My new album ‘Samurai’ is borne out of my love for Japanese culture. I’m highly interested in the Edo period as well as modern day Japan, with samurai being a particular part of Japanese history I’m fascinated with. I’ve read books like Bushido and read the history of feudal Japan, whilst currently reading the novel Shogun which is set in this period. I’m obsessed with Japanese cinema, especially the masterworks of Kurosawa and Kobayashi.
All of the music on this album is inspired by Japanese sounds, from music to films, traditional and new. Some of my biggest inspiration when writing music comes from my favourite composers such as the Japanese film and video game score writers - Nobuo Uematsu, Fumio Hayasaka, Masaru Sato etc.. They all share the same trait of producing timeless melodies with a distinct Japanese sound. Music like the score to Akira Kurosawa’s films and Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy soundtracks inspire me to make music just as much as the latest dubstep tracks.
Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t just some Japanese traditional music-fest. Indeed, it is very thematic, but the sick drops are still there, the deep basslines and everything else I love about dubstep. I believe this is some of the best produced music I’ve ever made and I’m highly proud of it, which is why I’m selling it rather than giving it away for free. This is the first album I have ever sold - I’ve previously given away 3 albums for no cost.. but I’m passionate about this particular album and I feel like it’s good enough to sell. I’ve been producing music for over 10 years now, and the first moment I heard dubstep in 2005 I fell in love with it. Like most people who got into it when it was first coming to prominence, my first track was Skream’s ‘Midnight Request Line,’ which I think is still one of the best tracks going. The evolution of dubstep has been pretty crazy over the last few years, but I’ve incorporated many styles into this album, old and new, with a lot of what I think are original and innovative sounds & an overall strong Japanese influence.