Last week saw the fiery new collaboration from Awoltalk and Ian Munro get a release on UZ's Quality Goods Records, and we've been hitting repeat on "Lost I U" since we first caught the hype.
We spoke to Awoltalk to hear more about how the track got made, and what he has in the pipeline for 2018.
We have been tuned into your stuff for a while now, and it always sounds so fresh! What is different about your sound now, from when you first started?
I feel like my influences have changed a bit since when I first started, as well as my focus on creating quality records.
What are some of the most enjoyable parts of producing new music?
I love starting on a clean slate and experimenting until something organic starts to happen. On occasion I have an idea of the direction I want to take a record when I’m starting a new piece, but when I have more time to explore ideas in the studio the process is so much fun.
Who influences you musically? Do you find you get inspired by lots of different genres and styles?
I’m inspired by a wide range of artists and musicians. More recently artists like KRANE and MYRNE with the way they’re able to create heavy bangers and still keep addictive melodic breaks using a lot of organic sounds. Artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Mura Masa and Cashmere Cat always inspire me when I’m writing song lyrics or creating more pop-orientated records.
Talk us through your new single “Lost In U” with Ian Munro - how long did it take to write, and what originally inspired it?
I think it was about a month or two of sending the project back and forth with Ian. The vocal sections weren’t added until some of the final versions of the track, but it really tied the whole record together. We were looking to be able to not only find a good balance of both our styles but have a track that hit hard with melodic vocal breaks.
Would you want to work together with Ian again in the future? Do you feel your styles suit well?
I would definitely work with Ian again, haha. I feel like we can definitely create records where our styles work well together.
How do you want your music to make people feel?
It really comes down to what I’m writing, but most importantly I want people to FEEL something, whether it’s uplifting, hype or sad.
What are your main focuses going to be throughout 2018?
I have a lot of goals for 2018, especially competing with myself as an artist. My main goal in life is to blow up and then act like I don’t know nobody. Just kidding! Haha, I definitely want to tour this year and be able to bring my music and shows to a ton of cities. There’s also a list of artists I’m set on collaborating with. Mainly striving to have a break-out year with a bunch of great records under my belt.
Take a listen to Awoltalk's Current Vibes below - and you can get "Lost In U" here.