I was born in Watford and grew up in the surrounding area. I’m now based in a place called Chesham, not too far from where I was born. A lot of my creative friends are from London so work and my passion and vocation takes me into the city a lot too.
I’ve read that you were classically trained on the piano from the age of 7, as well as studying sound engineering at the Abbey Road Institute. Does that knowledge and training add to your identity as a musician?
It does, for sure. I mean, a lot of stuff that you still go on, is musical gut. Like taste, and taste develops. You’re not taught that, you only understand it better. Hearing something and knowing what they’ve done, that’s where the training comes in. And I guess with the engineering thing, when it comes to the tech stuff, it means you just are more confident in what you are doing with the EQing and the effects and things. And knowing actually what the names of things are, rather than actual taste.
Yeah, it’s valuable in contrast to all the bedroom producers that are learning off YouTube videos and experimenting.
Technology has let kids make music who haven’t had the opportunity to necessarily be in a studio. Anyone that’s got anything with Ableton on it—and so many people have cracked Ableton—can make music in their room, so talent and musicality is not limited by opportunity and how much money you’ve got in your bank account. Technology ends up leading to creativity.