Hi Raz, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi guys, excellent to be back. Thank you for your ongoing support.
I’m still in Thailand for the time being, keeping healthy and creative.
Can you talk to us about your latest single “Prepare For It”?
This is the opening track on my upcoming album ‘Audio Diaries’. ‘Prepare For It’ is a deep, bassy chugger for the heart and soul as well as the feet. It has an apocalyptic spoken word sample from the legendary Sun Ra, describing the state of the world back in the 60’s. I found it as relevant today as it likely was then.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
While in lockdown, I challenged myself to write a track a day. ‘Prepare For It’ was written on the second day. The people around me and the music I was digesting at the time inspired the style. The vocal sample spoke volumes to me as it so aptly defined the feelings I was going through on that specific day. I’ll be the first to admit that early into our lockdown experience I was overcoming some stark thoughts about the future. Getting creative was the healthiest way for me to navigate them.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I am looking into collaborating with some visual artists. You’ll have to wait for that to unfold next year though.
The single comes off your new album Audio Diaries – what’s the story behind the title?
As the entire world went into the first lockdown early in 2020, so did I, on a remote beach in Thailand. For the sake of my sanity I chose my happy place, creativity. Through documenting the state of the world and where my head was at during that period, it enabled me to traverse an incredibly challenging time. I look forward to listening back to it in years to come, able to reminisce about the vast thoughts and emotions I was going through at that unique point in time.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was very different then my usual way. I had to completely reinvent the way I work. I welcomed the change and the challenge. It’s fascinating how changing the way you work brings out new music. We’re all creatures of habit, so we become so accustomed to one way of working that it can be challenging to change. Stripping everything back has forced me to think differently, and I found it quite refreshing and inspiring to be out of the studio with a basic setup. As I was in the middle of nowhere and away from my studio I only had my laptop. My goal was to write a track a day, I had to crack on with it first thing every morning. Each piece took about 5 hours. Working against the clock made the decision-making process much more intuitive and brutal. I had to follow my guts and stop questioning decisions so much. I think in the era of digital music production we have too many options and the concept of this album was to be raw, intuitive and unadulterated.
What role does London play in your music?
London is my home and has been for 17 years now. The majority of my musical inspiration comes from the UK underground music scene. I wanted to create an album in the spirit of the classic 90’s dance albums I grew up on, capturing the eclectic musical styles in one musical journey.
How did the pandemic influence the writing on this record?
The pandemic was the reason for the creation of this record. I tried to take an unfortunate situation and flip it on its head to get something positive out of it. Now I am happy to share it with the world.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?.
Every morning, I was confronted by a blank canvas which exciteed me immensely. I drew inspiration from my sourndings. One day it was the sad news of the passing of Bill Withers, another is was the spotting of a turtle on the beach. Sometimes it was more simple like a swim in the ocean that inspireed a particular thought or just a single word from a conversation at breakfast.
What else is happening next in BASSICALLY’s world?
I have been sharpening my tools as well as adding to the toolkit. Creating lots of fun remixes, I would love to share those early into next year. Lots of piano practice too!