Soul Deep Exclusives is proud to announce the upcoming album release from Furney. The album is the first in a new series started by Soul Deep called the 'Artist Spotlight Series'. The series will highlight top artists from around the globe, and allow them a full length album to show off their undeniable talent. Along with the album release, artists will get their profile added to the Soul Deep website. The artists will be interviewed before their release, and the full interview will be posted to their profile page. I want to put the artist on display, giving the producer a face and a voice to reach their passionate fans.
The debut album of the series is already getting great reviews from some of the great deejays and artists in the scene.
Deejay Stunna – 10/10 – “Another stellar Furney LP!”
Random Movement – 10/10 – “Gonna be playing a lot of these :)”
Jason Magin – 10/10 – “Big Selection as always!”
Command Strange – 9/10 – “SICK ALBUM! Big ups Furney!”
This series will definitely be one to watch if you want the full picture of the music being presented. Future albums will be featured from Scott Allen, Conspire, Soul Connection, Greekboy, and many others… There's a lot to look forward to out of this series, but for now just appreciate the sounds of Furney!
Furney Interview Questions: Evolve LP – Soul Deep Artist Spotlight Series
Hello James, thanks for being a part of the Soul Deep Artist Spotlight Series. As a part of the series, you’ll have your album released, your profile uploaded on the Soul Deep website, and an interview for your artist profile.
1. Where are you living right now? And how long have you been there?
I'm living just outside Barcelona, been here for a little over a year now.
2. How is the D&B scene in Spain?
The D&B scene in Barcelona isn't huge, but every night I've been to is busy and lively. I've actually just touched base with the main guys here who already knew my music. I’ll be playing at their night at the end of July, which I'm very much looking forward to.
3. You’ve been writing a lot of music lately. Who are your biggest influences when it comes to writing music.
I think the thing I love the most about drum and bass is the way you can layer things from every genre of music and literally anywhere. I would say this is my biggest influence. Incorporating musical things I love into the music I love. There's a group called the Avalanches who compose there tracks with like 80 samples from different places. I really love this idea.
It was also finding out that 95% of the music that influenced me growing up, was made this way. Tracks that really blue my mind when I was young. The realization that it’s this from here, that from there with sprinkles on top!
4. I always hear a lot of samples in your music. What is the key to fining a good sample to use?
Basically music is my life everyday, I'm always thinking of what to use and constantly going through random things. I think after a good 20 years at it, your ears just get used to liking what they hear. Usually a particular mood or feeling, most definetly the key that it's in as well.
5. What do you think of the Drum & Bass scene right now?
I think everywhere you look there's a talented producer, or a great Dj. I guess it's easy to get lost. The bottom line for me is, loads of people doing their thing, enjoying themselves and putting out music is a super positive thing. The love people have for this music is overwhelming. I still get shocked when I'm asked to sign an autograph, or if someone tells me, I influenced them to start producing, blows me away.
If there's one person I'm so thankful for everyday, it's Mr Scott Allen. His attitude, energy and constant willingness to support what I do, enables me to produce music where I'm not worrying about commercial appeal. I'm literally free to produce what I'm feeling. I think this attitude is invaluable in helping the music grow.
6. When you’re not producing Drum & Bass music, what type of music or bands do you like to listen to?
So many obscure things, a typical 4 hour session could consist of anything from Yasuaki Shimizu to Will Mertons, to an obscure soundtrack. Anything slightly unusual.
7. When you’re not producing Drum & Bass music, what else do you like to do? Any hobbies or talents that we don’t know about?
I studied graphic design for four years when I left school and got the qualification but it was to competitive to find a career in at the time. I used to draw all the time as well but don't seem to find the time these days.
I've got a weird brain as well that remembers entire scripts of things, I know The Goonies and The back to the future trilogy, nearly word for word, which I guess could be seen as unusual!
8. Do you have anything you’d like to say to the faithful Soul Deep fans who have always followed your music?
I have epic love for anyone who follows and believes in soul deep. We obviously share the same tastes in musical drum and bass.
9. What’s coming up next for you? Anything you’d like to plug?
Looking forward to playing regular in Barcelona with Lady Emz. Whom, I've also been recording loads of music with the last few years. I feel that she had brought a new level of excitement to my music. We've made a jazz album together that i feel is really special. Also a few solo albums and an album with my man Scott Allen, which has also brought yet another arc of excitement to my musical world! I could go on about upcoming projects, as I spend at least 12 hours a day in the studio. I guess keep your eyes and ears open!
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