You wouldn't think it with an expertly-produced electronic slice of synthy goodness, but the personal levels to Seams' previous EPs run deep. Writing his tracks 'Tourist' (based on his initial move to the bustling Berlin) and 'Sleeper' (for the return to his home in soporific Hampshire), Seams' latest single ‘The Long Wait’ on Full Time Hobby was the follow-up, rooted from the uncertainty of whether he would return. Alongside an exclusive mix featuring D'eon, Luke Abbott and Pariah for Dazed, here we speak to the producer about his inspirations and Breaking Bad...
Recently I've been trying to limit the number of sounds I use, narrow my palette, but use them it more musical ways, I've been sampling my voice a lot more too
Dazed Digital: How would you describe your latest work?
Seams: A bit more focused, a bit more consistent, a bit more introverted. The music I was making previously tended to sample from external sources, and the sample dictated where the music went. Recently I've been trying to limit the number of sounds I use, narrow my palette, but use them it more musical ways, I've been sampling my voice a lot more too. Whilst, Sleeper is more 'electronic' than past stuff, it feels like more of a personal set of tracks than Tourist and Focus Energy.
DD: What do you do when you feel uninspired?
Seams: Apart from moping and watching too much TV? Going on long bike rides often clears out the cobwebs, it also feels like getting something done which is usually half the issue. I also find not trying to make music really helps make music. As boring as it sounds, tidying up my samples and doing stuff like organising drum machine presets seems to result in more musical ideas I like than sitting down to make music. I like to start work around an accidental idea, then shape it slowly over time into something a bit more solid.
DD: What/who are you listening to in your own time now?
Seams: At work, a lot of noisy, ambient stuff. Actress, SND, stuff on 12k. It's hard typing emails to stuff too lyrical, unless it's Beyonce power hour. Other than that, I've been really overdoing the new Dirty Projectors record, I love their vocal harmonies, as well as the recent Luke Abbott EP.
DD: What are you most excited about next?
Seams: Playing out some of the new ideas I've been working on recently, they feel way more propulsive, and punchy, some proper drawn out slow build stuff. That and finally making a full album. Oh, and the new season on Breaking Bad.
Alongside live dates in the UK and Europe, Seams will be playing a sold-out show at The Waiting Room in London on October 25th