I have been speaking with Evil Needle...
about his single, Collapse, and what comes next in terms of new material. The French producer tells me about his path into music and albums that mean a lot; whether he has any advice for artists emerging and which rising musicians we need to get behind.
I ask whether he has any plans before the end of the year and how his music has changed through the years; if he has a favourite memory from his time in music – Evil Needle selects a relatively unheard song to end the interview with.
Hi, Evil Needle. How are you? How has your week been?
I’m doing great, thanks. I hope you’re well?
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
My name is Evil Needle. I’m a producer from France.
Collapse is your latest single. What is the story behind it?
Collapse is one of the stages of the E.P. The overall theme is to overcome or beat something, hence the name ‘igida wich’ which means 'to win', 'to defeat' or 'to beat'.
How did music come into your life? What sort of sounds did you grow up around?
I mostly listened to Hip-Hop music growing up and started to learn about beat-making randomly when my friend introduced me to one of the few software programs that were available at that time. I found it entertaining, so I just kept doing it as a hobby and, here I am, still working on my craft.
Do you feel your music has evolved and changed since the start of your career?
Definitely. Over the years, I have been influenced by a number of genres such as Hip-Hop, Rap; Neo-Soul, R&B; Trap and Future-Beats.
Do you already have plans for 2019?
I’m currently working on an L.P. called Souvenirs 2, which is the final chapter. It consists of tracks from the SoundCloud era that I’ve reworked and added new productions to. I wanted people to enjoy them on all streaming platforms. This should be available at the start of 2019.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
The best times were always the times where I got to meet all the ‘internet bros’. It’s really great to see how people really are and sharing a stage or a studio with them was never a let-down – it was a lot of fun.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Clan Forever
Because it’s the soundtrack of my childhood.
J-88 - Best Kept Secret
Because that’s the day I discovered J Dilla’s productions.
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
Because he opened the path for a lot of us and he’s a big inspiration.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I don't expect much, but I’d like a good reception from the upcoming E.P.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I'd love to support artists such as Bryson Tiller, Jeremih or Anderson .Paak. As far as the rider goes; I'm content with water and some beer; maybe some Pringles for extra fanciness.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
None at the moment.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
To add their own flavor to the sauce and not only follow footsteps.
IN THIS PHOTO: Stanzah!
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I can if I want to, but I’m fine with the way it is right now. When I’m not doing music, I like to learn new things such as cameras - which is something I’ve been getting into recently.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
allah – jordans (whereisalex remix)
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