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Après: “I Made A Commitment To The Genre”

Après opens up about the recognition, the support and his commitment to House music.

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It has been a solid few years for Après in terms of gaining a reputation for himself. His music has been quality, his shows have been brilliant and this has been showcased with the support which he has gained in a short space of time. The music which he resides within lays between House and the Deep House scenes. But one thing is for sure, he is going to be impressive and is already on that track. Après opens up following the release of his track ‘Til Your Love Runs Out’ on Nothing Else Matters Records about a number of different things. So get to know the artist now.

Taking a look at the past, you studied Music Technology at university before becoming a DJ and producer in the music industry. Can you tell us a little bit about your music background and how you found yourself wanting to get involved in dance music?

I’ve always been surrounded by music, learning the piano and drums since I was tiny so knew I wanted to be involved in the industry somehow. I went to university to study music technology with the idea that I’d work with different bands producing their music and be a session drummer at the same time but weirdly enough didn’t touch a drum-kit the whole time I was at uni because the summer before it all started I got into House music!

The last few years for Après has seen you receive huge support from the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong and many other influential names. What is it like for you to receive this support on the music which you produce?

Hearing your name on the radio show of someone like Annie Mac, Pete Tong or Danny Howard never gets old; just like hearing that your track was played by a big name influence of yours in Dance Music. The recognition and support over the past years has been crazy and really makes the months of recording music, tweaking tracks, waiting on feedback, reading contracts, more waiting on info and so much dedicated time, all worth it.

House is the driving force behind your sound and this has saw you work with the likes of Eton Messy, SubSoul and other labels. Was House music always the sound which you wanted to take the Après name in?

In a word, yeah! When I first started DJing in my first year at uni I’d play some real questionable sets, genre hopping from House to DnB to Dubstep and whatever else I had on my USB. But when I started making tracks it was always house music and when I chose my alias of Après, I made that commitment to the genre. Those first few House only DJ sets were such a struggle as I had a limited amount of music to play so would start running out of tracks by the end of the four hour sets I was agreeing to play!.. Good Times.

Recently you released the sweet new track ‘Til Your Love Runs Out’ on Danny Howard’s Nothing Else Matters label. Can you tell us a little about the track and how it came about?

The track opens with a set of 3 synth chords that I originally wrote about 3 years ago. I was trying to get to sleep and this chord progression just wouldn’t get out my head so I switched the laptop on, worked away till the early hours and that basis for the track remained unchanged to the final release. The rest of the track was created about 8 or so months ago when I had some sessions with my good friend Russ Chimes. Within 2 days it had been broken down to its bare bones and re-written from the ground up, then I got in touch with a family friend who has the most amazing, distinctive vocal tone for House Music called Nanchang Nancy (alias name). Within about 3 days of giving her the track, she had sent back the vocals that are on the final release and they just really added that finishing touch to the track. It was a case of sitting on a demo for over 2 years, then in the space of 2 weeks or so, it’d been completely re-invented and had this new, fresh life to it!

Was there any particularly production process which you carried out in the studio to produce the track?

There was no real stand-out production process that makes the track what it is but the bass sound was the critical part to making it work or not. For hours we’d been using a Moog synth to find that perfect tone but it just wasn’t working so decided to give a ‘Waldorf Rocket’ a go, this tiny, £200 pound synth which I was sure wouldn’t produce anything as good as the Moog. Within about 20 minutes though, the perfect sound had been found and the rest of the track came about pretty smoothly.

In terms of influences for you track, would you say that there was a particular influence which made you produce ‘Til Your Love Runs Out’?

I have a really distinctive memory of watching a Deadmau5 set on TV back when he’d just released ‘I Remember’ and that sense of euphoria really stuck with me that his music can create. Since then I’ve always leant towards making music and chord progressions which can bring about that sense of euphoria when you play it in a club and creating a bit of a moment that (hopefully) the crowd will feel too! ‘Til Your Love Runs Out really aimed to capture that sense and moments like the piano stabs or deep, breakdown chords make use of that slight Trance influence to create some sort of euphoric moment. That was the aim at least!

What was it like to work with the Nothing Else Matters team on the release? Many believe that record labels play an influential part in tracks themselves.

Nothing Else Matters were really open to my influences and goals for the track. Obviously the team is so connected to the House world with Danny Howard bringing in his thoughts and ideas so my goals for the track to be club-led were really embraced. Throughout the whole process of polishing up the track, getting the video content together and getting the track out there, the whole team really fed off my ideas so I’m thrilled to have it out there on Nothing Else Matters.

Looking towards the future, and especially for the rest of 2018, what can fans of Après expect to hear in the coming months?

This year’s all about getting music out into the world! I spent the majority of last year writing as much as I could so now I’m just super excited to start sharing it with everyone. You can expect some more music on Nothing Else Matters, originals on some other exciting labels, tracks with some great producer friends of mine and plenty more!

And in terms of touring, is there any events or shows which you are looking forward to playing this year?

There’s nothing in particular that I’ll single out on the touring side.. I’ve gone into this year with the aim of getting plenty of great music out into the world and the touring will follow on. My love of DJing is the number 1 reason that I make music and so I cannot wait to start getting behind the decks and playing a load of exciting new music!

On an overall note, can you sum up what you hope you will achieve in 2018 and what you hope to achieve in the coming years?

2018 for me is all about continuing the journey in this industry. I’ve had such a focus over the last 12 months of laying the ground work for this year so I’m just really excited to get it all going! I’m also really thrilled to start seeing other artists put out music which I have co-written and produced on. I’ve found that stepping back from House music and delving into other genres has, in turn, really helped my own inspiration and ideas. So this year and the years to come, it’s all about the music!

For more information on Après:
https://www.facebook.com/apressounds/
https://twitter.com/apressounds
https://soundcloud.com/apressounds

Après Press Long

Après

It has been a solid few years for Après in terms of gaining a reputation for himself. His music has been quality, his shows have been brilliant and this has been showcased with the support which he has gained in a short space of time. The music which he resides within lays between House and the Deep House scenes. But one thing is for sure, he is going to be impressive and is already on that track. Après opens up following the release of his track ‘Til Your Love Runs Out’ on Nothing Else Matters Records about a number of different things. So get to know the artist now.

Taking a look at the past, you studied Music Technology at university before becoming a DJ and producer in the music industry. Can you tell us a little bit about your music background and how you found yourself wanting to get involved in dance music?

I’ve always been surrounded by music, learning the piano and drums since I was tiny so knew I wanted to be involved in the industry somehow. I went to university to study music technology with the idea that I’d work with different bands producing their music and be a session drummer at the same time but weirdly enough didn’t touch a drum-kit the whole time I was at uni because the summer before it all started I got into House music!

The last few years for Après has seen you receive huge support from the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong and many other influential names. What is it like for you to receive this support on the music which you produce?

Après

Hearing your name on the radio show of someone like Annie Mac, Pete Tong or Danny Howard never gets old; just like hearing that your track was played by a big name influence of yours in Dance Music. The recognition and support over the past years has been crazy and really makes the months of recording music, tweaking tracks, waiting on feedback, reading contracts, more waiting on info and so much dedicated time, all worth it.

House is the driving force behind your sound and this has saw you work with the likes of Eton Messy, SubSoul and other labels. Was House music always the sound which you wanted to take the Après name in?

In a word, yeah! When I first started DJing in my first year at uni I’d play some real questionable sets, genre hopping from House to DnB to Dubstep and whatever else I had on my USB. But when I started making tracks it was always house music and when I chose my alias of Après, I made that commitment to the genre. Those first few House only DJ sets were such a struggle as I had a limited amount of music to play so would start running out of tracks by the end of the four hour sets I was agreeing to play!.. Good Times.

Après

Recently you released the sweet new track ‘Til Your Love Runs Out’ on Danny Howard’s Nothing Else Matters label. Can you tell us a little about the track and how it came about?

The track opens with a set of 3 synth chords that I originally wrote about 3 years ago. I was trying to get to sleep and this chord progression just wouldn’t get out my head so I switched the laptop on, worked away till the early hours and that basis for the track remained unchanged to the final release. The rest of the track was created about 8 or so months ago when I had some sessions with my good friend Russ Chimes.

Within 2 days it had been broken down to its bare bones and re-written from the ground up, then I got in touch with a family friend who has the most amazing, distinctive vocal tone for House Music called Nanchang Nancy (alias name). Within about 3 days of giving her the track, she had sent back the vocals that are on the final release and they just really added that finishing touch to the track. It was a case of sitting on a demo for over 2 years, then in the space of 2 weeks or so, it’d been completely re-invented and had this new, fresh life to it!

Was there any particularly production process which you carried out in the studio to produce the track?

Après

There was no real stand-out production process that makes the track what it is but the bass sound was the critical part to making it work or not. For hours we’d been using a Moog synth to find that perfect tone but it just wasn’t working so decided to give a ‘Waldorf Rocket’ a go, this tiny, £200 pound synth which I was sure wouldn’t produce anything as good as the Moog. Within about 20 minutes though, the perfect sound had been found and the rest of the track came about pretty smoothly.

In terms of influences for you track, would you say that there was a particular influence which made you produce ‘Til Your Love Runs Out’?

I have a really distinctive memory of watching a Deadmau5 set on TV back when he’d just released ‘I Remember’ and that sense of euphoria really stuck with me that his music can create. Since then I’ve always leant towards making music and chord progressions which can bring about that sense of euphoria when you play it in a club and creating a bit of a moment that (hopefully) the crowd will feel too! ‘Til Your Love Runs Out really aimed to capture that sense and moments like the piano stabs or deep, breakdown chords make use of that slight Trance influence to create some sort of euphoric moment. That was the aim at least!

What was it like to work with the Nothing Else Matters team on the release? Many believe that record labels play an influential part in tracks themselves.

Après

Nothing Else Matters were really open to my influences and goals for the track. Obviously the team is so connected to the House world with Danny Howard bringing in his thoughts and ideas so my goals for the track to be club-led were really embraced. Throughout the whole process of polishing up the track, getting the video content together and getting the track out there, the whole team really fed off my ideas so I’m thrilled to have it out there on Nothing Else Matters.

Looking towards the future, and especially for the rest of 2018, what can fans of Après expect to hear in the coming months?

This year’s all about getting music out into the world! I spent the majority of last year writing as much as I could so now I’m just super excited to start sharing it with everyone. You can expect some more music on Nothing Else Matters, originals on some other exciting labels, tracks with some great producer friends of mine and plenty more!

Après

And in terms of touring, is there any events or shows which you are looking forward to playing this year?

There’s nothing in particular that I’ll single out on the touring side.. I’ve gone into this year with the aim of getting plenty of great music out into the world and the touring will follow on. My love of DJing is the number 1 reason that I make music and so I cannot wait to start getting behind the decks and playing a load of exciting new music!

On an overall note, can you sum up what you hope you will achieve in 2018 and what you hope to achieve in the coming years?

2018 for me is all about continuing the journey in this industry. I’ve had such a focus over the last 12 months of laying the ground work for this year so I’m just really excited to get it all going! I’m also really thrilled to start seeing other artists put out music which I have co-written and produced on. I’ve found that stepping back from House music and delving into other genres has, in turn, really helped my own inspiration and ideas. So this year and the years to come, it’s all about the music!

For more information on Après:
https://www.facebook.com/apressounds/
https://twitter.com/apressounds
https://soundcloud.com/apressounds

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