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It is a leap, but I feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience from playing in festivals over the past year. Its going to be really exciting to perform to a crowd that’s there just to see EMBRZ.
Can’t think of a better place then Dublin to have it in either.
It’s been two or three years since you remixed the Ellie Goulding track and people took serious notice. Has your sound changed with you over those years?
The Ellie remix was a special moment, I never expected it to take off the way it did.
Since then, I think my production has gotten a lot better which has allowed me to be more inventive and explore other genres.
I’ll always try to keep an emotion in my sound, but I want to display it in different ways. I’ve finally gotten brave enough to start singing on some originals I’m working on too.
Do you feel like you’re the polished version of what you want to be or what’s your creative aspiration?
I always want to get better, I’m a total perfectionist. I don’t think I have or ever will be satisfied that I’m the polished version of what I want to be, which is kind of sad. But it keeps me really hungry, constantly challenging myself to improve.
I heard the track ‘Lights’ used on the promo for Body&Soul and it was the perfect song for that festival. Do you feel like your sound is made for the summer gig, or do you make your music for a certain audience or setting?
I try not to think about an audience when I’m making a track, I just write whatever I’m feeling at that time and hope that people feel the same way as I do about it.
It’s difficult to get emotion across in sub-genres like techno or garage, is that why you went down the route you did?
Its not something I planned, it just happened. I remember there was this moment after I finished ‘Slow Down’, I said to myself ‘this is it, this the sound I’ve been looking for.’
Its an accumulation of all the things I like in music.
A lot of electronic musicians I’ve spoken to were in punk bands or made very different music to what they make now. What’s your musical background?
I went through lots of different phases growing up. Early teens, I loved metal, rock whatever you wanna call it.
I used to constantly wear this Slipknot hoodie which my Da used to joke needed to be surgically removed. I became obsessed The Stone Roses in my later teens, then once I heard Deadmau5 I completely shifted to electronic music.
How do you see the landscape of Irish electronic music right now?
I’d like to see a bit more from the electronic side of things, but you got remember Ireland is only a small place.
I’m looking forward to hearing MMOTHS new album. I think Talos is one to watch too, he has an incredible voice.
You wrote the lyrics for ‘Silent’ but Amy Rose lent her vocal talent. How do you go about selecting who fits well for your songs?
At the end of the day, a vocal is just another instrument in your music.
You have to try and hear what kind of vocal you think will work, the same way you would for any other instrument.
I did write the topline for ‘Silent’, and was considering using my own vocal, but I felt like a beautiful female voice would better capture the emotion of the track. I remember when Amy sent over the first demo and after the first line, I knew she was perfect.
What’s next? Is there an EP/album on the way?
I’m sitting on a lot of new music. I don’t want to say too much, but there will be some new material released very soon.
EMBRZ takes to the stage of The Grand Social for his debut headline show. Click here for tickets and more information.