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INTERVIEW: Anwei Huss presents Huss EP

Huss EP marks the debut release from Anwei Huss. The EP boldly carves out a unique stylistic space for itself within the landscape of contemporary electronic music, and sits between 'armchair' and 'club' music. The record draws upon organic soundscapes that are at once ethereal and balearic, and thoughtfully counterbalanced with deep, melodic rhythms and crisp, driving percussion. Acoustic and electronic instruments are blended with home and field recordings, creating a textured and dreamlike musical journey through comfort, disquiet and reflection.

We have had the pleasure of speaking with the artist and this has been the result.

Can you tell us a little about your experience and your background in the music business?

My musical background is with live music. While developing an interest in electronic music through listening to new stuff and going out, I began experimenting with production as an aside to playing instruments. Over the years, production developed into an outright passion and soon enough began taking over a lot of my time. 'Huss EP' marks a culmination of this experimentation, a small collection of tracks intended to mark a line in the sand as the first output for this project.

What artists and genres do you enjoy most right now?

Musically, it's a bit all over the place. Some key influences probably come from labels like Giegling and Cabaret Recordings and artists like Echospace, Jan Jelinek and Efdemin.

What is the story behind your new release? how did it come together?

'Huss EP' is a result of urban daydreaming and nostalgic longing. The music draws upon distant memories and faraway places, while embracing the pulsating rhythms of city living. It's a result of a few years developing a certain process of music-making, combining ethereal sounds with deep rhythms and blending acoustic and electronic instruments with home and field recordings.

The vinyl has also been produced using eco-conscious materials and processes, and pressed as a small-scale run. The records use 100% recycled granulate in a zero-waste factory, with a recycled kraftpack sleeve and eco-friendly labels and ink. I think it's important to try to push the industry towards a more sustainable way of doing things.

Has your sound changed a lot in recent years?

I tend to make music across a range of styles, depending on the mood and what I'm working on at any given time. So sometimes I'll be working on a track and it'll naturally tend towards something more downtempo, or more four-to-the-floor, or it won't be electronic music at all.

Do you feel you can have a more experimental sound in the modern scene?

I think more and more artists are experimenting. It depends what you define as 'the modern scene' - but in terms of contemporary electronic music, there are a lot of ears out there and they're pretty open to new sounds. I'm a fan of new genre combinations and explorations, as well as more leftfield electronic projects that push the boundaries of experimentation, and particularly those that use acoustic and multimedia elements in an innovative way. Artists working in this way tend to throw out the rulebook on what came before, and create something new and exciting. I think this process is usually something that draws people in.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

It's probably positively affected creativity, since there're so many new opportunities for artists to produce and release music. That said, the vinyl scene is having a resurgence, and there's a lot of scope for creativity there too.

Can you tell us what's next for you?

Thinking about the next release for Anwei Huss, plus a few other things here and there.

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