Fresh off his latest release on Buygore, Flinch is showcasing a new side to his persona. Perhaps it's not a new side at all, but rather a sign that he's getting back to his roots, pushing the boundaries of music production. 'Restless' is a shining moment for hard hitting electronic music released in 2016. From the melodic bass riffs to the mesmerizing motif, every song on this EP makes a statement. With this being a favorite releases for many, we thought it fitting to hit up Flinch to get a better idea of his vision behind the music and to grab an exclusive guest mix. His style flows with diversity, delivering a collection of music that represents just how far he's come as an artist.
To help us understand the man behind the music, we asked Flinch about his latest EP, what he did while taking a short break, along with his thoughts on what it takes to stand out as an artist in today's industry. He was able to give great advice for those looking to break through, sharing that being genuine is what truly matters.
You recently took some time off. What have you been up to aside from making music? Any traveling, new experiences?
I was on the road a lot for the last 5 years, so I just spent time with my son and the rest of my family traveling and just being a father. I've been stepping up my cooking game and exercising. Also, since I have been using Logic for a long time, I decided to take the time to learn Ableton and it's been incredibly rewarding.
Restless is a fairly diverse release, what was your mission with the whole EP?
My mission with this EP was to create a well-rounded record that touched on pop and some more contemporary sounds without sounding like everything else out there at the moment. I wanted to make songs, but also something you could really shake your ass to. Taking my time really helped me to test out multiple ideas for "drops" and just more variations in styles. I think 'No Matter What' had something like 12 versions before I decided.
What do you think it takes to be unique and stand out as a producer?
That's a tough question to answer because everyone has their own idea of how to achieve this. Some think its a costume or a character you play on social media...I think it's about creating art, something that comes from the heart and is genuine will stand out the most. Having some balls and trying something different and not looking back at what others are saying... that's what will make an artist stand out... at least in my opinion. I think fusing old styles and new styles together to make something new is key. With Restless, I went back to the sound I made in my early years, before I was swept in the massive anthemic dubstep banger mentality...and tried to fuse it with what I'm digging in current dance music.
If you could go back and give the younger version of yourself advice, what would you say?
Trust your gut!
Who or what is your biggest inspiration & why?
My inspirations are all over the place. But it's mainly music itself. Music has been such an important part of my life, from when I was a kid to this very moment. Electronic music has always been a place where you can experiment with new ideas freely and inspire others around you while you all explore new ways to make people move bouncing ideas off each other or sharing new techniques. At the end of the day, I might say my biggest inspiration is to inspire others to be themselves.