A producer who is pushing the boundaries in the drum and bass scene with his signature synergy of sublime but versatile sounds, whilst encapsulating emotion and the essence of true drum and bass, that is Anile.
The UK born and based producer has gained much praise and rise in the scene over the years being signed to major labels such as CIA, Innerground Records and currently on Med School Records, sister label of Hospital Records. He is definitely one to watch as things will only get better. Anile has come a long way, last month releasing his stunning debut album entitled “Perspective” on Med School Records. We got a chance to speak to him about how he crafted his album.
T.H.E – Hi Matthew, we appreciate you taking the time to do this interview. Congratulations for the release of your debut album. How are you and what have you been up to recently?
Anile – I’m all good this end thankyou. So recently I’ve been doing a lot of PR related bits and focusing on getting the house up to shape since we have just moved in. Having the album project out the way is certainly a refreshing thing since it has literally taken over any spare time I had in the last 12 months. Holding a 65+ hour a week job down too takes its strain so its time to chill and take in the free time.
T.H.E – Before we talk about “Perspective” let’s talk a little about you. Who is Anile, the DJ/Producer/artist? How would you describe your style of music?
Anile – Id like to think that growing up dj’ing for hours a day, spending every penny on vinyl and tape packs gives me an insight into the culture of dnb, arguably if not certainly what once was. Looking at a lot of kids these days scares me to think how in such a short period of time in just 15years the entire music industry has changed with regards to format, internet and attitude. With this in mind it’s fair to say I have a lot of catching up to do but for me this isn’t such a negative. I use a lot of old software and techniques and I feel this does mould my sound in some way. Some times change isn’t always the best thing.
T.H.E – Things have picked up quite a bit for you since last year, being signed to Med School, releasing stellar music there and now a debut album. How has that journey been for you so far?
Anile – It’s been great and something I’d never regret. For once Im treated like an artist and the guys have installed a lot of confidence in me to producer how I want to produce which has given me a lot of inspiration to just get on in the studio. Before signing to the gang Id bunny hopped all round from label to label and never really felt like I was wanted or a part of any gang. For me now I feel settled and excited about what the future holds.
T.H.E – Now let’s talk about “Perspective”, a stunning album by the way. What was the inspiration behind its creation?
Anile – The greatest thing about this album was that I had very little inspiration. I really do cut myself off from anything that’s happening in the music scene. I almost went into the studio over the last 12months with a blank canvas without a care in the world. What was happening in the dnb scene didn’t matter as all I wanted was to produce an album that was honest and true to the form that is dnb.
T.H.E – Is there a story behind the title of the album? Why have you decided to name it “Perspective”?
Anile – Yeah actually. I couldn’t come up with a title so Chris Goss who for those that don’t know is basically one of the head honchos ayt Hospital Records, came up with the concept. It clicked straight away and I related to it. Because I don’t really get involved with too much in dnb, having a career outside almost encourages some sort of Perspective in life. Its almost like leading two lives. During the day Im involved in Civil Engineering and for the rest of it Im Anile. So having this split personality certainly gives you a Perspective of what is important with regards to Career and attitude. Almost like a reality check which keeps me grounded.
T.H.E – How long have you been working on the album?
Anile – Its been about 12-14 months. Mostly all made on a Sunday haha..
T.H.E – The album overall is deeply emotive and atmospheric but still manages to keep the body moving. What was the message or intention you wanted to convey to listeners with “Perspective”?
Anile – I wanted listeners to actually be able to listen to a dnb album which didn’t bore you or smash your ear drums to bits. For me 99% of dnb albums are either one or the other and unfortunate some are both. Dnb isn’t what you hear in the charts on your daily Radio 1 show. Who wants to listen to an album of full on club bangers? There is a severe lack of honesty and the added pressure of producing something that is considered kool always seems to poke its ugly head. My intention was to expose the opposite.
T.H.E – To elaborate more from the previous question, from a production stand point, what were some of the ideas you had before and whilst producing “Perspective”?
Anile – A lot of my ideas where very much in the moment. I don’t plan ahead or think I’m going to produce a track like that etc.. Basically it’s about having a good copious supply of tea and biccys. That is the key to success in the studio.
T.H.E – You’ve worked with some amazing vocalists on “Perspectives”, can you please share some insight on how those came about?
Anile – These mostly came about from friends or friends. Although Ive worked with Hannah Eve before on a 12” single I done for CIA. Inja was linked through Dan Nutone, Drs was a link through the golf course with Marcus and Tiffany Juno was link with good friend Max Taelimb. All talented artists in their own right who it was a great privilege working with on the project.
T.H.E – I really enjoyed this album and it was difficult picking my favourite songs, but I love “Jack Of Clubs”, “Stay With Me” and “False Tense”. What are your favourite songs of “Perspective” and why?
Anile – For me I love Stay With Me. Its so simple yet it does exactly what a lot dnb tracks don’t do and creates emotion. It has everything a dnb tune needs.. simplicity, rawness, subtleness and a strong bassline. It is literally that easy… creating the vibe is the hard bit.
T.H.E – Is there anything else you would like to add about “Perspective” or your upcoming gigs?
Anile – I’d like to say just to keep in touch on all my social network sites. When I get a chance to jump online I love to share topics and let everyone know whats going with regards to gigs and forthcoming material.
T.H.E – Which are your top 5 essential tunes of the moment?
1. Anile – Stay With Me
2. Etherwood – Sunlight Splinters
3. Nausika – Synthetic
4. Arkaik – My Love
5. Alibi – Dust
T.H.E – Lastly, are there any shout outs you would like to add?
Anile – Id like to say a big thankyou to anyone who has taken the time to in any way check my or anyone else’s music in the dnb scene. Keep supporting, sharing and most of enjoy the beats!
T.H.E – Thank you Matthew. We will be awaiting to hear what’s next for Anile. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors! 🙂
Anile – Big up.. we got there in the end! haha