Fans of Dream Catalogue will know AUT2M well – a mainstay on the label for years with album releases, radio appearences and multiple singles under his belt, there is no doubt that AUT2M has earned his spot amongst the DREAM Residents
We caught up with him to see what he’s up to, and to see where he’s going and what he’s doing, going forward into the new decade.
What have you been working on as of late?
AUT2M: I’ve mostly been working on my next Dream Catalogue album for the past year and a half, with a few breaks in between for other releases. All the singles I’ve been releasing are tracks that were supposed to be on the next album but got cut for various reasons. I’ve restarted like five times now, currently it’s about halfway done again, but I might decide to scrap it again later. I’ve also been working on a minimal ambient album for Forgot Imprint which is almost done, only have some mixing and mastering left to do. Of course I’ve also been working on dubstep for my Anecho alias.
What’ve you been listening to in your own time? Do you unwind to music in the same genre you make, or do you listen to different stuff entirely?
AUT2M: I listen to loads of different genres, but mostly dubstep. It always comes in phases with me, so I’ll listen to ambient for a while, then to dubstep, then to jazz, then hip hop, then grime, then classical, etc. I guess dubstep is the one I most often listen to, for the past 2 months or so I’ve been into that, although I’m starting to get back into ambient again now. I also have a Burial phase and a separate James Blake phase once a year or so, where I only listen to their music for a few weeks.
Do you view anyone to be your “competition” in the music scene?
AUT2M: No, I’m not a competitive person at all. I only actively follow a select few people in the scene and the others I catch up on every once in a while when I’m in my dreampunk phase.
” I listen to loads of different genres, but mostly dubstep. It always comes in phases with me, so I’ll listen to ambient for a while, then to dubstep, then to jazz, then hip hop, then grime, then classical, etc. “
You recently said on Twitter that you’re “Retiring once I get my own Wikipedia page” – Is that the goal with music, or is there something more past that?
AUT2M: When I originally started making music the goal was to have a release on Dream Catalogue, then when that got confirmed the new goal was to have a vinyl release, that’s coming this summer on my dubstep alias, so I needed another goal. I think Wikipedia would be a good one, but I have no clue how doable that is. I was mostly kidding with that tweet to be honest. Having my own Wikipedia page would be incredible, but I’m not really actively working towards that goal. I don’t believe in “retiring” anyways. I doubt I’ll ever be able to stop making music, it’s an addiction.
What’s the longest you’ve ever worked on one track?
AUT2M: I’ve got a few tracks that I’ve been stuck on for about a year that I still plan on finishing. I often work on many tracks at the same time, so it all takes a while. I’ve currently got like thirty or forty ongoing projects. Most of those were started in the past six months, but there’s some from last year too. If I work on only one track then it will take me between a day and a week usually.
It seems that both you and Coldboy are spending a lot of time working on your respective albums. Do you feel that there’s a standard to live up to, like the album needs to be really polished before it goes out there?
I definitely want fans to like the release, but I’d say most of the pressure comes from myself. I don’t want to listen back to the album in a year and be disappointed by it because I didn’t put as much effort into it as I could.
When listening back to something you’ve made, how do you decide whether it’s “finished” or not?
AUT2M: I never consider it finished, I always want to improve on it. I generally consider an album ready for release if I get too sick of the music to continue working on it. But, if releasing it takes months then in those months I might get back on it again.
I’ve made changes to albums months after they were released, but I usually don’t bother updating them unless its a massive change. Corrupt was made two years before it got released and during that time I went through all the tracks and mixed and mastered them again like five times. I do this with most of my releases.
As a self-proclaimed “music addict”, where do you see your addiction taking you as we approach the end of music? Or do you believe that music still has more left in the tank?
AUT2M: I think the end of music is a really interesting and fun concept. It’s so hard to imagine what direction music will go in the future, it certainly seems like we’ve reached the end. I’m 100% sure new genres will keep popping up in the future though, I just have no clue what they’ll sound like.
How I see the end of music is that it basically means that there’s no rules anymore as it’s all been done anyways. This removes a lot of pressure from you because it doesn’t matter anymore whether your music fits in a certain style or genre. This was also why I really liked the hardvapour and flap concepts. They both turn a genre around and remove pretty much all restrictions from it. Hardvapour did that with vaporwave, flap does it with trap, and ‘end of music’ does it with all music.
” I think the end of music is a really interesting and fun concept. It’s so hard to imagine what direction music will go in the future, it certainly seems like we’ve reached the end.”