With not just one, but two new singles currently out for release, we felt it was time to hear more about the ever-developing sounds of London artist Darq E Freaker.
His name now encompasses a wealth of ventures and collaborations, and his latest music takes listeners on a journey back to the origins of the rave scene. We talked more about his work in this exclusive interview.
Congratulations on two wicked new singles! We love your unique sound. What is different about it now, from when you first started?
I’m trying to push the sound that I was working with forward, finding a new space and an evolution to what I’ve been doing previously.
What, to you, are some of the most enjoyable parts of producing and making new music? What do you gain from the process, and what helps you to improve as an artist?
I’m producing music constantly – it's a sort of release, an expression for me. Going to various events and travel have always been two big influences on my work. It's always helped me improve what I’m doing by seeing things in a new light or through a new lens.
Who or what influences you musically? Do you find you get inspired by lots of different genres and styles?
I’m constantly listening to all kinds of music. I’m drawn to rap music as well as left-field electronic music. I have a huge number of influences which range anywhere from Aphex Twin all the way to Diplo, and the new wave of rap music being championed by the likes of Lil Pump and Smokepurpp.
Talk us through your new tunes “Butterscotch” and “Red Velvet” - where did the initial ideas come from? Did they take long to get finished and sounding just right?
Both tracks came together quite differently – I’ve had the basic idea for "Butterscotch" for a while, I revisited it when it was going to be released and the mix brought a lot of new ideas to the finished track. "Red Velvet" on the other hand was a track that happened really spontaneously and quickly. I’m drawn to the idea of making music that you can almost taste and touch, I think that is where a lot of the idea for these tracks come from.
Would you consider yourself a bit of a perfectionist?
Yes, very much so.
How do you want your music to make people feel? Do you feel you’ve achieved this with your new release ?
I want people to feel good when they listen to my music. I also want it to inject some energy into people and make them move, while presenting something new to them.
What are your main focuses going to be throughout 2018?
More singles. A mixtape of rap beats with some amazing English rappers. A couple singles outside of this on a couple of special projects. I've produced for a few American artists who are releasing the tracks soon, which is exciting. I'm also going to be doing a whole series of shows for this and other projects - playing Emissions Festival in the next month in CA as Darq E Freaker.
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