We caught up with Shenoda, before the release of his forthcoming Burn EP out on Aus Music on the 10th of March. Following on from last years' Chromatic EP, Burn adds to a string of excellent releases from the London-based house and techno spinner. Be sure to check out the B-side - Vista - which ClashMusic premiered in February, as well as the full release when its out.
“Both tracks are a bit more peak time than some of my previous releases. It also comes with a nice remix from Marquis Hawkes under his Juxtaposition Alias. I wanted to make something for the peak hours, it started actually as a bit of a live jam and evolved quite organically.”
“It’s great to be releasing tracks on Aus music, it’s a label with superb heritage and they’re really at the top of their game at the moment.”
What does 2017 hold for you – will we see a few more releases?
I’m actually just putting the finishing touches to a couple of EPs right now that should be out before the end of the year. They’re a little bit tougher than previous releases, a little more, I hesitate to say it but, underground. I’ll be out DJing here and there as well though for the time being I’m mainly focused on producing new music.
On the topic of DJing, how do you feel about the state of London nightlife at the moment? There’s been a lot of talk about the closure of venues over the last few years.
Of course there’s been some legendary clubs that have gone but it’s the state of change. We’ll always feel nostalgic about the places that have contributed to our past and entertainment over the years and it’s sad to see them go. At the same time we’re seeing new venues opening like Printworks and when all is said and done, London night life is still fantastic.
How did you get into electronic music production?
I’d been in a few bands when I was younger, but once I got to University my interest in electronic music picked up and I decided all I wanted to do was play tunes. I started as a garage DJ but then gradually moved into house and techno which kind of mirrors my own production journey.
Producing was always a natural progression from DJing and as soon as I got my hands on a cracked copy of Cubase I spent hours learning. Of course it took a while before there was anything worth listening to. In the past I’ve collaborated with mates to make tracks, but now I’m quite a control freak in the studio and am enjoying producing solo and maybe am doing some of my best work yet.
My music has changed over the years, I’d likely get bored if I was making the same things and approaching every tune with the same mind-set, but at the same time I’d like to think all of my music has got a rugged aesthetic running all the way through it.
So where does your inspiration for production come from?
Sometimes you can be on a bit late night session and you come across a new synth or you’re going down a YouTube rabbit hole and find a song that you want to sample and build a tune around. Often I find samples from old records I haven’t dug out in ages.
I listen to a lot of different types of music in my spare time, from hip-hop, to disco, to funk and soul, I generally try and keep my tastes broad.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Roman Flügel, Levon Vincent and DJ Koze are really some of the names that stick out on the house and techno side of things. They have a range and authenticity to them that I’d like to portray in my own production.
Are there any new up and coming artists you’ve got your eye on?
The UK is a hot bed of exciting artists at the moment, both Ploy and Bruce have put out records on Timedance and Hessle Audio which I really rate, and then there’s Willow who’s been releasing tracks on Workshop.