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SANUKÉ

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BIRMINGHAM ARTIST SANUKÉ

Hiya Sanuke, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

It’s in my bones, it’s what moves me and what emotes me. It’s how I express myself and release my creativity, so yeah kinda important to me!

Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?

I’ve gone under other monikers in the past producing Dubstep, Drum n Bass, Deep House, and I had alot of fun with it along the way. Sanuké is the culmination of that and it has bought me to a place where I feel I can express myself fully through the music and not be restricted by genre, I can just go where the music takes me.

What was life like for you before music?

I honestly don’t remember a time before it, my parents always had Motown playing in the background, which is probably the reason I play bass guitar, so many incredible performers on those tracks and so much of it was 1-take recordings too!

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I think to think of a song that began my musical journey would be Get Ready by the Temptations, pure soul and joy in that song from such brilliant vocalists but if we’re talking about what got me itching to create electronic music it’s got to be Fragma – Toca Me. The Balearic sounds and Eurobeat undertones just put me in such a great headspace of wonder and warmth whenever I listen to it. I wanted to create something that brings those feelings alive just as Fragma had.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I think I’ve gone through a lot of different waves of the industry from Djing after indie bands to underground European clubs and from house parties to festival stages. I’m at the start of my journey with Sanuké and it’s the one that encompasses all I have witnessed.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

The biggies and best advice I have ever received is to just make whatever you feel like making. It’s doing this nd being true to yourself that will have a long-lasting effect on your own enjoyment. I produce whatever I feel like now and it fills me with joy to do so, it’s not about following trends for me anymore.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I’ve sang Vindaloo at 6 am in Prague Square after a DJ set.

I’ve drunk Roger Sanchez’s Tequilla on the top deck of a bus after swiping it from his rider.

I’ve danced on stage with a garden gnome during Groove Armada’s set at Glastonbury.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

More time! But failing that, some signings to some juicy labels would be ace too!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?

Not really, I’m a big fan of history and politics and there is enough information out there in publications by talented professionals to disprove a lot of conspiracy theories. However, you never know!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Someone coming up and trying to get in to the booth and smashing the lights system and trying to smash the decks. Really nasty situation.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I’m also in an Emo-punk band that I play Bass guitar in and sing!

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

My sound is unique and is inspired by my musical journey. The tracks often don’t fit completely into one genre and that makes them approachable for listeners of all genres.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

I created this song after a period of absence from producing music. I needed time and space to refresh, so I journeyed to the Scottish Highlands to gather inspiration and release my creativity. I had been listening to older rave tracks from the early 90s and this production takes a lot of inspiration from those original warehouse sounds, while injecting them with modern energy and influences from the present rave scene. This one is for when you’re deep in the rave and its time to let go…

What was the recording process like?

I worked from a dining room table, then moved things into my studio after getting the basics of the track together. I finished it off with some sounds from my microKorg synthesizer.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

It’s the learning curve that usually gives me the inspiration I need to develop a new track. I like to start by not really aiming to make a track but by learning new techniques or experimenting with some new sounds until I find something I want to develop further.

Would you change anything now its finished?

No, I really enjoyed making this one and I like how it’s come out in the master.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Don’t put off doing anything and don’t let fear hold  you back, life is too short!

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