Cyclonix creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
My interest started way back when I was a kid in the late 1980s and early 1990s when hip hop, acid house, and UK dance music started to permeate the charts. This was from radio, TV, buying records and sharing news & ideas with friends. Then rave music, jungle, drum and bass and trip hop were the main early electronic music styles I was into.
What have you been doing with your time in lockdown in your city or country?
So during the UK lockdowns I have still been working hard in my day job. Out of work I have been spending time with my family, keeping fit and readying my garden for the new food growing season. I have been listening to a lot of music in the day and I have of course spent time making new music and starting the new record label.
How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?
So in terms of trajectory as a music producer I would assess it as slow and steady. My main drive is having fun making music I like, and getting better at production and working with like minded people to release the best music I can. I started as I was always interested in how electronic music was made, and felt I wanted to learn the skills and techniques and test out the creative ideas I had.
What was your criterion when producing your last EP?
When making the Metal Bass EP on my new label – Little Red Hand, I was really trying to make bassy, raw sounds, with vibe influenced by the broken beat sound of the early 2000s.
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
I try to record a monthy show for Nuwave Radio called Back to Bruk, when I play music old and new from across the broken beat spectrum – so soulful, bassy, techy syncopated rhythms. Here’s an example from around August 2020.
What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?
I live in Nottingham, UK. I would say the city has a great underground scene of new and estabished Djs and producers, but it struggles for small independent venues where less commerical electronic music can be played. So more venues where djs and artists can play new and interesting music and more record shops would be great!
Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?
I am currently working on some new tracks for a label that will have a similar vibe to my Metal Bass EP. I am excited to have a EP out soon on US label Amalgama. Later in the year I will have a third EP on UK label Braodcite. I should also have tracks coming out this year on Cooperation Records, Phuture Shock Music and maybe a couple more.