The Woods – A Changing Light [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Ethereal Ghost Soul (type stuff)

Tell us a few things about your new song “A Changing Light”. What is the story behind it?

I always find it mad when I hear the makers of work that have inspired and carried me say that they questioned if what they were doing was worthwhile, and maybe even considered scrapping what they were doing. This song is about how much we all doubt ourselves in the things we do. I wanted to pay tribute to everyone who feels like this and tell them they’re actually lighting sparks in the world & making a difference every day. Like with this song- recording the parts in my studio on my own in the Scottish countryside gives me a massive freedom, but it’s also easy to doubt myself and the worth of what I’m doing- I don’t have a team to high-five me after laying down my beats ha! So yeah, especially in this environment, I wanted to make something uplifting that says ‘I know you doubt yourself, but keep going- you’re all killing it’!

What first got you into music?

Bit of a random path. To get out of maths at primary school my mate & I volunteered to sing in a local music competition. I sang ‘The Duck & The Kangaroo’- epic tune. In an odd turn of events given that this was in rural Scotland, this led to a scholarship to a pretty famous choir in Cambridge, where I sang around the world and on tv, and got deeply immersed in classical music. Then at University in Aberdeen I spent an inordinate amount of time in record shops discovering leftfield hip hop, jazz & electronic music- fair to say I became a bit obsessed. Spent the proceeding years trying to work out how to create these sounds.
I was really lucky when I was in London that I discovered CDR, a place for music producers to try out tracks and share ideas in a club setting. I learned a lot here, especially from the founder of CDR Tony Nwachukwu (Producer, Beats guy of Attica Blues and Music Tech Guru).
Over time I’ve come to realise that all these elements probably play a part in the music I produce and the sounds going round in my head, which is cool.

Favourite album of all time?

Sooo tough to choose, so I’ll choose a compilation(!)- Headz 2B Mowax compilation album has been around for a while and still feels like the freshest and most innovative music you’ll hear. I never tire of it!

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

Yeah probably, though it’s good that Bandcamp is pushing hard and doing it from a more artist-centric angle (yeah Bandcamp!). Spotify itself is brilliant in theory and I’ve discovered so many awesome artists from it. Spotify’s payment structure on the other hand is god awful and I suspect it’ll be forced to change otherwise there won’t be many artists left to feed it in the future.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Pretentious answer- The Old Man & The Sea- deep emotional exploration in the raw wilds.
Maybe more honest answer- Comic book series Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery- Thoughtful, Funny, Uplifting, and Beautiful. Life in a bike shop= Life.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I’ve been in quite a few dumb ‘situations’ that should have led to trouble, but generally the universe has chosen to let me off a lot. I once climbed a flagpole in a town centre as a dare on a night out, and as the police inevitably came to take me away I stayed up the pole until they eventually got bored of shouting at me and left. There’s probably an analogy for life somewhere in there…

Thank you!

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