.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Nights by Frank Ocean. When I first heard it in 2016 it blew my mind. The way the guitars are recorded. The phased progression of the track, the intricate instrumental arrangements, the lyrical storytelling and of course the legendary beat switch all make it such a great track.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m finalising an EP that I’m planning to release later on in the year. I’m also getting ready to start playing live shows with a brand new set! Stay tuned – there’s gonna be a lot more coming real soon.
What’s your scene?
After dark, late night drives, neon lights and technicolour moments.