Fuj, is bringing a brand new flavour to AutomAte. With a Japanese-Laotian-Australian background, he brings some unique experience to the table. We caught a few words with him, to talk about his sounds, his influences, and his new release.
Hi there Fuj, thank you for taking the time. Tell us a little of your background, and about your journey to this point in time.
Thanx to the Kmag massive for the shout out! My journey began as a little sprout born in Japan to Japanese/Lao parents, raised in Australia. Musically I was a guitar hero way before the days of the Playstation, got me through the teenage angst of the 90's and beyond. Life happened and I had what I thought was the perfect suburban life; married with a house, a dog, and a filthy big mortgage…..gave it all up for drum & bass in a way! Been through a lot of ups & downs in life but happy to be where I am today living in Sydney.
What have been some of your musical influences up this point, and how do you draw on them in your own work?
In the early years my love for Metal/Thrash ruled my life….long hair, black t-shirts and all that. Metallica, Sepultura, DRI, Carcass etc. was the golden era of Metal for me where the pillars of my musical foundation was firmly established. It wasn't until the late 90's when I first saw Roni Size at the Big Day Out Festival that those foundations began to crack. The love of breakbeats and big bass really captured me when I moved to Vancouver, Canada. Working in record shops and setting up raves helped broaden my musical horizon; hip-hop, big beat, techno and drum & bass was my staple diet. Since then, drum & bass has been my drug of choice…I'm sure my varied musical passions is reflected in the music I make today. Also being involved in the film, TV and the music industries have strongly governed what I produce.
How do you approach music production and creating the sound that you do?
As with a lot of producers, I start with breaks/bass and it takes off from there. Factors such as mood, weather and exposure to the plethora of great film & music moulds my sounds…where it ends up is often not intended. Since I've gone to a stable Mac set-up, things have come down more fluidly and freely. In the early days it was all about getting my head around production techniques and trying to emulate other producers… I think I've found my own style now and feel very comfortable about not sounding like the others. Dark and deep is the way I like it at the moment.
There’s certainly a firm old skool edge to Pressure Plates – was this an intentional move?
It definitely wasn't intentional; I think that track evolved around the hip-hop vocal sample and mutated from there. The off-beat snare, juxtaposition of light & dark all came into play and it all just fell into place. I had envisioned a 'Breathe & Stop' flow with gaps in the track to allow for balance against the chitty-chat hats which drives it. I'm feeling a lot of the minimal/half-step/tribal sounds at the moment and I'm sure Pressure Plates arouse from those inspired sounds too.
How do you feel about the finished release of Pressure Plates/Terror Firmer?
I think it's a strong release for me, something I can look back to in the future as a defining moment in my production as an artist. The two tracks are different enough to each other yet they both set the trend in what I'm producing at the moment. I like to think my production is getting better and progressing with every track I make so it's onwards and upwards from here. Big thanks must go out to the one like Raiden who mastered the tracks; badman of D&B!
And how has it been working with AutomAte?
I can't say enough positive things about AutomAte; George 'Deficit' is an awesome producer in his own right and for him to guide these releases through to the end was truly an honour. I'm still learning the craft of producing quality drum & bass and he has given me priceless knowledge on progressing my tracks to their full potential……next drinks are on me George!
What does your future hold?
It's all about devoting more time in the studio and getting my sounds out there. Better balance of work, music and self-improvement will certainly help me to achieve that. I have had good support and interest from other prominent labels, all of which will hold me in good stead for the future. More goodness via AutomAte to come as well.
Quick shout out to my main man Dauntless, Haunted Science, Lea and Jethro (half dog half frog!)
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