Q&A with cosmic drum n bass musician Feint

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‘Lost & Found’ features on BASS_GROUND

Striking a delicate balance of melodic and emotive drum n bass, music producer Feint has succeeded as always with his recent single ‘Lost & Found’ with R7CKY via Monsteract. Feint’s latest single ‘Space Boy’ released via Monstercat alongside Rameses B, Feint & Veela channels the same ethereal and nostalgic bass energy of the preceding track. The musician was born raised in the UK, with a fascination for the electronic scene running through his veins in his formative years with his love for video games and their soundtracks. We asked the delightful talent Andrew Isaac Hu a.k.a. Feint a few questions about his artistry below.

Stream/Download:Space Boy

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production? 

I’ve always appreciated music! As a kid, I loved everything from classic rock to video game soundtracks. The first electronic music genre that I really liked when I was younger was trance; from there I went on to enjoy drum and bass via old promotional channels like Liquicity, labels like Hospital and bands like Pendulum. I started producing music after being inspired by this  and listening to a lot of drum and bass from that time.

Give us a sense of the music scene where you are based.

I’m based in Manchester UK, the music scene is great – for live musicians, bands etc, and there is a deep history in the electronic scene here. However, my style is more popular in other countries so I rarely play here myself.

What key pieces of software/gear are you using to define your sound? 

I use Ableton as my DAW, coupled with some of my favourite plugins (Fabfilter series, Xfer records plugins, etc) and my favourite midi keyboard (Komplete Kontrol) as well as my guitars.

What are some of your key musical influences? 

My influences are constantly changing, and I feel very influenced by all the music that I personally like myself. Everything from film and video game soundtracks, to other producers in the electronic music scene.

What kind of relationship do you have with the internet? How does this inform your artistic expression?

I’ve always been an avid internet user. I’ve derived a lot of inspiration through its use, from finding new music to listen to, and new experiences in the form of films/videos/video games. This definitely has a big effect on my artistic expression.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you? 

I’d simply like for at least someone to really connect with it and enjoy my music. Success in every area (not just music) just comes in the form of steady progression and evolution. If you personally feel like you’re improving and making progress, I see that as success.

What has been a memorable highlight of your career so far?

Honestly, just reading the messages and comments from people all across the world saying how nostalgic my music is to them, or how it’s helped them through tough times, or even just improved their day a little. I love the feeling of releasing something as subjective and expressive as art into the world and it floating through the internet and finding a home in someone’s life like that.

If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist of your choice, who would it be? 

Really way, way, way too tough a question. I honestly couldn’t possibly name a single artist.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?

I’d love to be so many things! Something creative I think, I’ve always loved the crossover of artistry and technical skill, so I think something that I’m also passionate about, like cooking professionally or designing video games (I have a computer science degree too and have always enjoyed coding).

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? 

Gigs are starting to come back slowly! I’m really excited to be out playing sets again. Apart from that, plenty of new singles, collabs and remixes and a really big exciting project that I will definitely announce soon!

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