Toronto’s Alistair Moss has been making some rather large waves over the past few years with his tightly blended DJ mixes and futuristic productions. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Daft Punk, Flume, Avicii and San Holo, his unique interpretations of the Trap/Bass genres have won him admirers far and wide. With bootleg remixes of Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown appearing online earlier this year, a growing number of labels have begun to take notice too. One such label is AtomicSky, also based in Moss’ Canadian home town, who recently released his latest offering; the lush, synth-laden epic, ‘Forever’.
We sat down with Moss to have a chat about the track and to find out what’s been going on.
Hi Moss, thanks for being here with us. How are you and what’s going on around you at the moment?
Really good. I recently got a new manager named Zach Abraham who’s helped me take my career to new pastures. I’m very excited to be working with him.
You’ve just released your new single, ‘Forever’. How did this track come about?
It started with me playing around on Ableton Live. I came up with a chord progression I really liked and I built the song around it.
How would you describe this single in terms of style and sound?
I tried to emulate and mix the styles of producers that I look up to – producers like San Holo and Pusher, the latter being a huge inspiration to this track.
Where did you draw inspiration for this single?
How long did it take to complete this track?
About 2 months. It was unfinished for a while, with most of it coming together in the last two weeks of that.
Could you walk us through the production process behind ‘Forever’?
I thought I already did.
Which plug-ins and sounds shaped this track?
I used a lot of Silent and Serum for the vast majority, with a little Operator as well.
‘Forever’ got signed by AtomicSky Recordings – how did you spark a relationship with this label?
A friend of mine was playing at a bar on College St. in Toronto and I went to see him play. His roommate was a producer and label head of AtomicSky. I really liked how he ran social media promotions for his releases and so after talking to him and showing him the track, the rest, as they say, is history.
Where would you imagine this production being played?
I think any DJ could play it. I think a lot of them could appreciate the production and sound design as well as its versatility in appealing to different markets.
Describe ‘Forever’ in three words.
Super hot fire.
Why should people listen to ‘Forever’?
Because it’s a good song. I haven’t found anyone who’s strongly disliked it. It’s chilled out enough that people don’t have to listen to it at a club or festival but it’s also upbeat enough to be played in those settings as well.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline this year?
Yes, I have a few projects in the works which I’m very excited about coming soon.