MINSU meets... WATGOOD 010
Where are you from and when did you start working in the creative industries?
I’m from Edinburgh, born and raised. I’ve been working creatively for years, I started off jamming in bands with my friends at the start of high school. That gradually turned into an interest in electronic music. I spent years isolated in my bedroom just teaching myself new and fun ways to create music, and have been really pushing the career side of it for probably the past 4 years!
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on various projects, collaborations with artists that I’ve looked up to for years, alongside working on my next few singles and (hopefully) an EP within the next few months. Outside of music I’ve been working on an art project revolving heavily around soundscapes and projection mapping, it’s still early days but it’s incredibly fun and fulfilling artistically.
What is the creative scene like where you are?
Edinburgh is a wonderful place and has so much to offer musicians and artists in certain ways, but I often feel it can be slow in regards to its music scene. There are many hugely talented people in the city and I think often they can be overlooked as in many ways the music scene here can be very strict and cliquey. That said, there are some hugely cool events held in edinburgh, if you know where to look! It’s certainly swarming with super talented artists regardless.
What would you say have been your career highlights so far?
Releasing music with Brillz’s label ‘Twonk’ was really great for me. They’re a super nice bunch and make you feel right at home on their platform, and their creative team is wildly talented. Also releasing with labels such as Mad Decent’s imprint ‘Good Enuff’ was fantastic, I think writing and producing my single ‘Pelican’ really helped me hone my sound at that point and having the experience of creating it has led me to experiment even further in that direction.
Listen to WATGOOD - Pelican below :
We are all about collaboration - do you think this is an important part of creating and if so then how has it changed the way you work?
I think collaboration is one of the most, if not THE most important part of creating. There’s a lot to be said for being totally self-sufficient in creating, but when you bring other people into the equation it can get really really interesting, you discover that the decisions and steps you choose to take stylistically could be totally different from the next person, and that really there is no right or wrong. This goes for anyone in the creative industries, be it an illustrator, digital artist, videographer or a textiles/fashion designer, being able to bounce off someone is such a huge rush to me. I definitely want to work with more visual artists in the future.
Who was/is your main influence?
I was brought up on artists from Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield to T-Rex and Blur, so from a young age I always knew I wanted whatever I created to be reflection of having a ranged and eclectic taste. But in a more direct sense to what I make now, musically, I’d say my biggest influences range from acts like Baauer and Hudson Mohawke to the melodic properties of artists like Lapalux and the textural focus of Emptyset. I also take huge amounts of inspiration from Artists such as Jack Coulter and Melissa McCracken. I could never possibly narrow it down, but I’m influenced by so many people in different ways.
3 creators we should be checking out?
One of my best friends, the super talented ‘Rich Ellis’. He’s about to be putting out some huge house tracks in the coming year.( https://soundcloud.com/richardellis-1)
You should also definitely check out ‘Lapsung’, a friend of mine from Brighton who’s killing it right now.( https://soundcloud.com/lapsung)
Finally, another friend of mine ‘Ken Sjoberg’, a fantastic graphic designer who will no doubt be working on some great projects in the future. (https://www.behance.net/kensjoberg)
Hear the ultra smooth flips of "FITTED" by WATGOOD x 2SCOOPS below :
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