How did you decide to make Open Wide completely with mouth sounds?
I made one song and enjoyed the process so much I felt doing an entire album was possible. Limiting oneself is both challenging and liberating. Im a firm believer that the more you put in, the more you get out of something. If you use common, preset sounds and typical arrangements and production methods, sure it will sound familiar to people and you may sell a few records but then what? In music, especially now, I think longevity and personalization are key, and nothing is more personal than our voices.
You draw from a number of influences, from jazz to funk to house to musique concrète. How did your musical tastes develop?
My dad is a musician and he raised me on jazz, from early bop to Latin and fusion styles. My brother closest in age to me was a DJ in the 80s and exposed me to early hip-hop, electro, house. From there it was mostly discovery and trial and error to find a good balance. Ive always been fascinated with sound in general, so when I learned about the more academic avant-garde movements, I wanted to incorporate those ideas back into the street and club music I also loved. (City Centre Offices)