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The young Newcastle-based producer reworks samples for an innovative debut EP, working with the likes of Vondelpark and Gaskel Greed

Originally hailing from Newcastle, Will Archer aka Slime, is a bedroom producer with a difference. His musical journey started at the age of 15 when he was playing drums and putting on Garage nights in the North East, before becoming bored with a standard approach and deciding to re-learn guitar and few other instruments. Taking his music back to basics and then building on top of that platform with widely sourced samples, interlaced with his own eerie falsetto, has given Archer his own innovative sound, a world away from anything we’ve heard in a long time. With his debut EP, ‘Increases’, is out on 27 June, and we caught up with Slime to find out more. 

Dazed Digital: How would you describe your sound?
I’d say it’s organic. I make a real effort to source everything I use from a real instrument and then that dictates where the sound goes.

DD: Is that your method?
Yeah, it’s all really sporadic. I’ll play around for hours on end until I find one little thing I like and then I’ll build around it, which will hopefully fall into something usable!

DD: What’s the story behind your name?
It started out as an unfortunate joke from a couple of mates and now it’s just stuck. I’m only just coming to terms with it – it’s such a contrast to the way the music sounds - but fun.

DD: Where do you take your influences?
It’s all from old sources. I don’t listen to anything from within the last 10 years. A lot of Jazz and Led Zeppelin!

DD: How do you approach writing your lyrics?
Again completely sporadically – it’s more working out what words fit, and using your voice as an instrument, rather than the actual specific words themselves.

DD: Do you produce all of your own stuff?
Everything is done in my own bedroom. I learnt everything as a kid in Newcastle, since we were 15 making Garage and putting on nights. Mates helping each other out and just hours and hours of trouble shooting.

DD: Where do you want to be in a year’s time?
An album! And to have put together a live act to tour would be amazing. I’m working on the latter at the moment. Getting a few friends together to learn the separate parts. There are so many random things I’ve created in my room that just can’t be recreated in a live setting – to do it all would need a full orchestra! I’ll have my MPC sampler and then them helping me out on guitar and violin etc.