Ahead of his new single, ‘Concrete’, which premieres on MA this week, we sat down with the prodigal son of bass music, Memtrix, to talk music, inspirations, and more.
Hey Oscar, great to have you with us today! What’s new in the world of Memtrix?
I have a new single coming out this week called Teeth & Turn which I’m looking forward to, it’s 2 tracks that I’ve wanted to release for a while so it’s nice that they’re finally seeing the light of day.
You do all your own vocals and instrumentals for your production – where did your musical education begin, and what’s your favourite thing to do for a track?
I’ve been playing music since I can remember, probably since the age of about 4. I was brought up with music around and with me constantly, so it always felt natural for me to take it seriously. Electronic music was a different ball game though, that all happened by accident. The reason I started doing this project was to try and do something completely unknown to me and so far out of my comfort zone. I still try to retain that feeling, I don’t really follow whats going on and tend to stay in my own little bubble, I much prefer it that way and it makes the whole process more stimulating.
Have you ever considered using your widespread musical knowledge to do any sort of live performance?
Yeah I have, but I don’t want to say too much about that at the moment as time will tell. It would be a seriously exciting venture though.
You’ve been quite big in the scene since you were quite young – how do you think that has impacted your career, and how has it impacted your life in general?
So far it’s opened a lot of doors and has been an interesting journey, certainly also due to the fact that I had no idea about any sort of dance music or DJ scene in the slightest at the time it all started happening. I just want to keep making it compelling and a bit weird and different.
You quit college to pursue your career in music, and you’ve clearly done really well for yourself – but what advice would you give to other aspiring young musicians considering the same thing?
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, branch out as much as possible and try and have a number of different aspirations and goals, be it stylistically or artistically.
You have some pretty impressive collaborations under your belt – which stand out to you the most, and who would you most like to work with in the future?
The single with Spor was a really great experience, I tend to only work with people I’m friends with and having a mate like Jon is always exciting and interesting to say the least. Joe Ford and I finished a few bits earlier in the year too, being in the studio with him is always the best of times, I can’t wait to release those tracks, we’ve been on this journey together since we both started out really. Usually I prefer working on my own stuff though.
Who or what are some of the biggest inspirations behind your music?
Generally speaking for the electronic stuff at the moment, my inspirations derive less from the music I listen to, and are more dependent on atmosphere, anything visually encapsulating, and looking at art. I gain influence from everything around me really.
And what about your biggest names to watch at the moment?
I don’t really follow who’s going to be big or who isn’t, I’m a bit out of touch with that sort of thing. I love The Upbeats, and Joe Ford’s new album is absolutely brilliant.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, and can’t wait to see what’s next from you!