Feint Drops “Pastels” & Talks Food And Music
Feint has been producing Drum N’ Bass hits for years now, and fortunately for me I had the opportunity to follow up with him and his work. Our 20 minute Skype call mainly consisted of questions about music and food, topics everyone likes. If you are trying to deny it, you are lying to yourself. Please read on if you are interested in his latest track, “Pastels”, avocados, or the combination of beans and toast… not to mention Nandos!
Feint – “Pastels”
OTB: So basically I just want to start off with the basics, i.e. your age and your name.
Andy: “My name is Andy and I’m 22. I started producing when I was 18 or 19. Wow, that was like 4 or 5 years ago.”
OTB: Oh wow! Well before I start talking about “Pastels”, your prior track back in 2011, “Atlas” was released off of Monstercat. Can you tell me a little more about that process with such a big brand like Monstercat?
Andy: “Well, I mean the thing is, they weren’t always such a big brand. When they started off, “Atlas” was new, and I was pretty new to it as well, and they liked what I was doing and they just got in touch and said, ‘Hey, do you want to help us out with this new project we got?’ So I said yeah, and I didn’t expect it to become so big so fast.”
The guys in charge, they know exactly what they’re doing. Very smart guys.
OTB: Let’s fast forward to four years later. You just dropped “Pastels” and released it with MrSuicideSheep, which is also a big name emerging out of the YouTube family (Majestic Casual, The Sound You Need). Tell me about MrSuicideSheep, and how that process was releasing with him, as I am aware you released it a couple days before you dropped it on your own channel.
Andy: “I can’t remember when I first got in touch with him. It was quite a while ago, but I have been in touch with him since. He’s a great guy, we get along, and one day he asked me for a tune for his new compilation and I said yes!”
OTB: Okay, now just out of the blue, if you could contribute to any compilation, which one would it be?
Andy: “That’s a really tough one to be fair. I guess I’ve always wanted to work with Viper. I really like what they are doing, and I really respect them.”
OTB: So let me ask the typical/eternal interview question, because I see that your music kind of fluctuated in the beginning; who or what has been inspiring you and your sounds?
Andy: “It’s really everything. Rock. I only recently started getting into electronic music, and when I first started I listened to a lot of “liquicity”. Then I saw the bright, kind of poppy side to it, and I finally started to absorb it.”
OTB: Let’s say music wasn’t in your life. What do you think you would be doing if you didn’t have this?
Andy: “That’s a hard one to be honest; I mean I did computer science in university, so probably something in that field.”
OTB: What university did you study at?
Andy: “University of Manchester and I graduated last year.”
OTB: Great school, especially for computer science. Well, you’ve played so many shows around Europe, and Europe is pretty wild, so what is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen when you are at a gig?
Andy: “I don’t want to name drop or embarrass anyone, but fellow artists got a little too drunk and did some questionable things. I’ve seen a man stick a cheese sandwich to a TV, and try and plaster it across the screen.”
Andy: “And I’ve seen the same guy try and smash a marble using a pear. Don’t ask me why.”
OTB: Alright, we are going to segue that into a little lightening round:
Facebook or Twitter?
Nike or Adidas?
Fish N’ Chips or Nandos?
“Fish N’ Chips. Actually, interesting fact, I am actually allergic to fish, but HEAR ME OUT, you can get chippy sausages with mushy peas and gravy.”
London or Manchester?
“Manchester. London is a bit too busy and crowded. I quite like Manchester.”
OTB: Hmmm, let’s talk the future then. What can we expect?
Andy: “I’m really trying to get more stuff out. I’ve got an EP on the way. I’ve got enough tracks to do one.”
OTB: Ahh great, something for the fans to look forward to!
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