Brighton producer Changing Currents is charged with a collaborative energy that runs through the soul of training ground where he cut his teeth – Soundcloud.
Though informed by the collaborative ethos of Soundcloud, his own sound is hard to pin down, with his appeal lying in his range as a producer. Whether it’s drum sounds that would sit nicely in a project from Essie Gang’s J Rick or slippery synths that sound inspired from Kaytranada, Changing Currents is versatile and it’s a good thing.
Following the success of several Soundcloud releases and production credits on KEYAH/BLU’s EP, Changing Currents is about to release a first official EP of his own on May 25. A thoroughly globetrotting project that features South African rapper Chris Snakes, Australia’s Nelson Dialect and Londoners BINA. and Bawo. Ahead of that release he has dropped a new single ‘Fruit Juice’ and we caught up with the eclectic producer to see what makes him tick.
You are fighting in the octagon, what song do you walk out to?
Hot – Young Thug (ft. Gunna)
What fact about you would surprise people?
I can’t create with other people in the studio, I’m a lone wolf.
What does retirement look like for you in the future?
Feet up, glass of rose wine… Whilst probably still making beats.
What is your morning ritual?
Wake up, complain about waking up, then go back to sleep.
What movie / video game has the best soundtrack?
Skate 3! Every time I hear a track that was on that game I get instant nostalgia.
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New single “Fruit Juice” Ft. BINA. Out on all platforms 01.05.20 – @joseph.efi
Finish this sentence: You should never __________
Disrupt my creative flow, when I’m in my zone nothing else matters.
What is essential to have with you in the studio?
I always gotta light up an incense, I like to keep my energy pure as whatever I create reflects my mood.
What is the last thing you watched on netflix/youtube/tv?
Im deep in Brooklyn nine nine at the moment, man its so funny… I relate spiritually to Gina.
What are you addicted to ?
That feeling after creating something from nothing. Knowing that what I’ve just made could have an effect on someones life is really inspiring to me.
You have your own talk show, who is your first guest?
Joe Kay of Soulection, he handles his business so well. Id love to get an insight to what goes on behind the scenes.
You are headlining Glastonbury, what are your most outrageous rider requests?
Cucumber with a cheese and chive dip, Skittles but specifically with all the yellow ones taken out and an inflatable boat, you know… incase it rains.
The first album you bought?
Michael Jackson Thriller. I was so inspired by him growing up, one time at a funeral reception I got up on a table and danced to Michael Jackson with a hat on the floor for people to put money in… Yeah I was always a hustler
You can choose one artist to head up the government and subsequently save the country, who is it?
Has to be Dave, his performance at The Brits literally gave me goosebumps.
You can rock the stage with any act past or present, who are you choosing?
Me and Jarreau Vandal would be a pretty deadly duo.
What is your pet hate?
Writing with permanent marker on paper, that sound makes my toes curl.
‘Exertion’ is released May 25th.
Listen to ‘Fruit Juice’ below: