Artist in Focus: Indiji

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Uprise Audio as a collective have been busy at work behind the scenes, conjuring up their latest endeavour to release into the dubstep world. With the announcement of Asylum’s ‘Always Love/Bad Habit’ EP coming as #006 on the label’s catalogue, there was also the news of an extended edition of the ‘Live From the Future’ LP. It would not only feature numerous VIP’s of the original tracks but also some brand new tracks, including tracks by the new additions to their roster.

For the people who haven’t heard, the label has recently announced the capture of two of the freshest talents hitting the scene. Although there’s not much background on both Indiji and LSN, you can certainly sense the potential behind their productions, already accurately fitting the Uprise style. Over the previous weeks in build-up to the release we’ve been treated to little snippets from both artists, teasing fans of the label. Focusing on Indiji, it’s easy to sense the positive vibe surrounding his productions, with his industrial and mesmeric sound. We met him down at the Uprise night at Sub Faction in Stoke where he seemed like a genuine, down to earth guy. As a way of opening people’s eyes to his music, we thought it was necessary to have a sit down with the artist and have a little question and answer session. Read what went down here:

Spectrum: Alright, how’s it going? Happy to finally get to have a little chat with you.

Indiji: Easy mate, likewise

Spectrum: Seeing as you’re one of the two latest additions to the Uprise camp, tell us a little about yourself and how you became acquainted with Uprise Audio?

I: Well, I started writing dubstep back in about 07/08. I was doing music as more of a hobby before that. Dubstep opened my ears to a lot of other cool music and I ventured into making other stuff for a while but the last few years I’ve really rekindled my love for the sound. When I had some music I was near enough happy with I sent Seven some stuff, he liked my sound and here we are!

Spectrum: Your music fits so well with the label’s sound; have you always taken your music in a futuristic direction or is this something you’ve developed into recently?

I: I grew up on a lot of soul and dub reggae thanks to my parents so that’s shaped my sound a lot for sure so I think when I heard dubstep stuff for the first time the vibe just clicked with me. I’d say as I’ve been introduced to other genres the more future sounding stuff inspired me more over time but what I love about the ethos of Uprise is the way they perfectly combine the original attitude dubstep brought with the cutting edge sound that takes it into new directions!

Spectrum: Touching back on the old-school side of dubstep, if you were going to think of pioneers of the genre, who would you say have been musical inspirations to you and have they moulded the way you produce in any way?

I: That’s a good question; there are so many producers that have inspired me at one point or another. Martyn and 2562 have always been two of my favourite producers but I didn’t come across them right away. The Skream album was the first dubstep I heard I think. That’s when I stopped making grime.

Spectrum: Any more up and coming fellow artists you’d suggest listening to or you’ve personally been taken back by?

I: JKL is a good friend of mine, he’s always showing me sick stuff he’s working on. He’s been putting a hell of a lot of work in the past few years so he’s without a doubt someone to watch out for! Transparent and C-Side are making absolutely wicked music both together and separately, some really good 140 and 170 stuff. I’m always excited to hear the new stuff they put up. Also the LSN guys have got some SICK productions and I’m really interested to hear what they come out with in the future.

Spectrum: Onto the producing side of things, are there any necessities you require for a thorough studio session? Or any pointers you could offer to fellow producers, which you use to increase productivity?

I: Yeah but they haven’t been legalised yet. Other than that, I’d recommend Yorkshire Tea. As far as pointers, I think the most important thing is time. Take time to perfect your skills and be prepared to spend a lot of time doing it! You get out what you put in, put the time in and you will get to where you want to be.

Spectrum: What producing software do you use? For me personally, seeing as I haven’t yet delved into the realm of making music, I’d find it difficult to think of where to start, programme wise and what to use. What would you suggest for someone starting up and do you think it’s beneficial to perhaps be tutored by someone experienced in the field?

I: I use Ableton now. I had used Fruity Loops for years but after trying Ableton I never looked back. I need a program that was better at recording/working with audio so the move made a lot of sense. I would recommend tutoring, that’s the prefect way to get a head start and it would make the early days of production make sense much quicker

Spectrum: So in relation to your music, do you gain any influences from everyday life? And have you ever recorded something weird and used it as a part of the structure in a track?

I: I make loads of different genres all the time. I think the different moods I’m in define what musical vibe I’m on at the time. I like to record weird stuff through guitar pedals and make sounds like that sometimes, I try to make stuff in different ways

Spectrum: So seeing as you’re pretty close mates with J.K.L, I’d assume you two have some collaborations bouncing about somewhere. I’d love to hear that blend of styles. If you had to choose three artists to collaborate with, who would they be and why?

I: We have some tunes together; we don’t make as much music as we should though. That’s a hard question there’s so many wicked producers. King Tubby would have to be the first, we all have a lot to thank him for! I’d love to see how 2562 works, I just love his style and I’m really feeling the rocky/techy stuff Amit is doing, I’d like to collaborate with that.

Spectrum: So you’ve got your track ‘Machine Dread’, which has just come out on the epic extended edition of Live From the Future. How did you feel when you found out and what other tracks on the album are your favourites?

I: Yeah, it was great. The original has some sick tracks and I’m really happy to be working with Uprise, they had me hooked from 001 to be honest. That release was heavy! Out of the new ones Diyumi and Karma are my favourites

Spectrum: Finally, what does the future hold for you? Have you got anything you can let us in on before we conclude? I’m expecting 2014 is going to be a busy year for you?

I: I just plan to do more of what I’m doing. I’ve got loads of ideas for projects building up in my head so I really want to get down to finishing more solid music

Spectrum: Well, thanks again Caan, it’s been blessed. Good luck in the future, we’ll be looking forward to release day.

We’d like to thank Indiji for sitting down and taking the time out to speak to us, and we’ll be keeping our beady eyes firmly on his activity in the future. Hopefully, there’ll be an Uprise EP for you to feast upon this coming year. Until then though, make sure you go and pick your copy up of ‘LFTF Extended Edition’ by following this link – http://www.junodownload.com/products/live-from-the-future-extended-edition/2438216-02/

Indiji;
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/indijiuk?ref=ts&fref=ts

Uprise Audio;
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UpriseAudio?fref=ts
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/upriseaudio
Twitter – https://twitter.com/UpriseAudio

Written by Drew Jones

 

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