In honour of the release of his newest track, we caught up with New Zealand's Ian Munro. An awesome trap and bass producer/DJ with the world at his feet, today sees the release of "Right Now," featuring rap artist Yuneer Gainz.
While you can check out the tune in full below, read on to hear more from Ian Munro himself.
Congratulations on your forthcoming single! We have loved your unique sound for a long time now. What is different about it now, from when you first started out?
Thank you! I think I’m just more focused now. I got caught up in this world of writing music for other DJs or to match this expectation I thought was held by fans to write “X” style. But I’m in a position now where I’m in my element. I’m writing wholeheartedly and honestly, and I love what’s coming out of it.
What, to you, have been some of the most enjoyable parts of producing your "Right Now?" What did you gain from the process, and what helps you to keep developing as an artist?
The craziest part of "Right Now" was how relevant it was to me when I wrote it. This song was made at a time when I felt like it was me vs. the industry. I got the vocal back from Yuneer and it just really resonated with me. It really pushed me to make this single as great as I could to kinda "prove myself."
I think developing as an artist just comes from trying to create the most honest representations of your vision.
Who or what influences you musically? Do you find you get inspired by lots of different genres and styles?
Yeah, definitely — I was really lucky to be brought up with such a diverse musical background. My mum brought me up with this weird mix of punk and jazz, and I picked up hip-hop culture just from being a Kiwi kid in the 90/00’s. I think they’re all hugely responsible for the way I write my music today.
Talk us through your year so far, what have you enjoyed working on the most?
I’ve been writing some of my favourite music yet — so I’d have to say all of it, haha. But if I had to choose, I’d have to go with my EP. I’ve been meaning to write an EP like this for a while and I think it’s finally the right time for me to do so. It’s a work in progress still, but I’m really proud of it and the direction I’m going with all ready.
How do you want your music to make people feel? Do you feel you’ve achieved this with your new single?
The thing I love most about music is that it’s subjective, and that meaning can be negotiated or interpreted differently. I don’t really want to make people feel a certain way — I just want them to feel something. To me, "Right Now" was a triumphant “fuck you” to the politics of the industry, and a celebration of all the hard work that’s gone in to making this dream somewhat of a reality. But to you it could mean anything, or nothing — and I love that.
What can we expect from you this summer?
More shows and more music. I’ve got another single coming soon that I’m super proud of and my sophomore EP will also be dropping at some point this summer!
Purchase "Right Now" here.