Releasing his debut seven-track EP on Rabit’s experimental label Halcyon Veil earlier this year – who’ve since seen releases from Why Be and Angel-Ho – young London-based producer Myth has honed in on a particularly stylised sound across an already expansive body of works. Besides recently giving away a hefty 83-track release via Paypal, his inaugural Halcyon Veil release titled ‘Evaporate’, features darkly epic and often cold, layered melodies and futurist sounds. Having drawn previous comparisons to Zomby circa ‘Digital Fauna’ on the EP, elsewhere he moves through various eras of UK references, seeing moments of garage and 2-step to throwback jungle. Whilst his collaborative efforts with Tri Angle producer Rabit include Lonely Backseat Love as a mash-up with a Ciara sample, where version two is set to arrive as a self-released white label. Here we speak to him about how he views his music, changes in London and tastes growing up.
Flora Yin-Wong caught up with the illusive producer, which you can read after the jump whilst listening to the late-night lurk romanticism of his most recent release 'Lonely Backseat Love / M.O.E.T.' below.
How emotional is your music? Does it reflect your personal life?
Myth: “That's for the people who listen to decide to be honest, I live in a lonely headspace. Without talking about my life too much, certain things have happened and I have no one to talk to so I would seek solace in sound, but songs get boring so I'm addicted to making music everyday, it helps people like me feel understood.”
Your music is quite melancholic, is that something intentional?
Myth: “I wouldn't say intentional. It just happens. Depends on your motivation, I don't try to make club bangers so my music has to hold weight in other ways. In my case, that is melody and feeling.”
You’re based in London, did you grow up here? How do you feel about how things have changed musically on a local level, be it production influences, or the club scene?
Myth: “I was born in Sunderland then moved to London when I was three. On an immediately local level there is no music scene, just Oyster Cards and Costa Coffee shops. I guess on the broader spectrum of London as a whole, music has changed. Things go in and out of fashion and leave behind romantic fantasists desperate to relive something no one cares about.
“In the early grime days all the MCs wanted to be rich and famous on TV but now all these grime instrumentalists want to sit in a cave and dictate who can join their club when the actual grime scene does not give a fuck about their existence. When I used to go to clubs as a kid with fake ID we wanted to see the dubstep producers that our friends told us about – we used to idolise them. The scene there has obviously grown out of its own capacity to a point where you don't really get dubstep nights now, it's all wannabe grime. The club scene just keeps up with what's cool but that's everywhere, not just London is it?”
What did you grow up listening to?
Myth: “My mum listened to shit music, I couldn't even tell you what it was it was that shit – so it wasn't until I became aware of TV and music channels that I developed a personal taste in music. I grew up in an age of one hit wonders, when the majors tried to commercialise a lot of underground genres like garage and 4×4. My musical taste worked from the overground down not the underground up.”
You’ve collaborated with Rabit on a few tracks, what was your process like? Do you see yourselves as particularly aligned or as different counterparts?
Myth: “It was a very boring process, we both use the same production software so it's just emails'r'us…I haven't made a track with Rabit for a long time, so might have to start something. I'm not sure we are aligned by genre, but the feeling is the same. Spicy Mexican chicken and spicy Indian chicken are both spicy chicken, but completely different in their own right.”
You used quite a lot of female vocals in your tracks, are there any dream collaborators you have?
Myth: “Yeah I want to work with Chloe Mafia from X-Factor, even though she's a pornstar now. Her audition was heartfelt.”
Do you see your music as club music? What does this term mean to you if anything in 2015?
Myth: “I don't care about club, here in London there's a sound called club. Don’t know lol a club is a place. Kind of irrelevant to music. What's the difference between kitchen food and living room food?”
What are you working on next?
Myth: “'Lonely Backseat Love 2' white label, and how to get my ex to fuck off. If you're reading this…fuck off. [Laughs].”
'Lonely Backseat Love / M.O.E.T.' 12" is out now with vinyl to follow in December (buy).