After picking up the sticks at a young age, London-based music producer Foreign Shores quickly became hooked on the fast-paced sounds of drum & bass.
Studying music in the States allowed him to fine-tune his craft and 2020 looks to be a breakout year with multiple releases in the pipeline.
Get to know Foreign Shores below:
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
My earliest entry into music appreciation would have been seven years old when I came down on Christmas morning to find a drum kit. This sparked a musical revolution for me and I became fixated on anything with exciting drum work. As soon as I heard drum & bass for the first time I was hooked, I must have been about fifteen when I snuck into my first D&B night. I got into music production at University in The States six years ago. Studying Music Tech and working with other like-minded people really allowed me to express myself through my music.
Give us a sense of the music scene where you are based.
I’m based in London so there is literally a gig every single night of the week. I try and make it out to something new every week & diversify my musical taste as much as possible so that I stay inspired.
What key pieces of software/gear are you using to define your sound?
2 keys pieces stick out for me. Ableton Live with the Push – This allows me to quickly lay down ideas & also keeps writing in a DAW hands on.
My Korg M1 is used in every single track without fail, the sounds that it produces are unlike anything else and some of the sound cards I have are a real treasure.
Favourite soft synth is 100% Serum.
What are some of your key musical influences?
Key influences include The Prodigy, Camo & Krooked, Sub Focus, Andy C & Dawn Wall. All for different reasons but all very important.
What kind of relationship do you have with the internet? How does this inform your artistic expression?
I don’t spend much time on the internet outside of browsing for new music on Soundcloud or Spotify. I often turn to Youtube to browse for something interesting that could be sampled or give me a creative spark.
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
Success for me would be getting to play my music out on a consistent basis and seeing happy people out there dancing to my tunes and enjoying themselves.
What has been a memorable highlight of your career so far?
The biggest highlight so far has got to be releasing my debut single via NVR & hearing it played out on BBC Introducing
If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist of your choice, who would it be?
I would love to work with Camo & Krooked – Their sound is unlike anyone else.
If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
James Bond always appealed to me…
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I’ve got a few more releases coming up via NVR & a remix or two ready to go. Hopefully, this can build some momentum and I’ll get to play these tracks out.