With his latest 12" ready to drop on CIA Deep Kut, we thought it was time for a long overdue interview with Anile.
I remember when I first starting hearing Anile tracks, somewhere between 2007 and 2009. You seemed (to my mind at least) to come through amongst a small group of artists who were experimenting with something a bit more left of the centre. Not quite as outlandish as Autonomic, but far beyond the status quo of drum & bass. There seemed to be a surge of new artists; Data, June Miller and yourself. In a way it seemed to lay the bedding for the whole Cylon-esque movement and I imagine there is a wealth of music from this period that never saw light? What do you remember from this time?
Yeah that period of time was unreal, there was huge influence from the likes of Data, Instra:mental, dBridge, Loxy, ASC and many others... It wouldn’t be right to not drop the word ‘Autonomic’ because that was a time which made history and gave everyone a license to experiment with that created a new breed of producers within the scene. Data was already making moves quickly followed by me and the June Miller boys. We all linked up with Loxy one way or another as he had the ears for potential and that became our involvement in Cylon. The Art EP on Cylon cemented our involvement and captured a period of time in music which personaly for me has so much emotion and meaning. Still to this day "Orthodox" absolutely tears a floor apart and the memories of pretty much most DJs dropping that all over the place really gave the motivation to push on. There are and was loads of tracks we all created at this time which most probably wont see the light of day for various reasons but I think to us all involved specifically in the Cylon movement around this time it was important we didn’t flood the market with everything we made and kept a real demand and thirst for the beats.
Moving ahead a few years and you've moved into the more visible areas of drum & bass. Tunes like "Straights" on Commercial Suicide and "Change of Direction" on Med School (which found it's way onto the WipEout 2048 soundtrack) have solidified your position as a top tier producer. Your latest release "All This Time" (featuring Hannah Eve) and "That Night" (featuring Jess Brinham) have all the exponents of classic drum & bass, and amongst the vast sea of releases of not dissimilar style still manage to shine. Where do you place yourself stylistically in 2013? When the challenge is to be a master maybe rather than a maverick how does the approach to writing drum & bass change?
I honestly believe there is far too much perfected, overly compressed drum & bass out there right now. For me it’s about texture and vibe not snappy clinically plastic beats, drum & bass is evolving everyday but it’s important not to forget the soul, the emotion. So with this ideology of mine which I don’t expect any one to agree with as this is only my opinion, I’ve tried to go back to basics and produce music using old techniques, hardware, software and textures. It’s certainly a challenge but I believe in what I love. My approach to writing music these days has completely changed as has my mindset. Working alot of hours has really made me focus on the little time I get to spend in the studio, certainly now a days I don’t take this time for granted and really make the most of it. In the past I’ve really churned alot of music out this will slow down and be more controlled in terms of quality (I hope) haha.
The vocals on both tracks are beautifully performed and recorded, having worked with Codebreaker MC previously, what challenges did using singers present? How does the "song" format effect changes in structure when writing?
To be honest and I’m going to be honest there wasn’t any challenges with any of the vocals I’ve ever used in the past. Working with talented artists such as those listed have always given me exactly what I was looking for on the tracks. I think its because I’ve always supplied the finished track before they have composed the vocals, don’t get me wrong I’ve made a few changed once I’ve received the vocals but in terms of arrangement the vocalist was able to feel the track in its entirety.
Both tracks exude a real musically that seems to be making it's way back into drum & bass, how much time is spent writing the musical elements of the tracks as opposed to the technical side of things, sound-scaping and mixing down?
That changes to be fair on each production, but the basic principles remain the same, certainly I now do alot of sampling so getting my head around this style of producing is new to me. Most of the work involved is in the mix down as this is so important, but most of that I do as I produce the track so when I do end up finishing a track I’m able to make just a few minor changes to individual samples if need be. I don’t get too technical with anything, I’l leave that to the others but simplicity is everything.
What can we expect next from Anile?
Well next up out on 12th August is the CIA Deepkut release available on both digital and vinyl from the normal outlets. Then following this will be a track titled ‘View Catcher’ again available both on Vinyl and digital courtesy of Absys Recordings, out on 9th September. After these I have other tracks signed but with no official release date as yet so keep an eye peeled for all things Anile via the normal social media sites!
Anile - "All This Time" (featuring Hannah Eve) / "That Night" (featuring Jess Brinham) is out on CIA Deep Kut 12th August 2013.