An Interview With Song writer, artist and producer, MANCHESTER RAIN

Song writer, artist and producer, MANCHESTER RAIN, finds himself working alone, in his sky-lab, deep inside the belly of the ‘beats’; Manchester, UK – where studio Fort Knox microphones invite the stray sirens and wicked weather to be a part of the music; a collaboration of haunting sorts…

Working between Manchester, UK – and a reclusive hideaway, buried deep inside the French Alps ; MANCHESTER RAIN absorbs the two opposing environments, and allows them to find their way into the music… ‘environment is everything’.

Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the proccess?

Ans: I draw inspiration purely from my environment really; hence the name I suppose! But I like to absorb everything around me and in fact, I have a field recorder that I use to literally capture my surroundings so for example; I recorded the rain fall one night when there was a storm; and I used that as an ambient background in my debut release. My favourite part of the process is probably the early stage of creating a song; the drum pattern is down and I m now playing with synths and effects to create another world. It is especially nice doing that, when the actual world around me is going crazy.

Q: How do you shut things out when you're being creative?

Ans: It is not easy, but having a dedicated studio outside of my house as well as a home studio means that I have the privilege of both convenience and a hideaway.

Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?

Ans:Very easily really; I usually have around a hundred ideas for songs at any given time; I'm never short on inspiration and I never suffer writers block. The thing that takes ages for me, is the technical side of things; like getting things mixed and sounding right.

Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Ans: Eclectic, atmospheric, meaningful, different and passionate.

Q:Who are your inspirations?

Ans: Wow, everything from old school rock through to modern dance and electronic music; so I would say my inspirations are too broad to list; but I suppose things that you could say are clearly linked to my music is Michael Cretu and his Enigma project, for example and then, modern bands like TesseracT also, I suppose are an inspiration despite being different genres.

Q: Which instruments do you play?

Ans: I am not prolific in any one instrument; and I find myself dabbling with many but on my songs, I play the synths and program the drums also; alongside he vocals of course.

Q: You have a remix platform that is interesting; tell us more about that ?

Ans: I want to build and see that pebble dropped in water effect with my music; so I will be offering stems and files from every song I release; to be remixed by other producers. It is a collaboration of sorts; that’s how I see it. And it is a genuine opportunity for others to be involved in something special.

Q: Subdust Music is your label; tell us more about it ?

Ans: It is my own record label and there is a couple of us involved. It is a small and perfectly formed outfit and we hope to push our remix opportunities to really spread the music far and wide and to work with other creatives.

Q: So your debut release and video. Tell us more about it ?

Ans: The video has been a labour of love and really captures the songs vibe; I did the video myself and had to learn film editing in the process! But my vision is often so clear that it is best I have a part in the whole process. There is also a remix video for the remix we had done byHouse producer, Vintage Division. There is a lot more to come!

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