A little while back we premiered new music from o.utlier, an up and coming London based producer who recently released on the new Secretsundaze sub label SZE. Prior to this he had previously rather impressively released music on the infamous label Soul people run by Fred P as well as Naif and Appian Sounds. His sound sees him blend intricate samples alongside delicately crafted soundscapes and ambient incarnations. His production embodies a youthful energy yet comes across as far more learned than you might perhaps expect. Over the coming years we anticipate him to take the next step, his music warrants that.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself - Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is o.utlier, I'm currently in East London and I'm a human.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet* acceptable)?
I would say panoramic, subterranean, natural... hopefully reserved.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my bedroom on a cold November morning.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
On a nighttime car trip through the mountains.
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
On a deserted island with a quadrophonic Funktion 1 system, a few friends, Japanese amplifiers, a bottle of Scotch and a bag of ice. No one leaves until the bottle is finished.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
The 3rd one.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
My mate Ario's recent mix for A Strangely Isolated Place.
Michael Mayer's Immer on Kompakt gets a runner-up mention...
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
That's a really hard one. Maybe not back to back, but I would love to have been a warmup DJ for a band like Underworld back in the day.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My first DJ setup was a pair of Technics 1210s, a Behringer DJX700 mixer (on which I overused the flanger effect constantly, long live the flanger....) and a really nasty set of speakers.
Now it's the same staple 1210s, a Condesa Lucia, a tape delay pedal and a pair of 2nd hand Alesis monitors I bought from my friend years ago.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
An ending is also a beginning....
What were the first and last records you bought?
First I'm too embarrassed to say... but it was a highly-euphoric progressive house record from HMV.
My last record was the debut album by a local jazz group called Wildflower, bought at Kristina Records Dalston. It's really good.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A slowly roasted carrot.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A beaver wearing a cravat.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Everything is mixable with a Space Echo.
Upcoming in the world of o.utlier?
Finishing the next EP, which will mostly be tripping ambient/techno.
Working on my live set, playing more gigs, collaborations with some friends, maybe start thinking about an album, making lunch....
Anything else we need to discuss?
It was really cold on Monday.