Combining eerie time-stretched vocals with fathomless basslines, Berlin-based Holy Other is creating a new breed of epic electronica that plays with the sounds of Mount Kimbie-esque dubstep and also the scuzzy gothic elements of 'witch house'. Remixing the likes of London's dubstep/2-step producer Mosca to classic 90s r'n'b act Boys II Men and How to Dress Well, the mysterious musician has found a way to apply his dark and often spaced-out sounds to a wide spectrum of artists. Dazed present the new video from Holy Other, that of course flickers between blurry baptisms and biblical imagery.
...so special about you, then?
We need to remember that love lies deep within myself. We have to want it so - it starts with us and no one else. We must learn - we're all born with specialness inside of us. I have the need to feel real special too.
...your worst vice?
It has to do with lots of lovin' and it ain't nothing nice.
…the story behind your name?
It originates in the deepest and most fundamental element in all strong and sincerely felt religious emotion. It is to be found in strong, sudden ebullitions of personal piety, in the fixed and ordered solemnities of rites and liturgies, and again in the atmosphere that clings to old religious monuments and buildings, to temples and to churches. It may come sweeping like a gentle tide, pervading the mind with a tranquil mood of deepest worship. It may be thrillingly vibrant and resonant, until at last it dies away and the soul resumes its profane, non-religious mood of everyday experience, even violent, erupting from the depths of the soul with spasms and convulsions and leading to the strangest excitements, to intoxicated frenzy, to transport, and to ecstasy.
... your favourite sound?
My favourite sound is the sound of strong affection and warm attachment. Bodies contacting.
...your worst fashion secret?
Wearing clothes that don’t fit! Baggy clothes make a person look sloppy, and like they’re wearing hand-me-downs. If your body type makes it hard to find well-fitting off the rack, make your tailor your best friend. Getting the right fit will transform anyone’s image.
...your favourite website?
... good for breakfast?
...at the top of your shit list?
...are you listening to now?
Aaliyah and Arvo Pärt
How would you describe your work?
The composer of electronic music who, finding the unlimited realm of sounds and noises entirely at his disposal, can suddenly be quite overwhelmed by it: he wants to offer his listener the full and complex freedom of his compositions, but cannot help referring to the editing and the mixing of his material, and using abscissas to channel basic disorder into the matrices of oriented potential. In the end, there is no real difference between noise and signal, except in intent. The difference between noise and sound is resolved by the voluntary act of the creator, who offers his audience a medley of sounds to interpret. But if he aims at both maximum disorder and maximum information, he will have to sacrifice some of his freedom and introduce a few modules of order into his work, which will help his listeners find their way through noise that they will automatically interpret as a signal because they know it has been chosen and, to some extent, organised.