RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BIRMINGHAMS GLOW BEETS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Hi, Glow Beets thanks for joining us again, what have you been up to since we last caught up?
This year I’ve been honing my specific sub genre specialism in house. In the last couple of years I’ve crossed between Future Bass, Tropical House, Dance Pop and even some Melodic Dubstep but all of the releases this year have been sitting firmly inside of Tropical House.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
As cliché as it may sound, I keep on keeping on. I’ve been in this business for 25 years now. I’m 43 years old and I started out in the 90s when the landscape was very different. In fact the industry I subscribed to barely exists anymore but that’s ok. Life’s too short to whinge about it, besides today’s industry is far more progressive and exciting than it used to be anyway. I feel I am evolving in the way that we all have to in order to not get left behind.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Absolutely! Good for you. We’re in the age of information now. The age of heavy digitalisation and instant market crossover. Technology helps to connect the world and combine our interests. Its much easier for artists and labels to become more aware of international markets and to penetrate them more effectively in this era so it should be the same for media and journalism – good for you!
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Find your lane. Know your genre inside out and challenge its boundaries.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Haha! Yes! I went crazy buying micro drum machines and micro synths for a little while and barely use them as so many better and quicker options are in the software.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I once did a solo show at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham where my live looper went crazily off sync. I was live looping some loops from the crowd and also caught a dude swearing which then looped into the track. That might sound quite cool and humours as I say it right now but in the moment it was mega cringe!!
If you had to describe Glow Beets to an alien how would you describe it?
Feel good summer dance pop with stories and positive vibes.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I’d like to think it’s the techniques I use in music production. Especially how I sample-found sounds and vocals and use them as layers of ear candy and sonic prosody.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes, it’s my final single of the current campaign and the final single of 2022. It’s called You Will Never Know. It’s a sun-soaked tale of post-summer sadness laced with the regret of lost love. It tells the story of a summer romance that lost its battle to survive through the lens of the protagonist. Its pure heart felt tropical house just as the figurative sun starts to set.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
I didn’t use any co-writers on this one which is unusual for me. Outside of my Glow Beets project I write and produce a lot of songs for different artists from different cultures and territories and that almost always involves a heavily collaborative process between writers, publishers, and labels. This song is one I created on my own and it was signed pretty quickly by FBP Music which is a German label and publisher.
What was the recording process like?
Pretty straightforward to be honest. I wrote the song on acoustic guitar and sang it. Then I pieced the track together and removed the acoustic guitar completely. The guitar was like the scaffolding that helped to build the foundational elements. My voice wasn’t written for the narrative or the flavour so I hired a well-respected vocalist in the EDM world to ghost it for me and she sang it how I sang it on the demo.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
The simplicity and yet complexity of the narrative. I think the best tropical house tunes tell good stories but due to the form of the genre, you don’t get much time to tell the story so it needs to be succinct and yet still meaningful. I hope that people enjoy it on a passive level just as much as on a heartfelt level. There is a positive vibe to it despite the poignant nature of the song’s central lyric